The present volume is an annotated biblography of the vedik-Laksana, the exsitence of which could be determined on the basic of printed editions, catalogues of manuscripts, and citations in other texts.
The incentive for compiling this bibliography grew out of an awareness that hardly any relaible information exists concerning manuscripts of veda-laksana texts, although they are of great use critical studies of vedic texts.
The goal of this work is to provide a comprehensive handbook of source materials on Veda-Laksna by identifying and distinguishing the texts in various manuscripts and printed editions according to their contents and actual title. K. Parameswara Aithal is one few contemporary scholars who combine the deep knowledge of a traditional Pandit with the analytical Methodology of an Indologist. This rare fusion of different veiw of and approches to Sanskrit texts has given a unique character to the author's catlogues and numorous other publications for more than three decades. Before loining the South Asia institute of Heidelberg University in 1970, the had been the curator of the manuscripts section of the Adyar Library (madras). Since 1988, he has worked together with other manuscript specialists on a descriptive catlogue of the Chandra Shum Shere collection of Sanskrit manuscriptove at the Bidlean Library of Oxford University. in this connection, Dr. Aithal become a research fillow of Wolfson College of Oxford Universty in 1989.
The present Volume contains brief description of nearly 1600 works of Veda-Laksna. In Compling this bibliography the author visited more than 35 manuscript Libraries in India and Europe and examined the manuscripts of unpublisherd texts. At present, Dr. Aithal is preparing a collection of Veda-Laksna texts for future publication.