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By Turrell . Wylie

The Nepalese part of the author's international geography, ʾdZam-gling-rGyas-bShod. Tibetan textual content in transliteration; English translation.

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Lakap|ha made at a locale about one and one-half miles north of SwayambhOnath. This one is commonly known as Balaju, or Balaji (cf. Landon, I, pp. 227-28; Levi, 1, p. 361). It is smaller in size than the one at Nilkanth ( = BudhS-Nllakap(ha) and is called the " new " to distinguish it from the original image. , Siva. Of course, Nllakap(ha ( " Blue Throat ”) is an epithet reserved for Siva; however, the images at BudhaNilakanth and Bala-Nilakanth are of the Se$a-NSr3yapa aspect of Vijpu (L4vi, I, pp.

Bla-ma Btsan-po defines Ka-tha-mdodu (= Kistha-maodapa) as Shing-dkyil, or " Wooden Circle " instead of " Wooden Temple Perhaps he misunderstood mapdapa as maodala (Tibetan: dkyil-'khor), "circle". (For the history and derivations of the names of Kathmandu, see Ldvi, 1, pp. 52-54; Kirkpatrick, pp 158-61) * It is interesting to note that throughout the section on Nepal, Bla-ma Btsan-po makes a distinction between the Newars. whom he calls Bal-po, and the other peoples there Whenever this distinction was pertinent, I have translated Bal-po as "N e w e r"; when not, then as "Nepalese".

In Kho-khom (Bhatgaon), there is (an image of) Sgrol-ma (known as) “ The-one-that-speaks ” 3I, which is very great in conferring bene­ diction; and there are many temples and symbols, which are known to both Buddhists and non-Buddhists in common as being great in conferring benediction, such as T sa-ra-na-pa-ta, called Bla-ma D hata - t r i 323by the Gau-san 3J. Tradition of Geography " Bulletin o f Tibetology, Vol. II - No. I (Gangtok. I9dl), pp. 17­ 25). Although Bla-ma Btsan-po refers several times to the dkar-chag, he does not spe­ cify whether he had access to more than one dkar-chag or not.

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