Palm leaf manuscripts: Saaswathaiswaryam the eternal treasure of India


Palm Leaf Manuscripts hold the knowledge of India dating back to several centuries. Therefore, Palm Leaf manuscripts are valued as Saaswathaiswaryam, implying eternal (Saaswath [Sanskrit word meaning Eternal, Forever]) wealth (Aiswaryam [Sanskrit word meaning wealth]). But the Palm Leaf manuscripts are in different conditions- brittle, moth-eaten, edge-damaged, portions broken, etc. Besides, the leaves themselves are in bundles, that too out of order. The challenge for our generation is to design a methodology to capture the contents, recreate the missing portion, and figure out a way to right-order the manuscripts. Alongside, use modern technology for storage and retrieval, with emphasis on relevance to the requirement posed in the search query.

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Raghavan, S.V., Vasanth Kumar Mehta, R. & Srinivasu, G. Palm leaf manuscripts: Saaswathaiswaryam the eternal treasure of India. CSIT 9, 31–36 (2021).

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  • Palm-leaf manuscripts
  • Digital preservation
  • Image processing
  • Heritage conservation