Śiśupālavadham is one of the five Mahākāvyas of Sanskrit Literature. It was composed by the great poet Māgha, who is famed for possessing, in equal measure, the faculties for upamā (simile), arthagaurava (depth of meaning) and padalālitya (graceful words) – This is conveyed by the saying “माघे सन्ति त्रयो गुणाः”।
Śiśupālavadham has 20 cantos. It is said that, having studied the first nine cantos of this kāvya, one will not find any new words in entire Sanskrit. “नवसर्गगते माघे नवशब्दो न विद्यते”।
13th sarga of this poem has been prescribed for the Kovida examination (5th level) of the Chittoor series. This sarga describes the meeting of Yudhiṣṭhira and Śrīkṛṣṇa as the latter arrives in Indraprastha for the Rājasūya Yāga. The affection between Kṛṣṇa and the pāṇḍavas, and the excitement of citizens as the procession passes through the streets of Indraprastha are brought out by the poet with beautiful expresssions. His flair for using rare kriyāpadas is also demonstrated well in the sarga.
In these audio lectures, Ms. Visalakshi Sankaran explains the meaning of the shlokas of the thirteenth sarga succintly in lucid Tamil, bringing out the beauty of expressions with inimitable passion. These lectures will be very useful for students preparing for the examinations, for gaining an apt understanding of all the basic aspects of the shlokas.
We thank Ms. Visalakshi Sankaran for permitting Vyoma-Samskrta-Pathasala to share these valuable resources with our students.