Tamil University, Thanjavur: Tamil University has a unique repository of 8000 palm leaf
manuscripts and more than 500 bundles of palm leaf revenue records. The film shows a 300
year old manuscript with 720 leaves, a pigeon couriered letter with personal seals, Pakshi
Shastra, 15th Century Tamil grammar, numerological manuscripts with notes of students,
illustrated Raas Leela etc.
Saraswati Mahal, Thanjavur: The film explores the majestic city of Thanjavur,
records a priest who till date inscribes on palm leaves, and enters Saraswati Mahal, a
treasure trove housing rare manuscripts, maps, paintings and books. It has 30433 palm leaf
manuscripts and 6426 books. The film highlights many dimensions of conservation of these
Manuscripts. The Nanavidha Nighantu in Sanskrit and Telugu Dictionary, Kamba Ramayanam,
Catalogues of Manuscript prepared in palm leaves by Maharaja Sarfoji, 1801 are also
State Museum, Bhubaneswar: The film establishes the magnificent architectural
contours of Bhubaneshwar city and presents the grand heritage of Manuscripts of Orissa.
State Museum of Orissa is the first halt where one can find rare collections of about 37,000
manuscripts mainly on palm leaves. Here one can see Buddhist Tibetan texts, ornate Tantrik
texts, illustrated Vaishnava texts as also manuscripts made in the form of sword, parrot and
hand-fan, bamboo leaf, mouse etc. the camera has captured glimpses of manuscripts like
Chitra Kavya by poet Upendra Bhanja of 18th century; Geeta Govinda by Jayadeva with Sarvanga
Sundari Tika etc.
Library of Utkal University: Next halt was Parija Library of Utkal University. This
manuscript library has a great collection of palm leaf manuscripts mainly brought from
Jagannath Temple, both on ritual and administration. Some of the manuscripts are on
Dashavatara and Devi Iconography.
Kedarnath Goveshana Pratisthan, Bhubaneswar: Next station in Bhubaneshwar was
Kedarnath Gaveshana Pratisthan. This library has some 3000 rare manuscripts on palm leaves.
Some of these are on Mathematics, Geeta Govinda, Bhagavata, etc.
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