Abhinavavrittaratnakara, Abhinava-vrittaratnakara, Abhinavavṛttaratnākara: 1 definition

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The Sanskrit term Abhinavavṛttaratnākara can be transliterated into English as Abhinavavrttaratnakara or Abhinavavrittaratnakara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

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Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature

Abhinavavṛttaratnākara (अभिनववृत्तरत्नाकर) ascribed to Bhāskara is the name of a text dealing with Sanskrit prosody (chandas) for which period of their composition is not known. The Abhinavavṛttaratnākara is written in the imitation of Vṛttaratnākara of Kedāra. The text has three commentaries viz. 1. Anonymous, 2. by Bhāskararāya, and 3. by Śrīnivāsa. Also see NCCNew Catalogus Catalogorum I. p. 306.

The Abhinavavṛttaratnākara is divided into six chapters being called as taraṅgas viz.

  1. Upoddhāta,
  2. Chandovibhāga,
  3. Samajāti-nirūpaṇa,
  4. Ardhasamamātrājāti-nirūpaṇa,
  5. Viṣamajāti-nirūpaṇa,
  6. Gāthā-nirūpaṇa.

Bhāskara remembers Śeṣa in the invocatory verse of the work and says the entire composition is based on Piṅgala and the rest is nothing but only the explanation on guru and laghu. Bhāskara also says: “the chanda that separates letters (akṣara) and numbers (saṃkhyā) and
the sound (svara) is of two types, viz. guru and laghu”. This is his unique interpretation on guru and laghu, comparing them with sound and he gives entire credit of literary world to laghu and guru.

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Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.

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