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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 34  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 134-142

A critical review of rhythmic recitation of Charakasamhita as per Chhanda Shastra

Assistant Professor, Department of Maulika Siddhanta, National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

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Asit Panja
Assistant Professor, Department of Maulika Siddhanta, National Institute of Ayurveda, Madhav Vilas Palace, Amer Road, Jaipur, Rajasthan - 302 002
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-8520.119665

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Charakasamhita is one of the most important life lines of Ayurvedic classical knowledge. This supreme text of "science of life" has been composed nearly about 3000 years ago and before the well-established era of documentation. It is composed in the then language, style, and method. The ancient scholars of Ayurveda have presented it in such a way that all three kinds of pupil can get the matter easily. Nearly two thirds of the compendium is shaped in verse form according to rules and regulations of Chhandashastra of classical Sanskrit literature to retain in memory for a long time. With the advent of time this classical practice of recitation has been gradually losing its popularity and as a result the proper Ayurvedic learning cannot be completely possible in the current era. This review consists of methods of rhythmic recitation of all verses of Charakasamhita with notations and classical analysis.

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