Pancha Kavya

Jaldhar H. Vyas jaldhar at BRAINCELLS.COM
Mon Jul 15 21:43:35 CDT 2002

On Mon, 15 Jul 2002, Srikrishna Ghadiyaram wrote:

> Hari Om !!
> What are the Pancha Kavya ? I heard these five make up the recommended
> reading. Any more info and comments on this subject.

The 5 mahakavyas plus Meghaduta are considered the essential works of
Sanskrit poetry.

They are:


Meghaduta - Kalidasa - A Gandharva in exile sends a cloud messenger to his wife
Raghuvamsha - Kalidasa - The story of Shri Rama and His ancestors
Kumarasambhava - Kalidasa - The story of the birth of Kartikeya Bhagawan


Kiratarjuniyam - Bharavi - The story of Arjuna and the hunter from Mahabharata
Naishadiyacharita - Sriharsha - The story of Nala and Damayanti
Shishupalavadha - Magha - The defeat of Shishupala by Krishna Bhagawan
                          from Mahabharata, Bhagavata etc.

There are many commentories on these but the ones by Kolachalli Mallinatha Suri
 are the most popular.

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