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The Gu Ru Lha Khang At Phyi Dbang: A Mid-15th Century Temple In Central Ladakh

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This chapter relates a small temple in central Ladakh to its historical and cultural environment, incidentally suggesting a possible date for its wall paintings. The temple, known as Gu ru lha khang, lies at the foot of the ruined castle of Phyi dbang, one of the most ancient villages in Ladakh. In order to identify the Rin chen bzang po who performed the consecration ceremonies for the Gu ru lha khang the author looks for an important religious figure having lived during the 15th century. The Tibetan historical figure most prominently represented in the temple is Ma gcig, who is depicted in her usual dancing posture.

Keywords: Buddhist art of India; Central Ladakh; Gu Ru Lha Khang; Ma gcig; mid-15th Century Temple; Phyi dbang; Rin chen bzang po; Tibetan historical figure



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