Tibetan and Himalayan Library - THL

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by John Vincent Bellezza
Edited by Geoffrey Barstow, Mickey Stockwell and Michael White
Tibetan & Himalayan Library
Published under the THL Digital Text License.

II.1. Stelae and accompanying structures: Funerary and non-funerary structures

Garshok DoringSgar gshog rdo ring

Basic site data

  • Site name: Garshok DoringSgar gshog rdo ring
  • English equivalent: Strong Wings Long-stone (?)
  • Site number: C-19
  • Site typology: II.1a
  • Elevation: 4640 m
  • Administrative location (township): Dargyé LingDar rgyas gling
  • Administrative location (county): SagaSa dga’
  • Survey expedition: HTCE
  • Survey date: April 20, 2002
  • Contemporary usage: Light grazing.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS XIII
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General site characteristics

Garshok DoringSgar gshog rdo ring is located in the DoringRdo ring valley, not far from the main road that connects SagaSa dga’ and Drongpa’Brong pa. GarshokSgar gshog is the name of the general area. The site appears to have been flood damaged and there are no signs of other structures in the vicinity of the lone pillar. The nearly level terrain is impacted and stony and supports almost no vegetation. The site is open in all directions, however, in the east the view is somewhat abbreviated by an intervening ridge.173 The irregularly shaped bluish pillar now only stands 40 cm above ground level. Reportedly, it was broken before living memory. With a basal girth of only 75 cm, Garshok DoringSgar gshog rdo ring is not likely to have stood much more than 1 m in height. The pillar is inclined in a downhill direction although the terrain is nearly level. Pieces of milky quartz as offerings are piled around it, reflecting the stone’s sacred status.

Oral tradition

According to local sources, the pillar of Garshok DoringSgar gshog rdo ring magically sprang up in primordial times.


[173] At the head of the DoringRdo ring valley there is the sacred mountain Doring PurgyungRdo ring phur rgyung/GyungGyung. Doring PurgyungRdo ring phur rgyung is considered to be the younger brother of ArgyungAr rgyung, a large snow mountain in SagaSa dga’. Along with the widely known ShelgyungShel rgyung in the RukyokRu skyog area of SagaSa dga’, these three mountains are collectively called Tökyi Gyungpo PünsumStod kyi rgyung po spun gsum by the region’s inhabitants.

Note Citation for Page

John Vincent Bellezza, (Charlottesville, VA: Tibetan & Himalayan Library, 2010), .

Bibliographic Citation

John Vincent Bellezza. . Charlottesville, VA: Tibetan & Himalayan Library, 2010.