Archived from the original on 29 July Nepal's literature was closely intertwined with that of the rest of South Asia until its unification into a modern kingdom. Nepal contains a disproportionately large diversity of plants and animals, relative to its size. Archived from the original on 3 November A special designation of "National hero" has been conferred to 16 people from Nepalese history who made exceptional contributions to the prestige of Nepal; those include such diverse figures as Gautam Buddha, Sita, King Janaka, Araniko, Motiram Bhatta, Mahaguru Falgunanda and Pasang Lhamu Sherpa. Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. Archived from the original on 20 October Calcutta: The Asiatic Society.