Research on Nepala-Samvat?

In the last several decades, there has been little serious research on the tradition and historicity of nepala-samvat. The latest volume, edited for the Nepal Bhasha Mankah Khalak New Year Celebrations Committee by prem Shanti Tuladhar with Naresh Bir Shakya,.is not too clear about its editorial objectives as the editors do not specify their aims, nor the sources, nor the dates of their publication. Almost all the 61 pieces are old and dated, with hardly anything new to say. The arguments are weak, repetitive and feeble in logic.

We don't know the name of the samvat when it was founded because it began to be called Nepalavatsara only since year 148.. that associate the epoch-era with Shankhadhara. and its association with Shankhadhara was as late as year 811. such as the one edited by Daniel Wright in 1877. There is no historical document earlier than the 19th-century Gorkhali /bhasha chronicles. both in personal life as well as in public life. Only usage can keep the calendar alive. If we don't use it in practice no amount of noise can revive it. The arguments that it was a national epoch-era because it is lunar etc. compiled at the time of Bhimsen Thapa. are ill-founded as "tithi" .The strategic focus of the movement is in widening the day-to-day use of the Nepalese style calendar.

there is no such thing as "Newar astronomy". all of them use the same units of time-computation. Although there are about 31 samvats in South Asia..g. 226) Or. the panchanga.was discovered four thousand years before Christ in Babylon! Similarly. Amshuvarma founded the Manadev Samvat "to show loyalty to King Manadeva" p. 220). are Indian in origin. . all the five elements of it. the Kaiser Vamshavali is not written in palmleaf as Maniklal Shrestha says (p. sun-rise to sun-rise or ending moment of a tithi to another tithi depending upon the phases of the Moon. depending upon whether it is mid-night to midnight. including Prem Shanti's own (e. There are too many elementary mistakes in the articles included in the above publication. it is paper thyasaphu.

pp.1-49.B. October 20.D.Some of the articles should not have been included (e.g. There are also contradictory statements among the writers.).. They do more harm than any good. 879 A. Some give wrong moment/ending moment of the tithi. Udaya) There was no "Manadev Samvat". I have shown it conclusively in my elaborately argued paper (Contributions to Nepalese Studies. Jyapu Pancha. Vol 32 No 1 January 2005. some say NS was founded on Tuesday others say on Thursday. Karttika Shukla Pratipada ( K. for example. Ashok Shrestha or Shyam Sunder Rajvamshi's). Maniklal Shrestha says that the earliest dated inscription of Nepal is dated Samvat 386 when we already have the Jayavarma Statue dated Samvat 108! .

Sugatratna Shindhukar's list of articles published on Nepala-samvat since the 1980s is far from complete. etc. 1-4 nor an elaborate interview I gave to Palistha in NS 1124.D. Deshyamaru Jhyaa.Bhuvan lal Pradhan has been arguing that there were three Anandadevs in ancient-medieval Nepal whereas there never were more than two. 879 as the kingdom was founded only in 11th century A. There was no Anandadeva ruling in Bhaktapur in A. It doesn't include numerous publications issued by the New Year's Day Celeberations Committees and leading publications such as . Palistha. pp. November 1982. . published in the New Year's Day Souvenir.D. For reasons none too clear to me he didn't include my paper entitled "The Relevance of Nepala-Samvat". Bhintuna. Kohity. the Ganga Club.

impressive and relevant publication could have been brought out by the New Year Celebrations Committee with so much resources and so many well-wishers at hand. Kamal P.A much more cogent. Malla California . but none too credible. Although the Newars have been publicly celebrating the New Year's Day every year since Cwasa Pasa initiated it 57 years ago in NS 1074 there is no credible publication on Nepala-samvat so far. A few were submitted. The Newa Dey Dabu advertized for proposals. So the promised funds had to be returned.

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