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Of the two famous figures named Bhartṛhari in early historical India, more is known about the religious tendencies of the grammarian, author of the Vākyapadīya (see also language and linguistics), than of the poet. This entry is about the poet and describes and analyzes what can be gleaned about (his) religion from the collection called Śatakatraya (Triad of the Hundreds), made up of the Nītiśataka (Hundred on Conduct), the Śṛṅgāraśataka (Hundred on Sensuali…

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Bailey, Greg, “Bhartṛhari”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 10 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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