Collection ID: 0002 | Metadata type: TEI
Ms. Coll. 390 Liṅgayātrā
Call numberMs. Coll. 390
(Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
- bibid: 5755633
PublisherThe University of Pennsylvania Libraries
Collection of two texts dedicated to pilgrimage routes (yātrās) around the sacred Hindu center of Vārāṇasī. The first text (f. 1r-7r) names a large set of liṅgas, the liturgical emblem of the deity Śiva, around the city, prescribing ritual bathing at each of the sacred sites (tīrthas), many of which are along one of the three rivers of Vārāṇasī. It names several well known sites such as Mahākāla, Viśveśvara, Someśvara, and Vigneśvara, among others known in the city. The second text (f. 8r-10v) is taken from a section of the Pañcakrośīmāhātmya of the Brahmavaivartapurāṇa called the Pañcakrośīyātrā or the Pilgrimage route of the city of five krośa (another traditional name for the city of Vārāṇasī). Primary purpose, like the first part, is to highlight centers sacred to the god Śiva and especially in his liṅga form. The manuscript is well worn with many smudges throughout the text through constant use in private or public meditation and prayer, forming a mental pilgrimage (yātrā) of the physical spaces named in the text.
- Title from title colophon (f. 7r); second title Pañcakrośīyātrā from second colophon (f. 10v).
- Written in 11-12 lines per leaf.
- 10 leaves foliated 1-10, upper left and lower right verso.
- Dated saṃvat 1798 cairakṛṣṇa 9 śrukre samyak (Sunday, March 26, 1741) (f. 10v).
- Mistakes blacked out; some corrections and additions in margins; double vertical black lines mark margins.
- Non-Latin script record.
Extent1 12 x 25 cm
ColophonColophon: iti brahmavaivartte paṃcakrāśīmahātme pa[ṃ]cakrośīpātrāsamāptā // śubhabhavatusaṃ[vat] 1798 cairakṛṣṇa 9 śrukre samyak (f. 10v).
- Siva (Hindu deity)
- Lingas (Śaivism)
- Devotional literature, Sanskrit
- Hindu pilgrims and pilgrimages--India
- Bathing customs--India
- Manuscripts, Sanskrit--18th century
- Manuscripts--India--18th century