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शिवलीलार्णव-ग्रन्थाध्ययनम् - प्रथमः सर्गः

A Textual Study of Shivaleelarnavam - Sarga 1 (Masterpiece of Neelakantha Deekshitar)

Shivaleelarnavam is a mahakavya composed by the great poet Neelakantha Deekshita. There are 22 cantos in this kavya, describing the 64 leelas of Shiva, the glory of Shiva-bhakti and Shiva-tattvas. Shanta-rasa is described as a predominant form in this kavya. It also contains a description of all other rasas supporting the main rasa. In this course, Smt. Visalakshi Sankaran provides a detailed explanation of each Shloka in detail in English, bringing out the beauty and aptness of various linguistic and poetic devices used by the Mahakavi.

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About the Course

What will you gain from this course? (Key Benefits / Learning Outcomes)

  • Verse-by-verse understanding of 1st sarga of Shivaleelarnavam.
  • Improve your language skills by observing and analyzing the usages of the great poet.
  • Understand the way to approach and study a Sanskrit text systematically.
  • Appreciate advanced poetic aspects of Sanskrit literature. 

What are the materials/support you get?

  • Live, interactive sessions with opportunities to raise your doubts and get them clarified directly from the teacher.
  • Access to recordings of classes (both Video and Audio) which is available anytime for repeated listening or catching up with missed portions.

What are the prerequisites to get the best out of this course? (Eligibility)

  • Good knowledge of Sanskrit language and grammar, at the level of Chittoor - Kovida / Acharya - Sahitya shastra.
  • Ability to understand spoken English.
  • Previous exposure to simpler kavyas will help in understanding and appreciating this kavya better.

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Mahakavi Sri Neelakantha Deekshita was born at the end of the 16th century. He was an ardent devotee of Goddess Meenakshi. He was from the lineage of the great advaitic saint Appayya Deekshita.
Neelakantha Deekshita has composed many kavyas and mahakavyas, including Shantivilasa, Anyapadesha Shatakam, Kalividambanam, Sabharanjana Shatakam, Gangavataranam, Neelakantha Vijaya Champu, etc. He is best known for his skill in satire, as attested by the popular saying "नीलकण्ठस्य वक्रोक्तिः सा मुग्धेन्दुकलानिभा" (Neelakantha Deekshita's vakrokti is as charming as the crescent moon).
Shivaleelarnava is a mahakavya in 22 sargas, describing the famous 64 divine leelas of Shiva. These stories are derived from the description of these leelas in other texts like Halasya Mahatmyam of Skandapurana, and Thiruvilaiaadal, a Tamil classical text. It is considered by many to be among the best works of Neelakantha Deekshita. 
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