Which Yuga did the sanskrit grammarian Panini live in according to Hindu tradition?

  • I dont think he lived before vyasa of current dwaparayuga.. he is current only in kaliyuga.. maybe even after buddha also.. because he made fundamental flaws in missing the alphabets like zha, ilzha which is one of the alphabets in tamil, kannada other southindian languages.. because of which many veda mantra are wrongly printed like "sammulzdha masya pammsure" describe universe as speck of dust from the feat of lord.. – Prasanna R Oct 26 '20 at 14:59
  • @PrasannaR, what ? zha is unique to Tamil. Are you saying it should have been in Sanskrit too ? – ram Oct 26 '20 at 23:53
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    3 la in tamil out of which one lazha is unique to tamil other 2 is common across all language he missed despite vedas use them – Prasanna R Oct 27 '20 at 7:47

Pāṇini lived in the Kaliyuga as per Hindu tradition. Chapter 179 of the Pratisarga Parva (second khaṇḍa) of the Bhaviṣya Purāṇa throws light in this regard:

आसीत्पुरा कलियुगे पितृशर्मा द्विजोत्तमः। वेदवेदांगतत्त्वज्ञो यमलोकभयान्वितः॥४॥

Earlier in the Kaliyuga lived the foremost of Brahmins named Pitṛśarmā. He had knowledge of the Vedas and Vedangas and was afraid of committing sins (of Yamaloka). (4)

चत्वारश्चात्मजाश्चासंश्चतुर्वेदैक्यधारिणः॥२७॥ ऋग्यजुश्च तथा साम तुर्यश्चासीदथर्वणः।

He had four sons who were knowers of the four Vedas and their names were Rik, Yajus, Saman and Atharvan. (27b and 28a)

पाणिनिः सामनस्यैव सुतोऽभूच्छब्दपालः॥२९॥

Saman’s son was Pāṇini who was a grammarian. (29b). Gitapress translation says: who excelled in the field of grammar.

Thus we can see that Pāṇini was the grandson of an eminent Brahmin of the Kaliyuga named Pitṛśarmā, and accordingly his life is to be placed in the Kaliyuga only.

  • @Ikshvaku check, at least tell me if it’s fine or bad :D. It’s fine if you don’t want to accept (✔️). Please don’t leave it ignored that’s way way way more heart wrenching than saying bad answer. – Archit Feb 11 at 11:39

Panini was born in Shalatula, a town close to the Indus River in present day Pakistan. The dates given for his birth are guesses since no date is known to have been given, at the time, for his birth. According to experts, it's somewhere between the 8-4th century BCE. Although this is a date 'given by Western Academia' they will have gone on what information is available in India and Indian scholars - after all, Panini is not a westerner - and so western sources would not be useful here.

These experts have gone on internal evidence. For example, he mentions ten scholars of Sanskrit, and so he must have been born after these men. He also mentions nuns, and some have argued that these refer to Buddhist nuns, but others have argued for Jain nuns.

Indraji, has argued for an earliest date, that of in the 8th century BCE by arguing he was responsible for the introduction of Brahmi numbers. Others dispute this.

Whatever debated century he was writing, according to another post which specifies exactly when the era of the kali yuga began, this places him well in the Kali yuga.

Source: Wikipedia


According to Wikipedia,

Kali Yuga, which lasts for 432,000 years, is believed to have started in 3102 BCE.


Pāṇini (पाणिनि) (pronounced [paːɳɪnɪ], variously dated between fl. 4th century BCE and 6th to 5th century BCE

Therefore, Pāṇini is thought to have lived during the Kali Yuga.

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    Wikipedia also 'dates' Rig Veda to 1500 B.C. These are western/modern historian datings that have no Hindu scriptures. Wikipedia is not authentic source to cite here. – ram Oct 26 '20 at 23:52
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    These are dates according to Western academia. I want to know what orthodox Hindu tradition, hence why I mentioned that in the question. – Ikshvaku Oct 27 '20 at 0:11
  • My bad. I didn't understand that. – Sudharsan Madhavan Oct 27 '20 at 0:12

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