Scanned Sanskrit Documents
The following links direct to Sanskrit books available online as
scans. If you find other websites or links that have scanned documents
in Sanskrit, please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org. For encoded
Sanskrit documents visit main page or list of texts elsewhere.
- The Digital Library of India: The Digital Library of
India (DLI) has scanned and preserved over 250,000 books in many
languages, of which around 13,000 are in Sanskrit. This project is
coodinated by the IISc and has over 20 partner centers across different
specialties. Read an article
Digital Libraries in India for some details of
the project. The Government of India has spent a large amount
of resources in scanning and preserving valuable books through this
project. The principal collections are housed at the IISc, Bangalore and
at the IIIT, Hyderabad. You can either download books directly as mentioned below or you can read them page by page
in a browser. To read books in a browser, you should download the AlternaTIFF plugin on Windows computers
Given below are the main DLI
collections. Each houses a different set of books. You can find lists
of books in each collection and catalogs of the current availability of
scans of each book, in the links next to each collection.
- There DLI, IISC, Bangalore has apparently provided several servers with same searchable database. They are http://www.new.dli.ernet.in/ and http://www.new1.dli.ernet.in/, http://www.dli.ernet.in, http://www.dli.gov.in, and http://184.108.40.206.
List of Sanskrit books (February 2013, 31Mb, 29000+ books),
a list of Marathi books (February 2013, 3.5Mb, 4500+ books),
a list of Gujarati books (March 2013, 8.4Mb, 8000+ books),
with direct links to DLI.
There is an extensive searchable and cleaned catalog http://sanskritdocuments.org/scannedbooks/DLI_Catalog/ that gives list of books in seven languages: Bengali, English, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu. (September 2010) An older Sanskrit catalog file is in
Catalog listing with the scan availability of Sanskrit books (Sept. 2010).
DLI collection at IIIT, Hyderabad: The site http://dli.iiit.ac.in is permanently down due to ministery terminating the ERNET connection to servers. The data is in planning stage to be moved to IISc server or perhaps to
MCIT library Consortium locations. Here are the older Catalog listing with the scan availability of Sanskrit books,
another list of Sanskrit books,
a list of Marathi books for reference p[urpose.
- Many of the books at CDAC, Noida are available in PDF format at Partner Collection from IISc DLI server. There are over 900 books, mostly in the category of English literature (Nov, 2010).
- The new uploads to IISc-DLI are listed under recent collection.
- The methodology adopted in the acquisition, presentation, and corrective
catalogs is presented in many journals papers, Content Development for Digital Library of India and Digitizing a Million Books: Challenges for Documents Analysis, The Digital Library of India Project: Process, Policies and Architecture.
- The digital library at Osmania University, Hyderabad at http://oudl.osmania.ac.in/ hosts thousands of directly downloadable PDF files of many of the books at DLI. See a long list of Sanskrit and Marathi books (Jan 2012). The OUDL site appears to be available only during Indian office timings (IST 10 am to 6 pm).
- The Universal Library at Pittsburgh, USA http://www.ulib.org/
- The Internet Archive
houses scanned books as well as music, audiovisual and web content. The
books are available in different formats such as PDF, B and W PDF, text, djvu
etc. (a list of Sanskrit books, a
list of Marathi books).
- Google Books (a list of Sanskrit books, a list of Marathi books). All books are in PDF format. Use
full view texts in your search options.
- The National Mission for Manuscripts namami.org seeks to unearth and preserve the vast manuscript wealth of India. The department publishes a newsletter. Although there are no scanned books available, the details of the process and efforts taken in preservation of documents are informative.
- A Collection of Full-Text Books on South Asia at Columbia University. It containts plain text English translations and not scanned Sanskrit books like the repositories listed above.
- Archaeological Survey of India
asi.nic.in has made available over two thousand scanned books in
PDF format and is set to more than ten thousands.
These are digitized at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA).
The digital library is at http://www.ignca.nic.in/ with
specific search capability.
See a list of books with Sanskrit word search.
The Sanskrit book list is given
here (asisanskritpdfs) with
title and PDF links. A similar list covering the available catalog is
also prepared here (asiallpdfs)
for convenience (Sept 2010). All the available and planned books are
listed on their
or a consolidated mirror catalog.
- E-books at Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi. Some of these are uploaded on archive.org as a backup RSS Packaged.
- In order to centralize some of the different personal collections
made over the years, new material written or created by others and
some material from this site, we have started The Free Indological
Collection" at archive.org. This collection also makes materials from
some of the digital repositories that are hard to access, easier to
access, and also preserves defunct repositories. It also provides
backup access for some of the books. Please see the archive.org TFIC
homepage as well as our project page TFIC project page. Thousands of books
are being made available at the TFIC collection. Please use the "list
of titles" at archive.org TFIC
homepage. You are also invited to contribute
books not in our collection. Please send an email to dli.downloader[[@]yahoo.com.
- The Library System, University of Delhi has Digital Library with many PDF files. See some cataloged at main, and thinned.
- For reference, a set of Guidelines for digitization_of manuscripts (National Libraries of India) are formulated. The UNESCO has given similar but more detailed guidelines at Digitization of Old Books, Manuscripts, and Other Documents, The Format for Storage of Metadata, and Method.
- A list of Collection of links to electronic libraries.
- West Bengal Public Library Network, has scanned books on various topics. Use dspace database.
Use the page for 175+ Sanskrit books. They are individually split in contents, chapters or pages
- Sanskrit section of DSpace at Jadhavpur University.
It has categories of Question Papers_Sanskrit : , M.Phil_Sanskrit  PG_Sanskrit  Ph.D._Sanskrit  UG_Sanskrit  .
Browse by subject/title/author to see the list.
- Dspace books at Sanskrit department at Pondicherry University.
Here are some software programs to download books from the DLI collections.
- A DLI Downloader prepared by Munish Chandel can be downloaded from dli-downloader.blogspot.in Jun4 2013 posting . It needs only the barcode to initiate downloading and generates a PDF (also adds a barcode on the first page). It is relatively faster than other tools. The latest version also has index of entire DLI catalogue, searchable and one can download a book with right click.
- DLI Downloader 0.23: The DLI Downloader is an easy to use,
comprehensive software solution to download books or selected pages from
the DLI at high speeds. It is a one-click install and provides one-click
downloads from both DLI sites.
The DLI Downloader 0.23 is a completely free, small and fast
tool from Prabhu of PR Labs and runs on all Windows platforms such as
Windows XP, Vista, Server and Windows 7. The DLI Downloader can also
be downloaded from locations 1.
No other downloads are necessary.
(DLID 0.1 users must install DLID 0.23 afresh.)
See also its announcements and an FAQ on blogspot and wordpress.
- DLI-viewer and downloader by Ajit Krishnan http://www.aupasana.com/software. The utility has a search capability, direct linking, PDF file creation and other features. It adds a page link as footer on each page.
- Use an "Addon" called "batchdownload" for firefox to download books.
Use the DLI-viewer and downloader above to generate a PDF file from the images downloaded using this addon.
- Use an "Addon" called "downloadthemall" for firefox to download books.
Use the DLI-viewer and downloader above to generate a PDF file from the images downloaded using this addon.
- There is another Firefox plugin BatchDownload that can also be used for downloading series of images.
Use the DLI-viewer and downloader above to generate a PDF file from the images downloaded using this addon.
- ABS DLI Downloader
V2.2 by Alok B. Shukla (for his name ABS). The file
version 2.2 (1.067 Mb), marked April 2012, is shared at 4shared.com
which requires registration. (If you do
not want to register, download the file from
renamed and relinked from convenience. Please use your own discretion.)
Similar to above DLIDownloader by Prabhu,
this also needs only the barcode of the bOok. Not all books are linked
from here so check the DLI and compare. Alok has titled it as "Where Knowledge is Free" from a poem by Ravindranath Tagore.
Several people have collected scans of Sanskrit books from the different repositories and placed them online.
- The Sanskrit E-Books site at http://sanskritebooks.org has a list of free
downloadable Sanskrit ebooks posted at various sites such as scribd,
mediafire, ibiblio.org, esnips, archive.org et cetera.
- Ajit Krishnan's DLI downloads
(or the direct SkyDrive link), grouped in different categories (veda (adhyatmika),
- Adisesh Iyyengar's Shared Files on Mediafire. The total number of files is over 8600. They are categorized (2009) as below. A title search is also allowed. Explore.
- 01.Vedic Religion (or) Srivaishnava | 251 Folders, 6496 Files, Tags: Veda, Srivaishnava, Vadakalai, Vedanta Desikan, Ramanuja
- 02.Ebooks Created 04/23/2009 | 42 Folders, 649 Files
- 03.Hinduism Created 02/12/2009 | 5 Folders, 101 Files, Hinduism doctrines, scientific proofs, etc.
- 04.Music Created 11/12/2009 | 59 Folders, 650 Files
Tags: Carnatic Music, Devotional Songs, Sankeerthanas
- 05.Proofs of Rebirth Created 04/23/2009 | 0 Folders, 53 Files
- 06.Miscellaneous Created 03/17/2009 | 9 Folders, 661 Files
- Atman's e-books kept on mediafire.
- Collection at ambaa.org (see files larger than 1Mb).
- Digital Library at Muktabodha Indological Research Institute has a large collection of encoded as well as scanned books.
- Sri Vaidyanatha Deekshitiya Smrti Muktaphalam and at 2.
- Ancient Indian mathematics and astronomy (Ganita and Jyotish) and Sanskrit Grammar (Vyakarana) texts are available at Joseph Leichter's wilbourhall.org site. Specifically
Aryabhatiya, Bhaskaracarya's Siddhanta Siromani, Brahmagupta's Brahma-Sphuta-Siddhanta, Jagannatha Samrat's Rekhaganita, Minaraja'a Vrddhayavanjataka, Panini- Kashika, Mahabhashya, Surya Siddhanta, Varahamihira's Pancasiddhantika, Brihat Samhita, Brhat Jataka et cetera.
- Categorized links to books from various sources at The Portal to Ancient India
- See a comprehensive list of scanned books at scribd under ekoaham
and marAThI mandaL carefully prepared by Vishwas Bhide.
Documents scanned and uploaded by Shri Hemant Moghe of Baroda.
- Digital library at agamaacademy.org. The texts AgamA include kAmika, kiraNa, pUrva karaNa, uttara karaNa, makuTa, suprabheda, vIra, vatUla, yogaja, and many vidhI.
- ISKCON's multimedia portal at ebooks.iskcondesiretree.info hosts many scanned or individually prepared PDF files related to Krishna Consciousness. Also visit kunjeshwari.com for additional downloadable books in different languages.
- Shodh Ganga, a reservoir of Indian theses, which include many papers dealing with Sanskrit. http://shodhganga.inflibnet.ac.in. Other links to thesis (at least a list) are
being compiled at http://sanskritworld.in/m-phil-theses/.
- A Buddhist library site http://lirs.ru/lib has many downloadable books. It is a Russian site but one can easily follow the English part for accesing the books. It has very unique way of linking the books. In google search bar type,
pdf site:lirs.ru/lib OR
pdf site:http://dharma.org.ru/ OR
djvu site:http://dharma.org.ru/ to get links to the set of files.
- Posted books/PDF/audio files on 4shared.com with search on the word Sanskrit. Many of these are reposted copies of items online elsewhere
- Asian Classics Input Project (ACIP) is busy entering many Buddhist and Yoga related books.
- Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh RSS books 1
- Books related to speeches of Osho/Rajneesh are available at http://www.osho.com/library.
Also http://www.oshoworld.com has quite a few media files providing teachings of the great teacher.
The Hindi discourse (videos) are available at http://www.youtube.com/user/OSHOHindi.
- A source of information on Vishishtadvaita.
The group is planning for 108 more books under the series
Ahobilavalli Grantha Maalaa. See also srihayagrivan.org, links, and http://prapatti.com/ (with audio files prepared by Sunder Kidambi.)
- http://cincinnatitemple.com/articlesRel.html hosts many articles related to Hindu practices and thoughts.
- Books on Yogavasishtha and Vedanta on Scribd posted by Jnaanaananda.
- The site of http://jagadgururambhadracharya.org includes compositions of Shri Rambhadracharya, especially Unicode Sanskrit texts of the
epic Sribhargavaraghaviyam, the epic Gitaramayanam, and the duutakaavya Bhrngadutam.
Scanned PDFs include
- Scanned books are posted in bulk on scribd.com. Links for some
of the Sanskrit and indology related books are given below.
(We are not sure if some of the books posted on this scribd accounts have copyrights.
If these links are objectionable, please specify as we are just
- Spiritual Media books at http://www.dadabhagwan.org in English \, Gujarati, and Hindi
built from question answer sessions of Dada Bhagwan (Ambalal Muljibhai Patel) who established Akram Vignan - the science of Self Realization.
- Dwaita Library has independently scanned books of various authors.
- Books written by V. D. Savarkar, mostly in Marathi, are available at http://www.savarkarsmarak.com/,
- The books written by Swami Raksukhadas are available for download, see English and Hindi, and other languages sections. Most of these are quality publications from Geetapress, Gorakhpur,
contact for hard copy book sales.
- Bhaktivedanta Research Centre holds many Vaishnava literature manuscripts.
- http://www.biblicalstudies.org.uk>Articles from biblical studies site .
Revealing records of 1835 Britishers for "ultimate evangelization of India." Orientalists could not win to adopt Sanskrit in the education (good or bad?).
comparative article (Carey and Vivekananda 100 years apart), 2004 article mentions about Yesu Gita, interesting!
- The following link has puShTi-mArga-vaishnava books for free download. It has several Sanskrit granthas.
http://www.pushtisahitya.org. The sublinks leads to more books.
The .net and .org are interconnected.
See additional books in Hindi with some Sanskrit texts on
- Malini magazine, all issues are posted. The magazine is a publication of Ishwar Ashram Trust, New Delhi. The Magazine was started by Swami Lakshman Joo himself. The Magazine is one of the Notable Contributions to Kashmir Shaivite Scholarship in recent years.
Magazine includes articles in English, Hindi, Sanskrit and Kashmiri.
- Collected Works of Vasistha Kavyakantha Ganapati Muni in 12 Volumes. , download available once are disabled. Provide contact details and the purpose to Shri Sampadananda Mishra sampadanandamishra at gmail.com to download the books. Five scanned volumes are posted at scribd.
- Visit http://www.scribd.com/sanskritvyakarana, for over 90 high level Sanskrit grammar scanned books. The list includes
Ashtadhayi of Panini with commentaries, Upsargartha Chandrika,
Laghu Siddhanta Kaumudi with commentaries, Vakyapadiya of Bhartrihari, Varttika,
Nighantu, Nirukta, Sphotanirnaya,
Madhya Siddhanta Kaumudi Prashnottari,
Upsarga Varga of Mahadeva Bhattacharya,
et cetera. See also http://www.scribd.com/collections/3833696/Sanskrit-Sahitya-Vyakarana,
- The http://musicresearch.in site is involved with Music research and
documentation. It hosts scanned Sanskrit granthas for the Indian Classical
music, such as Abhinava-tala-manjari, Ashtottara-sata-tala-laksanam,
Sangita-samaya-sara, Raga-vibodha, Raga-mala, Sangita-sastra,Raga-manjari
et cetera. The site contents are available here.
- Guruguha Sangita Sampradaya Pradarshini at http://www.ibiblio.org/guruguha/ hosts texts and translations, essays, articles and indices relating and pertaining to South Indian Classical Music (Carnatic music). The scanned books in the library are available in
- Books written by Jagadguru Rambhadracharya of Chitrakoot, Madhya Pradesh available for download and on Wiki.
- In the continuation of spirit of helping people increase their devotion, Shri Mahaperiaval trust, the trusties
have their publication available for free to download. Please see the
Download the E-books section. The books include
Tejinivanamahathmiyam, Vishnu Stuthi Manjari-1, Vishnu Stuthi Manjari-2,
Vishnu Stuthi Manjari-3, Samartha Ramadas charitram,
Stutithrayee, Veesharanyamahathmiyam, Soundaryalahiri_part_1,
Soundaryalahiri part 2, JayaJayaHanuman, Srivachyakshetramahathmiyam,
Hanumanstuthimanjari, KasiKandam, Balasaparya, et cetera.
(The builtin Firefox browser has problem with the PDF files just apparently
with many font based errors, so download and view these in PDF reader.)
- A study of history of Indology Read Online, details at
"An Expose of Indologists of the Raj and Their Gurus!"
- A large number of scanned books written in Odia are available at odia.org.
- Books published by Himalayan Academy https://www.himalayanacademy.com
- Vidya Prasarak Mandal has undertaken
many noteworthy projects over many years. Explore the contents of
the page. There are quite a few scanned books in their Digital
Repository section that is searchable using dspace. Click on digital libraries, E-Books, and E-Journals
including Disha (since 1996) and celebrated Saddharma (since 1965). (Needs subscription.)
- Books by Swami Shantananda Puri are available for download. See also http://swamishantanandapurimaharaj.org/ and http://www.scribd.com/search?query=shantananda. Also a video
Get in the mood of God.
- All the puranas are available for download at http://vedpuran.ne, and are also available at http://singhal.50webs.com/books.htm.
- The site http://www.dwarkadheeshvastu.com
provides many large scanned books such as Rigveda, Samaveda, Atharva Veda,
Bhavishya Puran, Brahma Puran, Brahmavaivarta Puran, Chhandogyopanishad,
Devi-Stotra-Ratnakar, Garg-Sanhita, Garuda Puran, Kalidas Sukti Sudha,
Kurma Puran, Laghu Siddhanta Kaumudi, Brahad-Dristtant-Mahasagar, Matsya
Puran, Narada Puran, Padma Puran, Patanjali Yogadarshan, Bhavartha
Ramayan, Shiva Puran, stotra ratnavali, Vishnu Pran, Valmiki Ramayan,
Varaha Puran, Vaman Purana et cetera and corresponding audio files for some
texts with Hindi translations.
- Many publications by Shri Nagesh Sonde (Age 80+)
are available for download at
in Konkani (Goan) and English. The books are well formatted and published.
They are freely available in PDF format. His autobiographical essay Goals in Life is thought-provoking.
Online Library of Digitized Sanskrit and Prakrit Manuscript Catalogue holds
PDF files from scanned books of catalogues which are listed in the book
Bibliographic Survey of Indian Manuscript Catalogues (1998) by
Subhas. C. Biswas and referenced elsewhere. Dominik Wujastyk has made these available
in connection with the project "Philosophy and Medicine in Early Classical India". funded by the Austrian Science Fund
- Sanskrit Sahitya account on scribd has many Sanskrit books. See Veda Bhashya, Sanskrit Pratibha journal issues, Sanskirt Unmesha 14th Rajasthan Sanskrit Sahitya Sammelan, and various grantha.
- Kerala Sahitya Akademi has uploaded hundreds of open-domain Malayalam books (includes Sanskrit books in Malayalam script
and a small number of English books) at DLI link of
Kerala Sahitya Akademi collection at http://www.dli.ernet.in/KeralaSA.php?
(downloadable as single PDF files like ASI library).
Another collection of Malayalam scanned books is provided by
Malayalam daily, Mathrubhumi, at http://digital.mathrubhumi.com/, click on books.
- Sanskrit books at University of Pennsylvania Upenn (many of them being in German).
- There are many scanned journals from different groups and followings posted on the internet. They may or may not have Sanskrit texts but are useful readings. Some of them are listed here for interested readers.
- Other non-Sanskrit but equally important scanned books of the works of personalities, their experiences, and their reach to inspire are in following collections :
- Many of the books posted on the sites linked from here may have copyrights.
For copyright related clarification, please visit FAQ : The Online Books Page of UPenn, article "How Can I Tell Whether a Book Can Go Online?" and
FAQ : Copyright at Wikipedia.
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