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Ms. Coll. 390, Item 1221 - Gopīcandanopaniṣad
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Indic Manuscripts Collection: Ms. Coll. 390, Item 1221 - Gopīcandanopaniṣad
Gopīcandanopaniṣad, circa 1700-1850.
Physical description:
1 item (1 leaves) : paper ; 10 x 22 cm.
Manuscript is used for study, reference, and recitation, and is a manual or guide as well as a work of prayer and praise, illuminating the benefits and methods for application of sandalwood paste (candana) and the Hindu deity Viṣṇu. Sandalwood paste is applied to the forehead to create a mark called tilak. These marks often indicate a religious affiliation to a particular deity, in this case, Viṣṇu. This work is considered one of the late, medieval upaniṣads, but contains verses and phrasing drawn from older Vedic sources and has a quasi-philosophical tone.
Title from colophon (f. 1v).
Written in 21 lines per leaf.
1 leaf.
Colophon: atharvaṇe gopīcaṃdanopaniṣat (f. 1v).
Mistakes covered over in yellow or blacked out; some corrections and additions in margins; significant syllables, words, or phrases highlighted in red.
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Coll. 390, Item 1221
Contained in:
Collection of Indic Manuscripts. Item 1221
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Coll. 390
Vernacular script:
गोपीचन्दनोपनिषद्, १७००-१८५०.
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