Q: Westerners taking away manuscripts

Vidyasankar Sundaresan vidya at cco.caltech.edu
Thu May 16 00:02:32 UTC 1996

Ganesan wrote:

> Last weekend, the priest at Meenakshi temple, Houston told
> me: "In Mysore, on the very week when Krishnaraja Wodayar's
> royal wedding tookplace, a manuscript library housed under tiled roof
> went up in flames. Two Germans who were there for years
> were not found later. They took away the atharvaNaveda with lot of
> yantra (machines) making plus many more."

Agehananda Bharati recounts somewhere that an Indian army officer  
once claimed that Argentina got its name because Arjuna, the  
Pandava, conquered South America!

Mokshamula Bhatta and Pala Devasena, those ubiquitous Germans, are  
usually "credited" with taking away Vedic knowledge from India. I  
don't think there are any written accounts though, if you discount  
things written by P. N. Oak and others of his ilk.

S. Vidyasankar

More information about the INDOLOGY mailing list