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Chugzhi means something in the history of ancient India. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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Source: Mandala Texts: Trengwa: Prayer Beads

Chugzhi (བཅུ་ཤད་) refers to “small rings of silver attached to the rosary [bead]”.—Rosaries are said play an important role in tantric Buddhist practice, particularly in reminding one of the deity and practice. Having the rosary helps people remember their Buddhist practice and the mantras and prayers they are supposed to be reciting. On a higher level, the sacred rosary acts as a channel of spiritual blessings from the enlightened deity. However, to most people, the most important role rosaries play is in recording the number of recitations they have done. Bhutanese Buddhists recite prayers numerous times and they record the number using rosaries. Thus, it is common to find small rings of silver called chugzhi (བཅུ་ཤད་) attached to the rosary in order to record numbers above a hundred and as high as a billion.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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