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Tucci and the Royal Preceptor Hem Raj Sharma of Nepal

download (1)Tucci was a famous man and to address his life is to address the lives of the countless famous others with whom he crossed paths.

The Royal Preceptor, pandit Hem Raj Sharma, to start, whom, in 1957, the great Buddhologist and Indologist, Rahul Sankrityayan, referred to as, «the encyclopedia of Nepal». His immense library – the largest private library of central and southern Asia – his teachings, his advice, and his political mediation proved an indispensable aid to Tucci.

His immense collection of books and manuscripts is the core of the Nepal National Library, (in photo) established in 1957 after hem Raj’s heirs sold it to the government.

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