(Last Updated on : 09-01-2020)
Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is a Tibet museum in Gangtok
. It is the worlds largest treasury of invaluable old Tibetan books and manuscripts on science, medicine, astrology
etc. It attracts Buddhist scholars from around the world. It is one of the most important and famous institutes in the world that does research in the areas of Tibetan language and culture
. It also has in its premises a museum, a Tibetan library with rich collections and also a reference center about Tibet and Himalayas
History of Namgyal Institute of Tibetology
The foundation stone of the museum was laid by the 14th Dalai Lama on February 10, 1957. On October 1, 1958, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
, the then Prime Minister of India
, inaugurated the Sikkim Research Institute of Tibetology. Sir Tashi Namgyal, the 11th Chogyal of Sikkim, changed its name into the “Namgyal Research Institute of Tibetology”.
Amenities in Namgyal Institute of Tibetology
The centre also has a wide range of Lepcha
manuscripts and scrolls of ancient vintage. The museum attached to it contains over 200 icons, old thangkas and some ritual
vessels amongst the various objects of art on display.
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