Critical edition of the Amsumadagama



Start Date: May, 2017
Status: Ongoing

Project Details

Department Indology
Duration 3 Year(s)
Funding Agency(ies)

French Institute of Pondicherry

Sri Chandrasekharendra Sarasvati Visva Mahavidyalaya, Kanchipuram (SCSVMV)


Sri Chandrasekharendra Sarasvati Visva Mahavidyalaya, Kanchipuram (SCSVMV)


Project Description


The Amsumadagama is one of the hitherto unedited canonical texts of the Saivasiddhanta system. Consisting of many chapters on various rites - both private and public -, detailed instructions for temple building and other less known but interesting ceremonies concerning royal personnages, this voluminous text is a storehouse of important subjects that throw considerable light on the wide spread influence of Saivasiddhanta on indian culture. 

Naturally, like the earlier editions of other Agama-s that form part of the series published by the French Institute of Pondicherry, the critical edition of the Amsumadagama also will help in a large way for the clearer understanding of Saivasiddhanta and its history.

Materials and methods

IFP manuscripts collection, one of the most complete in the field of Saivasiddhanta texts, is the basic material for all projects dealing with Saiva canonical texts. Manuscripts belonging to other collections also will be utilised for this project.

Main (expected) outputs

Critically edited text accompanied by a detailed introduction, summary of chapters, etc. in the form of  book to be published.

External team members

  • G. Sankaranarayanan