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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

Tara DoringRta ra rdo ring

Basic site data

  • Site name: Tara DoringRta ra rdo ring
  • English equivalent: Horse Corral Long-stone
  • Site number: C-123
  • Site typology: II.1b
  • Elevation: 4560 m
  • Administrative location (township): BargaBar ga
  • Administrative location (county): PurangSpu rang
  • Survey expedition: HTCE
  • Survey date: October 25 and October 26, 2002
  • Contemporary usage: Light grazing.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS X, HAS C3
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General site characteristics

Tara DoringRta ra rdo ring is located in a remote part of the region traditionally known as ZhungsaGzhung sa. The views to the east are especially panoramic. They extend all the way to Gangkar TiséGangs dkar ti se, located 65 km to the northeast. A nearby ridge blocks the views to the west. The terrain is level, gravel-strewn and heavily overgrown with dramagra ma scrub. The site is dominated by a single tall and slim pillar.

Oral tradition

Local sources report that Tara DoringRta ra rdo ring is an ancient monument.

Site elements


Only the southeast corner of the enclosure has persisted. The south wall portion of this corner is 4 m in length and the east portion is 2.5 m long. These double-course wall segments (55 cm thick) are composed of variable-length blocky chunks of light-colored limestone. These stones are both flush with the ground surface and slightly elevated above it. The remaining walls of the enclosure have been destroyed or engulfed by dramagra ma brush.


The lone limestone pillar has a graceful but irregular form. It is 2 m in height and has a basal girth of 85 cm. The broken 13 cm long tip lies on the ground beside the pillar. The highly worn and furrowed pillar was made of a gray stone, which has weathered to a beige and rust color.

Affiliated sites

ChakraLcags ra

On top of a small hill known as ChakraLcags ra (Walled Zone) there is an old manima ṇi plaque array, which is supported by pre-existing walls of significant size (30° 43.031΄ N. lat. / 80° 44.890΄ E. long. / 4620 m). It is not clear what type of structures originally stood at ChakraLcags ra. The remains are up to 2 m in height and much more massive than those typically associated with manima ṇi walls. Perhaps the dry-stone random-rubble walls are those of revetments, which once supported residential superstructures. The ancient identity of the site is confirmed in the oral tradition of ZhungsaGzhung sa.


Note Citation for Page

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

Bibliographic Citation

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