Library

The stone building which is in the centre of the present premises of the Institute houses the library which stores published books as well as the manuscripts collected from places all over India.

1. A) The institute has published 146 books and 197 volumes in Sanskrit on various subjects of Hindu religion and Indian culture which run into 64000 pages. All these books are printed after the research done under the supervision of the able Pandits (scholars) engaged by the Institute. In olden days these were printed by Herculean system. After 1950 A.D. such Sanskrit scholars have become rare and unavailable for this time-consuming task. Currently, what is done is only to reprint the old titles. These are in demand by Mathas and Sanskrit Universities, researchers and students from Kanyakumari to Himalayas. These books are sold at comparatively very low prices as was the desire of the founder.

Though 45% of the titles are reprinted and republished during last 25 years, the rest 55% are still waiting for reprint due to shortage of funds. Every year just one or two titles which are in demand get published according to the funds and donations available. Hence the Institute is always in need of funds.

In 2016 the second part of the text “Taittirīya Āraṇyaka” was reprinted together with ten pages of introduction in English using, for the first time, the new desk top printing technique, whereas the other part is still waiting for the necessary funds.

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1) B) The manuscripts- collection and preservation
There is a collection of 15100 manuscrips on twenty-six different subjects in the library of the Institute which are collected by its founder, by travelling all over the India during that time. The number of their pages is above ten lakhs. The manuscript 'Jyotisharatnamala' is the oldest one written in 1449 A.D. It is extremely necessary to protect these from insects and white ants. In the earlier period the powder of Acorus Calamus (Vekhanda) used to be spread between the pages and then those were tied in cloth. Then these were classified into various subjects and kept in steel cupboards. Presently each and every page is first cleaned by a brush to remove the dust from it and then is preserved in acid free paper cover. While packing, powder of pepper, Vekhanda, Cuminam Cyminum (Kadu Jire), clove is spread between the pages. Then the manuscript is again packed in thick acid free paper and is bound in red cloth. These are now kept upright like files.

However, this was not sufficient and hence with the help of ‘National Mission for Manuscripts’ of New Delhi, in 2012, 80% of these manuscripts were digitalized and the remaining were digitalized by the institute with its own funds. In this way the complete collection of 15,100 manuscript is saved in the form of subject wise DVDs and hard disks.

The students and researches visit the Institute from all over India and from the foreign countries also. We then provide them the manuscripts of the relevant research subjects. If they require copies they are provided the required copies at nominal charges according to the size of the Manuscripts.