The Legacy of Visvamitra (A Study Based on Vedic and Pauranic Literature)

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Visvamitra is one among the Saptarshis. This is an attempt to study Visvamitra based on the historical, mythological and legendary details provided by the Vedic and Puranic literature through the ages. This book is divided in to nine chapters. In the first chapter the concept of Risi, Saptarshi, various Rishikulas etc. are included. The study of Mantradrashta Visvamitra is in second chapter. In the third chapter the historical and social analysis of the Mantras of Visvamitra is included. The symbolical and mythological study of Visvamitra is contained in the fourth chapter. The fifth chapter is the study of Visvamitra tradition based on the Epics. The legendary personage of Visvamitra based on Mahapuranas is included in the sixth chapter. The Vedic and historical analysis of Dasaranjayuddha is included as the seventh chapter. The eighth chapter is the study of the Visvamitra and Vasishtha conflicts. Ninth chapter is the conclusions of the study.

About the Author

Dr.Indira.K had done her degree in Sanskrit from SVTB College Mannapatta Palakkad. She had taken PG in Sanskrit Sahitya from SNGS College Pattambi, Palakkad. Her Mphil and PhD degrees are from Department of Sanskrit Sahitya Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit ,Kalady,Kerala.She had published some research papers. Now she is working in Sanskrit Department SVTB College ,Sreekrishnapuram

Preface

Visvamitra is one among the Saptarshis. This is an attempt to study Visvamitra based on the historical, mythological and legendary details provided by the Vedic and Puranic literature through the ages. This thesis is divided in to nine chapters. In the first chapter the concept of Risi, Saptarshi, various Rishikulas etc. are included. The study of Mantradrashta Visvamitra is in second chapter. In the third chapter the historical and social analysis of the Mantras of Visvamitra is included. The symbolical and mythological study of Visvamitra is contained in the fourth chapter. The fifth chapter is the study of Visvamitra tradition based on the Epics. The legendary personage of Visvamitra based on Mahapuranas is included in the sixth chapter. The Vedic and historical analysis of Dasaranjayuddha is included as the seventh chapter. The eighth chapter is the study of the Visvamitra and Vasishtha conflicts. Ninth chapter is the conclusions of the study.

The present thesis is prepared under the guidance of Dr. T. Mini, Associate professor, Department of Sanskrit Sahitya, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady. I Express my gratitude for her kind suggestions and help throughout the preparation of this thesis. I also render my sincere thanks to Dr. Dharmaraj Adat, Professor and Head of the Department of Sanskrit Sahitya. This thesis work is the continuation of my issertation od Master of Philosophy. My guide for Master of Philosophy Dr. K.A. Ravindran, Associate professor, Department of Sanskrit Sahitya, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady, had suggested the topic of my study. I express my sincere thanks to him. Dr. P.V. Narayanan, Associate professor, Department of Sanskrit Sahitya, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady and Dr. N. K. Sundareswaran, Associate professor, Department of Sanskrit, University of Calicut had given many valuable suggestions during my research work. I express my gratitude for both of them. All the teachers of the department had given me support and suggestions for the preparation of this thesis. I express my sincere thanks to all of them, I am also thankful to my friends, librarian, library staffs and university authorities for their co-operation in the final shaping of this thesis. I had visisted other universities for the data collections. They are Calicut University, Kerala University, Madras University, Chinmaya International Foundation Shodha Sansthan and The Kuppuswamy Sastri Research Institute (Madras). I am also thankful to the librarians and other authorities of theses institutes.

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