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Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum

The Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum is located near Gujarat University at Navrangpura in Ahmedabad District. It was established in 1984. It is one of the largest treasure houses of manuscripts relating to Jainism. The institute was established by Muni Shri Punyavijayji and Sri Kasturbhai Lalbhai. The institute houses a library which has 45,000 printed books and 75,000 manuscripts of which 500 are illustrated ones. The topics covered by them range from Buddhist religion, tantra, Jain darshana, Jain philosophy, grammar and poetics to Vedas, agamas and systems of Indian philosophy. The institute has also published seven volumes of tabular catalogues in languages like Sanskrit, Prakrit, Apabhramsa, Old Gujarati, Hindi and Rajasthani.

The institute has been collaborating with the National Mission for Manuscripts as an MRC since 2003. The institute has documented around 50,000 manuscripts in different Jaina Bhandars of Gujarat and catalogued 19,462 electronic data in the e-granthavali database.

The institute has conducted surveys and covered eleven institutions in eight districts and has held publicity programmes in print and electronic media for sensitizing people on the preservation of manuscripts.

The visiting hours are from 10.00am to 5.00pm and the institute remains closed on Mondays. Photography is not allowed and a modest entrance fee is charged from the visitors.
Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Institute of Indology
Navarangpur, Near Gujrat University, Ahmedabad - 380 009

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