Bidagdha Chintamani of Abhimanyu Samanta Sinhara is one of the finest literary works of the 18th century Odia literature. The work, in 94 chhandas, describes the love-sport of Radha and Krishna. The poet in introducing Sri Krishna’s childhood sports (Balyalila) refers to the birth-story of Radha and Krishna and also to the killing of demons from Putana to Keshi in passing. He has also referred to episodes like Jamala bhajana, Kaliya ganjana, and the defeats of Indra and Brahma. But he mentions all these episodes only to give a continuity to the subject matter of his poem, which mainly aims to depict the love-sports of Radha and Krishna and also to explain the love-theory in detail. The love between Radha and Krishna develops stage by stage, according to the canons of Kavya Shastras. The characters, like Paurnamasi, Nandimukhi, Vishakhaand Madhumangala, help in the love-affairs of Radha and Krishna. Sri Krishna speaks his mind to Madhumangala and Radha hers to Vishakha. The poet takes this opportunity to explain the different types of love, its stages of development and also its influence on the mind of a lover. But surprisingly Radha was not the only beloved of Sri Krishna. She had a predecessor in Chandrabali. Krishna had met Chandrabali, the wife of his elder cousin, Govardhan Malia, to whom he had gone to learn about the cows. Chandrabali was asked by her husband to receive the son of Nanda, the King. In their first meeting deep passion arose in both and it culminated in their physical union. At this stage came Paurnamasi telling Sri Krishna of the unparalleled beauty of Radha. Sri Krishna now wanted to have Radha.
Although Abhimanyu Samantasinghar’s birth date has been widely criticized, he is said to have been born on February 23, 1760. That day was Thala Magh Shukla Saptami Saturday. The poet’s father, Indrajith Samant Singhar, adopted the eighth pannu because his son had no land from the womb of seven pannis. A proverb about the birth of Abhimanyu is heard from the womb of Tulsi Devi, the eighth pann of Indrajith Samant Singh. For the sake of his son, Indrajith performed the Putresthi Yajna on the advice of his ancestral poet Kabisurya Sadananda Brahla. At the end of the sacrifice, Tulsi Devi dreamed that a devotee of the Vishnu devotee had passed away by giving her Tulsi and sandalwood. Then Tulsidevi became pregnant and in time gave birth to a son.
Abhimanyu’s mother, Tulsidevi, was a high-ranking and devout woman. Abhimanyu was deeply impressed by his mother’s religious zeal. Abhimanyu’s ancestors are said to have been scholars and scholars. His great-grandfather, Bandaki Samantha, was a scholar and poet. The poet’s father, Indrajith Samant Singh, was a man of great humor and piety. He is also known to have gained a lot of fame as a hero. It is only natural that the influence of his ancestors and his father would have an impact on Abhimanyu. The ancestors of the Kshatriya child Abhimanyu are said to have come from Jaipur, not Utkaliya.
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|Book Title||Bidagdha Chintamani(ବିଦଗ୍ଧ ଚିନ୍ତାମଣି)|
|No of Pages||356|
|Book Dimention||Packaging approx in cm – 15x22x1|
|Printing||Ruby Offset, Cuttack|
|Layout Design||Omm DTP Center, Cuttack|