THE SARASVATI MAHAL LIBRARY AND CONTRIBUTION OF RAJAH SERFOJI II

Authors

Arokiaswamy I & Arumugam D
Government Arts College, Ariyalur, Tamilnadu, India – 621713, Affiliated to Bharathidasan University, Trichy – 620 024

Satheesh Kumar P
Post Doctoral Fellowship in Architecture, Lincoln University College, Malaysia,
Dean, School of Architecture and Interior Design, College of Engineering and Technology,
Faculty of Engineering and Technology, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, SRM Nagar, Kattankulathur – 603 203, Kanchipuram, Chennai, TN, India. 

Jeganathan M
Post Doctoral Fellowship in Environmental Science, Lincoln University College, Malaysia,
Associate Professor, Prime Nest College of Architecture and Planning, Siruganur, Thiruchirappalli, Tamilnadu, India – 600 105

Abstract

Thanjavur has been renowned as a great centre of Art. Culture and literature for more than ten centuries. Successive generations of the Cholas, Nayaks and Maratha rulers have contributed and enriched the cultural greatness. Thanjavur is well known throughout the world for its Brahadeswar temple, magnificent Palace and the Sarasvati Mahal Library. The Saraswati Mahal Libarary is one among the few medievall libraries that exists in the world. It is a treasure house of knowledge. It contains very rare and valuable collection of manuscripts, books, maps and paintings on all aspects ofarts, culture and literature. The Encyclopaedia of Britannica in its survey of libraries of world mentions this as The most remarkable library in India.