Creating Tradition Through Interposition
Exploring the Foundation of the lakāra in the Tiṅanta Section of the Vaiyākaraṇasiddhāntakaumudī and the Prakriyākaumudī
As the progenitor of Navya Vyākaraṇa, the Vaiyākaraṇasiddhāntakaumudī by Bhaṭṭoji Dīkṣita is known for its prakriyā-based approach to Pāṇinian grammar. However, the Prakriyākaumudī by Rāmacandra Śeṣa has already established a precedent for a creative presentation of prakriyā. The present study aims to assess the innovation, structural integrity, and cohesiveness of these texts using the initial four sūtras of the tiṅanta section which develop the concept of the lakāra. The commentaries by Viṭṭhala and Jñānendra Sarasvati help to understand the progression of these concepts as the texts disseminated into the Sanskrit world.