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  • Mahabharatam

    Manuscript

    The Udyoga Parvan is one chapter of the Sanskrit Mahābhāratā, translated by Tuñcattŭ Eḻuttacchan into a famous Ma...

  • Matsya, the Fish avatara of Vishnu

    Watercolour

    An 18th-century painting of Matsya avatāra, shown defeating the demon Śankhāsura. As sustainer of the universe, Vishnu...

  • Maulidi: kasida (poem) performance from Zanzibar

    Sound recording

    Live recording of a kasida (Arabic. Qaṣīdah) forming part of a maulidi performance. What is a maulidi performance? Mauli...

  • Mewar Ramayana

    Manuscript

    One of the world's most beautiful Rāmāyaṇa manuscripts prepared for Maharana Jagat Singh, the ruler of the Rajput kingdo...

  • Narasimha, the Man-Lion avatar of Vishnu

    Watercolour

    A Kalighat painting of Narasiṃha, the Man-Lion avatar of Vishnu, shown disembowelling the demon king Hiraṇyakaśhipu. As...

  • Old English Hexateuch

    Manuscript

    The Old English Hexateuch provides invaluable evidence of an English person’s experience of the Bible in their own langu...

  • Parvati holding the infant Ganesha

    Watercolour, Image

    A Kalighat painting showing the goddess Pārvatī enthroned with the infant Ganesha in her arms. The painting dates to c.1...

  • Perfection of Wisdom Sutra

    Manuscript

    Two leaves from early West-Tibetan ‘Perfection of Wisdom’ manuscripts. What is the ‘Perfection of Wisdom’? The ‘Perfect...

  • Phra Malai and Abhidhamma extracts

    Manuscript

    Extracts from the Abhidhamma and the legend of Phra Mālai in Thai language in Khmer script. The manuscript This manuscri...

  • Polyglot Psalter

    Manuscript

    A Hebrew psalm-book with parallel Greek, Latin and English translations. What are Psalms? The Book of Psalms (in Hebrew...

  • Printed copy of the Diamond Sutra

    Scroll, Woodblock printed scroll

    This copy of the Diamond Sūtra in Chinese language, complete with a beautifully illustrated frontispiece, is the world's...

  • Razmnamah: the Persian Mahabharata

    Manuscript

    A Mughal imperial illustrated copy of the last five books containing sections 14–18 of the Razmnāmah (‘Book of war’), th...

  • Rig-veda-Sanhita

    Printed book

    This 1869 edition of the Rig Veda Samhita by Friedrich Max Müller is one of the earliest English translation of the Rig ...

  • Rigveda

    Manuscript

    The Rig Veda is one of the oldest and most important texts in the śruti tradition of Hinduism. What is the Rig Veda? Th...

  • Silos Apocalypse

    Manuscript

    This world map comes from a beautifully illuminated copy of Beatus of Liébana's ‘Commentary on the Apocalypse of ...