Use of avagraha

harry spier harryspier at HOTMAIL.COM
Sun Feb 7 18:47:02 UTC 1999

Some western editions of Sanskrit texts occasionally use avagraha (or
double avagraha where appropriate) to indicate the assimilation of a
final a or A into a preceeding a or A.  In examining nine western
editions of the Bhagavad Geeta, it was seen that eight of them did this,
but none were self-consistent (the same word combinations sometimes
having an avagraha inserted and sometimes not).  Is this a modern or
western edition use of avagraha?  Is it more correct not to use avagraha
in this manner?

Any guidelines from professional Sanskritists would be greatly

Thank you,

Harry Spier

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