Vrittaratnakara, aka: Vṛttaratnākara, Vritta-ratnakara; 1 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Vṛttaratnākara can be transliterated into English as Vrttaratnakara or Vrittaratnakara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

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1) Vṛttaratnākara (वृत्तरत्नाकर) (by Kedāra Bhaṭṭa) is considered as most popular work in Sanskrit prosody, because of its rich and number of commentaries. The text was so popular that more than sixty commentaries have been composed by different commentators in different period on this work. It is spread all over India. Not only it (Vṛttaratnākara) speaks about the systematic approach to Sanskrit metrics, but also it has influenced the composers of later period in large numbers. A concise work namely Abhinavavṛttaratnākara was composed to prove its magnanimity.

1) The Vṛttaratnākara is a popular treatise on Sanskrit prosody as found from it’s 64 commentaries. It is divided into six chapters with a total number of 136 verses. Kedāra Bhaṭṭa has dealt with all these aspects of Sanskrit metrics in this work. The first chapter provides the introduction to chanda literature with all its ancillary descriptions viz. gaṇa names and their numbers, definition of guru and laghu, yati, division of metres etc. He describes the mātrāvṛttas in the second chapter of his work. The sama, ardhasama and viṣama metres are described in third, fourth and fifth chapters respectively. The descriptions of six Pratyayas are found in sixth chapter.

2) Vṛttaratnākara (वृत्तरत्नाकर) is the name of a work ascribed to Jagannātha related to the topics of Sanskrit prosody (chandas) but having an unknown period of composition.

3) Vṛttaratnākara (वृत्तरत्नाकर) is the name of a work ascribed to Nārāyaṇa related to the topics of Sanskrit prosody (chandas) but having an unknown period of composition.

4) Vṛttaratnākara (वृत्तरत्नाकर) is the name of a work ascribed to Śivacaraṇa related to the topics of Sanskrit prosody (chandas) but having an unknown period of composition.

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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