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Hinduism - Who Was Mallinatha?

 

Mallinatha (14th century?) Sanskrit scholar and commentator well known for his remarks on the poet Kalidasa's plays (about 5th century? ); his commentaries have become important resource for comprehending the texts.

Mallinatha was a Jain and may have been a monk, despite the fact that his commentary was mostly on "secular" poetry.

His work exemplifies the Jains' critical role in the preservation of Indian literary tradition.

They copied and recopied the manuscripts in addition to their commentaries, a never-ending process owing to the delicate nature of the palm leaves on which they were written.



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