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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Cāndravyākaraṇa in Copenhagen

A very handsome Nepalese ms. of the Candrasūtra/Cāndravyākaraṇa can be viewed by clicking on the above link. 

As far as I could see the date is not mentioned on the website. The versified colophon gives: muniyugasamudre ca (sic!), which would correspond to 7-4-4 = NS 447 = 1327 CE. The scribe also gives the time of the day, which is a bit unusual. I guess copying out a grammar is not an altogether unpleasant activity on a Monday night. 



Blogger sdv said...

Nice find! I just tried with Pañcānga 3.0 for the date (muniyugasa[mu]dre ca & māse nabhasi śreyasi | vāsare likhitaṃ some & rātrau pañcadaśātmake) and got a Monday, so it seems plausibe (taking nabhas = śrāvaṇa, śreyas = śuklapakṣa, the mu in samudre looks odd to me, by the way) :

= Saka 1249 Vikrama 1384 | Sravana Suklapaksa 15 | AD 1327 8 3 Monday

8:11 pm  
Blogger PDSz said...

Thanks for checking. I first took yuga as 2 and dated it 20 years earlier. By the way, I seem to remember you had scans of a palm-leaf CV. Was that older? The -mu- does look a bit funny, but if you check the link and blow it up to 100% you'll see that it's not _that_ odd.

11:48 pm  
Blogger elisa freschi said...

Very nice manuscript, thanks for sharing the link. Do you know how it arrived in Copenhagen and whether someone has been studying it and the reception of the Cāndravyākaraṇa at a relatively late date in Nepal?

(I wonder whether it has been influential enough to trigger Nepal grammars of local languages made on its basis, as it seems to have been the case in Tibet.)

7:50 pm  
Anonymous I. S. said...

Dr. Dimitrov has been working with this MS, apparently.

2:16 pm  

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