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Dharmodaya, November-December 1979 issue.

Dharmodaya (Devanagari: धर्मोदय) was a monthly magazine in Nepal Bhasa on Theravada Buddhism. It was launched from Kalimpong, India in 1947 to counter the ban on publication in Nepal.[1]

Dharmodaya was published by Dharmodaya Sabha, an organization formed in Sarnath by Buddhist monks who had been expelled from Nepal in 1944 for promoting Buddhism and writing in Nepal Bhasa.[2] [3]

The monthly was published on behalf of Dharmodaya Sabha by Maniharsha Jyoti Kansakar, a Nepalese trader and main benefactor to the monks in exile.[4] The first editors were monks Aniruddha Mahathera and Mahanam Kobid.[5] The magazine had a major effect on standardizing the language.

From 1949 to 1960, Dharmodaya was published from Kolkata. In 1977, it was again published from Kalimpong with Bhaichand Pradhan as editor and Tara Upasak as publisher on behalf of Kalimpong Dharmodaya Sabha.

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  1. ^ "The Publication of the Dharmodaya, the monthly magazine". Dharmodaya Sabha. 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Joshi, Bhuwan Lal and Rose, Leo E. (1966) Democratic innovations in Nepal: A case study of political acculturation. University of California Press. Page 244.
  3. ^ Kloppenborg, Ria. "Theravada Buddhism in Nepal". Kailash. Retrieved 1 May 2012.  Pages 306-307.
  4. ^ LeVine, Sarah and Gellner, David N. (2005) Rebuilding Buddhism: The Theravada Movement in Twentieth-Century Nepal. Harvard University Press. ISBN 9780674019089. Pages 121-122. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Ven. Bhikkhu Aniruddha: Patriarch of Nepal". Lumbini Nepalese Buddha Dharma Society (UK). 2008. Retrieved 3 May 2012.