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By Deval Sancheti

Cakrapani is the most famous among the commentators of Caraka Samhita. His commentary has been printed at many places. We learn from his own statements at the end of his Ayurveda-dipikā and Cikitsā sangraha and also from Sivadasa, the commentator of Cikitsā-sangraha that Cakrapani's father's name was Narayana and his elder brother's name was Bhanudatta. Both his father and brother were in the service of the Gauda King, Nayapaala (circa 1040-1070 CE).

Cakrapani's preceptor's name was Naradatta and he was a native of Bengal. Jayadeva says:

This Cakrapani is reputed to be a resident of Birbhum district of Bengal. There exists even a temple dedicated to the deity called Cakrapaniswara, built by Cakrapani.

From the benedictory opening verses of Cakra-sangraha, we learn that several epithets like Vaidya, Mahāmahopadhyāya and Sivabhakta are christened to him. Besides his unrivaled commentary on Caraka three other works are ascribed to his pen.


  • Article based on The Caraka Samhita published by Shree Gulabkunverba Ayurvedic Society, Jamnagar, India