Chandra Gomin

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Chandra Gomin (चन्द्रगोमिन) or Chandragomin was a renowned 7th century CE Indian Buddhist Sanskrit grammarian.

He was lay master and scholar who dressed in the white robes of the Yogic tradition and mastered the morality of the five precepts. He was born into a Kshatriya family in the northern Varendra region which is now a part of Bangladesh.[1]

He was most famous for his debate of Chandrakīrti (600–c. 650), (चन्द्रकीर्ति) the Arya Tripitaka Master Shramana who was the Khenpo at Nalanda Mahāvihāra Monastery.

Author of Chandra Vyakarana

He wrote his work on Sanskrit grammar which is famous as chandra Vyakarana (चन्द्रव्याकरण). He lived at a time when Buddhist scholars preferred to write on serious subjects of grammar and philosophy through the medium of Sanskrit to compete with the Brahmanical writers.

Fragments of a twelfth century C.E. commentary Chandralakara, discovered at different points of times and lodged in the Cambridge University library for more than a century are receiving the attention of Professor Dragomir of Germany. The manuscripts are written in the arrow head Bhaikshuki script.

Jat History

Chandra has given the expression- ajayajjarto Hunan(अजयज्जर्तो हूणान् = अजयत् + जर्तः+ हूणान् ) as an illustration of an usage of लङ् लकार indicating an event of immediate past excluding the same day (अनद्यतने लङ्). Yashodharman's known date from his Mandsaur stone inscription is 589 C.E.

Note by Dr Rana

It is not understood how a fifth century C.E. grammarian could have used the above expression, as claimed here, for the sixth century C.E. ruler, namely Yashodharman?Drssrana2003

External links


  1. Ray, Kanailal. "Chandragomi". Banglapedia

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