The Serfoji Sarasvati Mahal Library

The Serfoji Sarasvati Mahal Library

The Serfoji Sarasvati Mahal Library
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njan45
Kochi (Cochin), India606 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is an old Library started by the Maratha rulers and is actually a part of the Palace complex. They are closed during the lunch time. Well, the actual library part is not shown to the visitors. You are allowed to see the exhibition of old pictures and documents, especially some palm leaf documents, only.
The audio-visual presentation on the history of Thanjavur is worth witnessing.
Written February 7, 2020
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Rajagopalan Babu
Bengaluru, India57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Friends
Upto 4 hours can be spend in this complex.

Art Gallery
The art gallery has wonderful collection of idols. They are 1mostly 10 to 16 th century bronze and stone sculptures. The main hall has spectacular ornamentation in the roof.

Library
Library has huge collection of ancient manuscripts. Saraswathi Mahal is publishing the in modern bloom Farmar.

There is an audio visual theatre.

Palace
Palace is worth visiting. Dharnas is bringing 300 /400 year old history right in front of eyes.

Try to visit the palace museum on 1st floor. You can experience thrilling underground tunnel. But is tunnel is closed after few meters.
Written December 18, 2021
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bishwaksen
Kolkata (Calcutta), India1,116 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Friends
The library is an old one. They also publish book on classical literature, especially Tamil. It lies just beside the lane to the palace. It comes on the left when you are going towards the the entrance to the Museum and watchtower. The main thing to see here is the library museum. The library museum has an eclectic collection of pictures and artifacts. There are lots of old manuscripts, books and maps. Its a must see for any lover of history.
Written March 8, 2015
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bishwaksen
Kolkata (Calcutta), India1,116 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Friends
The library lies just beside the lane which leads to the palace and immediately before the entrance to the Museum and watchtower. The library publishes book on classical literature, especially Tamil. The library museum has an eclectic collection of pictures and artifacts. There are lots of old manuscripts, books and maps. Its a must see for any lover of history.
Written March 8, 2015
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VALLALAAR
Thanjavur, India87 contributions
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Dec 2014 • Family
Nearly 60,000 manuscripts in Tamil, Samskrit, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Arabic, Urudu relating to all subjects are available here. One of the biggest scriptorium. Only 40% of them deciphored and others are yet to..You take a script. Read from left to right, you get one literature. Read the same script fromright to left, then you get another literature. Very very rare poetic verses in Centhamizh are found here. Rarest This manuscripts library is also endowed with enormous Books in all languages Greek, French, Latin, German, English. It is only a reference library and the books are not provided to take them home.
Written February 17, 2015
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ELAVALAGAN
Thanjavur, India26 contributions
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May 2013 • Family
There is a proverb in Samskrit, " Pusthaham Hastha Lakshnam". Rarest of rare manuscripts 60.000 (olai suvadikal) in all languages Tamil, Samskrit, Telugu, Urdu related to literature, medicine, history, politics and 40000 books in all languages are stored here. Only 25% were deciphered. After the glorious rule of Chola Emperors Thanjavur was under the grip of Nayaks and Marathaas. Saraswathi Bhanda as called by Nayaks was organized as a royal library. Later during the period of Serfoji it was opened to all. Under the tutelage of the Christian missionary Father Schwartz, Serfoji developed a sort of likening towards manuscripts and books. In South East Asia it is the biggest manuscripts library . In the Junior Vikatan 15.5.2013, the pitiable condition of the research library was reported where the well know archaeologist Kudavail Balasubramaniyan narrated the condition of the library by saying that rare books and manuscripts are missing and the rest are getting spoiled..
Written May 14, 2013
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ELAVALAGAN
Thanjavur, India26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Family
Biggest manuscripts library having manuscripts and books in all languages, yet to be deciphered fully. After the Chola era, the Nayaks founded this royal library, later fortified by Serfoji. Very huge palatial buildings wherein which the manuscripts are stored.
Written May 3, 2013
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_ritamanning66
Ashby de la Zouch, UK167 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Small library museum with some interesting documents and artefacts . Need to pay small fee to use camera and some places are still restricted
Written February 25, 2020
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Nsv
Singapore, Singapore118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Must visit place for teens to understand the ancient history and civilization. There is a good collection of books and manuscripts.
Written January 14, 2020
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Krasen18
Sydney, Australia107 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Solo
The library showcases the collection of books and artifacts by Maharajah Serfoji. Though the collections are good however its poorly curated and filled with dust.
Written April 8, 2015
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