[INDOLOGY] A distraction from the Coronavirus

Roland Steiner steiner at staff.uni-marburg.de
Sun Apr 5 14:24:02 UTC 2020

Dear Madhav,

> The norm in classical literature is to use *padma *in neuter gender, like
> other words for the lotus.

I am aware of this, but there is also evidence in non-epic and  
non-puranic works, for example

Kṣemendra's /Darpadalana /(7.30):

/°śoṇaprabhārdrāv iva pādapadmau/

Or, Somadeva's /Kathāsaritsāgara /(5.2.229):

/ubhau kalaśapadmau ca śuśubhate sitāruṇau/

Or, /Mokṣopāya /5.65.29 (= "/Yogavāsiṣṭha/")

/padmāv iva jaloddhṛtau/

Perhaps it is no coincidence that these examples all come from texts  
that originated in Kashmir.

With best regards,

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