The Samarangana-Siutradhara of Bhoja_ was _ first
published (1924 and 1925 A.D.) as the G.O. Series nos. 25 and
32 in Two Volumes edited by Mm. T. Ganpati Shastri. For
many years the work was out of stock.
Dr. V.S. Agrawala expressed his desire to re-edit the whole
text and add another volume containing his long Introduction
(discussing the contents) and notes with an index of technical
terms. He was preparing this additional volume but
unfortunately he died on the 27 July, 1966 before he could
complete the same. At his suggestion the text originally
published in two volumes is now re-edited and published in
one volume containing Introduction, notes and Index to the
text, on the basis of Dr. Agrawala's notes etc. Dr. Agrawala has
given a small Introduction to this text volume.
We are thankful to the university Grants Commission and
the Government of the Gujarat State for their financial
assistance in publishing these volume.
We are also thankful to Shri R.J.Patel, Manager, M.S.
University of Baroda Press, for this earnest co-operation in
printing this volume.
This, the second volume completes the work of
Samarangana which runs up to a portion of the 83rd Adhyaya.
It contains descriptions of Prasadas pertaining, 8 and of to be
delineated in pictures and images, 64 kind of (Hasta) beginning
with Pataka and similar other topics, a detailed mention of
which may be found in the contents attached.
Great difficulty had to be experienced in bringing out this
edition as no other manuscript was available than the one
referred to in the preface to the first volume, which contains
several errors and is in many places not legible. Proper
substitutes for the errors have been proposed with in
interrogations and new readings for impure words and phrases
suggested as far as possible by means of foot notes.
The subject matter being Silpa, the work need not possess
the characteristics of a literary work. Nevertheless it is
remarkable for its sweet and simple Kavya style. It is for this
reason that I said in the first volume that the author of the work
is the same King Bhoja of Dhara who wrote Sringaraprakasa
and other works and to whom is assigned a high place in the
domain of Sahitya.
It may be said that, because the various machines such as
the elephant machine, door keeper machine, flying machine
etc. mentioned in the work, have not been either, seen or heard
of before, they are only products of imagination and not actual
machines made and put into practical use. That is not so, for,
even things which ones existed might, in the long run, come to
be considered as unreal on account of their disuse and things
involving much labour, time and money may also get out of
use very easily.
It may be asked next why the poet has not described the
method of constructing the machine. The poet himself answers
The meaning of the line is, in case the
methods are revealed in the work, then every one not initiated
in the art by the preceptor will try to construct the machines
and the attempt made by such a person may not only not
achieve success but bring about troubles and difficulties. The
following Sloka contains the qualifications necessary for
constructing the machines (31.87)
It is also not uncommon, in the case of highly useful
machines, to keep unraveled the methods of constructing
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