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Ms. Coll. 390, Item 1221 - Gopīcandanopaniṣad
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Gopīcandanopaniṣad, circa 1700-1850.
Physical description:
1 item (1 leaves) : paper ; 10 x 22 cm.
In Sanskrit (Devanāgarī)
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.
Body marking - Religious aspects - Hinduism.
Vishnu (Hindu deity)
Devotional literature, Sanskrit.
Rites and ceremonies - India.
Hindu philosophy.
Philosophy, Indic.
Form / Genre:
Manuals (instructional materials)
Manuscripts, Sanskrit - 18th century.
Manuscripts, Sanskrit - 19th century.
Manuscripts - India - 18th century.
Manuscripts - India - 19th century.
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.
Indexed / Referenced in:
Listed in H.I. Poleman, Census of Indic Manuscripts in the United States and Canada (New Haven, Conn.: American Oriental Society, 1938), Poleman 562 (UP 1221).
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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Collection: Indic Manuscripts
Facsimile: Yes
Illuminated: No
Illustrated: No
Notated: No
Language: Sanskrit
Century: 18th century
Century: 19th century
Date: 1700
Genre: Manuals (instructional materials)
Genre: Manuscripts - India - 18th century
Genre: Manuscripts - India - 19th century
Genre: Manuscripts, Sanskrit - 18th century
Genre: Manuscripts, Sanskrit - 19th century
Subject: Body marking
Subject: Devotional literature, Sanskrit
Subject: Hindu philosophy
Subject: Hinduism
Subject: Philosophy, Indic
Geography: India
Page material: Paper