Palm leaf manuscripts (fwd)

Jaldhar H. Vyas jaldhar at BRAINCELLS.COM
Mon Jan 10 16:41:12 CST 2000

On Tue, 4 Jan 2000, Ravisankar S. Mayavaram wrote:

> Respected Sir/Madam, I am interested in Sankaracharya's works of
> Soundaryalahari. I came to know that these slokas are written in palmleaves and
> preserved in  one of the library/museum in Philadelphia. Would you please  help
> me in locating the palm leaf manuscript , as where can I see them ? I would be
> much obliged if you can help me in this regard. Thanking you , Sincerely yours,
> Shankari Rangarajan.

Sanskrit is taught at the University of Pennsylvania (By Prof. George
Cardona I believe.) Their website is . No doubt their
library has manuscripts.  However I doubt very much if the palm-leaf
manuscripts date back to Shankaracharya time.  They have one fatal flaw
over paper--ants find palm leaves delicious.  Plus Pandits prefer to
memorize rather than rely on written words.  As a consequence most
manuscripts are actually fairly recent in vintage.

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at>

bhava shankara deshikame sharaNam

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