New Delhi, November 19: Dr. Karan Singh, Chairman J&K Dharmarth Trust launched the Eleven Volumes of Shrimad Bhagavadgita in an impressive function held at New Delhi.
On the occasion, Rajiv Jain, Publisher Motilal Banarasi Dass and Kamal K Mishra, renowned Sanskrit Scholar from the University of Calcutta, were also present.
Dr Karan Singh, in his address, said that this will be a historic publication, the first of its kind in the world. It will be a valuable edition of the literature on the Bhagavad Gita which will be appreciated by scholars worldwide.
This book comprised of 21 rare commentaries in Original Sanskrit Calligraphy commissioned by Maharaja Ranbir Singh of Jammu and Kashmir. The present volume providing a collection of the commentaries also showcases an extraordinary variety and nuance of Indian calligraphy. In total it bring together for the first time the text of the BG along with 20 commentaries with original calligraphies ranging from Shankar Bhasya to Bhashanuvaad in Hindi prose and Dohas, a popular form Hindi poetic composition, This extremely rare manuscript was preserved in the Shri Ranbir Sanskrit Research Institute, Dharmarth Trust, Jammu, a treasure house of Sanskrit manuscripts. Maharaja Ranbir Singh was one of the most respected Dogra ruler Jammu and Kashmir, a notable patron of Scholarship. During his reign (1857-1885) several distinguish scholars visited the erstwhile Himalayan kingdom of Jammu and Kashmir and interacted with local scholars.
The impact of Kashmiri Sufism and Bhakti is reflected in the rare calligraphy used in the volume. This manuscript is of great relevance and importance not only for the national intellectual heritage of the country but also for scholarship worldwide.
The present set of eleven volumes will bring together of 20 commentaries of the Bhagavadgita many of which are unpublished. These include commentaries contributed by great scholars namely Shankaracharya, Anandgiri, Shridharsvami, Pichach Bhasya, Ramanuja Bhasya, Abhinavagupta, Paramthprama, Vanmali Misra, Kushum, Vaijainti, Madhusudan Saraswati, Sadanandi, Anandi, Neelkanthi, Ramkanthi, Lashiki, Panchali, Narashima, Devaja Suryapandit, Anandthirtha and Shri Ranbir Sambodhani and Bhasanuvada and Doha.
This, therefore, represents the contributions of the Dogra rulers of the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir state and, in a way, supplements the massive contributions made by the Kashmir to Indian culture over the centuries. Some of the salient features of the commentaries on the Bhagavadgita included in the volume reflecting the interpretive range of scholarship are worth noting. The aforesaid book will be published within three months after the launching ceremony.