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Sacred Complex of Ruruksetra: A Holy Tirtha of Hinduism in Western Nepal

Ram Niwas Pandey (Author)
Synopsis Ruruksetra, also known as Ridiksetra situated at the confluence of the Gandaki and Ridikhola rivers in Nepal is an important tirthasthala, not only for the people of Nepal, but to all Hindus of the world. It is deemed as sacred as Kashi in India. Since the Epic and Puranic Age, people of all walks of life-Saints to Kings-used to come here for meditation and worshipping the dieties. This Ksetra has been associated with sacred legends, splendid tradition of art and architecture, fairs and festivals etc. It has made its distinctive place in the holy sites of pilgrimage in the Hindu world. Despite its importance, modernization of Society, lack of knowledge and dearth of literature about the relevance and significance of the site, the interest of people is fast declining. Of late the Ksetra has been linked with fast means of transport and communication. Now the visitors to this place come for business and recreation, not only for religious purposes. This book, a research study, funded by UN
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Ram Niwas Pandey

Ram Niwas Pandey born on Jan. 22, 1939 at Thulo Gaura of Kapilvastu (Nepal Terai) the birth place of Lord Buddha. Received his early education in Ancient History Culture and Archaeology at Gorakhpur University and later at School of Archaeology, New Delhi. Received Doctorate in 1983. He started teaching at Tribhuwan University in 1962. He was appointed member of the Council of Royal Nepal Academy, where he served for fiteen months. Dr. Pandey organised the study of Nepalese history on systematic and scientific basis; around interest of Nepalese scholars in research of pre-history of Nepal and has been influential in shaping the current scenario of Nepalese history and culture. He has been associated with several international institutions and research associations. Member; UNESCO, Ministry of Education; Nepal National Committee for the World Decade (1987-97); Advisory Board of Indian Academy of Cultural Research, Varanasi; Lumbini Development Committee; Prajna Sabha, Royal Nepal Academy; President, Nepal Museological Association and Lifelong member, Royal Nepal Academy. Widely traveled scholar, Dr. Pandey has been to all over the world to lecture on Nepalese History, art, religion and culture. He has authored about 9 books and a lot of Research Papers on Archaeology, Art, Architecture, History, Culture and Religion published in National and International Magazines. He speaks Nepali, Sanskrit, Hindi, English, French and Avadhi fluently. Currently, Dr. Pandey is Professor, and Head, Department of Nepalese History, Culture and Archaeology, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu.

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Title Sacred Complex of Ruruksetra: A Holy Tirtha of Hinduism in Western Nepal
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2000
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Adroit Publishers
Language: English
isbn 8187392134
length xii+355p., Figures; Tables; Bibliography; 22cm.