Re: [INDOLOGY] sentences inserted in the RV padapāṭha

Dominik Wujastyk wujastyk at
Fri Jun 27 12:45:58 UTC 2014

My first thought was that these might be what are called śṛṅkhalās, chains,
which I've encountered in MSS of the Aṣṭādhyāyī. These are aids to memory
and recitation, like this:


At first they look completely nonsensical.  The key is that they consist of
a concatenation of the opening part of the first and then each twentieth
sūtra in each pāda.  The final word aṣṭau signifies that there are eight
sūtras to the end of the pāda. In the above, raṣābhyām..., it's sūtras
8.4.1, 8.4.21, 8.4.41, 8.4.61, and then 8 sūtras to the end (counting

You might be looking at something like this, but I can't make it work (in a
few minutes) for your case.



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