Are there any palm leaves of hindu scriptures (especially puranas) available for us to read today?

Also I am interested to know whether any ashramas or certain brahmin families have the oral tradition till today (which is very unlikely to happen).

  • Why? I have seen more than one man chant the entire Katha Upanishad from memory. Jun 7, 2020 at 12:23
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    @Swami Vishwananda.What I mean is that it is more unlikely for someone to chant a purana out of memory or having an oral tradition of chanting puranas. That is not the case with vedas and upanishads.
    – Satya
    Jun 7, 2020 at 14:48

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I heard most of the valuable sources are outside India.

Thanjavur Saraswathi Mahal Library is one among several known depositories.

  • Though intersting I had highligted or specified puranas in my question. Are you sure Thanjavur Saraswati Mahal Library have manuscripts of puranas and if so what purana it is??. Well, it is difficult to completely answer this question, I asked this out of curiosity. Mentioning all these things would completely answer my question.
    – Satya
    Jun 7, 2020 at 14:54
  • There is a reference to MCC in the last line; .After paper printing became common there is no need to keep puranas on palmaira leaves. Only most valuable personal records were kept for a few common peoples generations, more in royal households
    – Narasimham
    Jun 7, 2020 at 15:28
  • "After paper printing became common there is no need to keep puranas on palmaira leaves." Even there is no need to burn those palmaira of puranas after paper printing became common if I am not wrong. So, where are those last palmaira leaves of puranas is my question.
    – Satya
    Jun 7, 2020 at 15:39
  • Preservation requires chemicals.against termites, vermin. So they may last only a few centuries.
    – Narasimham
    Jun 7, 2020 at 15:45

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