Re: [INDOLOGY] śākhāvṛkṣavat samāsaḥ

Madhav Deshpande mmdesh at
Mon Aug 14 15:50:31 UTC 2017

Hello Victor,

     I have not seen Śākhāvr̥kṣa as an example in a Sanskrit grammatical
work or in Sanskrit literature.  However, I see this word used in Marathi
and Hindi texts dealing with genealogical trees and describing the Śākhās
of the Veda.  The explanation by the commentator on Meghadūta seems
appropriate: śiñjāvanti valayāni as a parallel to śākhāvān vr̥kṣaḥ.

Madhav Deshpande

On Mon, Aug 14, 2017 at 8:20 AM, victor davella via INDOLOGY <
indology at> wrote:

> Dear All,
> Has anyone come across śākhāvṛkṣavat samāsaḥ as an explanation for a
> Sanskrit compound? I have encountered it in Dakṣiṇāvartanātha's commentary
> ad Meghadūta 76 (2.16/19 etc.) to explain śiñjā-valaya- :
> śiñjā śiñjitaṃ; śiñjāvanti valayāni śiñjāvalayāni | śākhāvṛkṣavat samāsaḥ.
> The elision of a possessive suffix (matublopa) is known from the
> Mahābhāṣya, but I am not familiar with the example śākhāvṛkṣa.  Please
> reply on-list so that everyone may benefit from the exchange.
> Many thanks in advance.
> Victor
> Victor B. D'Avella
> Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
> Universität Hamburg
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