1. ಗಿರಿಜಾಕಲ್ಯಾಣ ಮಹಾಪ್ರಬಂಧಂ
2. girijaakalyaaNa mahaaprabandham
3. The Great Story of Girija’s Marriage with Shiva
5. Thirteenth Century
6. Pampaa Kshetra near Hospet in
8. Narasimha Ballala of Hoysala dynasty (for a short period)
9.Title: ragaLeya kavi
10. Poetry: Champu Kavya
11. Kanda Padya, Vruttaa and prose
12. Manuscripts: Palm leaf, Paper
13. Year of Publication: 1886 A.D.
14. Hesaragahatta Honnappa
15. Publisher:? Place: ?
16. Later Editions:
1. S.G. Narasimhachar and M.A. Ramanuja Iyengar, Kavyakalanidhimaale,
2. Shi. Cha. Nandimatha, Lingaytaha Vidyabhivruddhi Samsthe, 1943, Dharawada.
3. M.S. Sunkapura, 1977, Dharawada
4. H. Deveerappa and
De. Javare Gowda (Abridged Version), 1951,
M.G. Nanjundaradhya, (With prose rendering)
1976, Kannada Sahitya Parishattu,
17. A Brief Introduction to the work: Harihara who is better known for his Ragales on the ancient devotees of Shiva in Tamilnadu and the Veerashaiva saints from Karnataka has also composed a few Shatakas and a Champu Kavya. Girija Kalyana is a Champu Kavya describing the penance undertaken by Parvathi and the ordeals faced by her in her effort to marry Shiva. This work is based on Kumarasambhava by Kalidasa, Shivapurana and Linga Purana. However the birth of Shanmukha is not described. The epic focuses on the previous incarnation of Parvathi as Sati, intense meditation (Tapas) undertaken by Shiva after the passing away of his wife, (Sati) annihilation of Manmatha and the tryst between Shiva and Parvathi. The book concludes with the wedding of Shiva and Parvathi.
This work is particularly celebrated for its description of the natural beauty of Pampa Kshetra and intensely emotional portrayal of many dramatic incidents. Harihara uses old Kannada in preference to medieval Kannada in this work. In addition to that he has composed a Champu Kavya which has to be replete with metrical forms adapted from Sanskrit.
18 a. Commentaries
19.Books: 1. ‘Hampeya Harihara’, by D.L.Narasimhachar,
2. ‘Hariharadeva’, Ed. by K.G.Kundanagar, 1932, Karnataka Sangha,
3. Please refer to the bibliography on Harihara.