Sekkizhar , Author of the Periyapuranam - Informative & researched article on Sekkizhar , Author of the Periyapuranam
 Indianetzone: Largest Free Encyclopedia of India with thousand of articlesIndian Literature


in  
 Art & Culture|Entertainment|Health|Reference|Sports|Society|Travel
Forum  | Free E-magazine  | RSS Feeds  
History of India|Indian Temples|Indian Museums|Indian Literature|Geography of India|Flora & Fauna|Indian Purans|Indian Philosophy|Indian Administration|Indian Languages|Education
Home > Reference > Indian Literature > Regional Indian Literature > Tamil Literature > Sekkizhar
Sekkizhar , Author of the Periyapuranam
Sekkizhar was one of the greatest poets of Tamil literature.
 
 Sekkizhar , Author of the PeriyapuranamSekkizhar was one of the greatest poets of Tamil literature. He was a 12th century poet and King Kulothunga Chola II of the Chola kingdom appointed him as the chief minister in his court.

Sekkizhar wrote the `Perya Puranam`, the life history of 63 famous saivite Nayanmars, i, e, the followers of Shiva in Tamil poetic form. It is said that `Ullagellam` the first word of Perya Puranam` boomed from space when Sekkizhar sought divine guidance at Tillai, before the commencement of his commissioned work. As the king Anapaaya showed deep interest in Jainism and the Jain literary work, Jivaka Chintamani, the chief minister suggested that the king divert his attention to Sivakatha for eternal benefits. So, Sekkizhar was requested by the king to chronicle the stories in the form of a puranam for the benefit of mankind. Sekkizhar was provided with both men and material. Sekkizhar then proceeded to Chidambaram (Tillai) and there the great `Perya Puranam` took birth.

The origin of the Periyapuranam was however can be found in much other literary work of just eleven verses, sung in the 11th century. In the `Perya Puranam`, the work of 4,253 verses is divided into two cantos and is actually a conglomeration of seventy-two puranas. It was launched at the Chidambaram temple`s thousand-pillared hall. It took exactly one year from the starting date to complete Sekkizhar`s exposition. People from all over came to listen to that.

Sekkizhar was honoured with the title of Uttama-Chozha-Pallavan by the king. The `Perya Puranam` opens and ends with the same word `Ullagellam`. Each word of the `Perya Puranam` comes out with great devotion. This puranam has earned a lot of literary worth for itself. In the anthology titled `Panniru Tirumurai`, it is ranked on the twelfth position. The poetic worth of this text was explored by many literary savants for its facile style, the composer`s judicious and apt use of words, lucid description of nature, clarity and discreetness of expression.

.
(Last Updated on : 21/01/2013)
More Articles in Tamil Literature  (227)
 
 
 
Recently Updated Articles in Indian Literature
Charan Poetry
Charan Poetry was, once upon a time, quite popular in Rajasthan. The Charan poets dealt with heroism, chivalry, historical facts, and other issues that were related to the Rajput kings.
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala is an eminent writer who has received several esteemed awards and critical acclaim for her work.
Jayanta Mahapatra
Jayanta Mahapatra, a poet of Oriya origin, had excelled in the field of modern English poetry.
Uma Vasudev
Uma Vasudev is an Indian novelist and columnist and she has penned down several best selling English novels.
Namita Gokhale
Namita Gokhale, a Kumaoni by birth, is a popular Indian literary personality.
E-mail this Article | Post a Comment
Forum
Forum on Indian Literature
Free E-magazine
Subscribe to Free E-Magazine on Reference
 
 
Sekkizhar , Author of the Periyapuranam - Informative & researched article on Sekkizhar , Author of the Periyapuranam
Sitemap
Contact Us   |   RSS Feeds
Copyright © 2008 Jupiter Infomedia Ltd. All rights reserved including the right to reproduce the contents in whole or in part in any form or medium without the express written permission of
Jupiter Infomedia Ltd.