The Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute or BORI prepares critical editions of Hindu scriptures.

They also seem to remove portions from ancient manuscripts deeming such portions as interpolations.

My question is how do we judge whether they are even qualified to do such a job or not (i.e to adjudge the authenticity of Hindu scriptures)?

Also what methods they use to come up with critical editions by rejecting several stories that are found in the original manuscripts?

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    I think this question belongs to Meta ?
    – TheLittleNaruto
    Jan 28, 2019 at 10:07
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    I am not sure I also thought that way initially .. I discussed with a Mod too before posting here .. IMO it is related here too as they deal with Hindu scriptures .. let the users decide @TheLittleNaruto
    – Rickross
    Jan 28, 2019 at 10:09
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    Some of leela of God can be understood only by sadhana.. not intellect!!! They have dismissed some portions which are not understood through intellegence as interpolations which is completely wrong. Jan 28, 2019 at 11:33
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    Answers would basically be opinions unless there is BORI person here to address this.
    – Ambi
    Jan 28, 2019 at 12:12
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    @Ambi Yes, that is the reason the question should be posted to BORI and not us. We can't say what methods they use. We will only post inaccurate information and opinions.I think this is off-topic. Jan 28, 2019 at 17:23

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I will answer this question by taking the example of Adi Parva of Mahabharata.

To understand the method to come up with the critical edition, the following document by Vishnu Sukthankar can be read -


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    Link-only answers are not recommended. If the link dies your answer becomes invalid. Better to copy the relevant information directly into the answer. Read the section 'Provide context for links' here. Feb 2, 2019 at 20:04
  • Its about 130 pages long. Too long to copy. Not every question has a 1 or 2 page answer.
    – user16581
    Feb 2, 2019 at 20:06
  • You only need to quote the relevant part not 130 pages. Feb 2, 2019 at 20:07
  • As I said, not every question has a 1 or 2 page answer. Atleast have the courtesy to go thru the link before commenting.
    – user16581
    Feb 2, 2019 at 20:08
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    Not trying to bug you. But users should not have to leave this site to read/figure out the answer. If something cannot be explained in 1-2 pages then it's best to leave the information as a comment under the question. Feb 2, 2019 at 20:22

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