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Jiva Institute of Vaishnava Studies aims to make the wisdom contained in ancient Sanskrit texts accessible for the world’s benefit. It maintains a well organized and comprehensive library containing more than 10,000 texts in Sanskrit, English, and Hindi. It also houses over 5,000 handwritten books and rare manuscripts in Sanskrit, Bengali and Brajabhasha, which are written on handmade paper, mango leaves and tree bark.

 

Book preservation

There are thousands of rare and often original Vedic works, hundreds of years old, currently deteriorating throughout India. Many of these classical texts are the private libraries of individuals, stored without the proper resources for their maintenance. Worse yet, there are frequent reports of such libraries being burned or buried by the uninterested descendants of their original collectors.

Dr. Satyanarayana Dasa with old manuscripts

In response to this problem, the Indian Government has made some attempts to locate aged works and preserve them. Many texts have been microfilmed, laminated, and stored in library facilities. Although these attempts have been positive strides, a great need remains to locate, obtain, and preserve Vedic texts from an otherwise uncertain future.

Jiva Institute of Vaishnava Studies has established a preservation program to protect these books and make them available to the world. We hope you will help us find and preserve rare books so future generations can continue to have access to Indian literature.

Manuscripts

Jiva library contains over 5,000 old and rare Sanskrit, Bengali and Brajabhasha manuscripts written on handmade paper, mango leaves and tree bark. Ancient Sanskrit ManuscriptManuscripts include works on Sanskrit Grammar, Drama, Tantra, Puranas, Itihasa, Jyotish (Astrology), Ayurveda, and Stotras. Many of these works are in fragile condition and we are preserving them to keep them in tact. We plan to digitize these manuscripts and ancient texts to make them available to the public online.

Book Donation

The Jiva Institute of Vaishnava Studies is always searching for book and manuscripts to augment its existing collection. If you possess some texts that you wish to donate, please contact us. Your contribution of cash and/or books is highly appreciated as we endeavor to maintain ancient Vedic scriptures for future generations. To make a donation, please contact Jaya at jaya@jiva.org.