KANUM MONASTERY

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Location: Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh




Way below in the Sutlej valleys in the Kinnaur area are the temples of the Lotsaba era at Nako. Adorned with mandala murals and stuccoes, these temples enshrine the legendary footprints of 'Padmasambhava' and 'Parguli' devta.

Further downstream, on the Right Bank of the Sutlej, is the famous monastery-village of Kanum. Kanum literally means the 'Place of Kangyur'. It was a village rich in scriptural learning in the 11th century when 'Rin-Chen-Bzang-Po' established a school for scholastic learning here.

The Kangyur building is older than the books it houses. The sets of Kangyur and Tangyur found here were printed out of the wooden blocks at Narthang in 1820 AD as replacements of the originals destroyed by the Gurkhas.

The inner faces of its walls are richly embellished with many stamped square clay tablets. The Kangyur has had the distinction of playing host, for three years, to Hungarian scholar Alexander Csoma-de-Koros.



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