Rajan Khatiwoda and Rajendra Shakya
in collaboration with
Rabi Acharya and Simon Cubelic
Created: 2020-10-21; Last modified: 2021-09-06
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[1r][Engraving of the moon] [Engraving of the sun] [Engraving of a vajra on a lotus throne] [Engraving of the sun] [Engraving of the moon] [Three rows of ornamental carvings]1ऽश्रेयोऽस्तु॥सम्वत८२०वैशाखशुक्लपूर्ण्णमाश्यौतिथौ
On the full moon day of the bright fortnight of Vaiśākha in NS 820 (1730 CE), when twice venerable King Yoga Narendra Malla, the lord of Māṇigla2 , was ruling over the land under his dominion, all the saṃgha members at the behest of Dharma Siṃhaju (text: Dhammasiṃhaju), the thapāḥju of Si Bāhāḥ (text: Śrīvacha Bāhāla) drafted the following rules that were formerly practiced: "The Bare chuigu ritual shall not be performed [on any boy] until he is five years old; nothing shall be allowed to be dried on the plinth in front of the kvāḥpāḥdyaḥ; no one is permitted to hammer pegs, spread yarn, etc. in the courtyard; the large jaḥsi (text: jalasi; a large copper cauldron) shall not be rented out to anyone except for [work related to] the deity." Everyone must follow these rules. If anyone does not follow what is written, [the sin of commiting] the pañcamahāpātaka will fall upon him.
One of the rules that this inscription enforces upon the saṅgha members of Si Bāhāḥ is that a boy should be at least five years of age to undergo the bare chuigu ritual. Usually this ritual is performed at the age of three, five or seven years, but the rule set by this inscription raised the minimum age for being inducted into the saṅgha of the bāhāḥ.