Collection ID: 0002 | Metadata type: TEI
Ms. Coll. 390 Mahāsthānavaibhava
Call numberMs. Coll. 390
(Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
- bibid: 5797278
PublisherThe University of Pennsylvania Libraries
Manuscript for use in private or public recitation, prayer, and worship, especially for a kind of virtual pilgrimage of the sacred Hindu center of Varāṇasī. Text is a collection or compendium of excerpts from a variety of purāṇic and epic works, including the Mahābhārata, the Harivaṃśa, the Skandapurāṇa Nāgarakhaṇḍa, the Viṣṇudharmapurāṇa, among other works. Sacred spots within the city of Varāṇasī, such as the famous jyotirliṅga Viśveśvara, the Ganges River, are named. Cites the presence of Śiva, Viṣṇu, and Brahmā and promotes their worship, especially that of Śiva, and posits the many benefits that may be obtained from coming to the city, residing, or even dying there, seeing its various sacred images of the gods, and more.
- Title from marginal note (f. 1r); alternate title Pañcakrośātmaka from incipit (f. 1r).
- Written in 9-10 lines per leaf.
- 12 leaves foliated 1-12, lower right verso.
- Mistakes blacked out; some corrections and additions in margins.
- Notes on paper and bindings or wrappings.
- Non-Latin script record.
Extent1 11 x 20 cm
- Siva (Hindu deity)
- Vishnu (Hindu deity)
- Brahmā (Hindu deity)
- Sacred space
- Pilgrims and pilgrimages--India
- Lingas (Śaivism)
- Devotional literature, Sanskrit
- Manuscripts, Sanskrit--18th century
- Manuscripts, Sanskrit--19th century
- Manuscripts--India--18th century
- Manuscripts--India--19th century