Introduction
  Kashmir
  Aurel Stein
  The Sanskritist
  Manuscript Treasures
  Kashmiri Scholarship
  Interface of Scholarship
  The Adopted Home
  Unfinished Tasks
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The Motif of Rajatarangini
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Notes on Rajatarangini
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Among those who assisted Stein in this great task, two names stand out, one of Pandit Govind Kaul and other Pandit Mukandram. It was indeed a great testimony for considerable erudition of Kashmiri scholars. Not only Pandit Govind Kaul and Pandit Mukandram Shastri placed the resource of their great learning at the disposal of Stein for the edition of Rajatarangini, he was also to avail himself benefit from the great learning of his friend Pandit Damodar, Head Pandit of the Maharaja’s Pathshala at Srinagar.


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Folio of Rajatarangini manuscript (Devanagari script)
Raghunath Temple Library
 

The efforts of the combined labour of Stein, Govind Kaul, Mukandram and Damodar bore the final fruit when the Sanskrit edition of Rajatarangini appeared in press in June 1892, in Bombay.


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Folio of Rajatarangini manuscript
(Sharada script)
Nityanand Shastri Library Collection

Stein dedicated the work to His Highness, Maharaja Pratap Singh as a slight mark of his deep gratitude and respect. Stein did not fail to acknowledge the help and grant extended by the kindness of Raja Amar Singh, then Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir State. He expressed his thanks to Colonel W.F. Prideaux, the then Resident of Kashmir, for recommending his work for the patronage of State Council.

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