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Bauddharañjikā


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An account of the life of the Buddha compiled in Bengali in the second half of the 19th century under the patronage of Queen Kālindī of the Chakmas. The queen had ordered her court poet Nīl Kamal Das, who in turn appointed some Buddhist scholars, to prepare a complete biography of the Buddha. We know from the Bauddharañjikā itself that Phul Chandra Baruā, a Bengali Buddhist poet of the time, was the pivotal author among them. He translated into Bengali the Dhātuvaṇ, written in the Arakano-Burmese language and containing the lives of some previous Buddhas including the Buddha Dīpaṇkara.as well as relating the career of the present Buddha from birth to nirvāṇa.and some religious tenets. Nīl Kamal Das gave a literary form to the book. Due to Queen Kālindī's death in 1873, before the printing of the book was completed, only about half of the book was published in 1890.

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