[INDOLOGY] query [regarding the correct version of a defectively cited verse]

Walter Slaje slaje at kabelmail.de
Sun May 17 06:42:54 UTC 2015

The wording bears a resemblance to, and seems to be a modification or
extension of the well-known *bhūmicchidranyāya*, occuring also on a great
number of copper-plates especially from Northern India. At their core, the
formulas contain *ācandrārkakṣiti-*. They relate to grants and intend to
secure their everlasting duration: ~~ „as long as the sun and the moon ...
would last“.

The meaning of this Nyāya has been explained by Oskar von Hinüber (Der
*bhūmicchidranyāya*, in: Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenländischen
Gesellschaft, 155, 2005, S. 484-495).

In the present case, Viśvarūpa’s commentary on Yājñavalkyasmṛti 1.316 may
help, as he says: *bhūmicchidranyāyenā candrāt sthitisaṃsthānaṃ kārayet*
(cp. von Hinüber, p. 491).
So there is external evidence to support at least *sthiti* as proposed


Prof. Dr. Walter Slaje
Hermann-Löns-Str. 1
D-99425 Weimar

2015-05-17 8:16 GMT+02:00 Martin Gansten <martin.gansten at pbhome.se>:

> Yes, I considered that too but didn't want to emend too much; I'm glad to
> have my suspicions confirmed by Ashok. For completeness, then, let me add
> that while यावच्चन्द्रः प्रभाकरः is certainly possible both metrically and
> with regard to meaning, यावच्चन्द्रप्रभाकरौ strikes me as a very plausible
> alternative.
> Martin Gansten
> Ashok Aklujkar wrote:
> Two highly probable emendations for the defective verse have already been
> suggested. Suggesting a third one, दिवो for दिव्यो, I would like to
> translate the verse as follows: “As long as Indra is the lord of heaven, as
> long as the Moon casts light (and) as long as the story of Rāma exists in
> the world, may you remain in existence (or stay in power)!  यावदिन्द्रो
> दिवो देवो यावच्चन्द्र: प्रभाकर: । यावद्रामकथा लोके भूयात् तावत्
> स्थितिस्तव ।।
> अ.अ.
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