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Palm-Leaf Manuscript Museum

  • IASbaba
  • December 29, 2022
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History and Art and Culture
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Context: The Kerala government came with a palm-leaf manuscript museum with modern audio-visual technology at the Central Archives, Fort, in Thiruvananthapuram.

About Palm-leaf manuscript:

  • These are manuscripts made from dried palm leaves.
  • Palm leaves were used as writing materials in the Indian subcontinent and in Southeast Asia reportedly dating back to the 5th century BCE.
  • Their use began in South Asia and spread to other regions, as texts on dried and smoke-treated palm leaves of Palmyra palm or the talipot palm.
  • Their use continued till the 19th century when printing presses replaced hand-written manuscripts.
  • One of the oldest surviving palm leaf manuscripts of a complete treatise is a Sanskrit Shaivism text from the 9th-century, discovered in Nepal, now preserved at the Cambridge University Library.

About the museum:

  • It is set up by the Archives Department.
  • The museum has eight theme-based galleries where select manuscripts from one of the biggest palm-leaf collections in the country will be displayed.
  • The other galleries are:
    • Land and people.
    • Administration.
    • War and peace.
    • Education and health.
    • Economy
  • Art and culture – the Mathilakom records (a collection of 3,000 cadjan manuscript rolls possessed by Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple).

Source: The Hindu

 

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