Shiva


Venkata Kavi has exhibited as much intimacy with other deities as he has with Lord Krshna, as can be seen in several compositions on various deities. Lord Shiva seems to have been very special for him. This could be attributed to the fact that apart from the Vishnu temple of Veda narayana, there was another temple for Lord Shiva at Oottukkadu, whom Venkata Kavi has worshipped through various krtis.

Venkata Kavi's unbiased affinity to Shaivite and Vaishnavite deities and puranic texts is proved beyond point through the study of various compositions that are part of his Bhaagavatam opera and his compositions based on Periya puraanam and Shiva puraanam.

His humility, devotion, emotional attachment and eye for details come through in compositions such as Aalaavadennaalo (Paras), Jataadhara (Todi) and Sundara nataraajam (Kharaharapriya).


Sundara Nataraajam is a classic in Kharaharapriya, where the sparkling madhyamakaalams are a marvel to enjoy.

hiranya mani noopura pada katakaavali rava kala kala naada sahaasam
sharanya jana manolaya vilaasam sachchidaananda kanaka sabesham (soma)

hara hara shankara gowreesham dhrta mrgadhara mandaakini mowleesham
sura vara sannuta lingesham krta sundari jaayaa nandesham (niravadhika )

Tyaagaraaja paramesha (Chakravakam) is a short piece composed at Tiruvarur on Lord Tyagaraja (Shiva). He refers to the temple tank kamalaalayam and to a form of dance of Shiva – ajapaanatanam which is associated with this temple (sthalam). He also mentions about Veedhi vitanka, which is commonly referred to in Tevarams (Tamil hymns), meaning Lord of extraordinary beauty. This composition in Tamil again has a lovely madhyamakalam at the end of the pallavi with lovely alliterations.

sharanaagata varunaalaya karunaalaya kamalaalaya tatamahalaa (aaroor)

The compositions on Lord Shiva are listed below. Apart from these, Venkata kavi has also composed shlokas and verses on Lord Shiva such as Shiva taandava stotram (tanaku tanaku tana), Nartana panchakam (Chandra jataadhara) and a shloka on Aghora veerabhadra – who was Shiva's creation to destroy King Daksha !

 

S.No Composition Raga Tala
1 Āḷāvadennāḷō Paras Ādi
2 Enṛu kāṇbēnō Nādanāmakriya Ādi
3 Gowree nātham Vakuḷābharanṇam Ādi
4 Jaṭādhara shankara Tōḍi Ādi
5 Kanaka sabhā nāyaka Nāṭṭai Ādi
6 Shenshiva Jaṭādhara Sindhubhairavi Ādi
7 Sundara naṭarājam Kharaharapriya Ādi
8 Tyāgarāja paramēsha Chakravākam Ādi
9 Unnilum enakkoru Ārabhi Ādi