In 1918 the Government of Bombay transferred to the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute the
management of the Bombay Sanskrit and Prakrit Series, which was till then conducted by the
Department of education. At that time liabilities of the Government in respect to the Series
extended to sixteen works, out of which three, viz., (i) Tarkasamgraha, 2nd edition, (ii) Nirukta,
Vol. I, and (iii) Dasakumaracarita, 2nd edition, had been carried to completion before the Institute
finally took over charge of the Series. Since then the remaining works also have been published by
the Institute from time to time and we have now great pleasure in fulfilling the last of the old
Government pledges through the publication of this second volume of Nirukta.
It may be recalled that the edition of Nirukta in the Bombay Sanskrit and Prakrit Series was
originally undertaken by Professor H.M.BHADKAMKAR. But even before the first volume of the work
could be published the learned professor died unexpectedly on 26th May 1915. He had prepared the
press-copy of the first volume and had even examined the proofs of the first 192 pages. Under these
circumstances, his nephew, Professor R.G. BHADKAMKAR, readily offered to complete the work and thus
pay off, so to say, the rsi- rna due to his illustrious uncle. He saw through press the remaining
portion of the first volume, supplied the necessary references and prepared the Critical Note about
the Mss. etc. The second volume, which is being published now, is entirely the work of Professor
R.G. BHADKAMKAR. He has continued the work on the same lines as those prescribed by Professor H.M.
BHADKAMKAR and it need hardly be added that he has scrupulously tried to keep up the high standard
in editing set up by his learned uncle.
It will be seen from the Critical Note that the present editor has adopted several technical devices
in order to make the text and the commentary easily intelligible to the readers. We hope that, in
spite of many other editions of Nirukta which have been published since 1918, this edition will be
found highly useful by all students of Veda.
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