|Born||c. 10th century AD|
|Main interests||Sanskrit mathematician|
Halayudha (Sanskrit: हलायुध) was a 10th-century Indian mathematician who wrote the Mṛtasañjīvanī, a commentary on Pingala's Chandaḥśāstra. The latter contains a clear description of Pascal's triangle (called meru-prastaara).
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.
Halayudha composed the following works:
- Kavi-Rahasya, a book on poetics
- Mṛta-Sañjīvanī, a commentary on Pingala's Chandaḥ-śāstra
- Abhidhana-ratna-mala, a lexicon
- Halāyudha Kośa, a dictionary
- Maurice Winternitz, History of Indian Literature, Vol. III
- Ganga Prasad Yadava 1982, p. 228.
History of Rashtakutas
- Ganga Prasad Yadava (1982). Dhanapāla and His Times: A Socio-cultural Study Based Upon His Works. Concept. OCLC 9760817.
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