The Sacred Town of Sankhu

The Sacred Town of Sankhu

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This book presents a detailed view of Newar society and culture, and its socio-economic, socio-religious and ritual aspects, concentrating on the Newar town of Sankhu in the Valley of Nepal. The foundation of the town of Sankhu is attributed to the goddess VajrayoginAl, venerated by both Buddhists and Hindus in Nepal and beyond. Myths, history, and topographical details of the town and the sanctuary of the goddess VajrayoginAl and her cult are discussed on the basis of published sources, unpublished chronicles, and inscriptions. The book deals with the relation between Hinduism and Buddhism, with the interrelations between the Newar castes (jAt), caste-bound associations (sAl guthi), and above all with the numerous socio-religious associations (guthi) that uphold ritual life of the Newars. All major and minor Newar feasts, festivals, dances, fasts and processions of gods and goddesses are discussed.A Sanskrit and Newar mixed ritual manual. ... (n.d.) Rules of a Shrestha si guthi and land documents (tamsuka) from the family of the former DvAre (chief administrator during the Rana period) Bisveswor Das SyAcrbA Shrestha in Sankhu .

Title:The Sacred Town of Sankhu
Author: Bal Gopal Shrestha
Publisher:Cambridge Scholars Publishing - 2012-03-15

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