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Manuscripts in Thanjavur Maharaja Serfoji’s Saraswathi Mahal Library to be Made Online

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams Central Library and SV Digital Library have started digitizing the manuscripts and collections in the famous Thanjavur Maharaja Serfoji’s Saraswathi Mahal Library. The library is a treasure house of knowledge with manuscripts on art, culture and literature. Most the manuscripts belong to the dynasties of Nayaks and Marathas of Thanjavur. The library was started during the rule of the Nayak dynasty in the 16th century and was later developed by Maratha kings of Thanjavur. The library has over 45,000 manuscripts and around 39,000 of them are in Sanskrit.The library contains important Ayurvedic manuscripts in the form of prescriptions and case studies by the then Ayurvedic doctors. Apart from the manuscripts, it also has a vast collection of paintings and maps from the medieval period.The Indian Express reportsFollowing request of the Government of Tamil Nadu to TTD Central Library and Digital Library to digitise the collection at the Saraswathi Mahal Libra…

Five Elephants Killed By Lighting in West Bengal, India

The Telegraph reports that five elephants were found dead on the Radiak riverbed near Alipurduar in Jalpaiguri district, West Bengal. Forest officials have given lightning as the reason. The dead elephants, which included two cubs, were spotted by employees of a tea estate near Buxa tiger reserve. Although the government believes the cause of death was lighting it has ordered an inquiry into the episode.Elephants do get killed by lighting but it is very rare that so many of them get killed in one stroke. Wildlife officials were unable to recall similar instances. Animesh Bose, the founder of the Himalayan Nature and Adventure Foundation, recalled an instance in late 1980s when five elephants were killed by lightning.