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  • Album of images of Hindu deities

    Manuscript, Drawing, Watercolour, Illustration

    This album is one of two volumes that contain botanical paintings, intricate line drawings and vibrant watercolours of H...

  • Bhagavad Gita, 18th century

    Manuscript

    A finely illustrated manuscript version of the Bhagavad Gītā, one of the most inspiring expressions of Hindu spiritualit...

  • Bhagavad Gita, 19th century

    Manuscript

    A fine version of the Bhagavad Gītā, the most revered text of Hinduism, from the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra. Why...

  • Devi Mahatmya

    Manuscript

    An illustrated palm-leaf manuscript of the Devī Māhātmya, a devotional text in praise of Durgā. Made in Bhaktapur, Nepal...

  • Devi Mahatmya

    Manuscript

    An illustrated version of the Devī Māhātmya (‘Glorification of the Goddess’), describing the Goddess Durgā’s battle agai...

  • Drawings demonstrating yoga poses and the parts of...

    Drawing, Illustration, Image, Manuscript

    This collection of coloured drawings of different postures practised by Hata yogis contains 84 recognised 'asanas' and 2...

  • Jagannath Puri temple

    Cloth, Painting

    A superb example of the Odisha tradition of painting on cloth (patha chitra). What is depicted in it? This painting fea...

  • Kurma, the Tortoise avatar of Vishnu

    Watercolour

    An 18th-century painting of Samudramanthana, ‘the churning of the ocean’, one of the most important creation myths.The m...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...