[INDOLOGY] Double sandhi

Buchta, David david_buchta at brown.edu
Mon Sep 12 20:20:10 UTC 2016

Hi Martin,

One such passage that comes to mind is Bhagavadgītā 11.44: priyāyārhasi

You can look at Oberlies, *A Grammar of Epic Sanskrit, *which has a whole
section on this phenomenon (pp. 34-49).

Pāṇini's separation of the tripādī is important in formulating his rules to
avoid double sandhi, so you may also want to look into that side of things
(although I can't point you to specific scholarship off  the top of my

A typical commentarial response is to claim 'ārṣa' usage. Baladeva
Vidyābhūṣaṇa, for example, writes on BhG 11.44: priyāyārhasīti visargalopaḥ


David Buchta
Lecturer in Sanskrit
Department of Classics
Brown University

On Mon, Sep 12, 2016 at 3:26 PM, Martin Gansten <martin.gansten at pbhome.se>

> I seem to recall having read a discussion on instances of irregular,
> double sandhi (as in, say, *vartate idam > vartata idam > vartatedam*) on
> the Indology list, but I can't find it in the list archives. If anyone
> could point me either to the old posts (assuming that they exist outside my
> imagination) or to some useful discussion of the phenomenon (does it occur
> and, if so, where; how is it regarded, etc), I should be most grateful.
> Martin Gansten
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