Sanskrit Manuscripts : Bhāṭṭadīpikā

Khaṇḍadeva Miśra

Sanskrit Manuscripts

<p style='text-align: justify;'>A composite manuscript of the <i>Bhāṭṭadīpikā</i>, a work by the famous 17th-century Mīmāṃsaka Khaṇḍadeva Miśra (also named Śrīdharendra), the founder of "New Exegesis" (<i>Navya-Mīmāṃsā</i>). Khaṇḍadeva was the son of one Rudradeva and a younger contemporary of Appayya Dīkṣita. He was born in North India around 1600 and most probably died in Benares in 1665 (Ramaswami Sastri 1936: 116-17; Kane 1977: 1199; Edgerton 1986: 18). The work is a commentary or “garland of chapters” (<i>adhikaraṇamālā</i>) on the <i>Mīmāṃsāsūtra</i>s, still very popular in South India. It is most probably Khaṇḍadeva’s second work, written after the <i>Mīmāṃsākaustubha</i> and before the <i>Bhāṭṭa(tantra)rahasya</i> (Gode 1940). The manuscript is made of three parts, copied by at least three different hands. In the second part, the folios were misplaced and a continuous numeration was imposed at a later time, which does not correspond to the order of the text. The manuscript covers the four <i>pāda</i>s of the eleventh book (<i>adhyāya</i>) of the collection, dealing in particular with ritual subsidiaries operating in more than one place (<i>tantra</i>). One part of the text was copied twice (on <a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(9);return false;'>f. 4r</a> and on <a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(44);return false;'>f. 21v</a>). In its present binding, the manuscript should be read in the following order: <a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(3);return false;'>f. 1-3</a>, <a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(45);return false;'>f. 22-27</a>, <a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(21);return false;'>f. 10-21</a>, <a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(9);return false;'>f. 4-9</a> and <a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(57);return false;'>f. 28-38</a>. </p>


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