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Serfoji II Bhonsle

Serfoji II Bhonsle (September 24, 1777 – March 7, 1832) was the last ruler of the Bhonsle dynasty of the Maratha principality of Tanjore to exercise absolute sovereignty over his dominions. Serfoji II Bhonsle enthusiastically took special interest in the enrichment of the Sarasvati Mahal Library, employing many Pandits to collect, buy and copy a vast number of works from all renowned Centres of Sanskrit learning in Northern India and other far-flung areas. The official name of the Saraswathi Mahal Library was changed to "The Thanjavur Maharaja Serfoji's Sarasvati Mahal Library" in honour of the great royal Marathan patron. This library which is located in Thanjavur (Tanjore), Tamil Nadu, India is one of the oldest libraries in Asia.