DEVIMAHATMYA, PRAISE OF THE GREAT GODDESS

MS 2174
MS Short Title DEVIMAHATMYA
Text DEVIMAHATMYA, PRAISE OF THE GREAT GODDESS
Description MS in Sanskrit on palm-leaf, Bihar or Nepal, 11th c., 32 ff., 5x31 cm, 2 columns, (3x27 cm), 5 lines in an early Bhujimmol script, borders marked with double lines with orange pigmentation between lines, 1 miniature in text. 
Binding Nepal, 11th c., carved wooden covers, decorated with 10 miniatures, poti with hole for the binding cord.
Provenance 1. Monastery in Nepal (ca. 11th c.-); 2. Sam Fogg cat. 17(1996):40.
Commentary The Devimahatmya is a work in 700 verses arranged into 13 chapters extolling the greatness of the Goddess and her various manifestations. A single verse of the text appears in an inscription on the Dadhimatimata Temple in the former Jodhpur state dated 608 AD. The present MS seems to be the oldest surviving copy of the text. 
Place of origin Bihar or Nepal
Dates 11th Century AD

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