Bhagavatpadabhyudaya by Lakshmana Suri (study)

by Lathika M. P. | 2018 | 67,386 words

This page relates ‘Purna River’ of the study on the Bhagavatpadabhyudaya by Lakshmana Suri: a renowned Sanskrit Scholar from the 19th century. The Bhagavatpada-abhyudaya is a Mahakavya (epic poem) narrating the life of Shankara-Acharya, a prominent teacher of Advaita Vedanta philosophy. This essay investigates the socio-spiritual conditions of 8th century AD in ancient India as reflected in Lakshmanasuri’s work.

Almost all the Śaṅkara Digvijayas describe Pūrṇa river is situated near Kāladi. Lakṣmaṇa Sūrin says:

pūrṇā nāma nadī tata prasannāmṛtavāhinī |
apyāyayati vidyevaṃ sarvān viṣayagocarān ||

Pūrṇa river flows near Kāladi, with abundant crystal clear water. It destroys all waste. That is just like being cleared education when we teach thoroughly. Mādhava said:

tato maheśaḥ kila keraleṣu śrīmadvṛṣādrau karuṇāsamudraḥ |
pūrṇanadīpuṇyataṭe svayaṃbhūliṅgātmamanānaṅgadhagāvirāsīt |

Coming to know the divinity and greatness of that Śivaliṅgam through a dream, a king called Rajashekhara built a fine temple on the banks of river Pūrṇa to house the Liṅgam and made arrangements for its worship.

This verse is the same as in Śaṅkaravijaya of Vyāsācala.

nisstavo bhavedyadi gṛhī nirayī sa nūnam |
bhoktuṃ na dātumapi yaḥ kṣamate'ṇumātram ||
pūrṇo'pi pūrṇamabhimantumaśaknuvāno |
no manyate bhuvi śamaṃ khalu tata tatra |

It is stated that one of noted rivers of the land is known by the name ‘Pūrṇa’ a name indicating its fullness and completion.

Footnotes and references:


Lakṣmaṇa Sūrin, Bhagavatpādābhyudaya, I. 12.


Mādhava Vidhyāraṇya, Śrimad Śaṅkaradigvijaya, II. 1.


Vyāsācala, Śaṅkaravijaya, Ed., T Chandrasekharan, I. 14.

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