ISBN 9788124600160,Sraddha-Sagara of Kullukabhatta - With a Critical Exposition and Introduction

Sraddha-Sagara of Kullukabhatta - With a Critical Exposition and Introduction



D.K. Printworld (P) Ltd.

Publication Year 1994

ISBN 9788124600160

ISBN-10 8124600163

Hard Back

Number of Pages 294 Pages
Language (English)


A religious institution with millennia of uninterrupted continuity, shraddha (broadly) is an individuals homage, through certain ritualistic offerings, to the sacred memory of his ancestors. Involved in the shraddha-ritual is also, perhaps, the Hindu belief in the doctrine of metempsychosis. Shraddha-Sagara, written sometime during 1520-1620, by a celebrated scholar: Kullukabhatta, offers an authoritative, manifold exposition of this ageless ritual. Yet, in treating the shraddha-theme- from Dharmashastra, its author, Kulluka exhibits a striking originality by applying the Purva-Mimamsa logic to ancestral worship. Which makes his Shraddha-Sagara both unique and unrivalled in the literature of the genre. Here is the first ever critical edition of this rare, hitherto-unpublished work- with Kullukas original text (in Devanagari script) and a comprehensive introduction, footnotes and comments. Himself a reputed scholar of Dharmashastra literature, the editor: Professor Moghe, highlights the importance of Shraddha-Sagara and of its author, focussing specially on Kullukas status vis-a-vis other writers on shraddha. Essentially in the nature of a digest, Kullukabhattas work abounds with quotations. Which Prof. Moghe not only identifies, but also locates in their diverse sources : smritis, shrutis, puranas, astronomicalastrological texts, and even grammatical treatises. Also demonstrating how and where Kullukas readings are corrupt, deficient or grammatically flawed, the book suggests correctives- with variant readings in the footnotes. Supplementing this critical edition are seven appendices, listingindexing the whole range of works, referred to in Shraddha Sagara.