By Swami Harshananda
The Sanskrit language has a long history and a rich heritage. One of the innumerable writers who have contributed to its grammar and literature is Bopadeva(also spelt as Vopadeva or Hopadeva). He was the son of Keśava and a disciple of Dhaneśa. He lived in Berar, in the 13th century.
Bopadeva adorned the court of the king Mahādeva of Devagiri as the chief poet. The works attributed to him are:
Mugdhabodha is an extremely popular primer of Sanskrit grammar. Kavikalpadruma deals with the dhātus or verbal roots. The authorship of the most popular purāṇa, the Bhāgavata, is sometimes attributed to him, though available evidence seems to weigh heavily against this theory.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore