National Mission for Manuscripts: 108 volumes of Mongolian Kanjur to be reprinted

Published: July 10, 2020

On July 10, 2020, the Ministry of culture launched a project to reprint 108 volumes of Mongolian Kanjur under the National Mission for Manuscripts.

Highlights

On the occasion of Dharma Chakra Day, five sets of Mongolian Kanjur was presented to President Ram Nath Kovind. The plan is to publish all the 108 volumes by March 2022.

Mongolian Kanjur

Mongolian Kanjur is one of the most important religious texts of Mongolia. In Mongolian language, Kanjur means “concise Orders”. Orders are the words of Lord Buddha.

Mongolian Kanjur was written in Tibetan language and has now been translated to English and several other languages. The 108 volumes are now being recited in Buddhist temples by Mongolian Buddhist as a sacred ritual in their life. The Kanjur is worshipped by the Buddhists in Mongolia.

National Mission for Manuscripts

The National Mission for Manuscripts was launched in February 2003 to conserve and disseminate the knowledge preserved in the manus. The mission publishes rare and unpublished manus in order to spread the knowledge enshrined in them to scholars, researchers and general public. It intends to create national resource base for manuscripts.

The Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts is the nodal agency for the execution of the project. The mission runs 32 conservation units across India. The centres are known as the Manuscript Conservation Centres.

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