The aim of this paper is to examine the transmission of Utpaladeva’s lost Vivṛti preserved in the margin of the manuscripts of the Pratyabhijñā.
It is certain that the Vivṛti was already fragmentary when Śaṅkarakaṇṭha made marginal annotations on the Īśvarapratyabhijñāvimarśinī in the seventeenth century. Bhāskarakaṇṭha, whose master’s father was Śaṅkarakaṇṭa, does not mention the passages from the Vivṛti in his Bhāskarī, a commentary on the Īśvarapratyabhijñāvimarśinī, it is probable that he did not have even fragments of the Vivṛti. In the Vyākhyā, a South Indian commentary on the Īśvarapratyabhijñāvimarśinī, to date we could not find any fragments of the Vivṛti. It is likely that the Vivṛti was not transmitted to South India when the considerable literature of the Pratyabhijñā was brought from Kashmir to South India.