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Bhartrmitra - Part II

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II. Works of Bhartrmitra

In his Nyayamanjari-Granthibhanga, Chakradharabhatta remarks 
[Bhattacharya 1974] that Bhartrmitra was the author of Tantra-suddhi 
and other prakarana texts. We may well surmise that Tantra Suddhi was 
a commentary on the Tantra Kanda of Mimamsa Sutras (Chap. 1-12). 
Bhatta Umbeka, the oldest commentator of the Slokavarttika of Kumarila 
Bhatta, however names the text of Bhartrmitra as Tattvasuddhi.

Parthasarathi Misra suggests that Bhartrmitra wrote a vyaakhyaana on 
Mimamsa Sastra [Sastri 1978:5]. This means that he did not really 
comment on the sutras but rather wrote a general explanation of the 
text. Further, he refers to the work as a very ancient work, implying 
that Bhartrmitra was long anterior to Kumarila. 

In his Atmasiddhi, Yamunamuni enumerates Bhartrmitra as one of the 
expositors of Vedanta. 

References:

Biswanth Bhattacharya; 1974;  A note on Bhartrmitra, the Mimamsaka; in 
'Sri Venkateswara University Oriental Journal'; vol. 18, issue no. 
1-2, pgs. 131-132; Tirupati

Sastri, Swami Dvarikadasa; 1978; Slokavarttika of Sri Kumarila Bhatta 
with the Commentary Nyaratnakara of Sri Parthasarathi Misra; Tara 
Publications; Varanasi; 1978




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