From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

If it is possible for a treatise to be more celebrated than its author, there can be no better example than Vijñāneśvara and his Mitākṣarā, which is his commentary on the Yājñavalkya Smrti. He must have composed his work during the period A. D. 1100-1120. He was the son of Padmanābha Bhaṭṭa and a pupil of Uttama. He composed his work during the reign of the king Vikramārka or Vikramādityadeva[1] in the city of Kalyāṇa. He had embraced monastic life. He was a great scholar in the Purva-mīmānsā philosophy, the rules of which he has often applied while determining the meaning of certain statements.


  1. He lived in A. D. 1076-1126.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore