Lalitasahasranamastotrais one of the most popular among the thousand-epithet panegyrics of deities in Sanskrit literature. The descriptive epithets of the Devi incorporates Vedanta and Tantra doctrines which are revealed through lucid and elegant compounds. The epithets have brought about the excellences and extra-ordinary feats of the Devi vividly.
Many expressions are terse and Tantric in nature. They were explained by many commentators who were well acquainted with the Tantra concepts. Among them Bhatta narayana was next only to Bhaskara raya, the Author of the commentary "Saubhagya Bhaskara". He has explained the epithets briefly, quoting profusely from Hayagriva, Ksemaraja and many authors of books, based on saiva and Tantra doctrines. His style is simple and charming and has not engaged himself in disputation. This commentary was first printed in Telugu characters. This is now printed in devanagari characters for the sake of deva nagari knowing scholars and devotees.
The Goddess as universal Mother and as the slayer of several demons has been adored and revered by a large number of devotees. This commentary will, I am sure, be of immense help to the devotees for their right comprehension of the Mantrasastra and Tantra Sastra principles.
About the Author:
Dr. P.G. Lalye, born on 27-6-1928, M.A. (Sanskrit and Hindi) Ph.D. He is winner of Natu Prize for securing the highest rank in M.A. He retired as Professor and Head, Dept. of Sanskrit, Osmania University, Hyderabad, 1988. He got award from Govt. of Maharashtra in 1999 and was awarded President's Certificate of Honour on15th August 2000.
He remained Chairman, Executive Board of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune from 1999-2005 and had written seven books and published about 70 research articles. He is closely acquainted with English, Sanskrit, Marathi, Hindi and Telugu. He visited about twenty five universities for delivering lectures, evaluating Ph.D thesis and conducting Viva-voice examinations. His latest publication is a book on Mallinatha, Published by Sahitya Academy, New Delhi.