The source of all the pictures of INDIEN 336 is BnF
BnF INDIEN 336 (ex- Indien 336; described by Cabaton under the entry INDIEN 337, Catalogue sommaire, 1912, p. 49) is a palm-leaf bundle of 110 folios (355 x 35 to 40 mm; Figs. 1‒2).
It contains is the Kantappurāṇaccurukkam, a verse epitome, by Campantacaraṇālayacuvāmi, of the Kantappurāṇam, the Tamil version of the Skandapurāṇa. It comes from the Ariel collection and is thus for sure earlier than 1855. There is unfortunately no colophon with date as the manuscript is unfinished and the text stops abruptly on f107v1.
The 110 folios are distributed as follows:
- 1 title-page folio (Fig. 3), of the type often found with manuscripts from the Ariel collection, placed after the front woodplank.
- 1 front unfoliated folio (Fig. 4), bearing, on its recto, a benediction (Fig. 12) and a satellite stanza (Fig. 13), and, on its verso, some annotations (Fig. 14).
- 107 folios, foliated in Tamil numerals in the left margin (Fig. 5).
- 1 unfoliated blank back guard folio.
The writing of the manuscript appears to have been a collective work as indicated by the different recognizable hands (Figs. 6‒7) and the variety of the foliations.
Furthermore, there are folios foliated but left blank. One interesting and enigmatic case is f77 (Fig. 8), which is blank except for piḷḷaiyār cuḻi and numeral, whereas there is no text discontinuity between f76v (first part of the verse numbered 27) and f78r (second part of the verse numbered 27).
As for paratexts, there are many, such as:
- the benediction வெற்றிவேல் உற்ற துணை veṟṟivēl uṟṟa tuṇai (title-page folio, recto, left margin; Fig. 9).
- the title which appears three times: on the title-page folio (recto, centre, Fig. 10), in line 1 of the satellite stanza (front unfoliated folio, recto, centre, Fig. 13), in the first marginal intertitle (f1r, Fig. 11).
- the benediction வேயுறுதோளிபங்கன் றுண vēyuṟutōḷipaṅkaṉ ṟuṇai (front unfoliated folio, recto, left margin; Fig. 12).1
- the satellite stanza (front unfoliated folio, recto, centre; Fig. 13) praising, as usual, Gaṇeśa. It is distributed verse-wise on the page and mentions, as seen above, the title of the present work.
- annotations (front unfoliated folio, verso, right; Fig. 14), that is, 5 lines, the first one only being blackened, that provide sort of definitions/lists: the 6 letters (caṭākkaram, Sanskrit ṣaḍ-akṣara), the 3 impurities (malam), the 5 actions of god (toḻil), and the primordial source (talai), that is, the Upaniṣads.
- running marginal intertitles (Figs. 11, 15‒16).
- intermediary statements of chapter completion, with count of verses and, sometimes, further benedictions.
- For வேயுறுதோளிபங்கன், see the beginning of Tēvāram 2.85.