Author: James R Ballantyne
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8120809165
This book - a valuable contribution to the study of Sanskrit Grammar - is an English version of Laghukaumudi together with comments, references and index. One of the important objects of this version is to explain each term and each process, on its first occurrence, with the fullness of illustration.
Yet when a word is given as an illustration under a rule and more rules are to be referred to in forming the world, there is no reference to them whatsoever in the original. This edition supplies such references so that the reader should know the steps the root has taken before it has attained its present form.
A different arrangement of Panini's Sutras was attempted by several grammarians, of which Siddhantakaumudi of Bhattoji Diksita is very popular, in bringing together the relevant sutras bearing on a particular topic. Laghukaumudi is a suitable abridgment on the same by Varadaraja introducing the beginner to the rudiments of the Sanskrit Language.