river mahatmyas

Christophe Vielle christophe.vielle at UCLOUVAIN.BE
Tue Mar 13 05:09:24 EDT 2007

I suggest to look at the catalogues of mss. which 
are full of such (mostly unpublished) texts:
for example, in Eggeling's IO Catalogue:
n° 3434-36 Pinaakinii-maahaatmya (river Pennar) asigned to the Brahmaa.n.daP;
n° 3601: ms. (Telugu script) of the 
Paapaghni-maahaatmya, professing to form part of 
the VaayuP
I remember also having seen somewhere (Descr. 
cat. Palace library or C.O.L. Trivandrum, I 
think) mss. of Taamrapar.nii- and 
(About the Revaa- or Narmadaa-maahaatmya, it 
should be noted that the mss. of it claim to be 
part of the VaayuP, cf. IO Catalogue n° 3595, ms. 
dated 1610 AD,  despite the fact that when it was 
published at the Venkateshvara Press it was 
ascribed to the SkandaP, forming its 
Revaa-kha.n.da; as well noted by Hazra 1940: 158 
fn., the original ascription of this maahaatmya 
to the Vaayu is supported by the printed text 
itself, 5.16 and 229.1; samely, it is not 
described in NaaP 1,104 on the Skanda but well in 
NaaP 1,95 as the uttarabhaaga of the VaaP).
Hope this may help,
Christophe Vielle

>dear colleagues,
>i am collecting information on river mahatmyas. 
>i am especially interested to know for which 
>rivers mahatmyas exist.
>I know that mahatmyas exist for the Narmada river.
>Anne Feldhaus (in her work "Water and 
>Womanhood", 1995) has reported a number of 
>mahatmyas for rivers in Maharashtra, i.e. the 
>Godavari, Bhima, Payosni (Purna), Tapi, Krsna. 
>Now, all these texts seem to cover a rather 
>limited geographical area. My question is: Are 
>there any such texts composed for more distantly 
>located rivers?
>Any suggestion is highly appreciated.
>thanks and best regards
>Jürgen Neuß, M.A.
>Free University Berlin
>Institute for Languages and Cultures of South Asia
>Koenigin-Luise-Str. 34a
>D-14195 Berlin

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