[INDOLOGY] The Karanakesari by Bhaskara (fl. ca. 1681)

Clemency Montelle Clemency.Montelle at canterbury.ac.nz
Wed Feb 20 10:28:36 UTC 2013

Dear List,

I am currently working on an astronomical work written in Sanskrit 
called the  KaraNakezari by  BhAskara (fl. ca. 1681) with my colleague 
Kim Plofker.  The work is only 20 verses long; the first verse gives 
some background on the author and makes reference to his lineage. 
BhAskara we are told is the son of RAma and is a descendent  from the 
"family" ("kula") called  KavIndra.

Can anyone recommend any scholarly sources which set out the details 
surrounding the varna/kula etc hierarchy, or where to find out more (if 
possible) about the KavIndra kula?

The title of this work is also puzzling; kezarin is of course an 
adj/noun which means having a mane/a lion (among other meanings), but it 
could also be a family name, which perhaps it is here.  Is this familiar 
to anyone?

Many thanks in advance for any help,


Dr Clemency Montelle
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wananga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800, Christchurch 8140
New Zealand
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