Digitisation of Sanskrit Manuscripts and Books in the State of Jammu and Kashmir

This project digitised two collections of manuscripts and books in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. The team carried out work in both the Kashmir Research Institute, Srinagar and the Raghunath Temple Library, Jammu. The focus was on material relating to Sanskritism, Hinduism, Kashmir Shaivism, Tantra and Mysticism.

The archive at the Kashmir Research Institute is thought to be one of the most important collections of Hinduism and Kashmir Shaivism in the world. The Raghunath Temple Library has around 6000 manuscripts, of which around 2000 have already been digitised by the project holder and his team. It also houses ten to twenty thousand books including many rarities, most of which are uncatalogued. The collections are particularly vulnerable to pests and other environmental conditions, but also to the political instability in the region. Several Sanskrit manuscripts and books from the Ranbir Sanskrit Library, Dharmarth Trust in Jammu and CSDS Sarai Library in Delhi were digitised in the course of the project.

Project Details

Location: India, Southern Asia, Asia Organiser(s): Endangered Archives Programme (EAP) Project partner(s): Samarpan Seva Evam Shikshan Sansthan Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £25,748 Commencement Date: 04/2017 Project Status: Completed
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