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Sanskrit
Sanskrit
prosody or Chandas refers to one of the six Vedangas, or limbs of Vedic studies.[1] It is the study of poetic metres and verse in Sanskrit.[1] This field of study was central to the composition of the Vedas, the scriptural canons of Hinduism, so central that some later Hindu
Hindu
and Buddhist texts refer to the Vedas
Vedas
as Chandas.[1][2] The Chandas, as developed by the Vedic schools, included both linear and non-linear systems.[3] The system was organized around seven major metres, according to Annette Wilke and Oliver Moebus, called the "seven birds" or "seven mouths of Brihaspati", and each had its own rhythm, movements and aesthetics wherein a non-linear structure (aperiodicity) was mapped into a four verse polymorphic linear sequence.[3] Sanskrit
Sanskrit
metres include those based on a fixed number of syllables per verse, and those based on fixed number of morae per verse.[4] The Gayatri metre was structured with 3 verses of 8 syllables (6x4), the Usnih with 2 verses of 8 and 1 of 12 syllables (7x4), the Anustubh with 4 verses of 8 syllables (8x4), Brihati with 2 verses of 8 followed by 1 each of 12 and 8 syllables (9x4), the Pankti with 5 verses of 8 syllables (10x4), the Tristubh with 4 verses of 11 syllables (11x4), and the Jagati metre with 4 verses of 12 syllables each (12x4).[5] In Vedic culture, the Chandas were revered for their perfection and resonance, with the Gayatri metre treated as the most refined and sacred, and one that continues to be part of modern Hindu culture as part of Yoga
Yoga
and hymns of meditation at sunrise.[6] Extant ancient manuscripts on Chandas include Pingala's Chandah Sutra, while an example of a medieval Sanskrit
Sanskrit
prosody manuscript is Kedara Bhatta's Vrittaratnakara.[7][note 1] The most exhaustive compilations of Sanskrit
Sanskrit
prosody describe over 600 metres.[10] This is a substantially larger repertoire than in any other metrical tradition.[11]

Contents

1 Etymology 2 History 3 Elements

3.1 Nomenclature 3.2 Classification 3.3 Light and heavy syllables

3.3.1 Exceptions

3.4 Gaṇa

3.4.1 A mnemonic 3.4.2 Comparison with Greek and Latin prosody

4 The seven birds: major Sanskrit
Sanskrit
metres

4.1 Other syllable-based metres 4.2 Morae-based metres 4.3 Hybrid metres

5 Metres as tools for literary architecture

5.1 Use of metre to identify corrupt texts

6 Texts

6.1 Chandah Sutra 6.2 Bhashyas

7 Usage

7.1 Post-vedic poetry, epics 7.2 Chandas and mathematics

8 Influence

8.1 In India 8.2 Outside India

9 See also 10 Notes 11 References

11.1 Bibliography

12 External links

Etymology[edit] The term Chanda (Sanskrit: छन्द) means "pleasing, alluring, lovely, delightful or charming", and is based on the root chad which means "esteemed to please, to seem good, feel pleasant and/or something that nourishes, gratifies or is celebrated".[12] The term also refers to "any metrical part of the Vedas
Vedas
or other composition".[12] History[edit]

Ancient Sanskrit
Sanskrit
written on hemp-based paper. Hemp fibre was commonly used in the production of paper from 200 BCE to the late 1800's.

The hymns of Rigveda
Rigveda
include the names of metres, which implies that the discipline of Chandas ( Sanskrit
Sanskrit
prosody) emerged in the 2nd-millennium BCE.[4][note 2] The Brahmanas layer of Vedic literature, composed between 900 BCE and 700 BCE, contains a complete expression of the Chandas.[15] Panini's treatise on Sanskrit
Sanskrit
grammar distinguishes Chandas as the verses that compose the Vedas, from Bhashya (Sanskrit: भाष्य), the language used for learned discourse and scholastic discussion of the Vedas.[16] The Vedic Sanskrit
Sanskrit
texts employ fifteen metres, of which seven are common, and the most frequent are three (8-, 11- and 12-syllable lines).[17] The post-Vedic texts, such as the epics as well as other classical literature of Hinduism, deploy both linear and non-linear metres, many of which are based on syllables and others based on diligently crafted verses based on repeating numbers of morae (matra per foot).[17] About 150 treatises on Sanskrit
Sanskrit
prosody from the classical era are known, in which some 850 metres were defined and studied by the ancient and medieval Hindu
Hindu
scholars.[17] The ancient Chandahsutra of Pingala, also called Pingala Sutras, is the oldest Sanskrit
Sanskrit
prosody text that has survived into the modern age, and it is dated to between 600 and 200 BCE.[18][19] Like all Sutras, the Pingala text is distilled information in the form of aphorisms, and these were widely commented on through the bhashya tradition of Hinduism. Of the various commentaries, those widely studied are the three 6th century texts - Jayadevacchandas, Janashrayi Chandovichiti and Ratnamanjusha,[20] the 10th century commentary by Karnataka
Karnataka
prosody scholar Halayudha, who also authored the grammatical Shastrakavya and Kavirahasya (literally, The Poet's Secret).[18] Other important historical commentaries include those by the 11th-century Yadavaprakasha and 12th-century Bhaskaracharya, as well as Jayakriti's Chandonushasana, and Chandomanjari by Gangadasa.[18][20]

There is no word without meter, nor is there any meter without words.

—Natya Shastra[21]

Major encyclopedic and arts-related Hindu texts
Hindu texts
from the 1st and 2nd millennium CE contain sections on Chandas. For example, the chapters 328 to 335 of the Agni
Agni
Purana,[22][23] chapter 15 of the Natya Shastra, chapter 104 of the Brihat Samhita, the Pramodajanaka section of the Manasollasa
Manasollasa
contain embedded treatises on Chandas.[24][25][26] Elements[edit] Nomenclature[edit] A syllable (Akshara, अक्षर), in Sanskrit
Sanskrit
prosody, is a vowel following one or more consonants, or a vowel without any.[27] The short syllable is one with short (hrasva) vowels, which are a (अ), i (इ), u (उ), ṛ (ऋ) and ḷ (ऌ). The long syllable is defined as one with long (dirgha) vowels, which are ā (आ), ī (ई), ū (ऊ), ṝ (ॠ), e (ए), ai (ऐ), o (ओ) and au (औ).[27] A stanza is defined in Sanskrit
Sanskrit
prosody as a group of four verses, also called as four quarters.[27] Indian prosody studies developed two types of stanzas. Vritta stanzas are those that are crafted with a precise number syllables, while Jati stanzas are those that are based on syllabic instants (morae, matra).[27] The Vritta[note 3] stanzas are further recognized in three forms, with Samavritta where the four quarters are similar in its embedded mathematical pattern, Ardhasamavritta where alternate verses keep similar syllabic structure, and Vishamavritta where all four quarters are different.[27] A regular Vritta is defined as that where the total number of syllables in each verse is less than or equal to 26 syllables, while irregulars contain more.[27] When the metre is based on morae (matra), a short syllable is counted as one mora, and a long syllable is counted as two morae.[27] Classification[edit] The metres found in classical Sanskrit
Sanskrit
poetry are sometimes alternatively classified into three kinds.[29]

Syllabic verse (akṣaravṛtta or aksharavritta): metres depend on the number of syllables in a verse, with relative freedom in the distribution of light and heavy syllables. This style is derived from older Vedic forms, and found in the great epics, the Mahabharata
Mahabharata
and the Ramayana. Syllabo-quantitative verse (varṇavṛtta or varnavritta): metres depend on syllable count, but the light-heavy patterns are fixed. Quantitative verse (mātrāvṛtta or matravritta): metres depend on duration, where each verse-line has a fixed number of morae, usually grouped in sets of four.

Light and heavy syllables[edit] In most of Sanskrit
Sanskrit
poetry the primary determinant of a metre is the number of syllables in a unit of verse, called the pāda ("foot" or "quarter"). Meters of the same length are distinguished by the pattern of laghu ("light") and guru ("heavy") syllables in the pāda. The rules distinguishing laghu and guru syllables are the same as those for non-metric prose, and these are specified in Vedic Shiksha
Shiksha
texts that study the principles and structure of sound, such as the Pratishakhyas. Some of the significant rules are:[30][31]

Metre is a veritable ship, for those who want to go, across the vast ocean of poetry.

—Dandin, 7th century[32]

A syllable is laghu only if its vowel is hrasva ("short") and followed by at most one consonant before another vowel is encountered. A syllable with an anusvara ('ṃ') or a visarga ('ḥ') is always guru. All other syllables are guru, either because the vowel is dīrgha ("long"), or because the hrasva vowel is followed by a consonant cluster. The hrasva vowels are the short monophthongs: 'a', 'i', 'u', 'ṛ' and 'ḷ' All other vowels are dirgha: 'ā', 'ī', 'ū', 'ṝ', 'e', 'ai', 'o' and 'au'. (Note that, morphologically, the last four vowels are actually the diphthongs 'ai', 'āi', 'au' and 'āu', as the rules of sandhi in Sanskrit
Sanskrit
make clear.)[33] Gangadasa Pandita states that the last syllable in each pāda may be considered guru, but a guru at the end of a pāda is never counted as laghu.[note 4][better source needed]

For measurement by mātrā (morae), laghu syllables count as one unit, and guru syllables as two units.[34] Exceptions[edit] The Hindu
Hindu
prosody treatises crafted exceptions to these rules based on their study of sound, which apply in Sanskrit
Sanskrit
and Prakrit prosody. For example, the last vowel of a verse, regardless of its natural length, may be considered short or long according to the requirement of the metre.[27] Exceptions also apply to special sounds, of the type प्र, ह्र, ब्र and क्र.[27] Gaṇa[edit] Gaṇa (Sanskrit, "group") is the technical term for the pattern of light and heavy syllables in a sequence of three. It is used in treatises on Sanskrit
Sanskrit
prosody to describe metres, according to a method first propounded in Pingala's chandahsutra. Pingala organizes the metres using two units:[35]

l: a "light" syllable (L), called laghu g: a "heavy" syllable (H), called guru

Metrical feet

Disyllables

˘ ˘ pyrrhic, dibrach

˘ ¯ iamb

¯ ˘ trochee, choree

¯ ¯ spondee

Trisyllables

˘ ˘ ˘ tribrach

¯ ˘ ˘ dactyl

˘ ¯ ˘ amphibrach

˘ ˘ ¯ anapaest, antidactylus

˘ ¯ ¯ bacchius

¯ ¯ ˘ antibacchius

¯ ˘ ¯ cretic, amphimacer

¯ ¯ ¯ molossus

See main article for tetrasyllables.

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Pingala's method described any metre as a sequence of gaṇas, or triplets of syllables (trisyllabic feet), plus the excess, if any, as single units. There being eight possible patterns of light and heavy syllables in a sequence of three, Pingala associated a letter, allowing the metre to be described compactly as an acronym.[36] Each of these has its Greek prosody equivalent as listed below.

The Ganas (गण, class)[37][38]

Sanskrit prosody Weight Symbol Style Greek equivalent

Na-gaṇa L-L-L u u u

da da da

Tribrach

Ma-gaṇa H-H-H — — —

DUM DUM DUM

Molossus

Ja-gaṇa L-H-L u — u

da DUM da

Amphibrach

Ra-gaṇa H-L-H — u —

DUM da DUM

Cretic

Bha-gaṇa H-L-L — u u

DUM da da

Dactyl

Sa-gaṇa L-L-H u u —

da da DUM

Anapaest

Ya-gaṇa L-H-H u — —

da DUM DUM

Bacchius

Ta-gaṇa H-H-L — — u

DUM DUM da

Antibacchius

Pingala's order of the gaṇas, viz. m-y-r-s-t-j-bh-n, corresponds to a standard enumeration in binary, when the three syllables in each gaṇa are read right-to-left with H=0 and L=1. A mnemonic[edit] The word yamātārājabhānasalagāḥ (or yamātārājabhānasalagaṃ) is a mnemonic for Pingala's gaṇas, developed by ancient commentators, using the vowels "a" and "ā" for light and heavy syllables respectively with the letters of his scheme. In the form without a grammatical ending, yamātārājabhānasalagā is self-descriptive, where the structure of each gaṇa is shown by its own syllable and the two following it:[39]

ya-gaṇa: ya-mā-tā = L-H-H ma-gaṇa: mā-tā-rā = H-H-H ta-gaṇa: tā-rā-ja = H-H-L ra-gaṇa: rā-ja-bhā = H-L-H ja-gaṇa: ja-bhā-na = L-H-L bha-gaṇa: bhā-na-sa = H-L-L na-gaṇa: na-sa-la = L-L-L sa-gaṇa: sa-la-gā = L-L-H

The mnemonic also encodes the light "la" and heavy "gā" unit syllables of the full scheme. The truncated version obtained by dropping the last two syllables, viz. yamātārājabhānasa, can be read cyclically (i.e., wrapping around to the front). It is an example of a De Bruijn sequence.[40] Comparison with Greek and Latin prosody[edit] Sanskrit
Sanskrit
prosody shares similarities with Greek and Latin prosody. For example, in all three, rhythm is determined from the amount of time needed to pronounce a syllable, and not on stress (quantitative metre).[41][42] Each eight syllable line, for instance in the Rigveda, is approximately equivalent to the Greek iambic dimeter.[28] The sacred Gayatri metre of the Hindus consists of three of such iambic dimeter lines, and this embedded metre alone is at the heart of about 25% of the entire Rigveda.[28] The gaṇas are, however, not the same as the foot in Greek prosody. The metrical unit in Sanskrit
Sanskrit
prosody is the verse (line, pada), while in Greek prosody it is the foot.[43] Sanskrit
Sanskrit
prosody allows elasticity similar to Latin Saturnian verse, uncustomary in Greek prosody.[43] The principles of both Sanskrit
Sanskrit
and Greek prosody probably go back to Proto-Indo-European times, because similar principles are found in ancient Persian, Italian, Celtic, and Slavonic branches of Indo-European.[44] The seven birds: major Sanskrit
Sanskrit
metres[edit] The Vedic Sanskrit
Sanskrit
prosody included both linear and non-linear systems.[3] The field of Chandas was organized around seven major metres, state Annette Wilke and Oliver Moebus, called the "seven birds" or "seven mouths of Brihaspati",[note 5] and each had its own rhythm, movements and aesthetics. The system mapped a non-linear structure (aperiodicity) into a four verse polymorphic linear sequence.[3] The seven major ancient Sanskrit
Sanskrit
metres are the three 8-syllable Gayatri, the four 8-syllable Anustubh, the four 11-syllable Tristubh, the four 12-syllable Jagati, and the mixed padas metres named Ushnih, Brihati and Pankti.

गायत्रेण प्रति मिमीते अर्कमर्केण साम त्रैष्टुभेन वाकम् । वाकेन वाकं द्विपदा चतुष्पदाक्षरेण मिमते सप्त वाणीः ॥२४॥

With the Gayatri, he measures a song; with the song – a chant; with the Tristubh – a recited stanza; With the stanza of two feet and four feet – a hymn; with the syllable they measure the seven voices. ॥24॥

—  Rigveda
Rigveda
1.164.24, Translated by Tatyana J. Elizarenkova[46]

The major ancient metres in Sanskrit
Sanskrit
prosody[5][47]

Meter Structure Mapped Sequence[5] Varieties[48] Usage[49]

Gayatri 24 syllables; 3 verses of 8 syllables 6x4 11 Common in Vedic texts Example: Rigveda
Rigveda
7.1.1-30, 8.2.14[50]

Ushnih 28 syllables; 2 verses of 8; 1 of 12 syllables 7x4 8 Vedas, not common Example: Rigveda
Rigveda
1.8.23-26[51]

Anushtubh 32 syllables; 4 verses of 8 syllables 8x4 12 Most frequent in post-Vedic Sanskrit
Sanskrit
metrical literature; embedded in the Bhagavad Gita, the Mahabharata, the Ramayana, the Puranas, Smritis and scientific treatises Example: Rigveda
Rigveda
8.69.7-16, 10.136.7[52]

Brihati 36 syllables; 2 verses of 8; 1 verse of 12; 1 verse of 8 syllables 9x4 12 Vedas, rare Example: Rigveda
Rigveda
5.1.36, 3.9.1-8[53]

Pankti 40 syllables; 5 verses of 8 syllables 10x4 14 Uncommon, found with Tristubh Example: Rigveda
Rigveda
1.191.10-12[54]

Tristubh 44 syllables; 4 verses of 11 syllables 11x4 22 Second in frequency in post-Vedic Sanskrit
Sanskrit
metric literature, dramas, plays, parts of the Mahabharata, major 1st-millennium Kavyas Example: Rigveda
Rigveda
4.50.4, 7.3.1-12[55]

Jagati 48 syllables; 4 verses of 12 syllables 12x4 30 Third most common, typically alternates with Tristubh in the same text, also found in separate cantos. Example: Rigveda
Rigveda
1.51.13, 9.110.4-12[56]

Other syllable-based metres[edit] Beyond these seven metres, ancient and medieval era Sanskrit
Sanskrit
scholars developed numerous other syllable-based metres (Akshara-chandas). Examples include Atijagati (13x4, in 16 varieties), Sakkari (14x4, in 20 varieties), Atisakkari (15x4, in 18 varieties), Ashti (16x4, in 12 varieties), Atyashti (17x4, in 17 varieties), Dhriti (18x4, in 17 varieties), Atidhriti (19x4, in 13 varieties), Kriti (20x4, in 4 varieties) and so on.[57][58] Morae-based metres[edit] See also: Mātrika metre In addition to the syllable-based metres, Hindu
Hindu
scholars in their prosody studies, developed Gana-chandas or Gana-vritta, that is metres based on mātrās (morae, instants).[59][58][60] The metric foot in these are designed from laghu (short) morae or their equivalents. Sixteen classes of these instants-based metres are enumerated in Sanskrit
Sanskrit
prosody, each class has sixteen sub-species. Examples include Arya, Udgiti, Upagiti, Giti and Aryagiti.[61] This style of composition is less common than syllable-based metric texts, but found in important texts of Hindu
Hindu
philosophy, drama, lyrical works and Prakrit poetry.[17][62] The entire Samkhyakarika
Samkhyakarika
text of the Samkhya school of Hindu philosophy
Hindu philosophy
is composed in Arya metre, as are many chapters in the mathematical treatises of Aryabhata, and some texts of Kalidasa.[61][63] Hybrid metres[edit] Hindu
Hindu
scholars also developed a hybrid class of Sanskrit
Sanskrit
metres, which combined features of the syllable-based metres and morae-based metres.[64][58] These were called Matra-chandas. Examples of this group of metres include Vaitaliya, Matrasamaka and Gityarya.[65] The Hindu texts
Hindu texts
Kirātārjunīya
Kirātārjunīya
and Naishadha Charita, for instance, feature complete cantos that are entirely crafted in the Vaitaliya metre.[64][66] The Hanuman
Hanuman
Chalisa, a 40-verse hymn of praise to Hanuman, is composed in Matra-chanda.[67] Metres as tools for literary architecture[edit] The Vedic texts, and later Sanskrit
Sanskrit
literature, were composed in a manner where a change in metres was an embedded code to inform the reciter and audience that it marks the end of a section or chapter.[47] Each section or chapter of these texts uses identical metres, rhythmically presenting their ideas and making it easier to remember, recall and check for accuracy.[47] Similarly, the authors of Sanskrit
Sanskrit
hymns used metres as tools of literary architecture, wherein they coded a hymn's end by frequently using a verse of a metre different than that used in the hymn's body.[47] However, they never used Gayatri metre to end a hymn or composition, possibly because it enjoyed a special level of reverence in Hindu
Hindu
texts.[47] In general, all metres were sacred and the Vedic chants and hymns attribute the perfection and beauty of the metres to divine origins, referring to them as mythological characters or equivalent to gods.[47] Use of metre to identify corrupt texts[edit] The verse perfection in the Vedic texts, verse Upanishads[note 6] and Smriti
Smriti
texts has led some Indologists from the 19th century onwards to identify suspected portions of texts where a line or sections are off the expected metre.[68][69] Some editors have controversially used this metri causa principle to emend Sanskrit
Sanskrit
verses, assuming that their creative conjectural rewriting with similar-sounding words will restore the metre.[68] This practice has been criticized, states Patrick Olivelle, because such modern corrections may be changing the meaning, adding to corruption, and imposing the modern pronunciation of words on ancient times when the same syllable or morae may have been pronounced differently.[68][69] Large and significant changes in metre, wherein the metre of succeeding sections return to earlier sections, are sometimes thought to be an indication of later interpolations and insertion of text into a Sanskrit
Sanskrit
manuscript, or that the text is a compilation of works of different authors and time periods.[70][71][72] However, some metres are easy to preserve and a consistent metre does not mean an authentic manuscript. This practice has also been questioned when applied to certain texts such as ancient and medieval era Buddhist manuscripts, in view of the fact that this may reflect versatility of the author or changing styles over author's lifetime.[73] Texts[edit] Chandah Sutra[edit]

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When halved, (record) two. When unity (is subtracted, record) sunya. When sunya, (multiply by) two. When halved, multiply (by) itself (squared).

—Chandah Sutra
Sutra
8.28-31 6th-2nd century BCE[74][75]

The Chandah Sutra
Sutra
is also known as Chandah sastra, or Pingala Sutras after its author Pingala. It is the oldest Hindu
Hindu
treatise on prosody to have survived into the modern era.[18][19] This text is structured in 8 books, with a cumulative total of 310 sutras.[76] It is a collection of aphorisms predominantly focussed on the art of poetic metres, and presents some mathematics in the service of music.[74][77] Bhashyas[edit]

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The 11th-century bhashya on Pingala's Chandah Sutra
Sutra
by Ratnakarashanti, called Chandoratnakara, added new ideas to Prakrit poetry, and this was influential to prosody in Nepal, and to the Buddhist prosody culture in Tibet
Tibet
where the field was also known as chandas or sdeb sbyor.[45] Usage[edit] Post-vedic poetry, epics[edit]

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The Anushtubh Vedic metre has been the most popular in classical and post-classical Sanskrit
Sanskrit
works.[49] It is also octosyllabic, next harmonic to Gayatri metre that is sacred to the Hindus, and it appears either in free verse or fixed syllabic form (shloka). It has a rhythm, offers flexibility and creative space, but has embedded rules such as its sixth syllable is always long, the fifth syllable is always short; often, the seventh syllable in even numbered lines of a stanza is short (iambic) as well.[49] The Anushtubh is present in Vedic texts, but its presence is minor, and Trishtubh and Gayatri metres dominate in the Rigveda
Rigveda
for example.[78] A dominating presence of the Anushtubh metre in a text is a marker that the text is likely post-Vedic.[79] The Mahabharata, for example, features many verse metres in its chapters, but an overwhelming proportion of the stanzas, 95% are shlokas of the anustubh type, and most of the rest are tristubhs.[80] The Hindu
Hindu
epics and the post-Vedic classical Sanskrit
Sanskrit
poetry is typically structured as quatrains of four pādas (verses), with the metrical structure of each pāda completely specified. In some cases, pairs of pādas may be scanned together as the hemistichs of a couplet.[81] It is then normal for the pādas comprising a pair to have different structures, to complement each other aesthetically. Otherwise the four pādas of a stanza have the same structure. Chandas and mathematics[edit]

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The attempt to identify the most pleasing sounds and perfect compositions led ancient Indian scholars to study permutations and combinatorial methods of enumerating musical metres.[82] The Pingala Sutras
Sutras
includes a discussion of binary system rules to calculate permutations of Vedic metres.[77][83][84] Pingala, and more particularly the classical Sanskrit
Sanskrit
prosody period scholars, developed the art of Matrameru, which is the field of counting sequences such as 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8 and so on (Fibonacci numbers), in their prosody studies.[77][83][85]

The first five rows of the Pascal's triangle, also called the Halayudha's triangle.[86] Halayudha discusses this and more in his Sanskrit
Sanskrit
prosody bhashya on Pingala.

The 10th-century Halāyudha's commentary on Pingala Sutras, developed meruprastāra, which mirrors the Pascal's triangle
Pascal's triangle
in the west, and now also called as the Halayudha's triangle in books on mathematics.[77][86] The 11th-century Ratnakarashanti's Chandoratnakara describes algorithms to enumerate binomial combinations of metres through pratyaya. For a given class (length), the six pratyaya were:[87]

prastāra, the "table of arrangement": a procedure for enumerating (arranging in a table) all metres of the given length, naṣṭa: a procedure for finding a metre given its position in the table (without constructing the whole table), uddiṣṭa: a procedure for finding the position in the table of a given metre (without constructing the whole table), laghukriyā or lagakriyā: calculation of the number of metres in the table containing a given number of laghu (or guru) syllables, saṃkhyā: calculation of the total number of metres in the table, adhvan: calculation of the space needed to write down the prastāra table of a given class (length).

Some authors also considered, for a given metre, (A) the number of guru syllables, (B) the number of laghu syllables, (C) the total number of syllables, and (D) the total number of mātras, giving expressions for each of these in terms of any two of the other three. (The basic relations being that C=A+B and D=2A+B.)[88] Influence[edit]

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In India[edit]

Song and language

Children understand song, beasts do too, and even snakes. But the sweetness of literature, does the Great God himself truly understand.

—Rajatarangini[89]

The Chandas are considered one of the five categories of literary knowledge in Hindu
Hindu
traditions. The other four, according to Sheldon Pollock, are Gunas or expression forms, Riti, Marga or the ways or styles of writing, Alankara or tropology, and Rasa, Bhava or aesthetic moods and feelings.[89] The Chandas are revered in Hindu texts
Hindu texts
for their perfection and resonance, with the Gayatri metre treated as the most refined and sacred, and one that continues to be part of modern Hindu
Hindu
culture as part of Yoga
Yoga
and hymns of meditation at sunrise.[6] Outside India[edit] The Sanskrit
Sanskrit
Chanda has influenced southeast Asian prosody and poetry, such as Thai Chan (Thai: ฉันท์).[90] Its influence, as evidenced in the 14th-century Thai texts such as the Mahachat kham luang, is thought to have come either through Cambodia
Cambodia
or Sri Lanka.[90] Evidence of the influence of Sanskrit
Sanskrit
prosody in 6th-century Chinese literature is found in the works of Shen Yueh and his followers, probably introduced through Buddhist monks who visited India.[91] See also[edit]

Shloka Shiksha Prosody (Latin)

Notes[edit]

^ For a review of other Sanskrit
Sanskrit
prosody texts, see Moriz Winternitz's History of Indian Literature,[8] and HD Velankar's Jayadaman.[9] ^ See, for example, Rigveda
Rigveda
hymns 1.164, 2.4, 4.58, 5.29, 8.38, 9.102 and 9.103;[13] and 10.130[14] ^ Vritta, literally "turn", is rooted in vrit, Latin vert-ere, thereby etymologically to versus of Latin and "verse" of Indo-European languages.[28] ^ सानुस्वारश्च दीर्घश्च विसर्गी च गुरुर्भवेत् । वर्णः संयोगपूर्वश्च तथा पादान्तगोऽपि वा ॥ ^ These seven metres are also the names of the seven horses of Hindu Sun god (Aditya or Surya), mythically symbolic for removing darkness and bringing the light of knowledge.[45] These are mentioned in Surya verses of the Ashvini Shastra
Shastra
portion of Aitareya Brahmana. ^ Kena, Katha, Isha, Shvetashvatara and Mundaka Upanishads
Upanishads
are examples of verse-style ancient Upanishads.

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Sanskrit
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External links[edit]

Prosody (chandaḥśāstra), Chapter XV of the Nāṭyaśāstra Manuscripts of Pingala Sutra, Vritta Ratnakara and Shrutabodha, University of Kentucky (2004), Includes poetic metre marked sections of Buddha Charita Vrittaratnakara by Kedara Bhatta, and Chandomanjari by Pandit Gangadasa, Manuscripts on Sanskrit
Sanskrit
Prosody, Compiled with commentary by Vidyasagara (1887), Harvard University Archives / Hathi Trust, University of Wisconsin Archive (Sanskrit), Vrittaratnakara only (Hindi), Vrittaratnakara only (Tamil) Sanskrit
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Prosody and Numerical Symbols Explained, Charles P Brown, Trubner & Co. A list of 1,300+ metres in post classical Sanskrit
Sanskrit
prosody, Universität Heidelberg, Germany Sanskrit
Sanskrit
metre recognizer (This is an incomplete test version.) Recordings of recitation: H. V. Nagaraja Rao (ORI, Mysore), Ashwini Deo, Ram Karan Sharma, Arvind Kolhatkar Intensive Course on Sanskrit
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Prosody held at CEAS, Bucharest, by Shreenand L. Bapat [1] Introduction to Sanskrit
Sanskrit
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