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The British Library presents this online exhibition to complement their in situ exhibit of the Ramayana manuscripts. The Ramayana is an ancient Sanskrit epic dated from around 500 to 100 BCE, which tells the story of Prince Rama's quest to rescue his beloved wife Sita. The Ramayana manuscripts were commissioned by Rana Jagat Singh of Mewar (1628-52) and are "among the most important documents of seventeenth century Indian painting." Of the original seven books, four complete books and part of a fifth are in the British Library. Visitors to the site should begin by clicking on the "Quick Guide" which provides valuable background information on the story as well as the manuscript. From there, visitors should be ready to click on "Turning the Pages" which allows you to "virtually turn the pages of the Jagat Singh Ramayana manuscript." Here, you can magnify details, read or listen to commentary on each page and even store your own notes. Overall, this site is worth a number of visits and the manuscripts are truly beautiful works of art.
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