Dear all, 

I am currently looking into the Sanskrit meter known as the krauñcapadā. According to the metrical treatises, the stanza contains four 25-syllable pādas with a yati (|) following the 5th, 10th, and 18th syllable, which divide the pāda into balanced 16-mora half-lines and 8-mora quarter-lines:

– v v – – | – v v – – | v v v v v v v v | v v v v v v –.

Outside of the metrical treatises, I am only aware of one text composed in this meter, a buddhastotra edited and translated by Prof. Dieter Schlingloff in his 1955 Buddhistische Stotras aus ostturkistanischen Sanskrittexten  (Berlin: Akademie-Verlag). He appropriately dubbed the hymn "Preis der Bekehrungen Buddhas".

In the buddhastotra, the incidence of word-  and compound boundary after the 14th and 22nd syllable is relatively high (100% and 70%, respectively), suggesting that there might have been caesurae or caesural tendencies (,) in those positions, roughly 

– v v – – | – v v – – | v v v v , v v v v | v v v v , v v –.

The high incidence of boundaries there could in theory be due to chance, i.e. a kind of side-effect of the yatayaḥ plus other characteristics of the lexicon and grammar. 

I have several questions for the list-members. Does anyone know of

(1) further texts composed in krauñcapadā?

(2) meters in which there are caesurae — positions in the pāda where the poets require or prefer to locate a word- or compound boundary — that the metrical treatises do not recognize as yatayaḥ?

(3) a detailed study of the distribution of word- vs. compound boundaries at caesurae in stylistically comparable poetry, e.g. that of Mātṛceṭa or Aśvaghoṣa?

I would be grateful for any pointers or references, as I find myself in relatively unfamiliar territory.

Best wishes, 

Dieter Gunkel