Gambhiraraya, Gambhīrarāya: 1 definition


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Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

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Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature

Gambhīrarāya (गम्भीरराय) or Gambhīrarāya Bhāratī (17th century) was the son of Yamājī and Candramā of Viśvāmitragotra. He was also the husband of Konamāmbā. He was the father of Sakhārāma (author of commentary Choṭīvṛtti on Chandaśśāstra of Piṅgala) and Bhāskararāya alias Bhāsurānanda (author of Varivasyārahasya and other works). He was also the grand-preceptor of Umānandanātha (author of Nityotsavagrantha).

Gambhīrarāya learned Āgama from his maternal uncle Nārāyaṇa. He lived in Kāśī in his old age. He offers obeisance to Lord Viṭṭhala (an incarnation of Lord Viṣṇu; probably his kuladevatā) in the concluding verse of his commentary on Viṣṇusahasranāma. Gambhīrarāya and his two sons namely Sakhārāma and Bhāskararāya composed works on Sanskrit metrics, which shows the love and scholarship of their family for the study of Sanskrit metrics.

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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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