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Subhashitakaustubha

Subhashitakaustubha

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Published by Srinivasa Murthy
Subhashitakaustubha of Venkatadhvari is a short work-101 verses- of wise sayings in Sanskrit. It is available here with an English translation by GSS Murthy.
Subhashitakaustubha of Venkatadhvari is a short work-101 verses- of wise sayings in Sanskrit. It is available here with an English translation by GSS Murthy.

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Published by: Srinivasa Murthy on Dec 23, 2011
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Subhashita kaustubha Page 1 of 56
©G S S Murthy murthygss@gmail.com
ीवेकटावरवरिचतः
 
सुभाषतकौतुभः
 
Subhashita kaustubhaOf Venkatadhvari
With English translationByG S S Murthy
 
Subhashita kaustubha Page 2 of 56
©G S S Murthy murthygss@gmail.com
ीवेकटावरवरिचतः
 
सुभाषतकौतुभः
 Venkatadhvari, also known as Venkatesakavi and AtreyaVenaktacharya is well known by his work,“Viswagunadarsacampu”[
वगुणादशचपू
]
where he hasemployed a novel way of describing the weak points and strong points of places, persons and systems in the guise of aconversation between divine beings traversing India fromHimalaya to Kanyakumari in a celestial gondola. He lived in the17
th
century in a hamlet near Kanchipuram, Tamilnadu. Another work of his which gained recognition is“Lakshmisahasram”
[
लमीसहम  ्
]
,a hymn to Goddess Lakshmiwhich is modeled on “Padukasahasram”
[
पादकासहम  ु ्
]
, the well-known work of Vedanta Desika. “Subhashitakaustubha” is aminor work of the author, wherein the poet has composed 101verses of good sayings.The genre of “good sayings” has a long history and the foremostand one of the earliest in this genre is Bhatrhari’s“Satakatrayam”
[
शतकयम  ्
]
. “Subhashitaneevee” [
सुभाषतनीवी 
]
 by Vedantadesika is another work, which seems to haveinfluenced Venkatadhvari in composing this.It is learnt that “Subhashitakaustubhah” was first published as a book in Kanchipuram more than a century ago. It was republishedaround 1976 in Mysore by Vidvan H.V.Nagarajarao, who is the
 
Subhashita kaustubha Page 3 of 56
©G S S Murthy murthygss@gmail.com
honorary editor of “Sudharma”, the Sanskrit daily. Sri. Nagarajarao has provided a lucid commentary in Sanskrit. I havetaken guidance from his commentary while translating the textinto English.G S S MurthyBangalore22-12-2011

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