Sri Kalahastiswara Satakam Audio Book by SCERT Telangana (Sataka padyalu)

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Sreekalahasteeswara satakamu is a book of about one hundred and eight poems (some critical editions were reportedly 129 poems long) each with a closing refrain “sreekalahasteeswara!” and are addressed to the presiding deity siva of the holy town of sreekalahasti. All the poems are written in classical meters of sardulam.

The poems reflect dhurjati’s views on many secular, political and philosophical issues of his day. Dhurjati not only brought out sweetness but also breathed fire through the poems. [Sri (spider), kala (serpent)and hasti (elephant)].

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Sri Kalahastiswara Satakam Audio Book by SCERT Telangana

Sri Kalahastiswara Satakam Audio Book

TitleSri Kalahastiswara Satakam Audio Book
Name of Satakamశ్రీ కాళహస్తీశ్వర శతకము (Sri Kalahastiswara Satakam)
Name of Makutam‘sreekalahasteeswara!’ [శ్రీకాళహస్తీశ్వరా!]
Written bySri Kalahastiswara Satakam was written by Dhurjati
Prepared bySCERT Telangana
Web PageSataka Padyalu Audio Books Web Page
Text Book NameSataka Parimalalu-7 Sri Kalahastiswara Satakam
Sri Kalahastiswara Satakam Audio Book by SCERT Telangana

They contain a scathing criticism of society, the ruling class, his own preoccupation with the opposite sex, his many other weaknesses, the ways of his fellow men, and some times the ways of the divine itself.


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In all these poems, lurking just below the surface and superbly conveyed, is a deep yearning to be at peace with himself and a longing for the realization of divine presence.

The poems also reveal a probing, questioning, lamenting and wondering mind trying to make sense of itself and the society around it.

From the themes presented in the satakamu, we can conjecture that dhurjati lived towards the end of krshna devaraya’s reign. It was likely that he was well received at the imperial court during his youth.

Here, he enjoyed a life of luxury and pleasure. He was intimately familiar with courtisans, court officials, religious teachers and scholars. After the death of krshna devaraya, the empire slowly disintegrated over the next hundred years.

It was possible that the predominantly visishthadvaita (sathakopayati) vaishnava preferences of latter-day emperors of vijayanagara meant that the earlier secular ideals and remarkable religious tolerance came under some strain at least temporarily.

In the changed ruling set up, dhurjati, an ardent saiva, could have been subjected to niradarana. As far as dhurjati was concerned, such a loss of official support exposed the fickle minds of the ruling elite.

It might have compounded the sense of revulsion already present in dhurjati towards worldly things and affairs. It may even be that he suffered some kind of insult as a result of the ever-present court intrigues.

It may be noted that this is the traditional interpretation of dhurjati’s evolution through life. However, it must also be contrasted with the fact that dhurjati’s grandson venkataraya (alias kumara dhurjati) wrote krshna devaraya vijayam.

In addition to being a beautiful kavyam, this book gives valuable historical information about the reign of emperor krshna devaraya. If dhurjati were in serious trouble with the authority, it would not have been possible for his grandson to compose a book on the life of his grandfather’s patron.

What ever be the real story of his life, out of the troubled soul of dhurjati, there emerged a superb addition to world literature. It continues to touch a nerve, educate and entertain lovers of poetry. The poems are full of richly elevated thought, poetic beauty and embellishment, as well as sensitivity for the suffering of human soul that is often lacking in many ancient writers.

Dhurjati was born to Singamma and Narayana in Sri Kalahasti and was the grandson of Jakkayya. He was a great devotee of lord Shiva, also known as Kalahasteeshwara. He referred to his birthplace as part of Pottapi Nadu, named after an earlier Chola kingdom based from Pottapi in Cuddapah in his works.

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