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Author: Shankar Rajaraman

The fifteenth Sarga begins with a description of the rainy season – कटु भेकगणेन चुक्रुशे कलकेकामुखरेषु केकिषु | कवयः कवयन्तु तावता कविपाशः किमुपैति मूकताम् || Even as peacocks cooed sweetly, frogs continued to croak. Do poetasters remain silent just because great poets are busy composing poetry? (15.14) The sixteenth Sarga has a short description

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The subsequent sarga contains descriptions of a counsel between Taṭātakā, Malayadhvaja’s daughter and her minister, Sumati, followed by a description of the evening – यः किलानुशरदं विजयार्थी पार्थिवं त्वरयसे गमनाय | स प्रवर्तयसि मां न कथं त्वं बालिकेयमिति किं विशयानः || ‘You would, in every autumn, encourage the king, my father, to

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Nīlakaṇṭhadīkṣita’s Time, Place and Family Background In its literary history that spans several millennia, Sanskrit has been enriched by the works of innumerable authors. It would not be a great loss to the reader if he or she happened to miss reading some of them. But then, there are others whom

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Sarasvati as one of the characters in a poetic work Banabhatta, the unrivaled champion of Sanskrit prose, begins his Harshacharitam in a dramatic manner. The setting is satyaloka, Brahma's abode. Brahma, seated on his lotus throne is conducting an assembly of sages well-versed in the Vedic lore when Durvasa, known for

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Sarasvati as a remover of ignorance and bestower of knowledge In the words of Mankha, when the swans that form Sarasvati’s vehicle flap their wings forcefully, the dust of ignorance in the minds of her devotees is swept away: या वेगनृत्यद्रथहंसपक्षपुटैरिवाज्ञानिरजः प्रमार्ष्टि । सा चित्तकूलङ्कषदोषशोषं पुष्णातु वाचामधिदेवता वः ॥ The following verse quoted in

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It is not surprising that Sarasvati, the goddess of learning and poetry should be amply referred to in ancient Indian poetry in general and Sanskrit poetic literature in particular. Our ancestors broadly classified all branches of knowledge under two streams, shastra referring to scientific literature and kavya referring to poetic

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