Mar 29, 2018: Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari D Veerendra Heggade has chalked out a new project to preserve centuries old rare manuscripts, which are on the verge of distruction, through Sri Manjunatheshwara Samskruthi Samshodhana Pratishthana of Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala.
"Preserving manuscripts is a challenge. There are thousands of such manuscripts written both on palm leaves and paper and they need to be preserved and conserved using scientific techniques. Our forefathers wrote their experiences, Puranas, grammer, prose, mathematics, Ayurveda, Pakashastra, Gajashastra and Koopashastra on palm leaves. These palm leaf manuscripts are a treasure house of knowledge. It is our duty to preserve such manuscripts," Pratishthana Director Dr S R Vighnaraj said.
Under the guidance of Heggade, the foundation has chalked out a project to preserve the rare manuscripts scientifically, he added.
Thousands of Taadole (palm leaf manuscripts) works from Subrahmanya Mutt, Hosanagara Sri Ramachandrapura Mutt, Udupi Rashtrakavi Govinda Pai Research Centre have been preserved scientifically by the Ffoundation and handed them over to the respective mutts and centres. Recently, some rare works in the possession of Kollur Sri Mookambika Temple were handed over to the temple administration after treating the works scientifically, he explained.
"Further, the foundation has treated over 2,000 manuscripts from about 70 houses in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Kasargod districts with preservative methods so far," Dr Vighnaraj said.
If the private households, mutts and temples hand over their weak and delicate manuscripts, then the foundation will preserve it with preservative methods and hand it over to the respective owners. "The processes involve scientific process and is done without effect on the originality of the material. The focus is to ensure prevention of further damage to these manuscripts," he explained.