Chunilal Gandhi Vidhyabhavan

Manuscripts

 

“Believe not because some old manuscripts are produced, believe not because it is your national belief, believe not because you have been made to believe from your childhood, but reason truth out, and after you have analyzed it, then if you find it will do good to one and all, believe it, live up to it and help others live up to it.” Gautam Buddh.

 

Chunilal Gandhi Vidyabhavan is one of the oldest institutes of Higher Learning and Research in Surat, South Gujarat, India.

The institute is mainly focusing on research in Indology, Sanskrit, Gujarati language and literature as well as Economics and Commerce. It has a very rich library.

One of the important activities of the institute has been to collect old Sanskrit Manuscripts, arrange for their preservation and publication of rare works. 

It holds one of the largest manuscript collections in Surat. These are important documents of our cultural heritage.

Institute has very valuable collection of Sanskrit manuscripts on various subjects. These manuscripts were originally collected by Shivadatt Shukla alias Swami Prakashanandnath and were donated to the institution by a successor of one of his disciples. These manuscripts were classified and a Catalogue of the same was published in two parts in the Bulletin of the Vidyabhavan.

Another set of Sanskrit manuscripts collected by Pandit Dinmanishankar Shastri, a great Sanskrit scholar was donated by Prof. Mahanlal Dave. These manuscripts are being classified and its Catalogue was published. Vidyabhavan has some very valuable manuscripts in Prakrit and Apabhransh as well as medieval Gujarati literature.

Chunilal Gandhi Vidyabhavan also has some very valuable manuscripts in Prakrit and Apabhransh as well as medieval Gujarati literature.

The manuscripts by the institute are mainly in two collections namely;

  • Shivadatta Shukla collection - 1599 manuscripts
  • Pandit Dinmanishankar Shastri collection - 962 manuscripts
  • Ichharam S. Desai And Manilal I. Desai: Gujarati Press – 110 manuscripts

A Catalogue of Shivdatta Shukla Collection has been published in two volumes as “Bulletin of the Chunilal Gandhi Vidyabhavan Issue 39-40 (Part 1), 1998-1999 and Issue 41-42 (Part II), 2000-2001.

Pandit Dinmanishankar Shastri collection has also been classified and a catalogue has been published in Bulletin of the Chunilal Gandhi Vidyabhavan Issue 45-46 (Part III), 2018-19.

DETAILS OF MANUSCRIPTS (SWAMI PRAKASHANAND COLLECTION)

Subject

No. of Manuscripts

Phonetics

07

Lexicography

15

Prosody

05

Medicine

12

Architect/Agnihotra

08

Purana Lit. & Ritual

267

Tantric Lit. & Ritual

 90

Samhya – Yoga

08

Vedanta

86

Nataka

03

Philology

07

Grammar

61

Rhetorics

20

Astrology

67

Vedic Lit. & Ritual

267

Stotras Lit.

240

Nyaya – Vaisesika

86

PoorvaMimansa

14

Kavya

70

Stories

260

Prose and Champu

06

Total

1599

 

DETAILS OF MANUSCRIPTS (ICHHARAM S. DESAI AND MANILAL I. DESAI: GUJARATI PRESS)

Subject

No. of Manuscripts

Sanskrit

52

Hindi

05

Modern Gujarati

30

Vraj

02

Medieval Gujarati

19

English

02

Total

110