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Ms. Coll. 390, Item 811 - Aṣṭāvakra - Aṣṭāvakra
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Indic Manuscripts Collection: Ms. Coll. 390, Item 811 - Aṣṭāvakra - Aṣṭāvakra
Author:
Aṣṭāvakra.
Title:
Aṣṭāvakra, circa 1700-1850.
Aṣṭāvakragītā
Physical description:
1 item (95 leaves) : paper ; 11 x 26 cm.
Summary:
Manuscript is used for contemplation and study and is a philosophical work expounding on Vedānta (end of the Vedas), possibly by a follower of Śaṅkarācārya, the proponent of Advaita Vedanta school of philosophy. The work is presented as a conversation between figures from well known Hindu epic mythology and in particular, aligns itself with its own vision of the teachings of the Bhagavadgītā. The main text of the manuscript has a commentary running parallel, above and below, the main text and is attributed to Viśveśvara (f. 95r).
Notes:
Title from colophon (f. 95r); title of commentary, Aṣṭāvakraṭīkā, from commentary colophon (f. 95r); alternate title for commentary, Ātmānubhavaprakaraṇa, supplied by cataloger.
Written in 4-8 lines per leaf.
95 leaves foliated 1-95, upper left and lower right verso.
Colophon: iti śrīmadaṣṭāvakraviraciāyāṃsaṃkhyākramādikaṃ vyākhyānaṃ ekaviṃśātikaprakaṇaṃ samāptaṃ (f. 95r).
Mistakes covered over in yellow or blacked out; some corrections and additions in margins; significant syllables, words, or phrases highlighted in red throughout; vertical margins marked with double red line.
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Coll. 390, Item 811
Contained in:
Collection of Indic Manuscripts. Item 811
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Coll. 390
Vernacular script:
अष्टावक्र, १७००-१८५०.
 
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