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Proceedings of the Purāṇa Section of the 17th World Sanskrit Conference


Between the 12th to the 14th centuries, two commentaries on the Viṣṇu Purāṇa were composed by Viṣṇucitta (~12th CE) and Śrīdhara (13th–14th CE). Known as the Viṣṇucittīya and Ātmaprakāśa, they are interpretations from the perspectives of Viśiṣṭādvaita and Advaita Vedānta respectively. While the purāṇa weaves together Viṣṇu mythology of a creator god active in the world and worshipped in various forms with the upaniṣadic doctrine of the highest Self, this characterization undergoes various permutations in the hands of the two exegetes. In examining their commentarial strategies, this paper broadens our understanding of the Viṣṇu Purāṇa as not simply a root text, but a textual tradition comprising commentaries and its function as a text of persuasion for larger theological contexts, such as Vedānta.

Original Citation

Adluri, Sucharita. (July 2018). Who Is the Viṣṇu of the Viṣṇu Purāṇa? Eds. Balkaran, Raj and McComas Taylor. Paper presented at the Purāṇa Section of the 17th World Sanskrit Conference, Vancouver, Canada. University of British Columbia. DOI: 10.14288/1.0379613.


DOI: 10.14288/1.0379613


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