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Nathpanth in Western Himalaya

Tobdon . (Author)

Nathapanth remained a very powerful religious force in the past for long period pervading every walk of life across whole of India. It made immense impact on the scholars, rulers, religious leaders and others. Many rulers were its followers. One of the most valuable contributions it made was that it created an atmosphere of social and religious harmony in the country. For this it had to pay a great price.

Its geographical spread and reach had been unparalleled. It reached even the remotest corners and inaccessible areas like Bir Bhanghal and Lahul in Himachal Pradesh. It spread even beyond the borders of the country to Tibet following after the Buddhism there. But ultimately this powerful wave also fell to become a part of history. Some communities of the sect can still be seen as a distinct social group retaining some old practices. Some of their practices are still being followed with great reverence by all the sections of the society. In Himachal a good effort is being made to collect the oral literature, much of which concern the Nathas, and publish them.



List of Plates

1. Nathapanth: Some Contributions

2. Nathapanth: The Panth

3. The Traditions of Siddhas and Nathas

4. Nathapanth: Expansion Towards Tibet

5. Natha Mythology

(a) Creation of Universe and Evolution of Man

(b) Expansion of Grain Seed and Development of its Measuring Units

6. Nathapanth in Himachal Pradesh

(a) An Overview

(b) Chamba

(c) Kullu

(d) Lahul

7. Natha Leaders in Himachal

(a) Bharthari

(b) Raja Gopichand

8. The Natha Deities in Himachal

(a) Vir

(b) Yogini

(c) Nrsimha and Narsimha

(d) Gugga



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About the author

Tobdon .

Tobdan (1944), belonging to Lahul, is a self studied scholar, interested in the study primarily about Lahul, and incidently the areas surrounding it in Himachal Pradesh, in the Western Himalaya on various aspects of their history, language, religious practices, social customs, etc. His first work, ‘History and Religions of Lahul’, appeared in 1984, after which he has added more than half a dozen works to his credit. His last work ‘Exploring Malana’ appeared in 2011. Some research papers have appeared in the reputed journals and collected works. He writes in English, Hindi and Bhoti. He is presently associated with the People’s Linguistic Survey of India of the Himachal Pradesh section. He is member, governing body, Himachal Pradesh Arts, Culture and Language Academy.

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Bibliographic information

Title Nathpanth in Western Himalaya
Author Tobdon .
Format Hardcover
Date published: 06.02.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Kaveri Books
Language: English
isbn 817479171X, 9788174791719
length x+226p., 14 Plates; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.