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Ministry of Culture releases five re-printed volumes of Mongolian Kanjur Manuscripts

Ministry of Culture releases five re-printed volumes of Mongolian Kanjur Manuscripts

The project of reprinting a set of 108 volumes of Mongolian Kanjur has been undertaken by the Ministry of Culture under the National Mission for Manuscripts (NMM). The Ministry also presented a set of five volumes to the President of India on the occasion of Guru Purnima on 4 July 2020.

Key Points:

  • The complete collection of 108 volumes of Mongolian Kanjur Manuscript will be published by March 2022. The manuscript is a widely respected work in Mongolia.
  • The Government of India launched the National Mission for Manuscripts in February 2003, under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, with the directive of conserving, documenting and imparting the knowledge preserved in the Manuscripts.
  • The Ambassador of Mongolia to India, His Excellency Mr Gonching Ganbold was also handed over a set of the manuscript.
  • The mission aims to publish the unpublished and rare manuscripts to spread the information preserved in them among the scholars, researchers and the general masses at large.
  • The work of reprinting of manuscripts is being implemented under the charge of eminent Scholar Prof. Lokesh Chandra.

Note:

  • The Mongolian Kanjur Manuscript is a canonical text of the Buddhist religion and comprises 108 volumes.
  • In the Mongolian Language ‘Kanjur’ stands for ‘Concise Orders’ and refers to the words of Lord Buddha. The Kanjur can be found in almost every monastery of Mongolia.
  • The Mongolian text has been translated from Tibetan and is written in Classical Mongolian and is a source of cultural identity for the landlocked nation.

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