The experiences and knowledge from our past are recorded in manuscripts which have been handed down to us over several thousand years. The Government of India, through the Department of Culture, took note of the importance of this vast tangible heritage and, in order to preserve and conserve as well as to make access to this wealth easy, established the National Mission for Manuscripts (NMM). In order to disseminate the knowledge content of manuscripts, the Mission has taken up several programmes such as lectures, seminars, and workshops. The Mission publishes the proceedings of the above-said programmes under the following series: "Sarnraksika" (on conservation), "Tattvabodha" (comprising lectures based on manuscripts delivered by eminent scholars), Samiksika" (research- oriented papers presented in the seminars), and "Krtibodha" (transcribed and edited texts prepared at advanced level manuscriptology workshops conducted by NMM).
NMM has taken up a project for publishing rare and unpublished manuscripts in three forms: (a) facsimile, (b) critical edition with annotation, and (c) critical edition with translation. This series has been named as "Prakasika".
This critically edited volume of the Sivajnanabodhabhasyam is a commentary by Sivagrayogin, an acclaimed authority on Saiva Siddhanta, on the Sivajnanabodhabhasyam of Meykandadeva, another great exponent of Saivaism. It is the most authentic, canonical and methodical work on Saiva Siddhanta. It stands as a mark of classical scholasticism in the Indian philosophical system. It is 39 in the Prakasika Series.
Dr Sharath Chandra Swamy is currently the Director of Research Institute of Shaivism, Karnataka Samskrit University, Mysore. He is appointed as Asst Professor of Vedanta Faculty, Karnataka Sanskrit University, Bangalore in 2013. Prior to his appointment, he served for more than seven years as a manuscriptologist in Oriental Research Institute, University of Mysore. He has several years work experience in the areas of teaching, research and administration.
Swamy received his PhD from University of Mysore, Karnataka with "the Best Thesis Award". He has a double master's degree in Philosophy, Vidwat in Shakti Vishishtadvaita Vedanta and diplomas in different allied subjects. He has made national and international presentations for many professional groups. He has several research publications published in well-known journals and papers presented in various conferences.
He has received several honours. Notably "Prof. Hiriyanna Award" for the Best Indological Book and his most recent honour was the "Karnataka Sahitya Academy Award". He currently serves as a member of various boards of universities and educational institutions. His recent publications include Siddhanta Kaumudi Vyakhya, Kanada Samgraha Vivaranam, and Nudisodaru. His previous book Bauddha Dharma Darsana is a standard reference work on the Buddhist philosophy.
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