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Descriptive Catalogue of Oriental Manuscripts in The Shri Ranbir Sanskrit Research Institute Raghunath Mandir, Jammu - Jammu Kashmir (Set of 3 Volumes)

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Item Code: UAI408
Author: Aurel Stein, M.M. Patkar, Dhaniram Shastri and Kamal K. Mishra
Language: Sanskrit and English
Edition: 2022
ISBN: Vol-I 9789393214133
Vol-II 9789393214256
Vol-III 9789393214379
Pages: 1685
Other Details 10.00 X 7.00 inch
Weight 3.62 kg
Book Description

It was my forefather the intrepid Maharaja Gulab Singh who, in 1846, created the State of Jammu and Kashmir which was the largest Indian State during the British Rule. That was an extraordinary achievement considering that it incorporated huge areas of Gilgit-Baltistan and Ladakh that had never before really been part of India. These were conquered at great cost and sacrifice by Dogra soldiers drawn from Jammu and Himachal. His son, the second ruler Maharaja Ranbir Singh was also a truly remarkable man. He consolidated and enlarged the borders of the State, gave the people a penal code named after him and was one of the greatest temple builders in modern times. The magnificent Shiva Temple in Jammu, the Sri Ranbireshwar Mandir, and the unique temple complex, the Sri Raghunath Mandir, stand as testimony to his devotion.

Maharaja Ranbir Singh was also a great patron of scholarship. Soon after he ascended the throne in 1856 he sent a team of pandits from Jammu to travel around India and acquire as many manuscripts as were available. As a result of these efforts a collection of around 8000 manuscripts was built up covering almost every area of theological scholarship, including Buddhist and Jain texts. This unique collection is located in the Sri Ranbir Sanskrit Research Institute within the Sri Raghunath Mandir complex which includes the priceless Gilgit manuscripts - Buddhists texts discovered in the Gilgit region in 1931 including celebrated Lotus Sutra. These are dated to approximately 5th-6th century A.D. and are written in Buddhist Sanskrit in the Sarda script. Many extremely rare manuscripts are preserved in the Institute which is a treasure trove of Sanskrit manuscripts.

No collection is complete without a catalogue. The first catalogue of this collection was made by the eminent scholar Aurel Stein in 1856. Several decades ago my father Maharaja Hari Singh handed over the responsibility of managing the Dharmarth Trust which was set up by Maharaja Gulab Singh when he founded the State in order to preserve and protect Hindu monuments in Jammu & Kashmir. Down to today the Trust manages over a hundred shrines, both in the Jammu and Kashmir regions. Soon after taking over I realized that subsequent to the Stein catalogue there had been many more additions to the manuscript library and, therefore, the catalogue needed updating.

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