Survey of the Buddhist Monasteries of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh
This book is the outcome of a detailed survey and documentation of Buddhist monasteries of the Theravada order in Northeast India- more particularly in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. This two-year documentation project was undertaken by Dr. C V Nageswara, a learned scholar from Bangalore and a karyakarta of Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari.
Theravadi Buddhism which is believed to have spread to northeast India with the coming of the Tai-speaking Ahoms who are, at present, known by different names like Ahom, Khampti, Khamyang, Turung, Aiton, Phakial, Sinphos, and others. Today, except the Ahoms, all the Tai communities mentioned above are Buddhists by religion. Though they differ in their social customs, they all follow the theravadi principles and use both Pali and Tai languages in the rites and rituals.
Altogether 102 monasteries- 61 from Assam and 41 from Arunachal Pradesh had been documented under this project. It collected data on various aspects like the location, route, the structural feature of the temple, idols, the relics, scriptures and paintings present; the monks and the various activities in these monasteries.
The book contains a Foreword by Shri D K Barthakur, Chairman, VKIC and a Preface by Dr. P C Sarma, the then Director, Research Advisory Council, VKIC. It also contains a supplement of line drawings of some Theravadi Buddhist Vihars of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.