Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Commemorative Stamps on Kavi Muddana, Adikavi Nannaya and Draksharamam Bhimeswara Temple – 1st November 2017.

Kavi Muddana (b. 24 January 1870 – d. 15 February 1901) - was a Kannada poet and writer. He was also known as Mahakavi or Mahakavi Muddana. His name at birth was Lakshmi Naaranappa. His birthplace being Nandalike, he is sometimes also known as Nandalike Lakshminaaranappa. His best-known works include Ratnavati Kalyaana (Yakshagana), Sri Rama Pattaabhisheka, Adbhuta Ramayana and Sri Ramashwamedha. He coined the word kannadam Kasthuriyanthe, where he heartily compares his beloved language kannada to kasthuri.

Adikavi Nannaya Bhattaraka (sometimes spelled Nannayya or Nannaiah; ca. 11th century AD) is the earliest known Telugu author, and the author of the first third of the Andhra Mahabharatam, a Telugu retelling of the Mahabharata. Nannaya is held in high regard as the person who revived the Telugu language. This work, which is rendered in the Champu style, is chaste and polished and of a high literary merit.

Daksharamam is a town in East Godavari district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The Draksharamam Bhimeswara Swamy temple in this town is one of the five powerful temples of Lord Siva, known as Pancharama Kshetras. Draksharamam is one of the 18 Shaktipeethas. It is famous as both Shiva kshetra and Shakti kshetra. Lord Bheemeswara swamy and Manikyamba mata are main the deities here. This place is also called as Dakshina Kasi. When a piece of Shiva linga fell here during Tarakasura vadha, first it was worshipped by Lord Sun. The Siva Linga in this temple is said to be one large crystal which is 18 Feet high. Shiva is accompanied by Dakshayani, who is the first wife of Shiva (also the daughter of Daksha, and therefore named Dakshayani). Manikyamba goddess, said to be one part of the 18 pieces of Sati Devi that fell here, is a Shakti Peetha. It has one of the world's longest siva linga.

Commemorative Stamps on Kavi Muddana, Adikavi Nannaya and Draksharamam Bhimeswara Temple were released on 1st November 2017.


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