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Manuscripts

Museum 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’.
 The work of writing a manuscript was commenced on an auspicious day and it was suspended during mourning. When a manuscript had long since been in disuse, it was immersed into the river. Every Brahmin household followed the pursuit of writing a manuscript

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