The Bhaktimandākinī

An Elaborate Fourteenth-Century Commentary by Pūrṇasarasvatī on the Viṣṇupādādikeśastotra Attributed to Śankarācārya

S.A.S. SARMA, N.V.P. Unithiri, H.N. Bhat

Collection : Collection Indologie

Collection's number: 118

Edition: EFEO, Institut français de Pondichéry (IFP)

Publication date: 2011

Status : Available


ISBN-13 : 9782855391090

ISSN : 0073-8352

Width : 17,5 cm

Height : 23,5 cm

Weight : 0,45 kg

Number of pages : 188

Distributor : EFEO Pondichéry Contact :, distributeur online :, distributeur Chennai :

Geography : India

Language : Anglais, Sanskrit

Place : Pondichéry

Support : Papier

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The Bhaktimandākinī is a commentary by the Keralan exegete Pūrṇasarasvatī, a Śaiva ascetic who is well known for his learned and aesthetically sensitive commentaries on works of belles lettres in Sanskrit.

The commentary expounds the Viṣṇupādādikeśastotra, a hymn of fifty-two intricately elegant verses that describe every detail of Viṣṇu from his toes to his hair, as well as his spouses and his various weapons (conch, discus, sword, etc.). This literary stotra, composed in sragdharā metre, is traditionally ascribed to the non-dualist philosopher Śankara. In this publication, we furnish a new critical edition of the Bhaktimandākinī (that of 1911 being now long out of print) based on four manuscripts and we also provide a text of the stotra as read by the commentator. In the introduction to the edition, the authorship of the stotra, the life and works of Pūrṇasarasvatī, as well as the theology of the commentary are discussed. A running translation of the stotra follows the introduction and the book concludes with an index for the quarter verses and a list of the figures of rhetoric (alankāra) identified by the commentator.


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