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Title Jagajjyoti
Document Type Journal
Language Bengali
Publisher Name Bouddha Dharmankur Sabha
Publisher Region Calcutta


Jagajjyoti, a Buddhist monthly journal in Bengali, was first published in 1315 B.S. (1908) by the Bouddha Dharmankar Sabha. The journal concentrated on various aspects of Buddhist philosophy, religious tenets, holy books, Buddha’s incarnations, the Jataka stories, Buddhist pilgrimages, Buddhist education, and the patrons of Buddhism.

The journal carried poems, news, comments and letters. Key themes included the concept of the next life and lineage, Nirvana, Buddhacharitamala, the growth of craving, and the historical theory of ‘mara’, ‘Gridhra’ Jataka, ‘Brika’ Jataka, ‘Bardhaki Sukar’ Jataka, ‘Balodok’ Jataka, ‘Mahasthavir’ Jataka, ‘Srigal’ Jataka, ‘Sishumar’ Jataka, and ‘Shatadharma’ Jataka.

The ancient Maurya King Asoka was held in high esteem for his patronage of Buddhism. Contributors discussed Asoka’s ‘Anushasanas’ (Instructions) and his perceived anti-Brahmanism. Other writings dwelt on Buddhist sites and centers of learning such as Pataliputra. Khetranath Bandyopadhyay wrote an article on the debt of Hinduism to Buddhist philosophy. Some historical themes not related to Buddhism were the Indian influence in Japan, or women’s education. The monthly meeting and accounts of the Bouddha Dharmankur Sabha were regularly reported in the periodical. Women writers Jyotsnamoyi Ghosh and Radharani Barua contributed regularly to the journal. Other writers who contributed often included Ashutosh Mukhopadhya, Ishan Chandra Ghosh, Santosh Kumar Mukhopadhyay, Gajendralal Chowdhury, Khetranath Bandyopadhyay, Pramathanath Tarkabhushan, Anukul Chandra Bhattacharya, Benimadhab Barua, Krishna Prasad Ghosh, and Agrabansha Vidyavinod.


Buddhism, nirvana, education, spirituality, philosophy, Jataka, stories, pilgrimage, Bouddha, Dharmankar, Sabha, Calcutta, India

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