[INDOLOGY] Two new etexts from collaboration of Muktabodha with the IFP .

Harry Spier vasishtha.spier at gmail.com
Fri Nov 17 03:27:07 UTC 2023

Dear list members,

Two new etexts have been added to the Muktabodha digital library
as part of the collaborative project between the Muktabodha Indological
Research Institute and the Institut Francais de Pondichery .

The etexts are being produced by the staff of the IFP under the direction
of Dr. Deviprasad Mishra. The funding is provided by Muktabodha, India.

As part of this project the following 2 manuscript bundles have now been
added to the Muktabodha digital library and can be accessed from this link.

Note also that the original manuscripts can be viewed in the IFP manuscript
database.  The easiest way to locate these manuscripts in the IFP database
is by the manuscript number: 26381, 30846
The link to the IFP  manuscript database is:

The new manuscripts from this project, now added to the Muktabodha digital
library are:

 IFP manuscript 26381 Vātulāgama and  IFP manuscript 30846 Bhaktavilāsa

The detailed description of these manuscripts by Deviprasad Mishra is:

1. RE 26381 Vatulagama. There are 63 folios in this bundle. The conditions
of folios are very good. Around 7/8 lines and 50 characters in each lines
are there on each side of folios.  Size of the manuscript 14 x 2.  This
bundle deals with few paṭalas of Vātulāgma which is one of the 28
Siddhantha Saiva mūlāgamas. The Śrotā means, the receivers of this Āgama is
Șanmukha. As per the Kāmikāgama the Śrotā should be Śiva and Mahākāla but
here are some changes. There are 12 Upāgamas for this mūlāgama,  namely
Vātulam,  Vātulottaram, Kālajñānam, Prarohitam, Sarvam, Dharmātmakam,
Nityam, Śreṣṭam, Śuddham, Mahānanam, Viśvam and Viśvātmkam. This bundle
mainly contains the *Nityārcanāvidhipaṭala*, the pūjā which does by the
priest in all the days for the sake of *lōkakalyānam* in Multiverse. The
other related topics in the Paṭala are Śivaliṅgārcanam, Śaucādi-nityakarma,
Nitya-naimittika-kāmya-pūjā, Utsavaviṣayaḥ, Prāyaścittaviṣayaḥ and there
difference in musical instruments and flowers etc.
2. RE 30846 Bhaktavilasa. There are 43 folios in this bundle. Good in
condition. The size is 32x3.5 and there are 9 lines per folio. In this
bundle is reads about Śivabhaktavilāsa which is written by Sri Agastyar
Maharshi and that which has been explained in many Puranas and the details
of Śivabhaktas like Sundaramurthy nayanar, Musukunda Chakravarthi,
Nīlakanta nayanar, etc. Mainly Taduttatkondapuranam of Sundaramurthy
Nayanar and  according to legend, a Chola
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chola> king named Muchukunda
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muchukunda> obtained a boon from Indra
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indra> (a celestial deity) and wished to
receive an image of Thyagaraja Swamy (presiding deity, Shiva
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiva> in the temple) reposing on the chest
of reclining Lord Vishnu <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_Vishnu>. Indra
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indra> tried to misguide the king and had
six other images made, but the king chose the right image and manifested
Thiyagaraja in Tiruvarur <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiruvarur>. This is
part of *Skandapurana Arunacalamahatma khaṇḍa* andthe *Śivabhaktamahātma*

Thank you,
Harry Spier
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