Biography of great scholars of bikaner from the mid of thar desert of rajasthan
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Two great scholars from Bikaner - who spent their life for indology, jainology, art, culture, heritage and Indian traditions

Two great scholars from Bikaner - who spent their life for indology, jainology, art, culture, heritage and Indian traditions

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  • 1. BIOGRAPHY OF GREAT SCHOLARS OF BIKANER FROM THE MID OF THAR DESERT OF RAJASTHAN by : Trilok Kumar Jain jain.tk@gmail.com 9414430763 SHRI AGAR CHAND NAHATA (19/3/1911 ...20/1/1983)
  • 2. Son of Shri Shankar Dan Nahata and Chunni Devi Nahata, he was a great scholar of Indology and a great writer also. Shri Agarchand ji used to encourage everyone to read books. He used to encourage people to read and write. He had converted the front room into his office, where he used to read and write books throughout the day. He used to lead a very simple and academic life. The total number of published articles of
  • 3. Shri Agar Chand Nahata is more than 5000 in over 150 magazines and periodicals. A large number of his articles are still unpublished. SHRI BHANWAR LAL NAHATA (19/9/1911 -- 11/2/2002) Son of Bherudan Nahata and Teeja Devi Nahata, Shri Bhanwar Lal Nahata is one of the greatest scholars on
  • 4. Apbransh language of our times, Shri Bhanwar Lal Nahata had a passion for literature, art, culture, ethos and Indology. He was one of the greatest Indologists of our times. He together with Shri Agar Chand Nahata collected over 60000 handwritten manuscripts, which are rare. The two have together contributed immensely to Indian literature particularly on Indology, Jainology, Rajasthani language, Art and heritage. Expertise in different languages : Shri Nahata had expertise in Sanskrit, Pali, Apbransh, Gujarati, Rajasthani, Bengali, Kharoshti, Brahmi and
  • 5. Avhatti. He translated ancient Indian literature from these languages into Hindi. The total number of published articles of Shri Bhanwar Lal Nahata is more than 3000 in over 100 magazines and periodicals. A large number of his articles are still unpublished. Shri Agar Chand Nahata was real uncle (younger brother of Bherudan Nahata) of Bhanwar Lal Nahata. Both these scholars have received wide recognition all over India for their great contribution to literature and heritage. Both these scholars
  • 6. promoted library movement and reading habits in Bikaner. Both these scholars had converted their homes into almost libraries and they have encouraged people to read books, magazines and articles. Both these scholars themselves didnt have any high academic degrees, but they were invited for PH.D Viva as experts and many scholars completed their Ph.D. under their scholarly guidance. Both these scholars were invited by different universities all over India as expert speakers and whenever there was any doubt, they were referred as experts and their answers were
  • 7. considered final dictum. Both these scholars were source of reference and guidance for many premier institutions including L.D. Institue of Indology Ahmedabad. Both these scholars invested their entire life for following cause : - a. they promoted indology b. they have set up Abhay Jain Granthalaya (a rare collection of over 80000 manuscripts relating to Indology, heritage, Jain philosophy, Rajasthani literature etc.) and they have collected a personal musueam on Rajasthani Heritage
  • 8. c. they have promoted Rajasthani language, art and heritage d. they have promoted research on our traditions, art, culture, practices, and rituals. e. they have promoted library movement - due to their efforts many libraries flourished in Bikaner f. they have tried to preserve rich heritage of Rajasthan. g. they encouraged many researchers and scholars and helped them in their research process. The famous researcher from Italy Mr. Tessitory spent his entire life in their guidance
  • 9. and was able to find treasures of literature with these two scholars.
  • 10. and was able to find treasures of literature with these two scholars.