Collection ID: 0002 | Metadata type: TEI

Ms. Coll. 390 Liṅgayātrā



Call number

Ms. Coll. 390
(Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Rare Book & Manuscript Library)

Alternate identifiers


The University of Pennsylvania Libraries


In Sanskrit


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.



1 12 x 25 cm




Colophon: iti brahmavaivartte paṃcakrāśīmahātme pa[ṃ]cakrośīpātrāsamāptā // śubhabhavatusaṃ[vat] 1798 cairakṛṣṇa 9 śrukre samyak (f. 10v).

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fol. 1r
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fol. 1v-2r
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fol. 2v-3r
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fol. 3v-4r
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fol. 4v-5r
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fol. 5v-6r
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fol. 6v-7r
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fol. 7v-8r
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fol. 8v-9r
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fol. 9v-10r
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fol. 10v
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