Buddhist
Architecture
in the Western
Himalayas
General view of the village. Rössl 2005
Northern view of the village with the temple at the eastern part. Rössl 2005
Eastern view of the temple. Wrumnig 2012
North-eastern view. Wrumnig 2012
Southern view of the temple. Wrumnig 2012
South-western view of the temple. Wrumnig 2012
North-eastern view of the temple. Wrumnig 2012
South-eastern view of the temple. Wrumnig 2012
Western view after the renovation of the roof construction. Luczanits 2003
Southern view. Luczanits 2000
South-eastern view. Luczanits 2000
Eastern view. Luczanits 2000
North-eastern view. Luczanits 2000

The temple of kanji

Coordinates of the site: 34°13'55.53" northern latitude and 76°36'23.02" eastern longitude, at an altitude of 3856 meters.

The village of Kanji is located about 90 kilometres (airline) west of Leh. Kanji can be reached using the new gravelled road which branches off the main road from Leh to Kargil and lies on the crossing of three valleys. The older part of the village is situated on a cliff overlooking the valley. The temple of Kanji lies at the foot of the village’s cliff on an open eastwards ascending site. The temple is a small square building, its mudbrick walls rest on stone foundations. On the south side an open entrance porch is formed by the extending of the two lateral walls. The porch has a central pillar and a lower ceiling than the temple. Only the small central doorway in the south provides natural light for the interior. It was reported that the temple had once a further roof, removed about 40 years ago, when the roof beams were reused for the construction of the new village gompa. The construction of the temple of Kanji presumably derives from the period when Kanji was part of a local kingdom ruled from Wanla, it is to suppose that it was built contemporaneously with the three-storeyed temple in Wanla.

Further informations regarding the restoration activities: Achi Association

2D Plans

Floor plan and ceiling plan

Cross section and longitudinal section

Southern and western elevation

Northern and eastern elevation

3D Model

Southern view

Spatial section

Eastern view

Spatial section

Photomontages

Interior decoration on the southern wall

Interior decoration on the western wall

Interior decoration on the northern wall

Interior decoration on the eastern wall


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