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Sanskrit Manuscripts : Dhāraṇīsaṅgraha


Sanskrit Manuscripts

<p style='text-align: justify;'> The <i>Dhāraṇīsaṅgraha</i>, or <i>Dhāraṇīmantrasaṃgraha</i>, 'Dhāraṇī(-mantra) Collection’ includes hundreds of <i>dhāraṇī</i>s, "connected with all the chief personages of the Buddhist Pantheon, as well as with some of the chief literary works: e.g. the 'Lotus' and the Laṅkāvatāra (Bendall 1883: 49)". This important Buddhist text remains unedited. This beautifully illuminated paper manuscript from Nepāl is dated to 1719 CE, and has been written in the Tarumūla Mahāvihāra in Kathmandu by a Buddhist scribe named Patideva, during the reign of Jayamahendrasiṃha Malla (1714-1722). It was commissioned by a Buddhist monk named Trailokara (who belonged to the Bhāskadeva Saṃskārita Śrīkeśavacandrakṛtapārāvatamahāvihāra), and his wife Pūrṇṇāvatī, probably represented with their family in the illumination on <a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(448);return false;'>folio 223 verso</a> (the members of the family are mentioned in the colophon).</p>

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