16 Facts About Patanjali


Patanjali, called Gonardiya or Gonikaputra, was a Hindu author, mystic and philosopher.

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Patanjali is believed to be an author and compiler of a number of Sanskrit works.

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Patanjali continues to be honoured with invocations and shrines in some forms of modern postural yoga, such as Iyengar Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.

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Many scholars including Louis Renou have suggested that the Patanjali who wrote on Yoga was a different person than the Patanjali who wrote a commentary on Panini's grammar.

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English translation: I bow with my hands together to the eminent sage Patanjali, who removed the impurities of the mind through yoga, of speech through grammar, and of the body through medicine.

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Sage Patanjali is said to have attained Samadhi through yogic meditation at the Brahmapureeswarar Temple located at Tirupattur, Tamil Nadu, India.

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Jeeva Samadhi of sage Patanjali, which is an enclosed meditation hall, can be seen near the Brahma's shrine within Brahmapureeswarar Temple complex.

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Patanjali wrote a Mahabhasya on Panini's sutras, in a form that quoted the commentary of Katyayana's varttikas.

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Radhakrishnan and Moore attribute the text to the grammarian Patanjali, dating it as 2nd century BCE, during the Maurya Empire .

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Patanjali's Samadhi is said to be at Rameswaram Shiva temple and a shrine for him still exists in the temple.

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Patanjali relates to how words and meanings are associated – Patanjali claims shabdapramaNaH – that the evidentiary value of words is inherent in them, and not derived externally – the word-meaning association is natural.

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Patanjali defines an early notion of sphota, which would be elaborated considerably by later Sanskrit linguists like Bhartrihari.

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Patanjali is often stated as having claimed there was a hostility between the orthodox Brahminic groups and the heterodox, nAstika groups, like that between a mongoose and a snake.

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Patanjali is the reputed author of a medical text called Patanjalah, called Patanjala or Patanjalatantra.

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Patanjali is called a medical authority in a number of Sanskrit texts such as Yogaratnakara, Yogaratnasamuccaya, Padarthavijnana, Cakradatta bhasya.

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Patanjali is honoured with invocations and shrines in some modern schools of yoga, including Iyengar Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.

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