468-year-old handwritten Ramayana in Persian preserved in Gwalior

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By ETV Bharat English Desk

Published : Jan 20, 2024, 5:54 PM IST

468-year-old handwritten Ramayana in Persian preserved in Gwalior

The Ramayana was translated into Persian when Akbar had come to Gangadas's school in Gwalior to take lessons. Since then, the script is preserved here.

Gwalior: A rare centuries-old Valmiki's Ramayana, which was translated into Persian, has been preserved in Gwalior. The script is a unique example of the Ganga-Jamuni culture that is a composite high culture of the central plains of northern India.

The 468-year-old handwritten Ramayana in Persian language that is from Akbar's regime is present in Gangadas's school at Padav in Gwalior. Notably, it was at this place that Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi was martyred while fighting the British.

According to Mahant Ramsevak Maharaj of Gangadas's school, when Akbar came to Gwalior, he took lessons from the then Mahant of Gangadas's school. "The Mahant had told Akbar that he was a follower of only one religion and said that he would impart knowledge if the Mughal emperor followed all religions. It was after this that Akbar established the Din-e-Ilahi religion. Also, the Mahant had got Ramayana translated into Arabic language. Since then, this Ramayana has been preserved in Gangadas's school," he said.

Although more than four centuries have past, the letters of the Ramayana are clear and bold. "The letters shine like gold. This is a miracle in itself," Ramsevak Maharaj said.

It may be mentioned here that Gangadas's school is the same school where Rani Laxmibai sacrificed her life while fighting the British. During that time thousands of Naga Sadhus lived here and they he gave shelter to Rani Lakshmi Bai after she was injured in the war. Nearly 592 Naga Sadhus had sacrificed their lives while fighting the British but did not allow Rani Lakshmi Bai's body to be touched. Later, she was cremated by the Naga Sadhus at this site.

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