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Udyotakara (or Uddyotakara) (c. 6th century CE) was a philosopher of the Nyaya school of Indian philosophy. Subandhu’s Vāsavadattā mentioned him as the rescuer of the Nyaya. He was a brahmin of Bharadvaja gotra and he belonged to the Pashupata sect. His philosophical treatise, the Nyāyavārttika was written to defend Vatsyayana's Nyāyavāṣya against the criticisms made by Dignaga.[1]

Life and work[edit]

Very little is known about the life of Udyotakara. The only place mentioned in his text is Shrughna,[2] which is identified with the present-day Sugh in Yamuna Nagar district in Haryana. His Nyāyavārttika is divided into five chapters.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Radhakrishnan, S. Indian Philosophy, Vol. II, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2006, ISBN 978-0-19-563820-2, p.39n
  2. ^ Nyāyavārttika, I-33