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India helps translate Sanskrit inscriptions in My Son Sanctuary
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India helps translate Sanskrit inscriptions in My Son Sanctuary

A tourist is posing for a photo at My Son Sanctuary - PHOTO: VNA

Sanskrit inscriptions on steles at the UNESCO world heritage My Son Sanctuary in Quang Nam Province will be translated into Vietnamese and English with the help of Indian experts.

The project will be jointly carried out by Vietnamese and Indian scientists, the Embassy of India in Vietnam and the Management Board of My Son Sanctuary, with an aim to preserve and learn more about the sanctuary’s cultural, historical, religious and architectural heritage values.

Specialists from India will study the steles and translate the inscriptions from Sanskrit, the liturgical language of Hinduism, to Vietnamese and English. This is part of a project financed by the Indian government to restore My Son Sanctuary from 2016 to 2021, according to news website Vietnamplus.

Nguyen Cong Khiet, deputy head of the Management Board of My Son Sanctuary, said there are 31 steles made of brick and stone, the main materials used to build the sanctuary, with Sanskrit inscriptions engraved on them.

The biggest challenge is that many of the steles were broken and some pieces have been lost. Therefore, it will take a lot of efforts and time.

My Son Sanctuary is the cultural and religious center of the Cham people from the fourth to the 13th century, and was recognized as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1999. Located in Duy Phu Commune, Duy Xuyen District, about 40 kilometers from Hoi An City, the complex comprises 71 monuments mainly made of red and brown bricks.

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