Government Oriental Manuscript Library, Madras University, Chennai: This heritage Manuscript
library was established in 1869. It has a huge collection of 70,000, mainly on palm and
paper Manuscripts, well catalogued on scientific lines. It preserves a host of Manuscripts
on subjects like Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani schools of medicines, Vedas, Shastras, Bhasha,
Jyotishshastra, Vastukala etc. Captured in the film are texts like: Ganapati Mantra; Soolini
Mantra in the shape of Yantra; Manuscript on human anatomy; Choduranga (chess); poetry of
Nuruddin Tehrani 1695.
Kuppuswami Sastri Research Institute, Chennai: This institute was established in
1944 in the memory of Prof. S. Kuppuswami Sastri, who is acclaimed as the founder of South
Indian Sanskrit Research. The institute has great collections of manuscripts, enveloping
subjects of ancient Indian philosophy, medicines, tantras with diagrams of Yantras, Vedic
and classical literature. Some of the manuscripts shown in the film are, Bhagavata, life of
Krishna. Manuscripts of Samaveda chanting, yantra, medicine, etc.
Oriental Research Institute, Mysore : The film landscapes Mysore city with
highlights of the Manuscripts heritage of Oriental Research Institute, a 110 year old first
public library of Mysore. This heritage library has 70,000 manuscripts. It has published 201
books out of unpublished manuscripts with a focus on Vedas, Astrology, Astronomy,
Natyashastra, Rasa Siddhanta, Dhwani Siddhanta and Medicines etc. the film glances through
some of the rare manuscripts like: five hundred year old Kautilya’s Arthashastra; Valmiki
Ramayana of 230 leaves, Veeramaheshwara Sangraha poet Naganatha; Pratipada Panchika;
Govindocharya’s Ayurvedic Manuscript, dealing with fechniques for preserving medicines for
long duration etc.
Academy of Sanskrit Research, Melukote: Major holdings of the Academy of Sanskrit
Research are on science and technology. Some 10500 in number in 10 different scripts,
including the Tibetan scripts, the manuscripts pertains to Ayurveda, four Vedas, then
Vedangas including Shiksha, Vyakarana, Chhanda. Some of the Manuscripts shown are: Upanishad
in Telugue Script, Ramayana in Grantha script; Krishnakathasara Sangraha in 18th century
Kannada script; deer skin Manuscripts used for official communications.
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