NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF PRAKRIT
STUDIES & RESEARCH

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1. Approach
2. Objective
3. Profile
4. Survey & Catalogue team
5. Catchment Area

6. Time Frame
7. Academic Programmes
8. Work Shops conducted
9. Publication
10.Picture gallery

Approach


National Institute of Prakrit Studies and Research was established in 1993, to promote the study Prakrit Language and Literature, Kannada and other Dravidian Languages and jaina Literature in ancient Manuscripts. 

The project was made possible by a generous grant of 50.00 lakhs rupees with a recurring annual grant of Rs.10.00 lakhs from the Government of the State of Karnataka,1993 onwards.
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Objective

  • Promotion of higher education and research on inheriterd Prakrit and allied Literature on Theology, Philosophy, History, ancient Mathematics, Ayurveda, ancient Art & Architecture.
  • Providing guidance and monetary assistance to as many as ten research scholars to work their Ph.D. / D. lit. Degrees in Prakrit and allied subjects.
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Profile


The Prakrit Bhavan housing the institution, was inaugurated by Honourable Rastrapatiji, Dr.Shankar Dayal Sharmaji. It is situated in a campus of about 50 Acres of land gifted by His Holiness Jagadguru Karmayogi Swastishri Charukeerthy Bhattaraka Swamiji, Jain Matha , also the Chairman of this Institution.

This Bhavan accommodates a Scientifically maintained Manuscripts Library of more than 5000 bundles and the title are about 15,000 invaluable ancient works inscribed on palm-leaves and paper, and also a rich library of more than 20,000 rare books.


This being the only center in the entire of South India, for the promotion of higher education and research on inheriterd Prakrit and allied Literature on Theology, Philosophy, History, ancient Mathematics, Ayurveda, ancient Art & Architecture, etc., has been attracting a large number of learned scholars from all over the world. 


The Institute perpetually supports by providing guidance and monetary assistance to as many as ten research scholars to work their Ph.D. / D. lit. Degrees in Prakrit and allied subjects. In this Institution emphasis is stressed on Prakrit apart from Sanskrit, Classical Kannada, Epigraphical, Historical,Art and Architectural studies. The University of Mysore has recognized this Institute for all research works by granting it’s affiliation.

The Institute is having about five thousand bundles and the titles are about 15 thousand among them there are some very important Manuscripts available like Gommatasara, Chattisa Ganitha, Adipurana, Khagendramanidarpana and Thiloya Pannathi.

   1.  Gommatasara Prakrit text which was written by Nemichandra Siddhanatha Chakravarthi in 10th C.A.D is in two parts i.e. Jeevakanda and Karmakanda. Jeevakanda consists of 734 Gathas and Karmakanda 238 Gatas.On this important Jain doctrine one Keshavanna has written a commentary in Kannada which consists of 17,325 Granthas. In printing this will come to about 2500 pages in demy 1/8 size. This was copied in shaka 1478(1556 A.D) in a beautiful handwriting Paristheva.

  2. Chattisa Ganitha of Mahaviracharya written in 9th C.A.D. is and important  manuscripts in the field of mathematical collection. The volume of work is about 9,000 Granthas. The work is Sanskrit Shlokas and Kannada commentary. This is copied in Shaka 1380(1458 A.D.

  3.  Adipurana of Pampa depicity the story of Adithirthankara is a Unique work in Kannada literature. The original work was written in A.D.931. The copy of this manuscript which we are having is written in shaka 1301(A.D.1379). the volume of this work is about 5,000 Granthas. In print this wiil come to about 300 pages in demy 1/8 size.

  4.  Khagendra Manidaroana of Mangaraj who was written in 1360 A.D. is a unique work in Kannada literature. This is the only work an Vishavaidya (Ayurveda) in Kannada literature. Apart from this manuscript is to be in the showcase because of the miniature script. The volume of this work is about 8,000 Granthas.

  5.   Thiloyapannathi of Yathivrishabhacharya a written in 6th C. A.D. on the three worlds according to jain theory . This is Prakrit consisting of 3,006 Gathas or stazas.

       In addition there are many more Manuscripts available for further consideration in preparing the accurate texts like Samayasara , Pravachanasara, Niyamasar which are to be used by scholars in further editions.
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Survey and Catalogue team
 
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Catchment Area
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Time Frame
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Academic Programmes


Assistance is provided to ten research scholars to work their Ph.D. / D. lit. Degrees in Prakrit and allied subjects and is affiliated to the University of Mysore.
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Workshops Conducted
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Publication
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