Princess Bhrikuti Devi

Princess Bhrikuti Devi

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Item Code: IDJ388
Author: Min Bahadur Shakya
Publisher: Book Faith India
Edition: 1997
ISBN: 8173030642
Pages: 120
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
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Who was Princess Bhrikuti Devi?
Why is she so famous?

Renowned scholars such as Tucci, Wylie, Regmi and Bacot have long thought this Nepalese princess was a mythological figure only.

Now, exciting and compelling evidence reveals that Bhrikuti Devi was indeed a historical princess in the 7th Century, given in marriage to a Tibetan king and subsequently changed the course of Himalayan history by introducing Buddhism from Nepal.

Although her marriage was not recorded in texts outside Tibet, Bhrikuti Devi nevertheless became a great woman in her own right by propagating Buddha Dharma. This remarkable woman was also responsible for the construction of the first ancient temples in both Tibet and Bhutan, including the famous jokhang and Potala temples in Lhasa.

A fascinating biography for anyone interested in the history of Nepal and Tibetan Buddhism and a dynamic feminist personality of the Licchavi period.


Acknowledgement v
Description of Source Materials
Methodological Remarks
Historical Background
Buddhism in Pre-Lichchavi Period
Introduction of Buddhism to Tibet 31
Life of Princess Bhrikuti Devi
Birth and Lineage
The Name
Early Career
Marriage of Bhrikuti Devi to the Tibetan King 47
Contribution of Bhrikuti Devi
Construction of Potala Palace
Construction of Thangdul, Yangdul and Runon Temples
Construction of Jokhang Temple
Last Days of Princess Bhrikuti Devi 84
Conclusion 86
Appendix 91
Notes and References 98
Select Bibliography 116

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