Great Libraries of India

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it is hard to imagine how important libraries have been as receptacles of ideas, cultures, faiths and thoughts, in the journey of human civilization. India too has had its share of great libraries, all of them storehouses of knowledge and wisdom. Sadly, many have been lost to strife and neglect.
Delhi-based historian R K Bhatt in his book History and Development of Libraries in India (1995) traces the early history of India’s library tradition. Historically, ancient India had a rich tradition of oral learning, especially during the Vedic period. This was a period when knowledge of the great texts like the Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas and Shastras was transmitted orally from the guru (teacher) to shishya (student). While there may have been great repositories of manuscripts during the Vedic period, not much is known about them.

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