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Hasyarnava :: Jagadisvara Bhattacarya

The text is taken from the Vidyabhawan Sanskrit Granthamala, no. 103, edited by Ishwar Prasad Chaturvedi. Varanasi: Chowkhamba Vidyabhawan, 1987 (2nd edition). (entered Jan Brzezinski, 2003-12-08)
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Keywords: Hasyarnava, prahasanam, jagadisa, tarkalankara, jagadisvara, bhattacharya, prahasana
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Winternitz on this work · Posted by Jagat on December 10th 2003 - 05:15 +0100
"The Ocean of Laughter." A farce in two acts, by a pandit named Jagadisa. A somewhat indelicate satire on various classes of society. Winternitz (298) writes: "Here not only the priests, but also princes, doctors and astrologers are ridiculed. In the house of a harlot, we find a Saiva mendicant, his disciple, a quack, a police officer who reports with great satisfaction that the state should be in the hands of thieves, a military officer who overpowers a leech, etc.

"In act II, appears a Brahmin who claims to have composed the Vedas and to have been in heaven, where he thrashed Lord Siva."

According to Kali Kumar Datta Shastri (Bengal's Contributions to Sanskrit Literature. Calcutta: Sanskrit College, 1974, p. 22), this work was composed in the mid-18th century in Bengal.

Of interest to Vaishnavas will be the apparently serious verses in the Vaishnava mood that are intended to cheat or deceive the gullible (2.10ff)