Pune: 500-Year-Old Rigveda Manuscript To Be Showcased At G-20 Summit In New Delhi

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Pune, 4th September 2023: As part of the G-20 Heads of State Summit held at Bharat Mandapam in New Delhi, an exhibition titled ‘Cultural Corridor’ will showcase the Rigveda manuscript from the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute (BORI), Pune. Each participating country will contribute two items of national significance to this exhibition.

Bhupal Patwardhan, Chairman of the Executive Board of BORI, said that the manuscript of the Rigveda is approximately 500 years old and is inscribed in the Kashmiri Bhurjapatra style using the Sarada script.

This invaluable manuscript was acquired by scholar George Buehr in 1875 and is renowned as one of the oldest and most authentic versions of the Rigveda. It has played a vital role in Rigvedic research.

In addition to the Rigveda, Panini’s Ashtadhyayi manuscript from Delhi’s Lal Bahadur Shastri University will also be featured as a cultural treasure in the exhibition.

Dr. Amrita Natu, Assistant Curator at the BORI, and Research Assistant Balkrishna Joshi handed over the Rigveda copy to the exhibition organizers in Delhi. Dr. Anirvan Dash, Director of the National Manuscript Mission, received the manuscript.

Following the exhibition, the manuscript will be returned to the Bhandarkar Institute.

The exhibition will also feature other notable items such as the Magna Charta (Great Charter) of England, America’s Declaration of Independence, and prehistoric human remains from Africa.


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