Sūktiratnahāra (14th century, by Sūrya Kaliṅgarāja)


Introduction and authorship:

The Sūktiratnahāra (सूक्तिरत्नहार, suktiratnahara) is a Sanskrit book compiled by Sūrya Kaliṅgarāja in the 14th century: A South-Indian collection of Sanskrit poems (subhāṣit-saṃgraha). Contents are drawn from sources such as the Mahābhārata, Rāmāyaṇa or the Kirātārjunīya.

About the author:

Sūrya Kaliṅgarāja (सूर्य कलिङ्गराज, surya kalingaraja) is the compiler of the Sūktiratnahāra.

Book topics:

Subhāṣita (सुभाषित, subhashita) refers to Sanskrit metrical aphorisms. Compilations of this kind of literature usually goes by the name subhāṣitasaṃgraha.

Book editions:

This book has the following editions. The lists are categorised by ‘print editions’, some of which you can buy, and ‘digital links’, most of which you can download for free. The language of the referenced work is indicated in [brackets].

Digital links (online resources):


The Sūktiratnahāra, by K. Sāmbaśiva Śāstrī, year: 1938, pages: 375; publisher: Trivandrum

Print publications:


The Suktiratnahara , by K. Sāmbaśiva Śāstrī, year: 2006, pages: 387; ISBN-10: 8188808083; ISBN-13: 9788188808083

Translated verses from this book:

Most of the following verses are English translations of the Suktiratnahara. These are primarily taken from the Mahāsubhāṣitasaṃgraha, a compendium of Sanskrit metrical aphorisms (subhāṣita) collected from various sources. More translations will be added over time, and the latest addition will be shown first here.

2017-04-23, Sūktiratnahāra 225.13, English translation by Raghu Vira.

About Sanskrit

Sanskrit is the oldest living language and bears testimony to the intellectual past of ancient India. Three major religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism) share this language, which is used for many of their holy books. Besides religious manuscripts, much of India’s ancient culture has been preserved in Sanskrit, covering topics such as Architecture, Music, Botany, Surgery, Ethics, Philosophy, Dance and much more.

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