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pArvatIpariNaya (पार्वतीपरिणयः) is a yamaka-kAvya (यमककाव्यम्) in forty-five stanzas mostly in upagIti (उपगीतिः) meter. The theme is the same as in kumArasambhava (कुमारसम्भवम्) ; there are stanzas reminiscent of the genial fancy of kAlidAsa (कालिदासः) and yamaka-s are handled without the slightest trace of artificiality.
The two small poems ambarIshacharita (अम्बरीशचरितम्) and gAndhAracharita (गान्धारचरितम्) , like the previous one, are imaginative recreations of paurANika stories (पौराणिककथाः). They were written for the use of bhAgavata-s (भागवताः) who minister to thereligious and moral instincts of the people.
kAshIyAtrAnuvarNana (काशीयात्रानुवर्णनम्) is a charming poem in 120 AryA-s (आर्याः) describing the pilgrimage of vishAkham tirunAl (विशाखं तिरुनाल्) to banAras (वाराणसी) .
kaivalyavallipariNaya (कैवल्यवल्लीपरिणयः) is an allegorical drama following the example of prabodhachandrodaya (प्रबोधचन्द्रोदयः) of kR^iShNa-mishra (कृष्णमिश्रः). It is said that the author wrote the work to teach advaita-vedAnta (अद्वैतवेदान्तम्) to a prince.
rAmodaya (रामोदयः) is a treatise on arthAla~NkAra (अर्थालङ्कारः) in vasantati(la)ka (वसन्ततिलका) meter. The first half of each verse defines a figure of speech and the other half gives its illustrationin the form of a panegyric of king Ailyam tirunAl (आइल्यं तिरुनाल्).
vR^itaaratnAvalI (वृत्तरत्नावली) is an erudite treatise on metrics. It consists of two parts. The first part deals with the sama (समवृत्तम्) , ardhasama (अर्द्धसमवृत्तम्) and viShama vR^itta-s (विषमवृत्तम्) falling under the twenty-six chhandas (छन्दः), and the second part treats of mAtrA vR^itta-s (मात्रावृत्तम्), prastara (प्रस्तरः), and yati (यतिः) and allied topics. The author narrates the story of the rAmAyaNa (रामायणम्), suggests in each verse the definition of the meter of which it is an example and also mentions therein the name of the meter, thus achieving three purposes in a single attempt. 162 meters which are rare but pleasing to the ear are separately dealt with at the end, each verse being a detached invocation to shrIrAma (श्रीरामः), and this appendix is appropriately named shrIrAmastutiratna (श्रीरामस्तुतिरत्नम्). The number of meters explained in the work numbers 407. Dr. Burnell who happened to go through the work is reported to have said that no one could believe that contemporary saMskR^ita (संस्कृतम्) scholarship could produce such a wonderful book.

यतिरहं श्रीमतो भगवतः शङ्कराचार्यस्य भगवत्पादाभिधां बिभ्रतः सम्प्रदायानुगतो वेदतदनुकूलसकलशास्त्रनिचये श्रद्धावान् गुरुणाऽनुल्लङ्घनीयशासनेन विदितवेदवेदान्तशैवाद्यागमतन्त्रादिरसरहस्येनाऽनुगृहीतो निश्चितवेदप्रामाण्यस्तादृशविद्वत्त्वलोभी येन जीवन्मुक्त्यादिक्रमेण विदेहकैवल्याप्तिरुपदिष्टा मात्रा श्रीमत्या स्नेहपरयोमया हैमवत्या श्रुत्या॥

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