Manuscript leaf with Sinhalese script.

Palm leaf Sanskrit text in the Grantha script*. References to ‘Gāyatrī’†, so presumably a Hindu application of the Vedic term. The lower folio is apparently the final one, with (on recto of nn12217ii_001-R.jpg, partly enlarged in nn12217ii_002-R.jpg) 2½ lines that may be a faintly written colophon, but I can’t read it. The upper folio does not seem to be the beginning of the text. *Grantha script was widely used between the 6th century and the 19th century CE by Tamil speakers in Southern India, particularly in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, to write Sanskrit and classical Manipravalam, and is still in restricted use in traditional vedic schools (veda pāṭhaśālā). It evolved from the ancient Brāhmī script and is therefore classified under the Brahmic family of scripts. † Gāyatrī is the feminine form of gāyatra, a Sanskrit word for a song or a hymn, having a Vedic meter of 3 padas or lines of 8 syllables. In particular it refers to the Gayatri mantra, and the Hindu goddess Gayatri as that mantra personified.

Collection Information

These objects are only a part of our collections, of which there are more than 350,000 objects. This information comes from our collections database. Some of this is incomplete and there may be errors. This part of the website is also still under construction, so there may be some fields repeated or incorrectly formatted information.

The database sometimes uses language taken from historical documents to help research, which may now appear outdated and even offensive. The database also includes information on objects that are considered secret or sacred by some communities.

If you have any further information about objects in our collections or can suggest corrections to our information, please contact us: