The Library – Vidyādhām

The Library at Chinmaya Eswar Gurukula

The Library at Chinmaya Eswar Gurukula

The current library at Chinmaya Eswar Gurukula serves as a major cultural information/ knowledge resource hub to support research in the field of Sanskrit and Indology. The library holds an extensive, unique collection of over 17,000 knowledge resources, reflecting the multi-dimensional and interdisciplinary nature of Sanskrit and Sanskrit literature, Veda and Vedangas, Indian Philosophies, Vyakarana, Kosa, Ayurveda, Sangita, Dharmashastra, Mathematics, Rituals, Encyclopedias, and bibliographies; biographies and autobiographies; monographs, and atlases, Jaina, Bauddha, Ramayana, Mahabharata, and Hindi, Malayalam and English literature, etc. The volumes in the Library have been donated by many devotees, scholars and also purchased to enrich the collection. Acquisition of several personal collections has further enriched the library. These relates to illustrious scholars who have made path-breaking contributions in the field of Sanskrit and related studies, they are: Prof. K V Ramakrishnacharyulu and Prof. R. Balasubramanian.

The reference library has an array of primary and secondary material in the broad areas of humanities and arts with 3500 Indian manuscripts in Sanskrit and Malayalam languages and in Devanagari, Malayalam, Grantha scripts which in Paper and Palm-leaf materials covering the almost subjects of Indic studies.

The Library subscribes to about 22 research journals relating to humanities, special in Sanskrit and Indology as also back volumes of several periodicals of different academic institutions and Universities. Besides, the library subscribes 60 magazines, 6 daily newspapers in Sanskrit, English and Malayalam for readers. The library is scientifically organized, and fully automated, providing easy access to its resources through LIBSYS Library automation. The Library has acquired the all facilities like digitization, photocopy, reading rooms for readers and members of Library.

Future plans:

With the launch of the Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth, the Trustees and the Board of Management are drawing up ambitious plans to step the infrastructure resource and the availability of the library. Some elements of the plan are as below:

  • Building a new state-of-the-art library to hold archival audio, video and paper artifacts at the Chinmaya Naada Bindu Gurukula in Kolwan; Similarly at the Chinmaya Eswar Gurukula in Veliyanad there will be facilities for full-fledged manuscript restoration, preservation, conservation and archival
  • Access to an extensive array of electronic resources for dance, music, Vedic chanting
  • A fully networked library where students and faculty have access to a plethora of electronic resources and physical artefacts
  • Dedicated collections for major Indic subjects and performing arts
  • Extensive access to resources electronically or via in-person use in the library
  • Connections to other major libraries in India and abroad
Unless we have a definite faith in the goal of our existence, and unless we believe, work for, and actually come to experience the goal positively as an existent factor, there is no hope of any plan becoming successful. —Swami Chinmayananda
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