[South Indian Sanskrit MS 064, Whish MS 65] Mahābhārata


Language – Sanskrit

Date – [1800?]
Palm leaf; from 10 to 12 lines on a folio.

Text consists of the Pauloma Parvan (in 8 Adhyāyas) and the Āstīka Parvan (in 40 Adhyāyas), i.e. Adhyāyas 1-59 of the Ādi Parvan.

Winternitz notes that there is an entry by C. M. Whish dated “Tellicherry 1827 November 7”, but he thinks the manuscript may be about 50 years older.

South Indian Sanskrit / Whish Manuscript Collection.

See ’A catalogue of South Indian Sanskrit manuscripts (especially those of the Whish Collection) belonging to the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland’ by M. Winternitz, with an appendix by F. W. Thomas (London: RAS, 1902) p.82-83. Go to for a digital copy of this catalogue. Winternitz notes that the MS. has been fully described, with extracts, in his articles ‘On the South-Indian recension of the Mahābhārata’, Indian Antiquary, Vol. XXVII, 1898, pp.69-81, 92-104, 122-133.

J. L. Whish, gift of manuscripts collected by his brother C. M. Whish, July 1836.

Text in Sanskrit; Grantha script.