Vasudevavijaya of Vasudeva (Study)

by Sajitha. A | 2018 | 50,171 words

This page relates ‘Haricarita of Payyur Rishiputra Parameshvara I’ 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.

Haricarita of Payyūr Ṛṣiputra Parameśvara I

[Full title: Other Śāstrakāvyas (7): Haricarita of Payyūr Ṛṣiputra Parameśvara I]

Haricarita is a small poem consists of 253 verses dealing with story of Śrīkṛṣṇa. The work was not known till very recent times. The author of the work is Parameśvara of Payyūr family. The work begins with gīrnaḥ śreyaḥ which is the first of the Vākyas used for determining the position of the moon day after day. The author has attempted to include in his poem the Vākyas of Vararuci gīrnaḥ śreyaḥ, dhenavaḥ śrīḥ etc. By the Kaṭapayādi method, it helps to compute the astronomical positions of the moon day by day.

Illustration for the use of the notation by the first of the Vākyasgīrnaḥ śreyaḥ |

Here the first letter has ga and the vowel ī following. As such the vowel has no values, the letter ga stands for three. rnais a conjunct consonant of which is the first and has no value as such and the second na has the value of zero. In śre also, the first consonant has no value and the second has the value of two.The letteryaḥ has the value of one. The visarga has no value. The whole Vākya denotes 1203. It gives zero for Rāśi, twelve for Tithi, and three for ili. It shows that the position is the third ili, in the 13th Tithi, in the first Rāśi.

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