Saraswathi Mahal Library @ Thajavur Oldest Library
The Thanjavur Maharaja Sarfoji's Saraswathi Mahal Library is one of the most famous Manuscript Libraries that exists in the world. It is the intellectual centre for research scholars coming not only from India but also from abroad. There are many rare and unique manuscripts in the Library and so many scholars from many parts of India and abroad are visiting to gather valueble information about various branches of language and literature
This has become more a research Library than a mere reading centre.Saraswathi Mahal Library, a standing monument, a unique treasure house, a world intellectual centre was formed as a Palace Library during the Nayak rule of Thanjavur. Successive Maratha Kings looked after and enriched the Library. Serfoji Maharaja II (1798 to 1832 AD) was chiefly responsible for shaping the library to the present nature and made it his life work to preserve develop and to hand it down to prosterity, the heritage.