“The state government has signed an MoU with CIHTS for the translation and publication of original Buddhist manuscripts preserved during the burning of two major ancient universities of Nalanda and Vikramshila and taken to Tibet.

A process is underway to translate and publish hundreds of original Buddhist manuscripts from Nalanda and Vikramshila, which were preserved by the army of Bakhtiyar Khilji during the burning of the ancient universities in the 12th and 13th centuries and later by travellers, freedom fighters and monk Rahul Sankrityayan, a state minister from Bihar has said.

Bihar Art and Culture Minister Alok Ranjan told the meeting on Thursday that the process has been initiated by the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies (CIHTS) in Sarnath.

“The state government has signed an MoU with CIHTS for the translation and publication of original Buddhist manuscripts preserved during the burning of two major ancient universities of Nalanda and Vikramshila and taken to Tibet.

“The valuable manuscripts were returned to India by Sankrityayan and are now housed in the Patna Museum. The work to translate and publish the manuscripts into Hindi is expected to be completed within five years,” he said.

The manuscripts were written in Sanskrit between the seventh and twelfth centuries AD by scholars from the two universities. Dumraon’s CPI (ML) MLA, Ajit Kumar Singh, had raised the issue and demanded that the state government preserve Sankrityayan’s original Buddhist manuscripts. He also demanded that a memorial dedicated to Shehnai player Bharat Ratna Ustad Bismillah Khan be built at his birthplace in Dumraon.


This post Process to translate, publish original Buddhist manuscripts from Nalanda, Vikramshila: Bihar minister was original published at “https://www.financialexpress.com/lifestyle/science/process-to-translate-publish-original-buddhist-manuscripts-from-nalanda-vikramshila-underway-bihar-minister/2464820/”

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here