Vasudevavijaya of Vasudeva (Study)

by Sajitha. A | 2018 | 50,171 words

This page relates ‘Gajendramoksha of Vasudeva’ of the study on the Vasudevavijaya of Vasudeva from the 11th century A.D. The Vasudevavijayam is an educational poem belonging to the Shastra-Kavya category of technical Sanskrit literature. The Vasudevavijayam depicts in 657 verses the story of Lord Krishna while also elucidates the grammatical rules of the Ashtadhyayi of Panini (teaching the science of grammar). The subject-content of the poem was taken from the tenth Skandha of the Bhagavatapurana.

Gajendramokṣa of Vāsudeva

[Full title: Other Śāstrakāvyas (1): Gajendramokṣa of Vāsudeva]

The term Śāstrakāvya is not only used to mention the Vyākaraṇakāvyas, but other śāstras also. The śāstras like Nyāya, Chandaśśāstra, Aṣṭakādhyāyavarga of Veda etc. were studied in this manner. Gajendramokṣa of Vāsudeva, Nakṣatravṛttāvalī of Vayaskara Āryan Nārāyaṇan Mūsat, Vṛttaratnāvalī of Ilattūr Rāmasvāmiśāstri, Sūktaśloka of Melputtūr Nārāyaṇabhaṭṭa, Hetvābhāsodāharaṇa of Koḍuṅṅallūr Vidvān Iḷaya Tampurān, Rāsakrīḍā of Rāmapāṇivāda, Haricarita of Payyūr Ṛṣiputra Parameśvara I, Vākyāvalī of Payyūr Vāsudeva etc. were written to illustrate the the main śāstras in Sanskrit.

The Gajendramokṣa is a poem in five cantos written by Vāsudeva. The author is identified with the author of Yudhiṣṭhiravijaya by some scholars.

But he seems to be a later writer as he refers to this Vāsudeva at the beginning of the work.

kalyāṇaṃ kurutād vo bhūtānāmadhipatiḥ sa karuṇābdhiḥ |
rakṣārthaṃ sujanānāṃ sannidadhad puruvane puṇye ||
yasya ca bhājakarūpaḥ prasādato viśvavitatavimalayaśāḥ |
yamayāmāsa sumedhāḥ kathāsudhāṃ vāsudevakaviḥ ||
[1]

The work narrates the story of King Indradyumna’s release from curse found in Śrīmad Bhāgavata. At the same time it illustrates different metres dealt within the Vṛttaratnākara of Kedārabhaṭṭa.

Footnotes and references:

[1]:

Venkitasubramonia Aiyer.op.cit.p.xvi

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