Some useful URLs collected from different sources

(Being a collection of useful books, software, writings, learning resources etc.)

Note that the links on this page are NOT hot links. You have to cut and paste them into your browser. The links are given like this so that it is easier to share them in various ways such as emails, and they don’t get mangled across the different ways of sharing and different email services etc.


1. There is a vast amount of textual content at http://www.sanskritdocuments.org including learning, scholarly and religious resources; but one may not note the several other website mirrored on it, as well as the scanned books available there. For the former, use: “site:www.sanskritdocuments.org mirrors” and the latter, use: “site:www.sanskritdocuments.org scanned books” as the search string in your favorite search engine. Also check out the blog at http://www.sanskritlinks.blogspot.com maintained by the same site administrator. It is a comprehensive collection of various related websites with short introductions.


2. These links are for a free s/w, which costs thousands of $ and lots of hours to make and provide, and helps people around the world to read books from the Digital Library of India. Around 2000 people have taken it in its different avatars; so we think hundreds may use it regularly, to read books, mainly Indological/Hindu/Sanskrit books; but the DLI really deserves much more patronage.

a) http://www.tinyurl.com/dlidsite3 – for the access software
b) http://www.tinyurl.com/dlidblog – for a support site [this site]
c) http://www.tinyurl.com/dlidfaq – for a detailed FAQ [a page on this site]
d) http://www.tinyurl.com/dlidcat1 – catalogue showing scans available at the IISC and IIIT collection, mainly Sanskrit books and translations
e) http://www.tinyurl.com/dlidcat2 – similar details for the IISC collection (these availability details aren’t available at DLI’s own site, like they are given here)


3. A separate e-library for non-DLI e-books is available through these links. More books might come this summer.

a) http://www.tinyurl.com/TFICHome (home page)
b) http://www.tinyurl.com/TFICAtArchiveDotOrg (host)

ToU and Fair use terms, so that the people at the repositories supported don’t get upset:
c) http://www.tinyurl.com/DLIDToU
d) http://www.tinyurl.com/TFICDeclaration


4. Links to a work on the great Carnatic composer Tyagaraja Swami:

a) http://tinyurl.com/LyricalTyagaraja — home page
b) http://tinyurl.com/LTBBookDesc– how it is worked out as a book(s) of 3000 pages, and how it is the first of its kind work.
c) http://tinyurl.com/LTBThmes — Themes in his work
e) http://tinyurl.com/LTBApproach — The new approach
f) http://www.tinyurl.com/LTBEffects — Why celebrate Tyagaraja alone, of the Trinity, and chiefly as a lyric poet and not a composer?


5. A collection of rare books, over 20,000 pages in all, that is hard to find elsewhere, provided for easy access in one place, under the “fair use” policies of TFIC:

a) http://www.tinyurl.com/SanskritDicts — several Sanskrit dictionaries and a few Sanskrit books including on the Gita
b) http://www.tinyurl.com/IskconSB –Complete Bhagavatam with translation, Iskcon version
c) http://www.tinyurl.com/sbe22 –Sacred books of the east, 22 books on Indian/Hindu topics [no comments on the SBE though]
d) http://www.tinyurl.com/gita-sadhale –Gita with 11 major commentaries in one place
e) http://www.tinyurl.com/smallmw – Monier Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary, version 1
f) http://www.tinyurl.com/largemw – MW Dictionary, larger version
g) http://www.tinyurl.com/completemw – MW Dictionary, single volume


More to come.

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