Kavyamimamsa of Rajasekhara (Study)

by Debabrata Barai | 2014 | 105,667 words

This page relates ‘Poetic conventions Regarding to the Gods of Narayana [etc.]’ of the English study on the Kavyamimamsa of Rajasekhara: a poetical encyclopedia from the 9th century dealing with the ancient Indian science of poetics and rhetoric (also know as alankara-shastra). The Kavya-mimamsa is written in eighteen chapters representing an educational framework for the poet (kavi) and instructs him in the science of applied poetics for the sake of making literature and poetry (kavya).

Part 7.16 - Poetic conventions Regarding to the Gods of Nārāyaṇa [etc.]

[Full title: Poetic conventions regarding to the Gods of Nārāyaṇa, Mādhava, Dāmodara, Śeṣa and Kūrma]

In the poetic convention the identity to Nārāyaṇa, Mādhava, Dāmodara, Śeṣa and Kūrma is ascribed and Lord Viṣṇu is the most prominent of India God. In the Ṛg Veda he is the ‘Solar God’, and then he is known as the name of ‘God of Sacrifices’. In the Purāṇas also described in different names and forms.

About the identity of Nārāyaṇa and Mādhava is illustrated by Rājaśekhara as:

yenadhvastamanobhavena balijitkāyaḥ purāstrīkṛto
  yo gaṅgāṃ ca dadhe'ndhakakṣayakaro yo bahirpatrapriyaḥ
yasyāhuḥ śaśimacchirohara iti sthapalyaṃ ca nāmāmarāḥ
  so'vyāda(?)ṣṭabhujaṅgahāravalayastvāṃ sarvadomādhavaḥ
|| ”

- Kāvyamīmāṃsā of Rājaśekhara: Ch-XVI, Pp- 88

In this śloka both Nārāyaṇa and Mādhava are seems as identical. Therefore Rājaśekhara also says about the identity of Dāmodara, Śeṣa, Kūrma also but he does not given any illustration of them.

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