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Front facade of the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP)
Front facade of the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP)
Rear side view of the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP)
Rear side view of the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP)
Garden of the IFP
Garden of the IFP
Main Indology Hall of the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP)
Main Indology Hall of the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP)
The Library reading room of the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP)
The Library reading room of the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP)
Jawaharlal Nehru Conference Hall
Jawaharlal Nehru Conference Hall
Visit of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP) on October 4, 1955
Visit of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP) on October 4, 1955
Dr. Jean Filiozat, 1st Director of the IFP
Dr. Jean Filiozat, 1st Director of the IFP
Inauguration of NACLIN 2014 in the presence of former President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam
Inauguration of NACLIN 2014 in the presence of former President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam
President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, presenting at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on March 23, 2015, the Presidential Award of Certificate of Honour to Pandit S. Sambandan Sivacharya
President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, presenting at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on March 23, 2015, the Presidential Award of Certificate of Honour to Pandit S. Sambandan Sivacharya
Objectives Śivopaniṣad, consisting of approximately 700 verses and spread out in seven chapters, deals with Siva-temple construction, some important festivals such as the Car festival, various forms of special offerings and services to the common people and the devotees of Siva.  Unlike the Agama-s this text teaches a general form of Saivism that...
Objectives The KARANAGAMA, a voluminous text belonging to the Saivasiddhanta Agama corpus, is an authoritative canonical text, of which IFP possesses many manuscripts in its collection. It is one of the oft-consulted text of authority for the plan and construction of the Siva-temple, for the various rites of installation, worship, and festivals...
Objectives 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...
Objectives Kriyakramadyotika is an extensive Saiva ritual manual composed in Tamilnadu by the 12th century Saiva teacher-cum-commentator, Aghorasivacharya. All aspects of Saiva ritual are clearly expounded in detail. Two commentaries that further explain the source as well as the intricacies the Saiva ritual system have been composed around the...
Sambhupuspanjali
Objectives:   The main objective of this project is to bring out critical edition of rare unique and old manuscript for the future scholars. The Śambhupuṣpāñjali is a ritual manual (paddhati) containing the details of the mantras as well as the rituals for the performance of daily worship (nityapūjā) of Lord Śiva. This text is a compilation...
Axis 2. of the Indology Department /   Objectives:   The Saivasiddhanta is one of the ancient religio-philosophical systems. It was wide spread in many parts of India as well as in many countries of the South-East Asia since the first millennium. It is still very much in practice--both in private and in public—in Tamilnadu. In the course...
Axis 2. of the Indology Department /   Objectives:   The Saiva Agama-s are one of the fundamental canonical texts that serve as the basis for the Religio-phiosophical system of Saivasiddhanta that are still in use and practice. The French Institute of Pondicherry from its inception has been engaged in collecting the manuscripts of the...
Axis 4. of the Indology Department /   Objectives:   Given the favourable geographical location of the IFP in the heart of the Tamil country, the Department of Indology endeavours to study the Tamil language, history and culture in all its diversity.  An important direction of research within the "Tamil Studies" programme relates to...
Axis 3. of the Indology Department / Objectives:   Tamil, one of the classical languages in India, is also an ever-evolving contemporary language practiced in more than three continents. The IFP, situated in the heart of Tamil Nadu, has consistently developed over the last five years a small research unit on Contemporary Tamil studies with...
Axis 1. of the Indology Department /   Objectives:   In Sanskrit culture, Grammar (vyakarana) is given a central place. It is even considered as the first science (sastra). The Astadhyayi of Panini ( 4th century BC), codifies what we term as " classical " Sanskrit. A long series of commentaries have elucidated this over more than 2000...

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