Prime Minister Narendra Modi today presented over 100 volumes of ‘Urga Kanjur’ to the head priest of the Datsan Gunzechoinei Buddhist Temple here. ‘Urga Kanjur’ is a sacred Tibetan Buddhist text. “PM presents Urga Kanjur to Jampa Donor, Buda Balzheivich Badmayev, Head Priest, Datsan Gunzechoinei Buddhist Temple, St Petersburg,” Office of the Prime Minister said in a tweet. Modi, who is on an official visit here, met President Vladimir Putin yesterday. The Urga edition of the Tibetan Kanjur was unknown till 1955 when Prof Raghu Vira brought to India its complete set of 104 volumes with a volume containing the catalogue. It was presented to him by Mongolian prime minister as a unique bibliographic rarity.
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