105-year-old Urdu copy of Ramcharitmanas found

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A Scrap market in New Delhi had a copy of Shri Ramcharitmanas that is 105 year old. Don’t think this is anything special? Well, the 105 year old copy of Shri Ramcharitmanas is in Urdu. This copy of Shri Ramcharitmanas was printed in Urdru in 1910 in Lahore in present day Pakistan. The book was found three years in the scrap market in a pile of old torn books by Sankat Mochan temple priest family.

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The priest family bought it for Rs. 600 from the scrap market. The priest family was looking for an ancient manuscript of Sri Ramcharitmanas, which was reportedly stolen from Sankat Mochan temple at Tulsi ghar. Many other precious articles related to Goswami Tuldias were also stolen. While searching for these ancient artifacts, the priest family came across the sacred book in the scrap market at Hauz Khas in New Delhi.

This Urdu version of Sri Ramcharitmanas was written by Shiv Brat Lal, who was a native of Bhadohi district. This was written in the year 1904 and was printed at Lahore’s Half-Tone press in the year 1910.

The copy carries a prologue of 20 pages and has ‘four hand-drawn photographs’, in which one photograph not only carries the pictures of Lord Ram, Sita, Laxman and Hanuman but also of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh.

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