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Sage Katyayana – Author Who Wrote Corrections to Panini’s Grammar Text

Sage Katyayana is believed to have lived during the 3rd or 4th century BC. He is also known as Vararuchi. He is the author of Varttika kara or Varttikas. Katyayana’s Varttikas are meant to correct, modify or supplement the rules of Panini’ Grammar wherever necessary.

Of the nearly 4000 sutras of Panini, about 1500 were covered by Sage Katyayana. Doubts and objections were raised and most cases were solved through correction.

Some scholars are of the view that Katyayana lived 100 years after Panini. But as per Kathasaritasagara, he was contemporary of Panini.

Other texts that are credited to Sage Katyayana are
  • Prakrtapraksa, a grammar of the prakrit language.
  • Sarvanukramani of Rig Veda
  • Katyayanagrhya Sutra
  • Prakritamanjari