Chandahkaustubha, aka: Chandaḥkaustubha, Chandas-kaustubha; 1 Definition(s)


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Alternative spellings of this word include Chhandahkaustubha.

In Hinduism

Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

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1) Chandaḥkaustubha (छन्दःकौस्तुभ) is the name of a work by Rādhādāmodara (1675-1750 C.E.): a Kānyakubja Brahmin who was a follower of Caitanya. The work is not only a composition of Sanskrit metrics, but also it comes under the perview of Bhakti literature. The main intention of the author is to illustrate the Sanskrit metrics by offering his obeisance to his prime deity Śrīkṛṣṇa. Rādhādāmodara was the 7th Ācārya of the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava sect. He starts his text by offering prayer to Lord Kṛṣṇa in the name of Śyāmasundara. He says that the lord, who is chanted with his good qualities by great sages with profuse varieties of metres; whose heart was conquered by the Gopīs of Gokula; is lord Śyāmasundara, the supreme personality.

2) Chandaḥkaustubha (छन्दःकौस्तुभ) is the name of a work on the topic of Prosody ascribed to Bhāskararāya (C. 1685-1775 C.E.), a polymath of who composed around forty works covering the subjects of vedānta, mīmāṃsā, vyākaraṇa, nyāya, prosody, kāvya, smṛti, mantraśāstra, Vedic literature. Also see the “New Catalogus Catalogorum” XVII. pp. 133-135.

The Chandaḥkaustubha is mentioned by Bhāskararāya in his commentary Mṛtasañjīvanī on Vṛttaratnākara of Kedāra. The work was composed in 1702-03 C.E. when he was 17 and half years old. Justifying the title of the commentary Mṛtasañjivīnī he says that, the points what he refuted in Chandaḥkaustubha is now justified in the commentary on Vṛttaratnākara.

3) Chandaḥkaustubha (छन्दःकौस्तुभ) is the name of a text dealing with Sanskrit prosody (chandas) for which no authorship could be traced. Usually the authors mention their names, parentage etc. in the colophon of their works. But there are certain works in which, the author leaves no impression of his identity. The Chandaḥkaustubha is mentioned in the “New Catalogus Catalogorum” VII. p. 93.

4) Chandaḥkaustubha (छन्दःकौस्तुभ) is the name of a work ascribed to Durgeśvara Bhaṭṭa related to the topics of Sanskrit prosody (chandas) but having an unknown period of composition.

4) This text is different from the famous Chandaḥkaustubha of Rādhādāmodara (vide p.). The text is based on Prākṛtapiṅgala. The fragment of the manuscript contains 15 chandas

Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature
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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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