MATERIALS USED FOR MANUSCRIPTS – STONE

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          Stone was used for writing from very early times. There are so many instances where stone epigraphs are found with great eloquence. But in the view of manuscripts only few of them can be considered as manuscripts containing scriptures. Though the edicts of Aśoka, Tāḷḷaguṇḍa pillar inscription, Hathigumpha Cave inscription and Kanyākumāri stone epigraph…

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WRITING MATERIALS FOR MANUSCRIPTS – SĀÑCĪPĀT AND TŪLIPĀT

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We have seen Palm leaf, paper and Bhūrja patra, the major materials that are used for writing manuscripts. These are other two materials that were used only in the north eastern part of the country. Sāñcīpāt and Tūlipāt are the materials. Sāñcīpāt               The Agaru or aloe tree is called as Sāñcī in Assam and…

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WRITING IN ANCIENT INDIA – FOREIGNER’S NOTES

          We have already seen the evidences for writing in ancient India from Vedas, Vedāṅgas, Itihasas, Purāṇas, Dharma, Artha, Kama śāstras and Kāvyas. Even foreigners who visited India from centuries even before the common era noted and documented the writing system of their period. Such notes are available and act as the evidences. Greek writers…

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