The 13th century Poet and Ascended Master Pothana hails from Bammera Village of Andhra Pradesh, born to Kesana and Lakkamamba. He’s a great scholar of Sanskrit and Telugu, who translated Bhagavata Purana from Sanskrit to Telugu as Andhra Maha Bhagavatam.
His early writings include Bhogini Dandakam – a Telugu rhapsody. Then he penned Virabhadra Vijayamu, describing the advent of Veera Bhadra to destroy Daksha Yagnyam.
Pothana, who’s an ardent devotee of Shiva, got attracted to the Philosophy of Lord Ram and started seeing the almighty within every living being. Thus he began penning the subtle essence in his poetry.
Pothana is a wonderful agriculturist who always loves to work in his fields despite being a renowned scholar and poet.
When Pothana is contemplating eternity while sitting at the banks of River Godavari, The Ram himself appeared before him in a kingly attire and asked him to Translate Vyasa’s Bhagavata Purana. Taking it as a divine mission, Pothana dedicated the finished great Work to Ram even the local king Padma Nayaka urged Pothana to dedicate it to him.
When Pothana struggled to complete a poem describing the Vaikunta – The Kingdom of Heaven, he went to fields leaving it unfinished, but it was somehow miraculously finished by his return. When asked, his daughter said, “You wrote it!”
Then Pothana uttered a poem “That which is spoken is the story of God and the one who makes me talk is The Ram! When spoken, it liberates me, so how can I speak of any other stories?”
– Viswanath Venkat Dasari
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