Andal and Akka Mahad...
Andal and Akka MahadeviFeminity to Divinity by: Alka Tyagi
This book helps one understand bhakti in its historical, philosophical and social persepectives.Two medieval women, Andal, from Tamil Srivaisnavite tradition, and Akka Mahadevi, from Virasaivite tradition, with their poetic renderings and life, are in focus. It also helps to extricate bhakti experience from its mystical aura and make it more accessible to our perceptive faculties.
Year Of Publication: 2014
Pages : xvii, 278p.
Bibliographic Details : Appendices; Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Bhakti poetry is an amazing amalgamation of art, music, literature, philosophy, politics, soteriology and mysticism. Andal and Akka Mahadevi: Feminity to Divinity reflects this amalgamation in letter and spirit. Two medieval women, Andal, a ninth-century Alvar saint-poetess from Tamil Srivaisnavite tradition, and Akka Mahadevi, a twelfth-century Kannada saint-poetess from Virasaivite tradition, with their poetic renderings and life, got elevated to a stature beyond that of saints.
This book deals with three major aspects. One, understanding of bhakti in its historical, philosophical and social perspectives. It thus delves on the idea and phenomenon of bhakti, the ancient religions and the evolution of bhakti tradition in south India. Two, it portrays the life of poet-saints Andal and Akka Mahadevi and their chosen path of bhakti. Their poetic renderings Tiruppavai and Nachiar Tirumoli of Andal, and vacanas of Akka Mahadevi
have found merit in rituals, theatre, cinema, dance, painting and other arts. The textual analysis of their poetry is done from religious, literary and socio-political angles. Three, it reflects on how the works of these saints have percolated down to the living patterns in modern India; rather it is a dedication to the living traditions in bhakti.
This volume also helps to extricate bhakti experience from its mystical aura and make it more accessible to our perceptive faculties. Thus it enthuses the spirit of anyone, be an artist, a poet, a philosopher, or a scholar.
1. Ancient Religions and Emergence of Bhakti
2. Evolution of Bhakti in South India
3. Allvar Bhakti and Srivaishnavism
4. Nayannmar Bhakti and Virashaivism
5. Bhakti Poetry: Intersemiotic Transformations
6. Andal: Srivaishnavite Woman Alvar Saint
7. Transformations in Andals Life and Work
8. Akka Mahadevi: Virashaivite Woman Saint
9. Transformations in Akkas Life and Work
10. Living Bhakti Traditions
Appendix A: Bhakti Poetry and Bhakti Experience: A State of Mind and a Way of Being
Appendix B: Tiruppavai: The Sacred Vow by Andal
Appendix C: Akka Mahadevis Vacanas