TransLiteral Foundation
Don't follow traditions blindly or don't assume a superstition either.
Don't be intentionally ignorant. Ask us!! Make Informed Religious Decisions!!

l laghubhagavat

: Folder : Page : Word/Phrase : Person

Comments | अभिप्राय

Comments written here will be public after appropriate moderation.
Like us on Facebook to send us a private message.


  • (Eighteen and a half wise men). Mānavikrama, the zamorin who ruled the old state of Kozhikkoṭu in the beginning of the seventh century (Malayālam Era) was a talented man well-versed in all arts. He kept in his court a company of nineteen wise men whom he called by the well-known name Patineṭṭarakkavis meaning eighteen and a half kavis. The kavis of the zamorin were the nine Paṭṭeris of Payyūr, the five Nambūtiris of Tiruvegappura, Mullappilly Nambūtiri, Uddaṇḍaśāstri, Kākkaśśeri Bhaṭṭatiri, Cennās Nambūtirippāḍu and Punam Nambūtiri. Of these eighteen were scholars in Sanskrit and the nineteenth, Punam Nambūtiri was a vernacular poet and so the then zamorin gave only half a unit value to the vernacular member and thus named the assemby as a company of eighteen and a half members. There is another explanation given to the word ‘arakkavi’. ‘Ara’ means ‘half; but modern pandits say that ‘ara’ was a prefix to show a sign of royalty as is found in the words ‘aramana’ meaning royal mana or palace of the King. Śo ‘arakkavi’ would mean a Kavi attached to a King. Then the question comes, which of the nineteen was not included in the original company to reduce the number to eighteen. We can leave the matter for further research. Payyūr Accan Bhaṭṭatirippāḍu, the top-most of Kerala pandits, was the president of the council of Patineṭṭarakkavis. The illam (house) of this Bhaṭṭatirippāḍu belonged to the Kunnamkulam taluk near Guruvāyūr of Cochin state. He was known as Maharṣi also Uddaṇḍaśāstrikal in his Mallikāmāruta states that one of the Paṭṭeris was Payyūr Mahābhaṭṭatirippāḍu named Parameśvara. Uddaṇḍaśāstri belonged to Kāñcīpura. Kākkaśśeri Bhaṭṭatiri was born to defeat the invincible Uddaṇḍaśāstri. Cennās Nambūtiri was the author of Tantraṣamuccaya. Many poets and pandits were born in the family of these Kavis after their death. 

Did you know?

सत्यनारायण पूजेला धर्मशास्त्रीय आधार आहे काय? हे व्रत किती पुरातन आहे?
Category : Hindu - Traditions
Don't follow traditions blindly or ignore them. Don't assume a superstition either. Don't be intentionally ignorant. Ask us!!
Hindu customs are all about Symbolism. Let us tell you the thought behind those traditions.
Make Informed Religious decisions.

Featured site

Ved - Puran
Ved and Puran in audio format.


  • Meanings in Dictionary: 644,289
  • Dictionaries: 44
  • Hindi Pages: 4,328
  • Total Pages: 38,982
  • Words in Dictionary: 302,181
  • Tags: 2,508
  • English Pages: 234
  • Marathi Pages: 22,630
  • Sanskrit Pages: 11,789
  • Other Pages: 1

Suggest a word!

Suggest new words or meaning to our dictionary!!

Our Mobile Site

Try our new mobile site!! Perfect for your on the go needs.