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  • Potana’s Sri Mahabhagavatam

    Pages: 459
    Language: English
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The Bhagavata Purana also known as Srimad Bhagavatam, or Bhagavata) is one of the “Maha” Puranic texts of Hindu literature, with its primary focus on bhakti (devotion) to the incarnations of Vishnu, particularly Krishna. The Sanskrit text comprises twelve skandas (cantos or books) and some 18,000 verses. Like all Puranas, the Bhagavata is a product of oral tradition, its extant version usually dated to the ninth or tenth century CE. The text itself credits Veda Vyasa with its authorship.

The festival of Guru Purnima, is dedicated to him, and also known as Vyasa Purnima as it is the day, which is believed to be his birthday and also the day he divided the Vedas.

Bammera Potana (1450–1510) was a Telugu poet best known for his translation of the Bhagavata Purana from Sanskrit to Telugu. He was an adept in both Telugu and Sanskrit. His work, Andhra Maha Bhaagavathamu, is popularly known as Potana Bhagavatam is the crown jewel of Telugu literature. There was a time even the illiterate in Teluguland knows by heart many poems of that great book.

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I hope Dr.Lanka Siva Rama Prasad’s present adaption of Pothana’s Bhagavatam will be a great gift of Telugu people to world literature. Though I am not competent to judge his translation, I feel it is lucid, lyrical and rhythmical.

A translation of a poem of epic scale like Telugu Bhagavatam is an adventure. Normally poetry cherished mostly by its style, vocabulary and music. To translate this into English is really an almost impossible task. But Dr. Prasad has done it easily, to bridge the people of different languages, cultures and continents.

Dr. Prasad has appended modern scientific knowledge to explain and to clarify the Purana Vignana. I congratulate him for his commendable move.

- Prof. Kovela Suprasannacharya

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