Lokesh Chandra

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Lokesh Chandra
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Nationality Indian
Born 1927
Ambala, Haryana, India
Senior posting
Title Scholar

Lokesh Chandra is a contemporary scholar of Buddhism and the Indian arts. He is the son of the famous Sanskrit scholar Raghu Vira. He has also served as a member of the Indian Rajya Sabha, Vice-President of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, and Chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research. In 2006 he was recognized with India's Padma Bhushan award.[1] He has to his credit over 360 works and text editions.[2] Among them are classics like his Tibetan-Sanskrit Dictionary, Materials for a History of Tibetan Literature, Buddhist Iconography of Tibet, and his Dictionary of Buddhist Art in about 20 volumes. Presently he is the chairman of Indian Council for Cultural Relations, before that he was the Director of the International Academy of Indian Culture.



  • Buddhist Iconography
  • India's Contributions to World Thought and Culture
  • Transcendental Art of Tibet
  • Mudras in Japan
  • Cultural Horizons of India
  • Dictionary of Buddhist Iconography in 15 volumes.
  • With Raghu Vira, Gilgit Buddhist Manuscripts. Facsimile edition. New Delhi: International Academy of Indian Culture, 1959-74.


  • Lokesh Chandra (1984). "The Origin of Avalokitesvara". Indologica Taurinenaia (International Association of Sanskrit Studies). XIII (1985-1986): 187–202. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 



  1. ^ "Padma Bhushan Awardees". archive.india.gov.in. Government of India. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Bio Data of Prof. Lokesh Ckandra". Sanchi University if Buddhist—Indic Studies. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 

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