Where can one find the original manuscripts of the Hindu texts like the Vedas, Upanishads, Mahabharata, Ramayana etc. ? I mean the ones used for the first English translations in the late 1800s by the colonial Indologists like Max Mueller and who gave it to them ?

I see some discussion here but no good answer.

How can one authenticate that whatever versions they had used for the translation are the correct ones and not manipulated ?

  • Several.of them you can find on Internet Archive. E.g. This is a good collection from Chunilal Gandhi Vidyabhavan, Surat, Gujarat.
    – Pandya
    Commented Jun 16, 2023 at 16:20
  • Great, Awesone. Thanks a lot, but why do these manuscripts look like printed ? One of the the timestamp says 1723. Do you know anything more on their history / how they were obtained ?
    – Rajesh
    Commented Jun 19, 2023 at 12:34

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I am very fond of the University of Pennsylvania Digital Library you will have to be creative with how you search it though as the traditional spelling for some scriptures shows no search result, but other spellings come up with results. Many works from Adi Shankaracharya and Advaita are there. I couldn't find the four Vedas or Ithihasas in their full in their in Sanskrit although keep in mind my searching wasn't good, but Upanishads are their.

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