The magic of Pāṇini

This article is a brief introduction to how Pāṇini presents his Sanskrit language and grammar rules. We learned in that, in Sanskrit, vowel sandhi rules require that (see Lesson 5 ): Rule 1. two similar simple vowels coalesce to from the corresponding long vowel and Rule 2. the vowels इ (i) ई (ī), उ (u) ऊ (ū) and ऋ (r̥) … Continue reading The magic of Pāṇini

A Historical event in the Rig Veda – The Vr̥ṣā́kapi Hymn (RV 10.86)

Introduction The Dāśarājñám or the “Battle of Ten Kings”, described in the Rig Veda (RV) hymns 7.18, 7.33 and 7.83, is clearly a historical event. King Sudā́sa, with heavenly aid from I’ndra and guided by the sage Vásiṣṭha, defeats a coalition of other Aryan kings, guided by Viśvā́mitra, on the banks of the river Páruṣṇi … Continue reading A Historical event in the Rig Veda – The Vr̥ṣā́kapi Hymn (RV 10.86)

The Pushpaka Vimaana – Is there truth behind the mythology?

Introduction This post looks at the mythology of Kubera's Pushpaka Vimaana (the aerial chariot), that was snatched away by Raavana after he defeated Kubera in battle. This Vimaana was used by Raavana to abduct and carry Siita away to Lanka. This has been described in the great epic Ramaayana, written by Vaalmiiki. What is the … Continue reading The Pushpaka Vimaana – Is there truth behind the mythology?