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Kauṇḍinya's Praises

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This chapter is divided into three sections consisting of: shorter praise, spell taught by Sarasvatī and longer praise. It describes the shorter praise with three stanzas and the longer praise with eight stanzas. The goddess pronounces a partly intelligible dhāraṇī invocation addressed to herself. It is a spell that she teaches beings, so that they themselves may be able to pronounce it, thereby invoking Sarasvatī for her blessings. Following the goddess's instructions for the spell rite, Yijing's Kauṇḍinya recommences praising the goddess, reciting a hymn from the Harivaṃśa (third to fourth century) in 22 stanzas.

Keywords: Harivaṃśa hymn; Kauṇḍinya; Sarasvatī



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