Why Government of India Cultural Agencies need to just concentrate on putting all there Heritage Online and not invest in publication, conferences, seminars and other picnic style leisures and resource intensive distractions

This one article says it all:


An Orange Juice Company in Costa Rica decided to dump 12000 Tons of there Organic wastes into a barren area and then for reasons, completely forgot about it. Two decades later when they revisited the original site that landmass had become a complete Forest with a vibrant ecosystem that just took one flimsy effort.

Similarly, if GoI Agencies like NMM, IGNCA, National Archives, National Museum, Doordarshan, AIR, Nehru Memorial, NSD, National Film Dev Board and the rest just decide to put all there digital Collections online , global aficionados will assure the Internet of Things Logical Conclusion of that material.

Publishing Books, organizing conferences is like
trying to market yourself using snail-mail in the World of FB and Google,
like walking to work when they have planes and cars
primitive efforts in a World which is hungry for Big Data.

Think Big, think Big Data, Digitize and Dump Online

Awaiting the Great linking of Information, pattern mining, Democratization of Information – the Gift of Vidya to the Multiverse – the flood Gates of Information – the Next Great Cultural Information .





Solan Tour to Jyotishmanti Niketan. 2 Editions of Sri Svadhyaya and Other Rare Books

In Solan, I met Trivediji finally – many years since I have been in touch over phone and now a first visit to his residence to dig out old publications of Shri Svadhyaya the Magazine Swami Amrit Vagbhav was very closely associated with.

Trivediji’s Father Hardev Sharma Trivedi was closely associated with Swamijis Career in Solan, HP and he was also the editor of Shri Svadhyaya. Later Shri Svadhyaya became Jyotishmati – completely dedicated to Jyotish and continues to be published by Trivedijis Family including young Rohitashva who surprisingly entered a Field most modern youth are averse to.

Even though I found only 2 Copies of Shri Svadhyaya viewable here:


and another a retro Evaluation of the  magazine’s past predictions


many other Interesting and rare Texts also showed up.

Two 19th Century Texts and One 1933 Work on Indian Astronomy I photographed on the Spot:




Images of Select Texts and Shelves can be seen below:


Noteworthy were

the Illustrated Lahore Hindi Mahabharat in Several Volumes:


A Stack full of Chandi Magazines

Trivedi Family has most generously invited me to send a team there for Digitizing all Rare Books – I do feel motivated and in future I will definitely go for it.

The one thing that I missed was a survey of the Local Library which had received a huge portion of  Baghat Maharaja’s (Swamiji’s Patron) Collection – as it was closed due to Guru-Purab.

Punjab Tour 3, VVRI Hoshiarpur

As already mentioned in Punjab Tour 1, most of VVRI, Hoshiarpur’s Texts are now at DAV College. – photocopies of these transferred texts are still available though.

The Sadhu Ashram Campus is actually hosting 2 Institutions one is a College part of Punjab University and the Other is the Publication Wing and may be research also.

Some Snaps I took from there Manuscript Collection and Book Library:


Noteworthy was this Text Samucchaya Sara which seems to be written by Kalhana Son of Vilhan – is this the Same Kalhana the famous Author of Raja Tarangini – the First Work of History Proper from India.


Illustrations from the same Composite Manuscript  on Veterinary Sciences:

We found this Text R.K. Kaw’s PhD on Pratyabhijna, possibly the First PhD on Kashmir Shaivism:





This a 1794 Text A Narrative of the Operations of Captain Little’s Detachment And of the Mahratta Army Commanded by Purseram Bhow …



The Single most important takeaway from Hoshiarpur was the fact that all Manuscrips have been digitized. We are planning to approach management to allow us to put them online for them. I hope the Universe will assist us in this.

Punjab Tour 2. Punjab University Manuscript Library

Thanks to Shankarji Jha again, to recommend us to Shri Mrityunjaya Kumar, the young and daring Librarian of Punjab University, Chandigarh’s Manuscript Librarian who regaled us with his fierce battle with Institutions trying to rob the Collection of some of its Prized Manuscripts.

Shri Mrityunjaya Kumar was very liberal in giving us a tour of his Collection. We thank him for his kindness and generosity

One Manuscript that we photographed picked at random Tattva Bodha:


Some Random Images including the Catalog:


Due to Limited Time, we were not able to find any Sharada Texts even though we did search and the Curate believed there were Sharada Texts in the Repository.

Punjab Tour – 1. DAV College Chandigarh

DAV College, Chandigarh was not in my itinerary of Places to Visit in my Punjab Tour, and I was not even aware they had any significant Manuscript Collection.

Prof. Angiras, Chairman of VVRI, Hoshiarpur, who I was inquiring about there famous Collection that was retrieved with much danger, told me that majority of there Collection of Manuscripts has already been transferred to DAV College, Chandigarh.

The Lal Chand Indological Research Center is a very well maintained Library and there Complete Catalog is now uploaded here:

originally at DAV College Site:

The Rare Books Catalog is uploaded here:

originally at https://davchd.ac.in/Downloads/CatalogueOldRareBooks.pdf

According to this India Today Article, they have 8,360 ancient manuscripts and 9,000 rare books.

In the display Boxes, I was able to spot two Sharada Manuscripts, one was Yakshini Kalpa and the other was a very beautifully scribed Bhagavat Gita which had – on that page atleast- numerous scribblings over individual words. The Library Management unfortunately didnot let me take pictures of anything.

The 2 amazing Pieces of News I came to know were that all manuscripts Palm Leaf , Paper etc had been digitized in 2004 but unfortunately not open-accessed.

Lohia Foundation however is re-digitizing all Laminated(!,hurts) Paper manuscripts  in there First Phase running into 6 Lakh Folios – with 3 Lakhs already done. All Digitizations by Lohia Foundation are being done in 600 DPI and they have 2 Book Eye Scanners Flat Bed and Overhead respectively which cost around 25 Lakh Rs each. Each generated Image is around 100 MB with a Output of 900 Folios/Day/per Operator.

All Digitizations are available at:

Some Manuscripts have been transliterated and translated into English as well at the Lohia Foundation Site.

Lohia Foundations other digitizations are also viewable at :

which includes a Persian Mahabharata and many many stunning aesthetic images.

The Other Good News is while examining the Catalog of Lalchand Research Library I spotted the following 2 Entries on Page 252:

KashmirianManuscripts5857, Ishwar Pratyabhijna Sutra Bhashya,Abhinavagupta , 324 , Malayalam , Palm Leaf

3830, Mahartha Manjari, Maheshvarananda, 167, Malayalam, Palm Leaf

The Principal – thanks to Prof Shankar ji Jha who had already recommended us and our Work and highly cos of the warm reception – assured us that if we go through the paper-work for permissions, he will get us these manuscripts. Our application is underway through our Member/Punjab Coordinator Shri Vinod Razdan Sahib and this page will be updated with the Texts as soon as we receive them.


Catalogs Related to Sharada Collections

By far the biggest Collection 6000+:
Oriental Research Library, Srinagar ( housed in Allama Iqbal Library, Kashmir University, Srinagar premises).

and alternate compilation


Pratap Singh Public Library, Srinagar (72 Items)
Interesting Items:
42 Mali-Niya Shaloka ( possibly Malini Shloka Vartika, मालिनी श्लोक वार्तिक )
53 Satantara Deepika ( स्वातन्त्त्र्य दीपिका , Swatantrya Deepika)
21 Isharapriti Bigna(ईश्वर प्रात्याभिज्ञा, Ishvar Pratyabhijna)

JK Culture Academy, Srinagar( less than 10 Sharada Manuscripts)
In Urdu – in a Book Format


And Also In English:

Pratap Singh Museum (2000+):
Catalog Not Available to Public Yet , never published ( but all Manuscripts have been digitized by NMM)
( RTI Activists/Culture Vultures a job awaiting you )

JK Archives, Srinagar( less than 1000, mixed Sharada, Perso-Arabic from personal memory of fleeting glances at there Register)
Catalog Not Available to Public Yet , never digitized, never published( RTI Activists/Culture Vultures a job awaiting you )

Dogra Art Museum

Raghunath Temple( Less than 50 Sharada Manuscrips)
Compiled thrice:

Patkar and Mishra:



DAV College, Chandigarh ( All Digitized never put online)


A High End Re-Digitization limited to 6000-ish Laminated Devanagari Texts by Lohia Foundation and publicly available:

Punjab University, Chandigarh Manuscript Repository
No Catalog ever published(recently catalogued by NMM) besides Old Register, oral communication to existence of a small Sharada Cache.

VVRI, Sadhu Ashram Hoshiarpur


National Archives Collection – 1 ( Marked Under Serial No 260 and duplicated with 363 – Originally from Maharaja Hari Singh’s Library )


National Archives Collection – 2 ( Identified by Serial Number 128  )
Contains 4 Independent Collections:

1. Arachaelogy and Research Department, Srinagar      212 Items
2. Gilgit Manuscripts                                  62 Items
3. List of Arabic and Persian Books                    43 Items

4. Tibetan Manuscripts of Rajgarh Library              23 Items

Request for Online Uploading of Catalog made to the Archives – photocopying was disallowed but with RTI provisions it is mandatory to share these lists – so prohibitions are outdated.

National Museum, Delhi (459 Sharada Manuscripts)



Punjab University, Lahore
https://archive.org/details/PunjabUniversityLahoreCatalogOfSanskritManuscripts https://archive.org/details/PunjabUniversityLahoreCatalogOfSanskritManuscriptsVol2


Sampurnananda Uni, Sarawati Mahal Library, Varanasi

IGNCA recently put up a List of Sharada Manuscripts they have catalogued or digitized. RORI, Jodhpur (including a copy of Ishvar Pratyabhijna Vimarshini) and Scindia ORL, Ujjain,MP was in the List as well.





900+ Pages Multi-Text Sharada Manuscript from the Residence of Shri Narinder Safya

We wish to thank Shri Narinder Safaya to allow us to digitize the following Sharada manuscript:


The  Texts contained in this Composite Manuscript are as follows:
Snana Vidhi
Kushmanda MantraH
Ganpati Stavaraj
Maha Prabhavo Bhavani Nama Sahasra Stavaraj In Nandikeshvar Samvad In Rudrayamala Tantra
Saundarya Lahari
Rajna Stotra
Sharika Stotra
JwalaMukhi Stotram
Ganga Stotra of Shankaracharya
Vitasta Stotram
Maha Lakshmi Stavaraj In Skanda Purana
Saraswati Stotra
Tripur Sundari Kavach
Indrani Stotra
Gauri Chamakam
Devi Kavacham
Shiva Mahimna of Pushpadanta
Bhairava Stotra
Deenakrandan Stotra of Lankeshvar
Shiva Stotra of Shankaracharya
DashKandhar Stora of Ravana
Shiva Stotra
Chandra Shekhar Stotra of Markandeya
Shiv Sahasranama Stava in Anushasan Parva of Mahabharat
Shiv Kavach
Shiv Nam Sahasra in Shiv Purana
Shuka Stuti in Bhagavat
Bhagavat Gita
Pandav Gita
Mukund Mala Stotra
Narayan Upanishad in Atharva Veda
Bhagavat Chatushshloki
Bhagavata Navam Skandha Ramayan Sangrah Shloka
Gita Sapta Shloki
Shatpadi Gatha
Pam. U.
Narakoddharan Stotra
Brahmi Vidya
Mahopanishad in Atharva Veda
Vishnu Sahasranama
Bhagavata Gita
Vishkardishya Sahasranama in Mahabharat
Jaya Stotra of Shankaracharya
Rasa Mandal Stotra
Govindashtak Stotra
Govinda Stotra
Bhishma Stavaraj In Shanti Parva
Gajendra Moksha
Vi. Pr.
Aditya Hriday Path
Surya Stotra
Indra Stotra
Chandra Stotra
Bhauma Stotra
Budha Stotra
Brahaspati Stotra
Shukra Stotra
Shaishchar Stotra
Rahu Stotra
Narayan Stotra
Sharika Ma.
Ram Chandra Stotra Uttered by Brahma
Spanda Stotra
Shi. Ka.



Egangotri 27: Almira 21 Finishes. First ever Sharada Texts in Print, 4th ICPR Workshop on Kashmir Shaivism; Mysore Tour More Books from Kashmir Research Institute. Reuploads of Older Scribd Uploads to Archive

Fundraiser 2:

Thanks to everybody for making my First Fundraiser a life-saver of sorts as my then unemployment threatened to overwhelm me with greater debts which I still couldn’t avoid but the timely generosity of patrons came as a partial relief.

This gives me the confidence to raise my 2nd Fundraiser – thanks again to everybody and especially Rakesh Kaul Sir from USA to encourage crowdfunding.

Here is my Link:


Donors who wish to donate using Paypal can use the following Link ( preferable choice ):


Almira 21 in Raghunath Temple Finishes

All 5 Shelves of Almira 21 are digitized now. The Almira is mostly having Karma Kanda Manuscripts with some related to Dharma Shastra and Agama as well. Viewable below:


This Text Devika Lahari is mentionable as it comes with a Hindi Prose Commentary – so once again rare speciemns of Old Hindi Prose :

Devika Lehri With Hindi And Sanskrit Tika 4739 Alm 21 Shlf 4 Devanagari Bhakti Shastra : eGangotri : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

Mysore Tour and 3 Sharada Manuscripts from Prof. Filliozat Manuscripts and Other Texts

I toured Mysore in finding repositories willing to open doors to future Digitizations.

Report can be found here:

Mysore Tour of Manuscripts and Rare Books

Most fortunate of all was photographing Prof. Fillioziat’s 3 Sharada Manuscripts one of which is Multi Text and includes Para Trimshika and Svachchanda Bhairava can be viewed below:


All Images in the Mysore Tour Report have been subsequently  converted into PDFs and viewable more conveniently below:

Internet Archive Search: subject:”Pictures Taken In Manuscript Tours Including Manuscripts

My Next Survey will be in Chandigarh, Kurukshetra followed by Pune and Mumbai.

First Ever Printed Sharada Texts:

Many thanks to Pandit Omkar Nath Shastriji – whose family has completed an astounding 333 years of publishing Panchang Almanacs from Kashmir – who have very graciously passed us what are the First Specimens of Sharada in Print – from there Panchang Archives.


This is the Oldest from 1928-29


and another one from 1930-31


Shastriji will pass us all his archives and I wish this effort revives the glory of his Family History and Contribution to Learning

Uploads from Kashmir Research Institute, Srinagar

From Kashmir Research Institute , we continue to mine lost and unknown texts in Prints and we have digitized 151 Texts since our Last Newsletter.


This a small hand-written Devanagari Text of Sivopadhyaya called Maha Gayatri Mantra Vyakhyanam – I am certain is unpublished and unknown – he is know for his Tika on Vigyan Bhairava


Scholars interested in Shivopadhyaya’s career can consult one copy of his Vigyan Bhairava Tika in manuscript form that I found below:


This Kashir Ramayana edited by B.N. Pandit  in Kashmiri Language using the Persian Script I was glad to recover:


Having found most of his oeuvre including his PhD but some Items still missing such as a hearsay that he wrote a commentary on Paramarths Sara which was actually validated in the Other Paramartha Sara published by RSktS Jammu Campus where in the preface the transalator has mentioned consulting BN Pandit’s translation.

This particular text that I first came to know through the Wiki Page on Shri BN Pandit and was published by JK Cultural Academy, I tried to inquire in the Jammu Office with no avail. Later when I personally visited the Srinagar Headquarters I was told that most of there publications had been destroyed by the floods and there display of the remaining items didnt include this one.

Total 74 Texts were in Urdu with a preponderance of Old Lahore Publications


This few illustrated pages of Vedantic Themes are in both Urdu and Devanagari Scripts:


Pandnama by Shiekh Fareed is a Urdu Literary Antiquity:


This Om Magazine also from Lahore and I know there was some reference to this very magazine recently in a post that had gone viral.


Other Book Antiquities include:

This diagram-profuse Jyotish Text:


A 1921 Text on the Biology of Love according to the Ancients:


Farasnamh Rangeen from Lahore:


1884 Edition of Mahabharata from Calcutta


The 1882 Life of Christ:


Relocation of Manuscripts from Scribd to Archive:

Thanks to blazing fast Internet Connection here in Hyderabad, I have moved all old manuscript uploads from Scribd to archive:

Dharmartha Trust, JK Manuscripts are now at the Second Site for them in archives ( with unfortunately a lousy typo which cant be fixed unless I delete the whole account and upload again:


The Regular Site continues to recieve new uploads.

Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, Jammu


Uttar Pradesh Sanskrit Sansthan, Jammu


4th ICPR Trika Workshop on Kashmir Shaivism in Lucknow on 15-28 Feb Lucknow:

Guruji Prof Navjivan Rastogi is once again organizing the ICPR Workshop on Kashmir Shaivism in Lucknow.

All Details of Schedule/Venue/Subject I have detailed below with the Link to the Application Form:




4th ICPR 14 Day Workshop on Trika Shaivism of Kashmir on Feb 15 to 28, 2018 in Lucknow

Prof Navjivan Rastogi – my Venerable Guru – is once again conducting the 4th ICPR Workshop on Kashmir Shaivism in Lucknow between Feb 15-28  2018 lasting 14 Days. The Workshop will focus studying-in-depth the entire text of the Īśvara-pratyabhijñā-vimarśinī by the celebrated Abhinavagupta on his master Utpaladeva’s Īśvara-pratyabhijñā-kārikā.

All Scholars interesting in attending can submit Attendance Applications below:


The Detail Concept Note is readable here:


Last Date of receiving online Application is 31st Oct, 2017.

I hope all interested Scholars will find this interesting and if possible attend the Workshop.







Mysore Tour of Manuscripts and Rare Books

Just back from a Survey Tour of Mysore and got to photograph random manuscripts at 3 Places.

Residence of Professor Filliozat, Yadavgiri, Mysore :
Professor had 3 Sharada Manuscripts he had acquired in his sole trip to Srinagar in the 70s, besides many Palm Leaf Bundles.
Professor told me that there was a Old Publisher of Devanagari Texts in Karnataka , Belgaon(?) and he visited there defunct Press and acquired a Few of the remaining ones. All that was left of there publications was one room full of intermingled pages.

Photographs can be seen below:

Library Shelves:

Bhagavata Gita Sharada 1:

Bhagavat Gita Sharada 2:

Multi Text Composite Sharada Manuscript with Paratrimshika and Svachchand Bhairava:

Oriental Research Institute, Mysore
Thanks to Prof. Filliozat I got to meet Madam Devaki the Director. She informed me that they have around 60K Manuscripts of which 40K were micro-filmed( this could be wrong I am quoting from memory). I proposed that if possible I can setup a Team to convert these into PDFs and put them on archive.org

I was delighted to see there Catalog had an entry for both a Vigyan Bhairava and a Vigyan Bhairava Vyakhya. The Physical Copy however couldn’t be located.

Three Manuscripts I photographed:




Pictures from there Display Shelves:

Random Images:

Maharaja Sanskrit College( Pathshala ) 

Whereas in ORI, Mysore, I didnt get to see there Books or the Library at large besides the small Reading Room, in Pathshala I got to examine better thanks to the Director Pandurangiji.

The Library is teeming with book antiquities and so far in my survey of Libraries this one stands out in the category of antique books.

I photographed two books and one manuscript:

Th Ayurvedic Ajirna Manjari 1883


A Marathi Translation on Jyotish, 1877:

Devi Saptashati Manuscript:



Some Shelf Images:



Made a Short stop at Purna Prajna Vidyapeeth, Bangalore and photographed one text: