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Showing posts from September 3, 2007

700 year old Hindu palm leaf manuscript digitally restored

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) has digitally restored the 700 year old Hindu palm leaf manuscript - Sarvamoola Granthas. Ten months back this blog had written about RIT scientists trying to digitally preserve the dilapidated palm leaf original Hindu writings in Sarvamoola Granthas, attributed to philosopher-saint Shri Madhvacharya (1238-1317). The project was led by RIT professors P.R. Mukund and Roger L. Easton Jr. The Sarvamoola Granthas is a collection of 36 works written in Sanskrit and contains commentaries on sacred Hindu scriptures and conveys Shri Madhvacharya’s Dvaita philosophy.The Damaged ManuscriptEach leaf of the manuscript measures 26 inches long and two inches wide. The leaves are bound together with braided cord threaded through two holes. Heavy wooden covers sandwich the 342 palm leaves, which are cracked and chipped at the edges. In its current condition, the Sarvamoola Granthas is difficult to handle and to read as the result of centuries of inappropriate s…

Manga Style Comics based on Hindu Mythology from Fluid Friction

Fluid Friction, a Hong Kong based team, is planning to release comic books based on Hindu Mythology in Manga Style or Japanese Style. The stories in the new comic are inspired by the Mahabharata. The comic series takes place in a place called Bhumi. It seems the residents of Bhumi are gods, demons, half-gods and men. Devashard is the first chapter from the chronicles of Bhumi.Nothing much could be found regarding the storyline in Fluid Friction’s website but there is a character designing competition open to Indians. The participants have to design the character after reading the description of the character given in the brochure.This is an image from the Fluid Friction website. So, don’t expect the normal Arjuna, Bhima and Krishna in the series. The first book in the series is expected in January 2008.

Medicinal Properties of Sacred Trees in Hindu Temples

Majority of the Hindu temples in India have huge trees or sacred groves in its vicinity. Nowadays, with rampant commercialization of temples these trees and sacred groves have given way to concrete buildings. With each tree cut and each sacred grove cleared, the indigenous wisdom about a plant’s medicinal properties is lost forever. Most of these temple trees are noted for its medicinal properties and sacred groves are a well known source of Ayurvedic medicines. Sadly, no significant scientific research has been done on trees found in the vicinity of Hindu temples.Recently, scientists at the M.S. Swaminathan Foundation for Research found that compounds in mangroves could cure several diseases. The thillai tree, a mangrove species, is worshipped in the famous Chidambaram Nataraja temple. The thillai tree sculpture in the temple dates back to the second century A.D and it is believed that a dip in the Chidambaram temple tank will cure diseases. Pichavaram Wetlands, near the temple, is n…