IJSRP, Volume 10, Issue 1, January 2020 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
Dr. Bijayalaxmi Dash
No other text fascinates the Odia mind as the eponymous Sarala Mahabharata. As of now we have at least four complete editions of the text beginning from the last quarter of the nineteenth century to the third quarter of the twentieth century. In spite of this, the question of ‘authentic text’ is yet to be settled; consequently there continues to be a call by textual scholars to restore the ‘authentic text’. This is natural, given that there are around 280 palm leaf manuscript scribal copies of the text in the Odisha State Museum alone and no two copies are exactly the same.