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Dharmodaya (Devanagari: धर्मोदय) was a monthly magazine in Nepal Bhasa on Theravada Buddhism. It was launched from Kalimpong, India, in 1947[1] to counter the ban on publication in Nepal.[2]

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.[3] [4]

The monthly was published on behalf of Dharmodaya Sabha by Maniharsha Jyoti Kansakar, a Nepalese trader and main benefactor to the monks in exile.[5] The first editors were monks Aniruddha Mahathera and Mahanam Kobid.[6] The magazine had a major effect on standardizing the language.

In 1959 Dharmodaya ceased publication.[7]

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  1. ^ Rabin Man Shakya (29 April 2016). "Role of Nepal Bhasa Journalism in the Struggle for Linguistic Freedom". Views on Nepal Media. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "The Publication of the Dharmodaya, the monthly magazine". Dharmodaya Sabha. 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Joshi, Bhuwan Lal and Rose, Leo E. (1966) Democratic innovations in Nepal: A case study of political acculturation. University of California Press. Page 244.
  4. ^ Kloppenborg, Ria. "Theravada Buddhism in Nepal" (PDF). Kailash. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Ven. Bhikkhu Aniruddha: Patriarch of Nepal". Lumbini Nepalese Buddha Dharma Society (UK). 2008. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Ria Kloppenborg. "Theravada Buddhism in Nepal" (PDF). Himalaya. Retrieved 8 January 2017.