The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, inaugurated Dharohar Bhawan – the new Headquarters building of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), – in Tilak Marg in New Delhi yesterday. Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister lauded the efforts of ASI in protecting the rich archaeological heritage of the country.
The new Headquarters building of ASI has been equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including energy efficient lighting and rainwater harvesting. It includes a Central Archaeological Library with a collection of about 1.5 lakh books and journals. The library is a unique and valuable treasure trove in India and the World for those who are keen to undertake research work in the field of Archaeology, Religious and Cultural perspective of India, India’s ancient past and allied subjects.
The Library is special as it houses Authentic records related to Archaeology, such as ASI reports, etc., Diary of Alexander Cunningham (founder of ASI), John Marshall, etc. which are great source for researchers throughout the world. The Library has Original collection of religious books and books on cultural heritage of India, such as the sacred books on the Hindus, Manusmiti, Kautilya’s Athasastra, etc. which are in great demand by the researchers. Original, specific and holistic collection on places of India, such as Kalhan’s Rajtarangini, on Kashmir, History of Gujarat, etc. are also available. Original and rare books on inscriptions, such as Kharosti, Brahmi etc. and Huge collection of Tibetan manuscripts (rare) which is very helpful to the scholars.
Rare portfolios related to Ajanta, Ellora and many sites of archaeological importance, Large collection of books on Archaeology, Epigraphy, Indology, Indian culture and its past, etc which make the library unique and distinct from others and many more are available in Central Archaeological Library.