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The Historical Inscription In The Gsum Brtsegs Temple At Wanla, Ladakh

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The inscription that forms the subject of this paper was first mentioned by Francke who made a few stray remarks on it and reported that he had sent someone to the Wanla temple “to copy any ancient inscriptions he could discover in it”. A partial edition covering approximately the first 25 percent of the inscription was provided by Dkon mchog bsod nams, and an almost complete rendering of the inscriptional text can be found in the description of the Wanla temple by Dkon mchog bkra shis. Due to some slight damage to the inscription the name of its chief character is no longer preserved in full, but it most likely read “’Bhag dar skyabs”. In addition, the inscription itself leaves some room for interpretation as to whether the temple was actually founded by ’Bhag dar skyabs or whether he just expanded and embellished a previous construction on a large scale.

Keywords: ancient inscriptions; Bhag dar skyabs temple; Dkon mchog bkra shis; Dkon mchog bsod nams; Francke; gsum brtsegs temple; Ladakh; Wanla



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