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Dnyaneshwari and Other Ancient Marathi Hand Written Manuscripts Now Available Online

Around 2,200 ancient Marathi hand-written manuscripts including rare copies of Dnyaneshwari will be available online at the website of South Asian Studies Centre of the DeccanCollege, established by the ChicagoUniversity.The old and rare Marathi manuscripts range from 14th century to 19th century. V L Manjul, a former librarian of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute (BORI), is responsible for making these rare manuscripts available for people all over the world.Times of India reportsThe manuscripts range from the writings of different saints, biographies, purana granthas and translations from Sanskrit to Marathi by prominent writers like Vaman Pandit and Mukteshwar.It took almost six years for Manjul to locate these manuscripts, a collection which also includes about 100 copies of the Dnyaneshwari,' the oldest being a copy made in 1630.The descriptive catalogue will also be published in four parts soon under the title Union Catalogue of Marathi Manuscripts'. "Pune …

Ashunya Shayan Vrat – Ashunya Sayana Vrata

Ashunya Shayan Vrat, also known as Ashunya Sayana Dwitiya, is an observance dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. Ashunya Shayan Vrata is observed in the Shravan month (July – August) in the traditional calendar followed in North India. In some regions it is observed in the Ashada or Bhadrapad or Kartik Month (November).

It is believed that those who observe Ashunya Shayan Vrat will attain material progress and prosperity. A story mentioned in the Narada Purana narrates how a poor man was born as King in his next birth as a result of performing Ashunya Sayana Dwitiya Vrat.

Ashunya Shayan Vrat is observed during different time in a year. It is usually observed on the first or second day of Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) in Ashad or Sawan or Bhadrapad or Kartik Month.