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Hinduism - Who Was Lakshmidhara?


Lakshmidhara (ca. mid-12th c.) is a scholar, commentator, and creator of the Kalpataru, one of the oldest instances of nibandhas ("collections") commentary literature.

The nibandhas were Hindu encyclopedias that gathered topics from the Vedas, dharma literature, puranas, and other authorized religious books into one volume.

The fourteen volumes of the Kalpataru are each dedicated to a different facet of Hindu life, including as daily practice, worship, gift-giving, vows, pilgrimage, penances (prayashchitta), cleansing, and liberation (moksha).

The Kalpataru served as a model for subsequent authors as one of the first nibands.

Lakshmidhara's work is unique in that he relies on just a few sources, chiefly the epic Mahabharata and a few puranas (sectarian compendia).

He does not reference the Vedas, the oldest Hindu religious books, or the regulations contained in the dharma literature, unlike subsequent interpreters.

His book is nearly entirely made up of selected portions with very little original commentary, although subsequent nibandha authors sometimes provide lengthy explanations. 


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Hinduism - What Is The Kalpa Vedanga?

 


Kalpa  ("suitable," "appropriate") - One of the six Vedangas, which are auxiliary fields of knowledge linked to the Vedas, the ancient Hindu sacred books.

The Kalpa section contains regulations for executing ceremonial and sacrificial deeds, as well as ceremonies associated with Vedic rituals.

Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar), chandas (Sanskrit prosody), nirukta (etymology), shiksha (proper pronunciation), and jyotisha are the other Vedangas (auspicious times for sacrifices).

 


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Hinduism - What Is The Kalpataru?

 


 (“wishing-tree”) In the middle of the twelfth century, the scholar Lakshmidhara collected an extensive collection of texts on religious law.

The Kalpataru is one of the oldest instances of nibandhas ("collec tions"), or commentarial literature.

The nibandhas were compilations of Hindu learning in which the compilers relied on the Vedas, dharma literature, puranas, and other canonical religious writings for references on a specific issue.

The passages were then combined into a single book.

The fourteen volumes of the Kalpataru are each dedicated to a different facet of Hindu religious life, including as daily practice, worship, gift-giving (dana), vows, pil grimage, penances (prayashchitta), purification, and ultimate soul liberation (moksha).

The Kalpataru, being one of the first nibandhas, served as a model and a valuable resource for succeeding authors.

Lakshmidhara's writing is unique in that he relied on just a few sources for his work, namely the Mahabharata and a few puranas (sectarian compilations).

He does not reference the Vedas, the oldest Hindu religious books, or the regulations contained in the dharma literature, unlike subsequent interpreters.

His book likewise consists mostly of these abridged portions with minimal original commentary, although subsequent nibandha authors sometimes provide extensive explanations.


 


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