Halayudha

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Halayudha
Born c. 10th century AD
Residence Indian subcontinent
Academic work
Main interests Sanskrit mathematician
Notable works Mṛtasañjīvanī

Halayudha (Sanskrit: हलायुध) was a 10th-century Indian mathematician who wrote the Mṛtasañjīvanī,[1] a commentary on Pingala's Chandaḥśāstra. The latter contains a clear description of Pascal's triangle (called meru-prastaara).

Biography[edit]

Halayudha originally resided at the Rashtrakuta capital Manyakheta, where he wrote under the patronage of emperor Krishna III. His Kavi-Rahasya eulogizes Krishna III. Later, he migrated to Ujjain in the Paramara kingdom. There, he composed Mṛta-Sañjīvanī in honour of the Paramara king Munja.[2]

Works[edit]

Halayudha composed the following works:[2]

  • Kavi-Rahasya, a book on poetics
  • Mṛta-Sañjīvanī, a commentary on Pingala's Chandaḥ-śāstra
  • Abhidhana-ratna-mala, a lexicon

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maurice Winternitz, History of Indian Literature, Vol. III
  2. ^ a b Ganga Prasad Yadava 1982, p. 228.

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