INTRODUCTION : Surdas was a 16th-century blind Hindu devotional poet and singer, who has written and sung in praise of Lord Krishna. He was a great poet and an exceptional singer. Though he was blind from his childhood, he never lost hope and always chants the glory of Lord Krishna. The book known as Sur Sagar was written by him. And it was well appreciated by many scholars. LIFE :Since Surdas was blind child from birth, he was rejected by his family, and he lived alone on the banks of River Yamuna. Surdas has also composed the&nb..
INTRODUCTION :Poigai Alvar(4203 BC) is one of the twelve alvars of South India. Poigai Alvar composed Muthal Tiruvandadhi in praise of Lord Vishnu. LIFE :As per ancient epics, Poigai alvar was found in a small pond near the Yadhotakaari temple at Kanchipuram. Since he was found in a pond, he is known as Poigai alvar. Annual birth day celebration takes place in Yadhotakaari Tempe for Poigai Alvar. At a younger age, he learnt the basics of Vaishnavism, and was an expert in composing poems. IMPORTANCE :From childhood, Poigai Alvar was a sincere devotee of Lord Vishnu. ..
INTRODUCTION : Kambar (1180-1250 AD) was a Tamil poet and the author of Kamba Ramayanam. LIFE :Kambar was brought up by a farmer in Tamil Nadu. He was honored by the Great Chola King with the title Kavi Chakravarty. He was a great scholar, and was an expert in tamil and Sanskrit languages. SPIRITUAL WORKS : 1. Kamba Ramayanam 2. Saraswati Anthati 3. Sadagopar Anthathi 4. Silaiezhupathu 5. Thirukkai Vazakkam 6. Erezhupathu 7. Kangai Puranam IMPORTANCE : Kambar has written the kamba ramayanam in a simplified manner. It contains almost all the deta..
INTRODUCTION: Ramarajabhushanudu (16th century AD) was a Telugu poet and a musician. He was one of poets in the court of Krishnadevaraya of the Vijayanagara Empire. His birth name was Bhattu Murti. LIFE According to texts, his native place was said to be in a village at Kadapa district in Andhra Pradesh. He penned poems and was appreciated for his works by the King Krishnadevaraya. IMPORTANCE: His style in writings poems was well appreciated by the ruler of the kingdom, and by the common people. Apart from writings poems, he devoted his att..
INTRODUCTION : Karaikal Ammaiyar (6th Century AD) was one of the nayanmars amongst the 63 Nayanmars. Her birth name was Punithavathiyar. She was born at Karaikal. She was a staunch devotee of Lord Shiva. LIFE :She belonged to Chettiar Community, and she was married to a wealthy merchant from Nagapattinam. One day her husband sent two mangoes to her, through a person, and asked her to keep it safely. After some time, a Shiva devotee asked for alms to her. She gave one of the mangoes to him, which was given by her husband. In the afternoon, his husband came to th..
INTRODUCTION : Mangayarkkarasiyar was one of the 63 Nayanmars. She was a great devotee of Lord Shiva. Her birth name was Maani. LIFE:She was a Chola princess. And she married the Madurai Pandiyan King, who was known as King Koon Pandiyan due to his hunch back. He had suffered from the problem of hunch back for a long time. He had converted to Jainism, and by worried about this incident, she sent the Prime Minister of the Madurai kingdom, to invite the great Saivite saints, Appar and Sambandar to Madurai. Appar&nb..
INTRODUCTION :Molla (1440–1530) was a Telugu poet and the translator of Sanskrit Ramayana in Telugu. LIFE : She was born at a village in Kadapa District in Andhra Pradesh state. She was a Shiva devotee. Her parents were great devotees of Lord Mallikarjuna and Goddess Brahmaramba of Srisailam. She was a kind hearted and a loving lady. DIVINE WORK : Her work is known as Molla Ramayanam and it is considered as good and simple by the readers. IMPORTANCE : She was a humble and a soft spoken lady, who never hurts anyone through her speech. She ..
INTRODUCTION :Lalleshwari (1320–1392) was a Saint and born at Kashmir, and she belongs to the shaivite tradition. She was a great poet in the Kashmiri language. LIFE Lalleshwari was born near Srinagar, Kashmir in a Pundit family. She took sanyasa at a younger age, and become the disciple of Shaivite guru, Siddha Srikantha. SPIRITUAL WRITINGS:Her poems have been translated into English. Some of the famous quotes are as follows:- 1. If I do a work, that will be the worship of god. 2. If I utter a word, that will become a prayer. 3. My..
INTRODUCTION: Kanhopatra was a 15th-century saint and was born at Pandharpur. She was a great devotee of Lord Vithoba (A form of Lord Krishna). LIFE Kanhopatra was a dancer in the royal palace of the king of Bidar. Since she doesn’t want to attract others by means of her beauty, and to be a slave of the king, she preferred to surrender at the feet of Lord Vithoba. IMPORTANCE: Through her poems, she tells that she wanted to be a slave for Lord Vithoba alone, and he alone is her saviour, and wants to free herself from her dancing profession. Still her poems are c..
INTRODUCTION : Kalidasa (4th Century AD) was a famous poet of India. Kalidasa was believed to have lived near the Himalayas. LIFE According to ancient epics, he got great knowledge from goddess kali at Kali Temple, when he was insulted by a princess, who was searching for a knowledgeable man to marry her. After becoming a great scholar, he got married to that princess. From ancient texts, it was known, that during his visit to Sri Lanka, he was murdered due to some misconception. WRITINGS:1.Abhijnanasakuntalam 2.Malavikagnimitram 3.Vikramorvasiyam ..