Sanskrita Sahitya Parishad

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Foundation

This institution owes its origin to a handful of Sanskrit pundits with limited financial resources but endowed with unlimited love and zeal for the rich heritage of the country. It was founded in A. D. 1916 in a tiny rented house. It is now housed in its own spacious three storeyed building. It has now become an advanced center of Sanskrit learning and research.

Aspects

It has all the aspects of a typical research center. They are:

  1. Teaching facilities
  2. A well- equipped library providing all opportunities for research
  3. Publishing books after carefully scrutinizing and editing the manuscripts
  4. Bringing out a journal of its own

Contribution

  • It provides free teaching in its Catuspāthi section in subjects like:
  1. Vedānta
  2. Navyanyāya
  3. Sāṅkhya
  4. Smṛtis
  5. Pāṇini
  6. Kāvya
  • Scholarships are also offered to meritorious students.
  • The Pariṣat can boast of possessing 20,000 manuscripts, especially on the subjects of dharmaśāstras and Navyanyāya.
  • Descriptive catalogs of the manuscripts are almost ready for publication.
  • The library has 22,000 printed books which are easily available to non-members also for reference work.

Achievements

  • Another specialty of this library is that it is able to add photo copies of extremely rare books also whenever the originals are available.
  • The Pariṣat is publishing a monthly Sanskrit journal of research value.
  • It has also brought out fifty important Sanskrit texts so far.
  • More are in the offing in the near future.

Goals

  • Work is now under progress on the famous work on Navyanyāya, the Tattvacintāmaṇi of Gaṅgeśa[1] with the commentary Mayukha.
  • The several Tattvas of Raghunandana[2] are also in the process of being published in due course.
  • Other activities of the institution include honoring veteran and great scholars in Sanskrit, organizing dramatic shows in Sanskrit for popularizing the language and conducting classes on German language.


References

  1. He lived in circa A. D. 1200.
  2. He lived in 16th Century A. D.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore