The Sanchi-pat bark manuscripts of Dakhinpat Satra Project

  • Investment
  • Year
  • Project coordinator
    Shiela Bora, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH)
  • Collaborators
    Whiting Foundation


This project was proposed by Professor Shiela Bora, in order to save and safeguard the Sanchi-pat (made from the bark of Sanchi tree) manuscripts of Dakhinpat Satra (a Neo-Vaishnavism monastery). Dakhinpat Satra is located on the world’s largest river island, Majuli, in the north-eastern state of Assam. Within the timeframe of one year, on the one hand, the project physically prevented the manuscripts from being damaged more in its humid environment after safely stored in acid free boxes.

In addition to this, the project conducted a series of hands-on training for the monks at the site of the Dakhinpat Satra itself, with the purpose to spread the scientific knowledge on manuscripts for the local community in the long run.