Article published in a magazine saying about Vedanayagam Sashtriyar who was a poet in king Serfoji ll’s court.
King Serfoji ll used to give many wealth as a gift of appreciation to artists who performed in his court (darbar).
Once when King Serfoji ll was distributing acres of land to the artists as a gift, Vedanayagam Sashtriyar was beside him. King Serfoji ll asked Vedanayagam that- Everyone are taking many lands as a gift from me, then why don’t you take anything, say what you want?
Vedanayagam Sashtriyar replied: Maharaja, just give me one dictionary for my daughter and one violin for my son, that is enough.
‘While people getting free lands, they will become lazy and will do less hardwork. I don’t expect this from my side’, for this reason he refused to take lands and wealthy gifts from King Serfoji ll.
According to philosophy, what we have as an income, that should be maintained without decreasing and should be well satisfied and what we don’t have, we should never worry about that. What we have with us, with that- we have to lead our life happily with the blessings of god.
Vedanayagam Sastriar (1774 -1864) of Thanjavur was a poet, lyricist. He served as a court poet in palace of King Serfoji II. He was a famous poet and writer with 133 books and over 500 lyrics to his credit. He had also translated Bible to Tamil.
King serfoji ll was a patron of arts and literature and many scholars, artists were flourished during his reign.
On 187th death anniversary of my ancestor- King Serfoji II, i present a very interesting article on my blog, on his pilgrimage to temples in Tamilnadu.
In 1801, King Serfoji II went on a two-month pilgrimage, covering more than one hundred temples situated along the Cauvery river. The king performed the ritual consecration of 108 shiva lingas in a colonnade of the 11th century Brihadeshwara temple after the pilgrimage.
As a tribute to this pilgrimage, a court poet called Siva wrote a poem in Marathi titled “Sri Maharaj Sarabhendratirthavali” (sequence of king Sarabhendra’s sacred places).
In Sharabhendratirthavali, poet Siva traces King Serfoji’s journeys to the sacred places of Cholanadu (Tamilnadu) , travelling from Thanjavur along the banks of and criss-crossing Cauvery and other rivers up and down the coast. He weaves into this account narratives of the features of each pilgrimage and shrines, its local legends and glories, and detailed descriptions of the king’s activities there.
In addition to worship of deities, King Serfoji’s rites at each pilgrimage included bathing and other water-rituals, including ancestral offerings.
All the kings of Thanjavur, including the Marathas, who arrived in 1674, and the Telugu Nayaks before them, styled themselves as ‘monarch of the Chola realm’ and the association of the Chola region with the sacred river Cauvery is an old and persistent one. But no ruler of Thanjavur before King Serfoji had undertaken a pilgrimage covering the Cholanadu heartland in its entirety.
The set of 108 siva lingas installed by King Serfoji II from 1801 to 1803 situated in the colonnade of the Brihadeshwara temple were brought by him from different temples in cities surrounding Thanjavur. King Serfoji II’s decision to include such a vast number of lingas in conjunction with the main stone linga in the garbha grha shows the obsession with the Brihadisvara site as the premier religious center of Thanjavur.
Reference: Article on King Serfoji II’s biography by Indira Peterson.
Paying homage to my great great grandfather- King Serfoji II at Raja Dinkar Kelkar museum, Pune (Maharashtra).The king who preserved Tamil culture, heritage and also was the patron of Tamil literature, scholars and art forms. The King who developed and built Sarasvati Mahal library with rare collection of books and manuscripts. His instructions and orders of documenting the past before his era, to his employed scholars,writers and Pandits had made his future and upcoming generations to use those as a reference and sources. The only king to whom i bow and keep my forehead on his feet after Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
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Book written by my Atya Raje Guruma Shivangini, on her life journey titled ‘A master stroke by Divine- Destiny’. This is a very interesting picture depiction book narrates her life journey and experience from Thanjavur Sadar Mahal Palace to Gwalior Sardar Shitole family to Guruma.The book is available at Ashram.👇
Click the below link to watch Indian Classical Performances performed on the auspicious day of MahaShivaratri at the Ashram👇
King Serfoji l, the ruler of Thanjavur from 1712 to 1728 A.D married a princess from the Pandharpur area and brought her to Thanjavur.The princess missed worshipping Panduranga on a regular basis and also the abhangs that were performed for the Lord there. In order to satisfy her, the King built a tiny replica of the original shrine, on the banks of the Kaveri (Cauvery), thereby making it the local equivalent of the Chandrabhaga River at Pandharpur. Bhajans were regularly performed there, as were abhangs. Panduranga temple was established around 300 years ago in TamilNadu (Thiruvaiyaru).
Saint Tukaram is best known for his Abhang. His poetry was devoted to Vitthal or Vithoba, an avatar of Hindu god Vishnu. Vithoba temple at Dehu in Maharashtra is the home town of Saint Tukaram Maharaj who is one of the greatest exponents of the bhakti in marathi culture.
Mural of Vithoba at Maratha Darbar hall, Thanjavur 👇
Did you know?
King Serfoji II built a Vittoba/Panduranga Temple at Thanjavur East Main Street in 1819 A.D.
The Parvati hill is an observation point that offers a panoramic view of Pune.
The Parvati temple on the hill is considered to be one of the most scenic locations in Pune. It is the oldest heritage structure built during the rule of the Peshwa dynasty. The hill has 103 steps leading to the top of the hill where the Parvati Devi’s temple is situated. The holy ashes (angara) of the Devi temple was believed to be able to cure Kashibai, Bajirao (I) Peshwa’s wife’s injuries. Since then, Peshwa was the regular visitor of this temple.
They later built the bigger temple — Devdeveshwara — made entirely of blackstone. It was completed under Balaji Baji Rao, in 1749. Other temples are dedicated to Vitthal and Rukmini, Vishnu and Kartikeya.
Peshwa museum, Samadhi of Nana Sahib Peshwa exist there.
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Samadhi of Nana Saheb Peshwa
About Nana Saheb Peshwa
Entrance to Nana Saheb’s samadhi.
Teapot used during Peshwa’s period.
Entrance to Peshwa Museum
View from Parvati hill
103 steps to Parvati hill
Old type machine for preparing Shev and kurdaya, displayed at Peshwa Museum.
Weapons used during Peshwa’s reign.
Women I admire a lot, Ahilyabai Holkar of Indore and Rani Lakshmi Bai of Jhansi.
Wall paintings and folkart of Peshwa Period (18th century).