Amrtadhara (Professor R.N. Dandekar Felicitation Volume) - An Old and Rare Book

Item Code: NAK140
Author: S. D. Joshi
Publisher: Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune
Language: English
Edition: 1984
Pages: 529 (5 B/W Illustrations)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 9.5 inch x 6.0 inch
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The present volume strictly academic in character, contains research papers on oriental topics covering in its wide range vedic studies. Indian Religion and Philosophy Classical Sanskrit Literature and Poetics. Inscriptions, Epigraphy. Buddhism and influence of Hindu culture on Asian countries & many other aspects, written especially for Prof. R.N. Dandekar's Felicitation volume presented to him on his 75th birthday by renowned Indologists and Sanskrit Scholars from all over the world.

It is hoped that Amrtadhara will prove to be the mirror of the contemporary oriental researches in all the fields.



Friends, Pupils, and colleagues of Professor R.N. Dandekar will rejoice to know that, no March 17, 1984, he completes seventy – five years of a life of untiring and devoted service to the Muse of Learning. Although all those who are close to Professor Dandekar know very well that he shuns all public demonstrations in his honour, it was felt by many of us who have been greatly benefited and inspired by his scholarship and teaching, that he could be prevailed upon to accept a small token of our esteem, of a strictly academic character in the form of a Felicitation Volume. This, verily is the genesis of the present Volume, which contains research papers specially written for the happy occasion of Professor Dandekar's Amrta – Mahotsava by eminent Indo-logists and Sanskritists from India and abroad, and which, therefore is fittingly named Amrtadhara.

Professor Dandekar occupies a prominent place among the Indologists and Sanskritists of the world for the impressively wide range of his researches. The volumes of his Vedic Bibliography and his other books and articles on such a variety of subjects as Vedic Mythology, the Great Epic, Ancient Indian History, and Religion and philosophy have won for him international reputation. His inspiring lectures at the University and in college classes and semi-public, meetings have, on account of his firm and beautiful delivery and lucid exposition of the themes, left a permanent impress upon the students and other audiences, and have always provoked some kind of original thinking among them.

It is a common observation that scholarship and administrative or organizational capacity do not generally go hand in hand. Here again it is remarkable that Professor Dandekar has proved himself to be a successful administrator at the University of Poona and the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, and an efficient organizer at the session of the all – India Oriental Conference and at the meetings of various National and International Bodies. He commands the knack of keeping every activity moving according to the schedule at the same time seeing to it that the academic standard of that activity is uniformly maintained. Individuals as well as Institutions have gained valuable training by working under his efficient supervision.

As a token of the many-sided indebtedness, respect, and affection which scholars entertain for Professor Dandekar, and as an humble tribute to all that he has done directly or indirectly to further the cause of learning form the highest levels down to the roots, this Volume of studies in being presented to him. And it is, indeed, most gratifying that it has become possible to make this presentation to him while he is still very much in the midst of various academic and administrative activities. Scholars all over the world look forward to many more years of a healthy and fruitful life him.

It was desired that this Felicitation Volume by formally presented to Professor Dandekar on the occasion of the Inaugural Session of the All-India Seminars in (i) Nyaya and Mimamsa, and (ii) Language Teaching Methods, which were being planned at the CASS to mark his 76th birth-day. I am, therefore, happy to be able to bring out this Volume at the right time and on the right occasion.

In making this possible I was greatly helped by the kind cooperation which I was fortunate to receive from the contributors to this volume from India and abroad who responded to my appeal readily and in time. I also gratefully acknowledge the readiness with which Shri S. Balwant of the Ajanta Publication Delhi undertook the publication of this Volume.

I am extremely thankful to Shri A. N. Gokhaley of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute for his assistance in reading the proofs of this work. I must also express my appreciation of the time and energy which Dr. S. K. Lal of the Centre of Advanced Study in Sanskrit had to expend on the preparation of this Volume. I am further indebted to Prof. S. D. Laddu, Dr. Smt. Saroja Bhate Dr. G. U. Thite, Dr. J. R. Joshi, and other members of the staff of the C. A. S. S. for their willing cooperation. My special thanks go to the Bhandarkaar Institute Press for seeing the volume through the press with great speed and efficiency.




  Preface III
  Ramchandra Narayan Dandekar V
  Writings of Professor R. N. Dandekar VIII
  List of Contributors XIX
1 Asoka's inscriptions and Persian, Greek and Latin epigraphy: Francisco R. Adrados 1
2 Vedic ksumpa and connected data: H. W. Bailey 17
3 Subhagamkarani in AV 6,139, 1 21
4 The tigers and the moon revisited 29
5 Rasa-relish: A consideration of Pre-requisites 31
6 Syntax and Word meaning 37
7 Authors and works referred to in Mahendra's Anekarthakairavakarakaumudi 47
8 What did Indra do with the Yatis? 65
9 Sanskrit Karpta 'bowl, basin, vessel 73
10 On the Mahahhasya evidence for a Paniniya Dhatupatha without meaning entries 79
11 The Kuntapa hymns and the 'Silpa' 85
12 Introducing the Milindapanha atthakatha of Mingun Zetawun Sayadaw 95
13 The karma-patha Unit: G.V.Devasthali 105
14 Jaina definitions of the pramana 115
15 About the archaic peculiarities of the Rgvedic syntax 125
16 On the semantic used of the word sphota 133
17 Uktarthanam aprayogah 141
18 The gods of the godana ceremony 153
19 Right in India and Left in china? On I-ching's translation of the Sudhanakumaravadana 159
20 The ritualist problem 167
21 The role of boundaries in the Astadhyayi 181
22 On the military code of honour in the Mahabharata 187
23 Varaha Srautasutra III. 1. 1-2,2 : Vajapeya and Dvadasaha – A crititcal and exegetical study 195
24 A compositional approach to Vedic word accent 201
25 Interpretation of the Mahabharata Heroes : Madhvacarya's perspective? 211
26 Was the putika a mushroom? 219
27 The teaching of a classical language : an integrated method for the teaching of Sanskrit 229
28 Devaladharmasutra on varnas and jatis 239
29 Ghatakarpara and Megaduta : an einge bemerkungen zum alter des botengedichts 247
30 Notes on Central Asian Buddhist Iconography 255
31 Grammaticality and Meaninglessness 263
32 Nemesis and some Mahabharata episodes 273
33 Vac: Juan Miguel de Mora 281
34 Visvasri visvasrjah and the problem of Continuity in Indian religious History 285
35 Sur un manuscrit medico – demonologique en provenance de Bamiyan 301
36 Devanain Priyah : has it any Vedic antecedents? 313
37 The todas of the Nilgiris 319
38 The Rgvedic compound Svar drs 337
39 Three further karika manusctipte of the Vakyapadiya 343
40 Dayabhagavyavasthasamksepah 351
41 Slesa: the reconstruction of an argument 359
42 Zur bedeutung von Ved. Samsa-und AW songh, sanha 371
43 Akupara : Hanns-Peter Schmidt 377
44 The role of mind (citta) in the yogasutras 383
45 King Kumaravarman of Dasapura 391
46 Important Gods 395
47 Significance of Sankara's Adhyasa bhasya 399
48 Ritual mantras and the origin of language 403
49 The mouse in the ancestry 427
50 Durona 435
51 The legend of the destruction of Tripura and its Vedic origin 445
52 Further references to the Vaisesikasutra in the patanjalayogasastravivarana (Studies in the Patanjalagogasastra) 457
53 Self and the in-effable in early Buddhism 473
54 The present state of researches on the Sanskrit epigraphy of Cambodia – some observations 475
55 Unknown dharanis from eastern Cambodia 485
56 Principles of text construction and interpretation – some remarks on a new edition of the Chandogya Upanisad upper preparation 493
57 Hindu Culture in Thailand 501
58 Nagayajnopavitin 509

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