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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Slokavarttika, ZlokavArttika, shlokavaarttika

Kumārila Bhaṭṭa[1] was the senior contemporary of Śaṅkara.[2] He was a great scholar of Mīmānsā Darśana and struggled throughout his life to fight Buddhism and re-establish Vedic religion. He wrote an independent exposition on the Sābarabhāsya[3] in three parts. The Ślokavārttika is the first and deals with the philosophical portion of Śabara’s work as contained in the first chapter of the first book known as the Tarkapāda.


  1. He lived in 8th century A. D.
  2. He lived in A. D. 788-820.
  3. It means Śabara’s commentary on the Purvamīmānsā Sutras of Jaimini.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore