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Ms. Coll. 390, Item 2585 - Kavaca
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Indic Manuscripts Collection: Ms. Coll. 390, Item 2585 - Kavaca
Title:
Vedas. Atharvaveda.
Kavaca, 1868.
Physical description:
1 item (7 leaves) : paper ; 14 x 26 cm.
Summary:
Two separate ritual texts contained in one manuscript, both dedicated to evoking protective armor (kavaca) and weapons symbolically through the recitation and deployment of mantras dedicated to specific manifestations of the Hindu deity Viṣṇu. The first text is dedicated to the horse-headed avatāra of Viṣṇu Hāyagrīva and the second text is dedicated to the half man, half lion form of Viṣṇu, Narasiṃha (or Nṛsiṃha). Text presented as a discourse between the deity Brahmā and Sāvītrī (Brahmāsāvītrīsaṃvāda).
Notes:
Title supplied by cataloger; title of first part of manuscript Hayagrīvakavaca from first colophon (f. 4r); title of second part of manuscript Nṛsiṃhakavaca from final colophon (f. 7r).
Written in 11-12 lines per leaf.
7 leaves foliated 1-7, upper left and lower right verso.
Colophon: ity artharvaṇavede brahmāsāvītrīsaṃvāde nṛsiṃhakavacasaṃpūrṇaṃ // samāptaṃ saṃva[t] // 1825 // om̐ śrīnṛsiṃhāya namaḥ // śrīrāmāya namaḥ // rāma // rāma // rāma / rāma // rāma // rāma // (f. 7r).
Dated saṃvat 1825 (f. 7r).
Mistakes covered over in yellow or blacked out; some corrections and additions in margins; significant syllables, words, or phrases highlighted in red throughout; vertical margins marked with double red line.
Non-Latin script record.
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Coll. 390, Item 2585
Contained in:
Collection of Indic Manuscripts. Item 2585
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Coll. 390
Vernacular script:
कवच, १८६८.
 
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