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Unithiri, N. V. P. [u.a.] [Hrsg.]:
The Bhaktimandākinī : an elaborate fourteenth-century commentary on the Viṣṇupādādikeśastotra attributed to Śaṅkarācārya / by Pūrṇasarasvatī ; a critical edition with introduction and an english translation of the stotra with notes [by] N. V. P. Unithiri, H. N. Bhat, S. A. S. Sarma. - Pondichéry : École française d'Extrême-Orient ; Institut français de Pondichéry, 2011. - LI, 186 S. - (Publications de l'Institut français d'indologie ; 118)
Einheitssachtitel: Bhaktimandākinī <Sanskrit, engl.>
ISBN 978-2-85539-109-0 - 978-81-8470-188-3
Rs. 550,00
DDC: 294.595

The Bhaktimandākinī is a commentary by the Keralan exegete Pūrṇasarasvatī, a Śaiva ascetic who is well known for his learned and aesthetically sensitive commentaries on works of belles lettres in Sanskrit. The commentary expounds the Viṣṇupādādikeśastotra, a hymn of fifty-two intricately elegant verses that describe every detail of Viṣṇu from his toes to his hair, as well as his spouses and his various weapons (conch, discus, sword, etc.). This literary stotra, composed in sragdharā metre, is traditionally ascribed to the non-dualist philosopher Śaṅkara.
   In this publication, we furnish a new critical edition of the Bhaktimandākinī (that of 1911 being now long out of print) based on four manuscripts and we also provide a text of the stotra as read by the commentator. In the introduction to the edition, the authorship of the stotra, the life and works of Pūrṇasarasvatī, as well as the theology of the commentary are discussed. A running translation of the stotra follows the introduction and the book concludes with an index for the quarter verses and a list of the figures of rhetoric (alaṅkāra) identified by the commentator. [Institut français de Pondichéry]

UNITHIRI, N. V. P. (*1945) took his M.A. from the University of Calicut and Ph.D from the University of Kerala in 1979 with a dissertation entitled Purnasarasvati. He served as lecturer in Sanskrit in the same university from 1975 to 1978 and then as Professor and Head of the Department Sanskrit in the University of Calicut from 1978 onwards. He has also served as Principal Dean of Studies, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady, Kerala. He has authored many articles and more than thirty books, including the following publications of the University of Calicut: Purnasarasvati, (2004), Kumarasambhava with its commentary by Sarvajnavanamuni (2002), Tantrasarasangraha with its commentary by Vasudeva (2002), Indian Traditions of Management (Ed.) (2002), Indian Scientific Traditions (Ed.) (2003).
H. N. BHAT and S. A. S. SARMA are Research Fellows at the Pondicherry Centre of the École française d'Extrême-Orient (EFEO). Both were once students of Prof. N. V. P. Unithiri and completed their doctorates under his supervision in the University of Calicut. While H. N. Bhat works on literary works in Sanskrit, S. A. S. Sarma is engaged in projects involving the edition of Saiva texts. Among their publications H. N. Bhat's critical edition of the Anargharaghavapancika may be mentioned (Pondicherry, IFP/EFEO, 2000) and S.A.S. Sarma's critical edition of the Kapilasmrti (Torino, Cesmeo, 2007).

Quellen: Institut français de Pondichéry; École française d'Extrême-Orient