WRITING IN ANCIENT INDIA – LITERARY EVIDENCES FROM DHARMA ŚĀSTRA

          Smṛtis are the ancient law texts of India. There are more than twenty such texts are available today. These texts too have so many references which enact as the evidences for writing in ancient India. Nārada smṛti gives an important note on writing.           नाकरिष्यद्यदि ब्रह्मा लिखितं चक्षुरुत्तमम्।       तत्रेयमस्य लोकस्य नाभविष्यच्छुभा गतिः।। नारदस्मृतिः,…

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WRITING IN ANCIENT INDIA – LITERARY EVIDENCES IN ITIHĀSAS AND PURĀṆAS

We have already seen the literary evidences in Vedas and Vedāṅgas for the writing in ancient India. Now we can proceed to the Itihāsas and Purāṇas the religious scriptures of India. Rāmāyaṇa and Mahābhārata are the two important epics of India. The two epics have important evidences that can be quoted to claim the ancientness…

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