Poo monastery, (in) Poo, Himachal Pradesh, IN

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"Poo, or Pooh, also spelled Puh, (altitude 2,662 metres or 8,736 ft), is a small town in Kinnaur district, Himachal Pradesh, India. It is also known as "Spuwa". The approximate population given within a 7 km radius of the town is 1,192.[1]
[…] Inscriptions, suggest that Poo was an important trading center in the early 11th century.
When A. H. Francke arrived in Poo from the south in July, 1910, it was the first village he found where the language was "entirely Tibetan".[2]
There is an ancient temple, the Lotsaba-bai-lha-khang, dedicated to Shakyamuni or Lord Buddha and attributed to the great translator (or Lotsaba), Rinchen Zangpo (958–1055).[3] The shrine has wooden columns supporting a high ceiling. It has murals and a painted door from the period of Rinchen Zangpo (10th to 11th century), though they are in a poor state of preservation.[4]" - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poo,_India

"Puh : In local language, Puh, is also called Spuwa. It is a village in a tehsil by the same name and is not far away from the village of Nako. It houses the Lo-tsa-bai-lha-khaing temple, which is an important Buddhist shrine."
- http://www.buddhist-tourism.com/countries/india/monasteries/himachalpradesh/tashigang-monastery.html
Input by: tmciolek, Dec 23, 2012

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 23 Dec 2012

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 200 m from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Poo monastery, IN.

General location of the Poo monastery, IN.
Lat 31.76554 Long 78.59194
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2012.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India: Himachal Pradesh

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 31.76554 Long 78.59194 - based on visual identification of the site in satellite imagery, maps.google.com - tmciolek, 23 Dec 2012.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

  • Leo monastery

6. Modern name of the known nearest city, town, or village

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Vajrayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • "There is an ancient temple, the Lotsaba-bai-lha-khang, […] attributed to the great translator (or Lotsaba), Rinchen Zangpo (958–1055).[3][…] It has murals and a painted door from the period of Rinchen Zangpo (10th to 11th century) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poo,_India"
  • MBM chrono-tag 0967-99p - tmciolek 23 Dec 2012
  • 0967-99p 1000-32c 1033-66c 1067-99c 1100-32c 1133-66c 1167-99c 1200=> dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

  • [missing data]

13. Date-late

  • Apparently the monastery was in existence in 2000s - tmciolek, 23 Dec 2012.
  • MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 23 Dec 2012

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

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15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

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16. Additional notes

  • [missing data] (incl. details of the size of the monastic population)

17. Corrections & addenda to this page were kindly provided by

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18. Available Printed Literature

  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 1]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 2]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 3]

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