[INDOLOGY] Question

Madhav Deshpande mmdesh at umich.edu
Sun Jun 4 09:39:17 EDT 2017


Dear Colleagues,

     I am working on a critical edition and translation of an 18th/19th
century text वेदविचार ascribed to someone named शामशास्त्री द्रविड
द्विवेदी.  The text discusses disputes among the Vedic Śākhās and Brahmin
communities mostly in the region of Maharashtra and attempts to provide
arguments to resolve them.  We know practically nothing about the author.
The colophon at the end of the text offers salutations to Tryambakeśvara
and the author says he was inspired by Śrī Rāma, which makes me suspect
that the author is a resident of the region of Nasik.  The very last line
refers to Mahālakṣmī-Ballāḷeśvara.  Is anyone familiar with this region and
aware of a temple to these deities?  Here are the final verses of the text:

                अज्ञानादथवा ज्ञानाद् ग्रन्थेऽस्मिन्यदुदीरितम् ।

              तत्सर्वं करुणासिन्धुः क्षम्यतां त्र्यम्बकेश्वरः ॥१॥

              अन्तःकरणतद्वृत्तिसाक्षिणा परमात्मना ।

              श्रीरामेण प्रेरितोऽहमकार्षं वाक्यसंग्रहम् ॥२॥

              तत्सर्वं कृपया विप्राः पण्डिता दीनवत्सलाः ।

              विचार्य संशोधयन्तु विप्रस्पर्धानिवृत्तये ॥३॥

इति श्रीमद्द्विवेदिद्रविडशामशास्त्रिविरचितं वेदविचारप्रकरणं संपूर्णतामगमत् ।
तेन परमात्मा श्रीरामः सुप्रसन्नो वरदो भवतु ।
श्रीमहालक्ष्मीबल्लाळेश्वरार्पणमस्तु ।
Any suggestions are appreciated.

Madhav Deshpande
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
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