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The learned author has missed many aspects of Nepalese culture. The so called Virupakshya is described by him as a nobel man. If the author had studied more carefully he would not have missed the third eye indicating that the figure is one of the manifestations of Shiva and not a nobel man.
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The Eternal Kumari of Kathmandu Valley
 
 

Katmandu the Eternal Kumari
Authored by : Narayan P.Shrestha
Design and Photos:Gautam Sayami
Published by: Saroj and Kauz,Saru
Cottage, Pulchock; Frist edition: 1997; PPP 269
Bibliography and Index; Price: Ner 1200; US$ 29.00


Equipped with many beautiful color and white photograph, sketches and line drawing this book is a kaleidoscopic study of the various aspects of Nepalese culture, tradition and history .The author asks the reader “to take this book as a traveling companion and expand the horizon of his or her humanity by recognizing the universal beauty that this ancient city (Katmandu) still present.”

But in fact it is more than a travel companion. The title of the book and every sentence shows how much the author loves and respect this city, he calls it the Eternal Kumari.To him, this beautiful, culturally rich city is the Eternal Kumari, always granting the wishes of people and protecting the royalty.

The book is divided in seven chapters; the first chapter starts with the Geological and Legendary history from both Hindu and Buddhist mythologies and slowly ascends to the growth of the city with his opinions, therioes supported by the legends and history.

Chapter three and four deal in detail with the heart of Katmandu city and the temples of various style and date. The author describes in depth the Katmandu Durbar Square area and its Bharirabs.The Indra Jatra, its activities around Katmandu is very well organized and informative. The learned author provides all the available interpretation regarding the erotic carving and searches the truth in them and comes with his own idea and hypothesis.Hunaman Dhoka is also described in a lucid way, easy to understand both to a layman and scholar. In many places he tries to show all the gods no matter whether it is Vishnu or Buddha or Shiva, they all are one. The author on the Chapter of Hanuman Dhoka compares the Nautale Basantapur palace with the Lichhavi palace quoting the Chinese accounts. He writes in details the beauty of Mohan Chowk, his imagination how this might have looked in the time of Pratap Malla and what a lesson we can get from this “Sic transit Gloria mundi” thus pass the glories for the world can not be challend. He has quoted many scholars making the book worth collecting for ever. Many times the author appears as a philosopher who has understood the real fact, but is helpless and can not express his inner feeling as a dumb person can not explain how sweet the cake is.

He then takes the reader towards Pasupatinath, every word, sentence, paragraph and page is enough for the people to understand the real feeling of the Nepalese shown in icons, faiths and beliefs. He sees Shiva in the face of Buddha and Buddha in the face of Shiva. The Tantra, its practices, rituals, provide microcosms.

Then the author takes the reader to the Stupa of Swayambhu Nath and grabs the opportunity to explain the life of Buddha to the complicated Vajrayan Buddhism and its meaning. The concept of stupa, its gradual development both in size and philosophy is presented in an easy way. The language is easy to understand but the meanings are so many that it takes hours and hours to understand the real message he is trying to convey. The Buddhist gods and goddesses are explained both from iconographic point of view .This book is worth reading by all the Nepalese to get a feeling of the old Nepal , mostly the culture of Katmandu .To the foreigners this would be a great help to understand the Kathmandu,its rich culture and beauty.

There are some errors, which the author can correct in the second edition. The errors are: in page 35,39,47,91,96,109,115,121,208,213 and 250 and the plates need to be corrected.

 
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People’s Review THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7-13,2000
 
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Nepalese Culture, Society and Tourism
By: Diwas Dhakal

This book is a collection
of essays devoted to the
Nepalese Culture,Society and Tourism. A special
stress on Natural and
cultural Heritage of Nepal has been very carefully emphasised.
Diwas Dhakal, 2000 ISBN 99933-570-0-6,
First Edition 2000
Published by:
Mukta Dhakl
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Contents:

Tourism in Nepal: A Critical Analysis

Ghandruk: A Socio-cultural Study

The Aqua Culture of Kathmandu

People, Nature and Wild Life in Makalu - Barun

Purnachandi Bhuja Jatra of Patan: A Protection from Lightening

Vajrayan Buddhism and Nepal

The Accumulate Stupa of Ramagrama

The Stupa of Boudhnath: A World Heritage Site

Pagoda Style Architecture and Nepal

Development of Architecture in Nepal

 
 
 
 
 
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