RESOURCE: The Mewar Ramayana

A new digital edition of the Mewar Rāmāyaṇa has been published, in a transnational “digital reunification project” that brings together pieces of the manuscript held at the British Library; Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (Mumbai); the Baroda Museum and Picture Gallery (Vadodara); the Rajasthan Oriental Research Institute (Jodhpur); and a private collection in Mumbai.

The Rāmāyaṇa is “one of two ancient Sanskrit epics of India and is traditionally attributed to the authorship of the sage Vālmīki.” This particular edition, the Mewar Rāmāyaṇa, comes from seventeenth century Rajasthan, where it was commissioned by Maharana Jagat Singh, the ruler of the Rajput kingdom. The Mewar Rāmāyaṇa is notable for lavish detail given to the manuscript’s 450 paintings.

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