Future Projects

Projects that can be sponsored or pursued

Encyclopedia of Numerals

In this unique project, various numerals starting from zero to one hundred and eight (0-108) which appear in literature under different contexts would be published. This project involves collection of data from the vast literature in Sanskrit covering various branches such as philosophy, religion, and literature. The first volume 0-5 has already been published. The second volume 6-10 is under print.

Estimated requirements:

1. Duration: 2 years
2. Effort: 4 research scholars, 3 academic staff, 1 typist
3. Cost: Rs. 6 Lakhs (US $12, 000)

Encyclopedia of Yoga

This is a mammoth work involving collection of data from published and unpublished texts on different branches of Yoga such as Raja yoga, Laya yoga, Mantra yoga, and Hatha yoga. Besides giving details of various Yogic practices, this volume would also give information on the theoretical aspects. Though an Encyclopedia of this field has already been published in the west, the present volume would include details from published books on the subjects as well as all the available texts, in manuscripts form, all over the world. This would need a deep study of the subject.

Estimated requirements:

1. Duration: 3 years
2. Effort: 1 academic staff, 2 research assistants, 1 typist
3. Cost: Rs. 9 Lakhs (US $18, 000)

Dictionary of Geography

This project would result in a reference book to those who are interested in Indian culture, geography, history and general public to know more about the ancient cities, towns, villages, rivers, mountains, pilgrim centers, etc. This would pave way in reconstructing Ancient Indian History.

Estimated requirements:

1. Duration: 2 years
2. Effort: 1 research scholar, 2 research assistants, 1 typist
3. Cost: Rs. 7.2 Lakhs (US $14, 400) excluding publication cost

Svarodaya Science of Yoga

Yoga is one of the greatest contributions of India to the world. There are many branches of Yoga such as Karma, Jnana, Bhakti, Hatha, Laya, Mantra, and Kundalini. Svarodaya science of Yoga is very useful for the health of human being and also in predicting one’s future. It is based on breathing pattern of each individual. Not many texts are available on this ancient science. The present project would help in knowing more about this forgotten branch of Yoga.

Estimated requirements:

1. Duration: 2 years
2. Effort: 1 academic staff, 1 research assistant
3. Cost: Rs. 4 Lakhs (US $8, 000) excluding publication cost

Evolution of Earth in Puranas

Puranas devote quite a sizeable portion of the texts for the description of earth and its evolution (sarga-pratisharga). Usually the technique adopted in giving even difficult concepts is by means of a story, symbolic representation or allegorical stories. The present project envisages to bring out such ancient knowledge on evolution of earth, climate changes, changes in earth surface due to passage of time, the concept of deluge (pralaya) etc. with the help of recently known scientific facts. An attempt will also be made to reconstruct the geological history of earth and divide it into geological ages based on Puranic information.

Estimated requirements:

1. Duration: 2 years
2. Effort: 1 research scholar, 2 research assistants, 1 typist
3. Cost: Rs. 7.2 Lakhs (US $14, 400) excluding publication cost

Cataloguing of Palm-Leaf Manuscripts

The KSRI has a well-maintained collection of hundreds of ancient palm-leaf and papers manuscript. However, for want of resources we have not been able to prepare a Descriptive Catalogue and also digitize the manuscripts. Once this is done and hosted on the web-site, scholars from across the globe can have easy access to them. The manuscripts are in different scripts like Grantha, Devanagari, Tigalari, Malayalam and Tamil. Some of them are of historical value too. We need at least one scholar well versed in deciphering the scripts and prepare a Descriptive Catalogue.

Estimated requirements:

1. Duration: 2 years
2. Effort: 1 research scholar, 2 research assistants, 1 typist
3. Cost: Rs. 3 Lakhs (US $6, 000) excluding publication cost

Architecture and Vastu

India’s contribution to the field of architecture is unmatched. There are thousands of historical monuments / palaces/ temples which have withstood various challenges, both man-made and natural phenomena for hundreds of years. M¢nas¢ra is an ancient text, more than 1000 years old that treats architecture in various aspects.

Estimated requirements:

1. Duration: 2 years
2. Effort: 1 research scholar, 2 research assistants, 1 typist
3. Cost: Rs. 7 Lakhs (US $14, 000)

Vaishnava Agamas

These are ancient original Sanskrit texts which give valuable information about temple architecture, rituals, installation of various deities, Yogic practices etc. These are still followed in many temples in India. The Institute possesses rare hand written copies of these two agama texts, each 300 pages long, with scribal errors which may have to be edited.

Estimated requirements:

1. Duration: 1 years
3. Cost: Rs. 6 Lakhs (US $12, 000)

Research papers presented in Seminars and Conferences

The Institute has been organizing many seminars / conferences on various important themes of historical and practical value. The papers presented by leading scholars in these fields would be published in one volume which would be a source of useful information to scholars on religion, especially Vaishnavism.

Estimated requirements:

1. Duration: 1 years
3. Cost: Rs. 6 Lakhs (US $12, 000)

Yoga Upanishads

There are 20 minor Upanishads dealing on various precepts and practices of Yoga. They have been collected and published as “Yoga Upanishads’ by the Adyar Library Research Centre more than fifty years ago and separate translation in English has also been published. However there are many errors in the original texts and subsequently in the translation as well. KSRI published three such Yoga Upanishads with correct “readings’ in original Sanskrit with Roman transliteration, English translation, and Notes. We would like to publish the rest of seventeen texts.

Estimated requirements:

1. Duration: 3 years
2. Effort: 1 academic staff, 1 research assistant, 1 typist
3. Cost: Rs. 11 Lakhs (US $22, 000) excluding publication cost

Maintenance of ancient palm-leaf manuscripts and Lamination of books

The manuscripts have to be cleaned carefully and manually. There are about 10,000 books still to be photo laminated which would ensure the books to remain in good condition for 150-200 years.

Estimated requirements:

1. Maintenance every year, Lamination one time
2. Manuscript maintenance Cost: Rs. 2.5 Lakhs (US $5, 000) per annum
3. Lamination Cost: Rs. 2,500 per book (US $50 per book) assuming 250 pages per book

Buddhism

The institute has published many articles on various aspects of theory and practice of Buddhism in its Journal of Oriental Research from its inception.Some of them would be collected and presented as a separate book ‘Some aspects of Buddhist Studies” by the Institute.

Estimated requirements:

1. Duration: 1 years
2. Effort: Honorarium to scholars
3. Cost: Rs.3,00,000/- (approx.)

Jainism

The book Saddarsanasamuccaya of Jinabhadrasuri has been prescribed as text in some Indian universities for the post-graduate degree in philosophy/Sanskrit. Unfortunately no English translation is available for this book. The Institute comes forward to help the students and scholars, especially in the field of Jainology by bringing out a readable English translation for this work.

Estimated requirements:

1. Duration: 1 years
2. Estimate: Rs.3,00,000/- (approx.)
Estimate includes Honorarium to scholars and Publication cost

Hathasanktacandrika

An encyclopedic text on Yoga, this is the most voluminous text, belonging to 17th cent.A.D., but still remains unpublished. The Institute would bring out a critical edition of the text soon

Estimated requirements:

1. Duration: 2 years
2. Estimate: Rs.6,00,000/- (approx.)
3.Estimate includes

Viracarita of Anantakavi

This is a Mahakavya which throws much light on the empire of Vikramaditya and Salivahana era.This is being critically edited for the first time

Estimated requirements:

1. Duration: 1 years
2. Estimate: Rs.3,00,000/- (approx.)
Estimate includes Honorarium to scholars and Publication cost

Sisupalavadam

In Sanskrit Literature there are five main poems which are termed as Mahakavyas namely, Raghuvamsa,Kumarasambhava of Kalidasa, Kiratarjuniya of Bharavi, Sisupalavada of Magha and Naisada of Sriharsa. Among them Sisupalavada is unique and has been hailed one of the best in Sanskrit Literature. Unfortunately, there is no English translation for this text till now. The Institute would take up this important project.

Estimated requirements:

1. Duration: 2 years
2. Estimate: Rs.6,00,000/- (approx.)

Kiratarjuniyam

One of the pancha mahakavyas mentioned above.This text has also not been translated fully into English or Tamil. The Institute would take up this important project

Estimated requirements:

1. Duration: 2 years
2. Estimate: Rs.6,00,000/- (approx.)
3.Estimate includes