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Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Institute of Indology E-library with rare books on Hinduism and Astrology

Nearly 2,000 rare manuscripts and books in Ahmedabad's Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Institute of Indology, dating back around 1,200 years, are available in a digitized format. Ancient books on religion including Hinduism, language, culture, history, maths, astrology and astronomy are part of the E-library.

Times of India reports
"We are the first institute in the country to digitize such rare books and manuscripts on a large scale,'' said Jitendra Shah, director of the institute, adding that their aim was to reach out to the maximum number of scholars and researchers across the globe. Nearly 150 foreign scholars from countries such as the US, Japan, China and Germany visit every year. 
The Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Institute of Indology is also a treasure trove of manuscripts relating to Jainism. In all, there are about 45,000 printed books along with 75,000 manuscripts, out of which 500 are illustrated. These documents from the past cover a wide range of subjects like Vedas, Agamas, Buddhism, Tantras, Jain darshana, system of Indian philosophy, Jain philosophy, and grammar. 
The institute, housed in an aesthetically designed building, now plans to take up the project of digitizing close to 75,000 manuscripts that they have gathered and preserved over the past four decades. Some of these manuscripts are written in gold. The institute is developing an electronic register and setting up a well-equipped preservation and restoration laboratory as well. "This project will take at least five years to complete," said Shah.