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Monday, May 4, 2015
|Jaina Goddess Ambika|
Rajavali Katha of Devachandra is a work completed in 1841 A.D. and its value lies in the traditions about Jainism, its history in Karnataka, the literature in Samskrit and Kannada, incidental references to ruling dynasties and contemporary religions. Its historical value.is extremely open to doubt, but it furnishes a starting point for further research and hence cannot be dismissed as entirely fanciful.
Devachandra and his elder brothers Chandayya and Padmaraja were the descendants of a Jaina Brahmana Bommanna, an accountant of Giripura.
Devachandra was born in 1770 A.D, and from his Fourteenth year he began to write poems. In his 22nd year (1772 4.1) he wrote Pujyapada Charita in Kannada. Since his elder brother Padmaraja is also said to have written that work, both brothers must have co-operated in the production. Since Devachandra presented the Rajavali Kathe to Mummudi Krishna Raja Wodeyar in 1841 he must have lived for more than 70 years. Rajavali Kathe was his last work and before that he wrote Ramakathavatara, Sumeru Sataka, Bhaktisara, Satakatraya, Sastrasara, Laghu Vritti, Pravachana Siddhanta, Dravya Samgraha Dvadasanupreksha Katha, Dhyana Samrajya, Dvadasanupreksha Katha, Dhyana Samrajya, Adhyatma Vichara, Karnataka Samskrta Balanudi, etc. He says that when Mackenzie with Sardar Lakshman Rao came to Kankagiri, he asked for local records, Devachandra showed him his pujyapada charita. Mackenzie took the poet along with him from Kamaraballi to Nagavala and giving him 25 Rupees asked him to send a written account of all the old traditions. Devachandra began his Rajavali Katha in 1804 and completed it in 1838 A.D. Therefore he took nearly 35 years in compiling it. In 1841 Deviramba, Queena of Chamaraja heard of the work and asked the author to complete it by adding the history of the Mysore Kings. Perhaps this was submitted to Krishna Raja Wodeyar III in 1841-42.
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Sunday, March 29, 2015
|Prominent Mulukanadu Personalities|
The identification of Sulakas with Cholikas put forward by Rev. Mr. Heras seems to me untenable. Mere word resemblances unsupported by other facts, cannot be accepted as conclusive. As instances of this deceptive method we can put forward the resemblances between Sulakas and Salikis, Salkis etc. Salki, Chalukya, Salikya etc., are used as variants of the same word Chalukya e.g. the Bezwada inscription of Yuddhamalla; speculations as to the origin and exact connotation of the term mulaka as found in the name of an Andhra community “Mulaka Nadu”, are too numerous to mention. Reference might be made to two of such theories put forward to show the futility of such linguistic gymnastics. One theory is that it derives its name from “Mulks”, Ibrahim Mulk and his descendents; the other is that it ought to be Munikula Nadu, Both of these, to put it mildly, are fanciful.
Mulaka is mentioned in the Jatakas along with Assaka. The Assakas again must be
differentiated from Aswakas, a term sometimes applied to the western Kshatrapas
as Skandasishya is said to have taken the Ghatika of Kanchi from one Satyasena
an Assaka. Asmaka was one of the eighteen earliest Janapadas mentioned in
Buddhist literature. Panini mentions Asmaka (iv. 1. 173). In the Baveru Jataka,
we are told that the disciples started from the Asmaka country to Mahissati,
Ujjeni, Paithana of Mulaka country, Gonaddha, Vidisa, Vanasa, Havya, Kosambi,
Saketa, Savatthi, Setavya, Kapilavatho, Kusinara, Pava, Vesali, and finally to
Asmaka Chetya where the Buddha was residing. Avanti was evidently North of
Assaka as they are spoken of together in Anguttara Nikaya and Sona Nanda
Jataka. To the south there was the Mulaka country. Assaka and Mulaka like Kasi
and Kosala were probably tribal names which gradually became identified with
the country the tribes occupied from time to time. At the time of Alexander’s
invasion, the Assakeni were to be found in the North-west also.
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Sunday, February 8, 2015
'The Votary of Truth' - Transcript of Interview with Dr S. Srikanta Sastri by Prof S. Ananthanarayan (1973)
Monday, January 12, 2015
|D. Javare Gowda|
The greatness of a University is gauged not by its quantitative strength in terms of buildings, teachers and students, but by the quality of research work done and the intellectual pursuits attained by the research scholars and teachers. From this point of view the Mysore University can proudly claim a place of distinction among many other Universities in India. The devout votaries of knowledge and the intellectual luminaries like Dr. S. Srikanta Sastri are mainly instrumental for the reputation of this great University. Scholarship is nothing but intellectual ability coupled with industry and devotion to duty. Srikanta Sastri has been really the embodiment of these qualities. His whole life has been dedicated to the pursuit of truth and the acquisition of knowledge.
Even before I entered the Maharaja’s College as a student of the Honours Class in the year 1938 Srikanta Sastri had reached the pinnacle of glory as a great scholar. His knowledge of History was phenomenal and encyclopædic in character. A good number of books both in English and Kannada and as many as four hundred articles on Indian History, Culture, Language and Literature bear ample testimony to his varied interest, profound scholarship and recondite erudition. He treaded the entire gamut of Karnataka
history and culture
like a colossus. Sincerity, honesty and truthfulness are the hallmark of his
scholarship. One may reverentially disagree with the views expressed by him,
as, for example, on the original home of the Aryans, the Aryan Civilisation and
even on Purandaradasa. Nobody disputes his intellectual abilities or sincerity
of purpose. His scholarship is neither a shadow nor an imitation of some great
personality. He is undisputedly an original thinker and a meticulous and
austere seeker of truth.
|Maharaja College, Mysore|
Though he is a person who shuns publicity he permits anybody without any reservation to unlock the store-house of his vast knowledge. Nobody returns from him disappointed. He has a ready answer to any doubt lurking in the minds of scholars or students. If a person needing solutions to his problems happens to be far away from him he need only spend twenty five naya paise for a stamp. The reply is there within three or four days. This is my experience too.
It is really very fitting that a man of his stature who has spent the long years of his life at the
altar of the Goddess Saraswati should
be honoured by presenting a Commemoration Volume. I am extremely happy to find
that all the articles published in this volume relate to Karnataka History and
Culture which are very dear to Prof. Srikanta Sastri. All the articles are
decidedly the result of deep study, long research and fieldwork. They present a
very useful material for the research worker as well as the student of History.
In a way it can be said that it is an encyclopædia of Karnataka History. I
should congratulate the editors and the contributors for having taken lot of
pains to bring forth this volume in as short a period as possible.
|At Felicitation Function|
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