Indian Ministry of Culture has taken up the project of reprinting 108 volumes of Mongolian Kanjur under the National Mission for Manuscripts (NMM).
Buddhist religious text that has 108 volumes (very prominent in Mangolia)
‘Kanjur’ = ‘Concise Orders’ (the words of Lord Buddha)
These texts are in Mangolian language
It provides cultural identity to Mongolia
Mangolians worship Kanjur at temples and recite the lines of Kanjur in daily life as a sacred ritual
What is National Mission for Manuscripts (NMM)?
Purpose: To publish rare and unpublished manuscripts so that the knowledge enshrined in them is spread to researchers, scholars and general public at large
Implementing agency: Ministry of Tourism and Culture
How is this reprinting significant to India?
Buddhism was carried to Mongolia by Indian cultural and religious ambassadors long ago
As a result, today, Buddhists form the single largest religious denomination in Mongolia
India established formal diplomatic relations with Mongolia in 1955
Since then, relationship between both the countries has reached to new heights
Now, the publication of Mongolian Kanjur will act as a symbol of cultural symphony between India and Mongolia
It will further strengthen bilateral relations of the countries
Source: PIB India