By Swami Harshananda
The Madanaratna is also known as Madanaratnapradipa. Madanapradipa is a voluminous compendium of dharmaśāstra. It is attributed to Viśvanātha, son of Bhattapujya and a resident of Kāśi. He was a court pundit under the king Madanasiṅha. He probably lived during the period A. D. 1400-1450.
The work is in seven sections called ‘uddyotas’ which means ‘that which sheds light'. These sections are:
- Samaya - time
- Ācāra - conduct
- Vyavahāra - legal procedures
- Prāyaścitta - expiations
- Dāna - gifts
- Śuddhi - purificatory rites
- Śānti - propitiatory rites
Only a few sections have been published so far.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore