1. ಗಿರಿಜಾಕಲ್ಯಾಣ ಮಹಾಪ್ರಬಂಧಂ

2. girijaakalyaaNa mahaaprabandham

3. The Great Story of Girija’s Marriage with Shiva

4. Harihara

5. Thirteenth Century

6. Pampaa Kshetra near Hospet in Bellary ditrict, Halebeedu in Hasan District

7. Shaiva

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, 1905, Mysore .

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, Mysore .

5. M.G. Nanjundaradhya, (With prose rendering) 1976, Kannada Sahitya Parishattu, Mysore

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, 1939, Prasaranga, Mysore University , Mysore

2. Hariharadeva’, Ed. by K.G.Kundanagar, 1932, Karnataka Sangha,

Rajarama College , Kollapura.

3. Please refer to the bibliography on Harihara.

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