[INDOLOGY] Re: Hymns that are a mixture of sanskrit and vernacular languages

Harry Spier vasishtha.spier at gmail.com
Sun Feb 14 14:49:42 UTC 2021

Thank you to those members who replied on list Nagaraj Paturi, Rajam and to
those who replied off-list, Andrew Ollett and Yūto Kawamura.
An especial thanks to Madhav Deshpande for his superb article.
On page 430 of that article he wrote:

 . . . in the passage *śrī**savitā**sūryanārāyaṇadevatāprītyartham* . . .
Here, the expression *devatāprityartham* is a genuine classical Sanskrit
expression. . . The form *savitā *is a hanging nominative form, which
cannot be grammatically justified in this context. One would expect the
form *savitṛ* to appear in the compound. However, the vernacular-speaking
audience, and the priest himself, have a greater recognition of the
nominative form savitA than he abstract base-form *savitṛ*. The nominative
Sanskrit form *savitā* has been inherited by Marathi, but not the abstract
base-form *savitṛ*.

Is the form  dhātā  in dhātāśaṅkaramohinī in Verse 5 of the
kuṇḍalinīstavaḥ also
a vernacular  form.  Verse 5 of the  kuṇḍalinīstavaḥ is :

dhātāśaṅkaramohinī tribhuvanacchāyāpaṭodgāminī
saṁsārādimahāsukhapraharaṇī tatra sthitā yoginī
sarvagranthivibhedinī svabhujagā sūkṣmātisūkṣmā parā
brahmajñānavinodinī kulakuṭī vyāghātinī bhāvyate

Harry Spier

On Sat, Feb 13, 2021 at 8:36 PM Madhav Deshpande <mmdesh at umich.edu> wrote:

> Dear Harry,
>      Here is an example of Hindi-Sanskrit language mixture in a Bhajan
> composed by Goswami Tulasidas.
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shri_Ramachandra_Kripalu
>      I have discussed some examples of language mixture in an article.
> Please see the attached file.  Best,
> Madhav
> Madhav M. Deshpande
> Professor Emeritus, Sanskrit and Linguistics
> University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
> Senior Fellow, Oxford Center for Hindu Studies
> Adjunct Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India
> [Residence: Campbell, California, USA]
> On Sat, Feb 13, 2021 at 3:47 PM Harry Spier <vasishtha.spier at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Dear list members,
>> Can anyone point me to any articles or studies of hymns that are a
>> mixture of sanskrit and an indian vernacular language.
>> Thanks,
>> Harry Spier
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