[INDOLOGY] Iconography of śāstras

Nagaraj Paturi nagarajpaturi at gmail.com
Tue Mar 26 16:06:28 UTC 2024

On 10th April, 2012, prof. Veeranarayana Pandurangi posted on BVP list as

dear all,
 where we can find a sloka that describes the nayaypurusha

atasipushpasankasho nyayo dhyeyo vipashcita
simhasyo dakshine pasham dhvajam vamakare dadhan

this verse is printed on the cover of Mathuri panchalakshani with
commenatary of Ganga KSS Varanasi

So this verse seems to be printed on some other publication also.

On Tue, Mar 26, 2024 at 8:52 PM Philipp Maas via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Dear Colleagues,
> On the outer cover of the printed edition of the *Nyāyabhāṣya* by
> Padmaprasāda Śāstrī and Harirāma Śukla that was published as vol. 42 of the
> Kashi Sanskrit Series (fourth ed. 1990
> <https://ia801807.us.archive.org/11/items/agbS_nyaya-darshanam-with-vatsyayana-bhashya-series-43-kashi-sanskrit-granthamala/Nyaya%20Darshanam%20with%20Vatsyayana%20Bhashya%20Series%20%23%2043%20-%20Kashi%20Sanskrit%20Granthamala.pdf>),
> I found an iconographic depiction of the philosophical system of Nyāya as a
> human figure with a lion face, holding a *sūtra* and a *dhvaja* in the
> right and left hand, respectively (see attached image). The image is
> accompanied by an *anuṣṭubh*-caption, which reads *atasīpuṣpasaṅkāśo
> nyāyo jñeyo vipaścitā* / *siṃhāsya dakṣiṇe sūtraṃ dhvajaṃ vāmakare dadhan*
> //, suggesting that the colour of the personified *nyāya*-system is light
> blue.
> Quite interestingly, the printed edition of the *Mānavadharmaśāstra* together
> with Kullūkabhaṭṭa’s commentary, which was like the before-mentioned
> edition of the *Nyāyabhāṣya *published by the Chaukhambha Sanskrit
> Sansthan, has a similar depiction of *dharmaśāstra* which also is
> accompanied by a caption (see attached image).
> I was completely unaware of any personifications and iconographic
> representations of South Asian knowledge systems and wonder what the
> source(s) of the stanza on Nyāya may be. Are these two cases of
> personification and iconographic representation of knowledge systems
> exclusively related to the Chaukhambha Sanskrit Sansthan, or do they
> represent a broader tradition?
> I would greatly appreciate any help you could give me with this.
> With many thanks in advance and best wishes,
> Philipp
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> Department of Indology and Central Asian Studies
> University of Leipzig
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Nagaraj Paturi

Hyderabad, Telangana, INDIA.
Dean, IndicA
BoS, MIT School of Vedic Sciences, Pune, Maharashtra
BoS Kavikulaguru Kalidasa Sanskrit University, Ramtek, Maharashtra
BoS Veda Vijnana Gurukula, Bengaluru.
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Former Senior Professor of Cultural Studies,
FLAME School of Communication and FLAME School of  Liberal Education,
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