Himalayan Art Resources

Region: Mustang, Chotsang Cave Temple

Chotsang Cave Temple | Mustang Main Page

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- Chotsang Description (below)
- Masterworks
- Confusions
- Others...

Chotsang is located in North Eastern Mustang above the walled town of Lo Monthang. The wall murals of the cave temple follow a Sakya/Ngorpa iconographic program while the various sculpture appear to be predominantly Kagyu. Apparently in the recent past there was another temple situated close by. That other temple was Kagyu in tradition and the location faced faster erosion than the Chotsang hillside location. The sculpture from the Kagyu Temple were removed prior to the collapse of the cave. They were then placed in the Chotsang cave Temple for safe keeping. (The images are courtesy of a private collection).

Jeff Watt 8-2012