|BHURI SINGH MUSEUM
AND VIDEO GALLERIES
has rich collections of manuscripts. These supply missing links of historical and cultural
importance for furtherance of our knowledge. Manuscripts were stored by pandits, saints
and scholars etc. since time immemorial. Even today, there are some families of Pandits
who boast of a very rich and varied collection of rare and important manuscripts preserved
through generations. Museum has 248 hand written manuscripts in its collection. The most
of the manuscripts are written on paper. The common view is that the use of paper as a
writing material became popular in India only during the period of the Muslim rulers.
Manuscripts are in hand made cream colour paper . These are mainly in Devanagri, Persian,
Bhoti, and Takari script . The ink used to write the manuscript was prepared from black
soot, procured from mustered oil lamp. The pandit used to sit in the VIR ASANA
posture in the BHI(outer verandah) of his house after doing his daily
abulations and place before him paper, ink and pen box. He used to touch his forehead with
the handmade kalam and utter the words OM NAMO SIDHAM.
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