Discerning the Vedic Concept of Saṃvatsara in Newar Culture

Discerning the Vedic Concept of Saṃvatsara in Newar Culture

When I Heard the Frogs Croaking: Discerning the Vedic Concept of
Sa vatsara in Newar Culture by Gautama V. VajracharyaI

 Introduction  – On the basis of the information derived from Vedic literature and the Newar rituals of theKathmandu Valley such as the frog worship and cow festivals, here we will make anattempt to detect the original significance of the autumnal New Year, known to theNewars as Hmapuja. Admittedly, my attempt is unconventional; the Newars are non-Vedic people of the Kathmandu Valley and speak Tibeto-Burman language. In our earlierworks,…more