Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has inaugurated a historic museum in northern India, near his home in exile in Dharamsala.
The Maharaja Sansar Chandra Museum in the town of Kangra in Himachal Pradesh state portrays the history of the Kangra region with the focus on the life of former Kangra royals. The artifacts date back to the 7th century and include miniature paintings, period clothing, ancient manuscripts and arms.
During the opening ceremony Wednesday, the Dalai Lama said the museum offers a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of Kangra and provides a means for the people to learn more about their history.
The Tibetan spiritual leader also launched Hindi and Tibetan audio guides that narrate the various important stages of Kangra's history.
India's news agency ((PTI)) says the museum, erected beside the famous Kangra Fort, includes the exhibits of the Katoch dynasty that built the fort. The Katoch dynasty is one of the oldest surviving dynasties in the world and was mentioned in the ancient Indian epics the Mahabharata and the Ramayana.