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A priestly functionary entitled to initiate the king into the Śaiva lore (see, for instance, SANDERSON 2004: 25). Most probably the last Cōĺa emperor to undergo an initiation by a Śaiva (Siddhānta) rājaguru was Rājarāja III (1210-1260) or Rājendra III (1246-1279) (see SANDERSON 2004: 78). 9), and a functionary by that name is recommended to be versed in the Vedas and their auxiliaries and especially in the Atharvanic skills of warding off dangers that could await the king and his kingdom. The passage says that the king should follow like a pupil follows his teacher; cf.
This situation has recently been improved inter alia by a new interest in Vedic commentaries, for instance in Skandasvāmin’s work, on the part of scholars of the younger generation (see, for instance, S. d’Intino’s contribution to SLAJE 2008). Chapter 1. ” While often referred to in passing for the sake of comparison, Sāyaňa’s commentaries were seldom given pride of place as original pieces of independent scholarly work. 49 More recent studies focusing on his work are extremely rare. Besides the study by H.
An independent status of the bhūmikā to the Aitareyabrāhmaňa (AitBr) is not evident since vast portions of its text appear to repeat that of the TSBhBh. 38 A Commentator in Service of the Empire Of general studies concerning the work and life of Sāyaňa in its historical aspects, we have very little at hand: one monograph by an Indian scholar (MODAK 1995) containing valuable information but sometimes lacking historical justification of the author’s reflections, and a study on the life histories of the two brothers Sāyaňa and Mādhava (KRIPACHARYULU 1986), which is generally informative but frequently based uncritically on hagiographical sources.