Collection ID: 0002 | Metadata type: TEI
Ms. Coll. 390 Sarasvatīnamasyāmī
Call numberMs. Coll. 390
(Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
- bibid: 5758158
PublisherThe University of Pennsylvania Libraries
First part of the manuscript is a Hindu praise (stotra) of the river Sarasvatī, typically associated with a heavenly river than an earthly river, its physical location being disputed; and would be used to aid in private or public meditation or prayer. Second part of manuscript similarly praises the terror inducing deity Narasiṃha, who is conceived as half a man and half a lion, and an avatāra of the deity Viṣṇu. Text emphasizes the god's power, strength, and fearfulness. Both parts open with a mantra to the god Rāma rather than to Gaṇeśa, the lord of beginnings, who more typically opens every Sanskrit text.
- Title from incipit (f. 1r); alternate title Sarasvatīstotra for first part of manuscript; alternate title Narasiṃhajayati for second part of manuscript.
- Written in 9-10 lines per leaf.
- 2 leaves foliated 1, , upper left and lower right verso.
- Colophon (part one): iti brahmapurāṇe sarasvatīstotrasaṃpurṇam sūbham astu (f. 1).
- Colophon (part two): iti śrīnarasi[ṃ]hajayati saṃpurṇamarāmarāma (f. 2v).
- Mistakes covered over in yellow or blacked out; some corrections and additions in margins; vertical margins marked with double black line.
- Non-Latin script record.
Extent1 12 x 24 cm
ColophonColophon (part one): iti brahmapurāṇe sarasvatīstotrasaṃpurṇam sūbham astu (f. 1).
- Narasiṃha (Hindu deity)
- Vishnu (Hindu deity)
- Rāma (Hindu deity)
- Devotional literature, Sanskrit
- Manuscripts, Sanskrit--18th century
- Manuscripts, Sanskrit--19th century
- Manuscripts--India--18th century
- Manuscripts--India--19th century