Shri Ram Das Gupta
The primary aim of the Institute is to collect and preserve manuscripts and other research material in the Braj area, and to make it available to scholars from different parts of India and abroad. The Institute's collection now contains more than 30,000 manuscripts in Sanskrit, Hindi, Bengali, Oriya, Gujrati, Urdu and Punjabi languages,and more manuscripts are being added to The collection by passage of time besides about 200 miniatures, 200 historical documents in the Nagari and Persian scripts, a large number of old stamps, postcards and envelopes and some coins and sculptures.
Most of the manuscripts in the collection belong to the 16th to 18th centuries and are of considerable value in the study of the medieval literature of northern India. Some of them are very old and valuable, such as a manuscript in the handwriting of Sanatan Gosvami dated 1534 A.D.The institute has a very large number of mss belonging to Gaudhiya seat of which a good and quite a number of them are of unknown and unpublished works. Much of the material imparts to the collection a special importance in the history and literature of the Godiya sect; the Institute is proud to have preserved several ostensibly autograph manuscripts of Rup Gosvami, Sanatan Gosvami, Jiv Gosvami and Krishna Das Kaviraj, the first three of whom were contemporaries of Chaitanya (1486-1533 A.D.), the founder of the sect. The collection also has manuscripts of many important works of the other sects, notably the Nimbark, Ramandi, Vallabhi, Radhavallabhi and Hari Dasi sects.There are about 150 palm leaf manuscripts in the Oriya, Bengali and Nagari scripts and also on bhurjapatra(birch bark). Many of the mss are illustrated.
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