Rupagosvamin, Rūpagosvāmin, Rupa-gosvamin: 2 definitions

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Rupagosvamin means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

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Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature

Rūpagosvāmin (रूपगोस्वामिन्) (C. 1470-1583 C.E.), author of Aṣṭādaśachandas and erudite scholar of Indian Diaspora, has enriched the Sanskrit literature by his various compositions with the nectar of Vaiṣṇava philosophy. He popularized the Sanskrit learning among Vaiṣṇavites and educated his disciples. He has composed works, which speak both the Vaiṣṇava philosophy and the essence of Sanskrit. He is the one who carried forward the legacy of prema-bhakti interpreted by Caitanya (1486- 1533 C.E.). He interpreted the bhakti as a rasa in his Ujjvalanīlamaṇi. Before him, the bhakti was counted as among śānta-rasa.

Rūpagosvāmin was born in a Brahmin family of Gauḍa (now Bengal). His family originally hails from Karṇāṭaka and migrated to the then princely state of Gauḍa. His sixth ancestor Aniruddha was a king of Karṇāṭaka in about Śaka 1338. Rūpagosvāmin was the son of Kumāra, grandson of Mukunda, great grandson of Padmanābha and great great grandson of Rūpeśvara, who is the son of Jagadguru Niruddha. He had two brothers namely Vallabha and Sanātana. He was also the uncle of Jīvagosvāmin, son of his younger brother Vallabha. He was a resident of Rāmakeli, a village in Bengal.

Rūpagosvāmin was devoted towards Vaiṣṇava philosophy after he met Caitanya and was respected as one of the six Gosvāmins of Vṛndāvan subsequently.

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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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