Archival records from The Melvin Seiden Award: Digital documentation of endangered medieval manuscripts in individual and Vihāra collections from various Newār settlements in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal (EAP790)

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  • Gyankar Vajracharya Collection

    Collection Ref: EAP790/1
    This collection of manuscripts belongs to Mr. Gyankar Vajracharya who lives in Bhaktapur. He is a traditional Newari painter by profession. He is very much aware on significance of tangible heritages such as manuscripts. His entire collection is developed ...
  • Suprasanna Vajracharya Collection

    Collection Ref: EAP790/2
    This collection belongs to a son of an eminent Pandit from Patan. The Pandit was well known ritual performer and a scholar of Buddhism. His son inherited those manuscripts after his demise. These are Buddhist manuscripts mainly dealing with Sutra, Stotra, ...
  • Dev Vajra Vajracharya Collection

    Collection Ref: EAP790/3
    This collection is inherited from ancestors of several generations. The present owner is not much aware of the significance of manuscripts in this collection. This the present owner belonged to a Buddhist family, and also the family of a ritual performing ...
  • Prabhakar Vajracharya Collection

    Collection Ref: EAP790/4
    This collection is another important collection in Bhaktapur. It mostly has Hindu texts and a few are Buddhist. In addition, it also has historical, Ayurvedic and other non religious manuscripts in this collection. The present owner inherited all the texts ...
  • Dharma Raj Vajracharya Collection

    Collection Ref: EAP790/5
    This collector is very much enthusiast to collect manuscripts. This collection has considerable number of manuscripts among the private collections. Larger part of this collection is from family inheritance. At the same time, the collector also added some ...
  • Chiba Guthi Collection

    Collection Ref: EAP790/6
    Newar people have a very well organised cultural behaviour. Their cultural lives has been well structured and institutionalised. Several social organisation are there in their cultural realm. Guthi or literally endowment is one among many such social and r ...
  • Smriti Shrestha Collection

    Collection Ref: EAP790/7
    This collection has a very interesting story. It was recovered by a student of Buddhism who after the devastating earthquake of 2015 in Nepal made survey of Buddhist Viharas in Thimi, a small medieval Newar town in Bhaktapur district. In the mound of debri ...
  • Nir Harsha Bajracharya Collection

    Collection Ref: EAP790/8
    This collection is recovered in Banepa, an ancient Newar township east of Kathmandu valley. His collection has very rare manuscript of a traditional religious game called Chiba Kasa. It is rarely found in Nepal. ...
  • Naresh Shakya Collection

    Collection Ref: EAP790/9
    This collector is from Patan who is an art dealer. He also has some manuscript collections containing to rituals and art. Very rare manuscripts are in this collection pthat are extremely important in Buddhist cultureal behaviour and practices. This collect ...
  • Naresh Bir Shakya Collection

    Collection Ref: EAP790/10
    This collection belongs to a Buddhist who has no other manuscript except one that was inherited from his ancesters. This single manuscript is very important due to theme, existing miniatures, cover design. This manuscript remained in practical use for cons ...
  • Anuj Vajracharya Collection

    Collection Ref: EAP790/11
    This collection was recovered in a very small traditional town of Bungamati south of Patan. It is the home town of Bungadyo Aryavalokitesvara, a very famous deity in Newar Buddhism. The collection has miscellanous manuscripts. It has Buddhist and Hindu rel ...
  • TNS Collection

    Collection Ref: EAP790/12
    Extent: 106 files. ...
  • Anonymus Collector

    Collection Ref: EAP790/13
    This collector is from Kathmandu.This collection has only one manuscript. It is a manuscript of Goddess Durga. It is important for Hindus to perform religious ritual of the goddess. ...
  • Chakra Ratna Shakya Collection

    Collection Ref: EAP790/14
    This collection, which is in Patan, is one of the significant private collections of Buddhist manuscripts written with Newari scripts. Those wrere written during the medieval times. These are very important manuscripts both in terms of religious practice a ...
  • Mani Ratna Shakya Collection

    Collection Ref: EAP790/15
    This collection is in Itumbahal, Kathmandu. The collector is an astrologer and a Buddhist. The manuscripts were written and colleted by his ancestors. He inherited this collection. This collection has important Buddhist manuscripts. ...