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Petroglyphs of Tamgaly Tas

This open air temple protects Tibetan rock and cave paintings from the 17th century.

The open air Petroglyphs of Tamgaly Tas act as a Buddhest temple with mountain views of the Ile River. There are 17th century paintings in the area showing Tibetan inscriptions, deities, and religious imagery. Prayers and text can easily be read aloud and praise the teachings of Buddha with gracious speech.

This masterful cave art features the deities: Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, Buddha Bhaisajyaguru and Buddha Shakyamuni. The imagery highlights Tibetan mantras, art techniques, and folklore. Spread out along the Ile River on 15 rocks are ornate examples of iconostasis.

This culture maintains a high degree of authenticity. The petroglyphs are an important part of their cultural history as well. The clear and legible mantras ask for prosperity, knowledge and mercy. The large size, unique appearance and religious inscriptions separate them from their stone age ancestors in Central Asia.