Sanskrit Manuscripts : Devīmāhātmyapūrvabhāga, Devīmāhātmya, Navaratnamālikāstava, Navaratnamālā, Devīmāhātmyastotra

Sanskrit Manuscripts

<p style='text-align: justify;'>A modern multi-text manuscript containing the following texts (all complete): <i>Devīmāhātmyapūrvabhāga</i>, <i>Devīmāhātmya</i>, <i>Navaratnamālikāstava</i>, <i>Navaratnamālā</i>, <i>Devīmāhātmyastotra</i> (or <i>Devīmāhātmyastotrāṣṭaka</i>). The "core" of the manuscript is the <i>Devīmāhātmya</i> (or <i>Saptaśatī</i>), the most ancient and prestigious text of the <i>śākta</i> tradition. The work that precedes it, called here <i>Devīmāhātmyapūrvabhāga</i>, contains several ancillary devotional texts that are recited before the <i>Devīmāhātmya</i> itself: <i>Āvāhana</i>, <i>Nāmāni</i>, <i>Argala</i> (or <i>Argalastotra</i>), <i>Kīlaka</i> (or <i>Kīlakastotra</i>), <i>Hṛdaya</i> (or <i>Caṇḍikāhṛdaya</i>), <i>Dala</i>, <i>Dhyāna</i>, <i>Kavaca</i>. The last three works included in this manuscript are short devotional poems in praise of Devī, the Great Goddess: of these three, the <i>Devīmāhātmyastotra</i> is unattributed, while the Indian tradition ascribes the <i>Navaratnamālikāstava</i> to Kālidāsa and the <i>Navaratnamālā</i> to Kālidāsa or Śaṅkarācārya . These last two works are different from the <i>Navaratnamālikā</i> that is found in <a target='_blank' class='externalLink' href=''>Or.2348</a>.</p>

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