Sanskrit Manuscripts : Gaṅgālaharī

Jagannātha Paṇḍita

Sanskrit Manuscripts

<p style='text-align: justify;'> The <i>Gaṅgālaharī</i>, also known as <i>Pīyūṣalaharī</i>, is a well-known poem in 52 verses by Jagannātha Paṇḍita , a Sanskrit poet and scholar who thrived in the 17th century in the Mughal court of Śāh Jahān . Each verse of the poem is said to be one of the 52 steps that led to the river Ganges; according to the commentary by Sadāśiva , Jagannātha is said to have committed the fault of consorting with a <i>yavana</i> — in this context, a Muslim woman — and, desiring purification in the Ganges, composed these verses. As he recited each verse, it is said that the river rose one step. This paper manuscript is dated 1821 CE. </p>


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