[INDOLOGY] How bhagavAn is written in devanagari manuscripts and printed editions

Nityanand Misra nmisra at gmail.com
Mon Oct 3 00:58:27 UTC 2016

How about words with similar ending like महान्? Does that show a similar
pattern? If so, is it possible that this has to do with the consonant न्
rather than the word भगवान्?

On Oct 2, 2016 11:23 PM, "Harry Spier" <hspier.muktabodha at gmail.com> wrote:

Thank you for this Nityanand,

I've gone back and rechecked the texts in the Muktabodha Digital library
and the pattern in both printed editions and in manuscripts appears to be
spaces after bhagavAn if followed by a consonent and no space if followed
by a vowel.  This appears in printed editions, manuscripts from NGMCP , IFP
paper transcripts and even in the few transcriptions from grantha script I

My quick check included
ahirbudhnya saMhita vol. 1 and 2 printed editions
AgamakalpalatA  ngmcp manuscript
agamaprAmAnyA printed edition
Anandatantra IFP transcript
ASTaprakaraNa  grantha script printed edtiion
IzAnazIvagurudevapaddhati printed edition
IzvarapratyabhijJavimarzinIvyAkhyA  ifp transcript
umAsaMhitA ifp transcript
kamikAgama uttarabhAgA  grantha script printed edition
kamikAgama pUrvabhAga grantha script printed edition  (once space, twice no
karanAgama printed edition
kalasaMkarSinImatatantraTippanI  NGMCP manuscript

Harry Spier

On Sun, Oct 2, 2016 at 12:53 AM, Nityanand Misra <nmisra at gmail.com> wrote:

> The claim sounds dubious. The use of space itself is a much later
> development in manuscripts. Gita Press, arguably the gold standard in
> publishing Hindu scriptures for many decades, uses श्रीभगवानुवाच (and not
> श्रीभगवान् उवाच) throughout in the Bhagavad Gita.
> On 1 October 2016 at 23:21, Harry Spier <hspier.muktabodha at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Dear list members,
>> Firstly happy Navaratri.
>> Secondly I was told by a good sanskritist that the word bhagavAn is
>> always written in devanagari -with a space after it as a sign of respect
>> even if it would normally be joined to the following letter in devanagari.
>> I did a quick search of the texts in the Muktabodha digital library and I
>> found that was true about 50% of the time.
>> i.e.
>> भगवान् भूतभावनः .............. भगवान् पावकः ................ भगवान्
>> दत्तात्रेयो
>> NOT
>> भगवान्भूतभावनः ............... भगवान्पावकः .....................
>> भगवान्दत्तात्रेयो
>> Can any of the list members tell meif  not joining bhagavAn to the
>> following word based on some scriptural statement.
>> Thanks,
>> Harry Spier
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