Vrushali Potnis Damle
Vrushali Potnis Damle has completed her Diplomas in Mysticism, Comparative Mythology, Bhakti Literature and Manuscriptology. She has further completed her Masters (Vedanta – gold medal), M. Phil in Sanskrit and is presently pursuing her Ph.D Program with the University of Mumbai. In the past, she has worked with the Department of Sanskrit on the UGC-UPE project – Exploring Theological Discourse for Peaceful Coexistence through textual analysis. Vrushali works closely with the Department of Sanskrit as a research expert and faculty member, with several contemporary authors and corporates as well. She has research papers to her credit both published and forthcoming, including a presentation at the World Sanskrit Conference 2015 held at Bangkok, Thailand.
Role in the Project: Vrushali is presently pursuing her doctoral program titled - Mysticism in the Bhāgavata Purāṇa. The University of Mumbai jointly with OCHS has undertaken a study of vernacular commentaries on the Bhāgavata Purāṇa as a part of the Bhāgavata Purāṇa project. Vrushali is associated with this project and is presently studying Bahirā Jātaveda’s Bhairavī Ṭīkā and the Eknāthi Bhāgavata. A thirteenth century text, the Bhairavī Ṭīkā, is a detailed commentary on the tenth and the eleventh skanda of the Bhāgavata Purāṇa. The author Bahirā Jātaveda has based his Marathi commentary on the Sanskrit commentary of the famous Śrīdharasvāmin.
Bhagavata-related Publications: Vrushali has co-authored and presented a paper based on the text at the Bhagavata Purana Conference, Chennai titled Rāsakrīḍāvarṇana—A Study of Bahirā Jātaveda’s Bhairavī Ṭīkā. The same paper has been published in the The Journal of Hindu Studies, Volume 11, Issue 2, August 2018, Pages 151–167.