Buddhist Echoes in Magha's 'Sisupala-vadha'
Magha probably worked in the second half of the 7th century (before 800 A.D.). he was the author of a great epic poem (maha-kavya) 'Sisupala-vadha' (The Killing of Sisupala), which was modelled after Bharavi's Kiratarjuniya. In twenty cantos (sarga), in ornate stanzas composed in various metres, the poet presented a motif taken from the 'Maha-bharata' - the killing of Sisupala by Krsna. Magha's wide erudition extended over such subjects as grammar, drama, poetics, music, ars amandi, philosophy, politics, astrology, and medicine. He also displayed his knowledge of the Buddhist tenets and showed respect to the Buddha. These 'Buddhist' stanzas, together with respective references and explanations will be the subject of the present paper.
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