• The first voloume of the series Avestan Manuscripts in Iran has already appeared: The Liturgical Widewdad manuscript ms. 4161 (Wandidad-e Jahanbaxshi), Girona-Tehran, 2015. More info here
  • The book A. Cantera, Vers une édition de la liturgie longue zoroastrienne. Pensées et travaux préliminaires (Cahiers de Studia iranica , 51) has been published.
  • Bahram Boroumand helds a seminary on Avestan Paleography at the University of Salamanca between July 7 and 10, 2014
  • The Exhition The Everlasting Flame (11th october-14th december 2013, Brunei Gallery, SOAS, London) shows a nice sample of Avestan manuscripts usually hosted in the British Library
  • The text of the Yasna ī Rapihwin ceremony is already available in ADA, vid. complete ceremonies"
Universidad de Salamanca Junta de Castilla y León Casa asia Ministerio de ciencia e innovación

The First Dastur Meherji Rana Library


The First Dastur Meherji Rana Library

Kangawad, Tarota Bazar, Navsari, Gujarat, 396445, INDIA


The library was founded in 1874 thanks to the efforts of Ardesar Framji Moos, Cursetji Maneckji Sethna, Jamsetjee Nasserwanji Petit and Khersedjee N. Seervar. The founder of the Library was a member of the Meherji-rana family, traditionally the head of the priests in Navsari. Several Dasturs in and around Navsari, like Sorabji Framji and Dastur Rustomji Kaikobad, donated their personal collections. Later the collections of Erachji Sorabji and Edalji Navroji Meherji-rana were added. In 2001 115 manuscripts were microfilmed by V P Microdata Pvt. Ltd. with the support of the UNESCO. A list of these manuscripts is available online.

Actual Board of Trustees


Bharti Ghandi


The catalogue of this library was published by B. N. Dhabhar (1925), Descriptive catalogue of all manuscripts in the First Dastur Meherji Rana Library, Navsari, Commercial Printing Press of the Tata Publicity Corporation, Bombay.

Kotwal, Firoze, Daniel Sheffield, & Bharti Gandhi. 2008. Preliminary Descriptive List of the Manuscripts Donated to the First Dastur Meherjirana Library since 1923 pdf

Avestan Manuscripts

These are the Avestan manuscripts in this library according to the published catalogues (Other Videvdad manuscripts have also been included):

Furthermore, we have photographed the following Videvdad manuscripts, not present in Dhabhar’s catalogue: