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Sanskrit Manuscripts : Samyaktvakaumudī

Sanskrit Manuscripts

<p style='text-align: justify;'> This anonymous <i>Samyakvakaumudī</i> is a collection of eight tales (<i>kathānaka</i>) „in which the merchant Arhaddāsa tells his eight wifes, and they in turn tell him, how they attained to perfection (samyaktva) in religion. At the same time these stories are overheard by a king, who roams about at night with his minister, after the fashion of Harun al Rashid, and by a thief.“ (Winternitz 1933: p. 541) It is known through numerous versions, some of them are anonymous. The stories are similar in all versions, but there are differences in length because in versions where prose and verse are mixed, like in this one, the number of <i>subhāṣita</i>s quoted greatly differs. In this version are some quotations in Prakrit. </p>

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