Bhartṛhari

Bhartṛhari

Bhartṛhari is a Sanskrit author who is likely to have written two influential Sanskrit texts in the domain of grammar: the Mahābhāṣya-dīpikā, an important, early subcommentary on Patanjali's Vyākaraṇa-Mahābhāṣya which itself is a major commentary on Pāṇini’s Aṣṭādhyāyī; of this text, also known as Mahābhāṣya-ṭīkā, only a fragment covering several Āhnikas is preserved; it was extensively used by later grammarians such as Kaiyaṭa; and the Vākyapadīya, on Sanskrit grammar and linguistic philosophy, a foundational text in the Indian grammatical tradition, explaining numerous theories on the word and on the sentence, including theories which came to be known under the name of Sphoṭa; in thi ... more on Wikipedia

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