Srisitaramasuprabhatam

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श्रीसीतारामसुप्रभातम्
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Cover page of Śrīsītārāmasuprabhātam, first edition
Author Jagadguru Rambhadracharya
Original title Śrīsītārāmasuprabhātam
Country India
Language Sanskrit
Publisher Jagadguru Rambhadracharya Handicapped University
Publication date
January 14, 2009
Media type Print (paperback)
Pages 26 pp (first edition)
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Śrīsītārāmasuprabhātam (Sanskrit: श्रीसीतारामसुप्रभातम्) (2009), literally The beautiful dawn of Sītā and Rāma, is a Saṃskṛta minor poem (Khaṇḍakāvya) of the Suprabhātakāvya (dawn-poem) genre composed by Jagadguru Rambhadracharya in the year 2008. The poem consists of 43 verses in five different metres.

A copy of the poem, with a Hindi commentary by the poet himself, was published by the Jagadguru Rambhadracharya Vikalang Vishvavidyalaya, Chitrakuta, Uttar Pradesh. The book was released in Chitrakuta on the Makara Saṅkrānti day of January 14, 2009. The day was the fifty-ninth birthday of Jagadguru Rāmabhadrācārya. An audio CD of the composition sung by the poet himself in the Bairagi Rāga was released by Yuki Cassettes, New Delhi.[1][2]

Composition[edit]

The work was composed by Rāmabhadrācārya in the Āshvin Navarātra (September 30 to October 8) of 2008 when he was in Tirupati for a Kathā programme. In the prologue of the work, Rāmabhadrācārya says that the genre of Suprabhātakāvya began with a single verse (1.23.1) of Bālakāṇḍa in Vālmīki's Rāmāyaṇa.[3]

The poet mentions the popularity of Veṅkaṭeśasuprabhātam for Veṅkaṭeśvara, and says that hitherto there was no extensive Suprabhātakāvya in praise of Rāma, which coupled with his stay at Tirupati, prompted him to compose the work.[1]

The poem[edit]

The work consists of 43 verses, of which 40 verses form the text of the Suprabhātam. In addition, there are two verses in the prologue (the first of which is the verse from Vālmīki' Rāmāyaṇa) and there is one verse in the epilogue which is the Phalaśruti. The Suprabhātam verses are composed in five metres -

  • The two verses in the prologue are in the Anuṣṭup metre
  • Verses 1 to 8 are in the Śārdūlavikrīḍita metre
  • Verses 9 to 32 are in the Vasantatilakā metre. This is the metre usually used in the Suprabhātakāvya genre.
  • Verses 33 to 36 are in the Sragdharā metre
  • Verses 37 to 40 are in the Mālinī metre
  • The Phalaśruti at the end is in the Vasantatilakā metre.

Text and Meaning[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rambhadracharya 2009, pp. ka-kha.
  2. ^ Rambhadracharya, Svami (Composer and Singer) (2009). Śrīsītārāmasuprabhātam [The beautiful dawn of Sītā and Rāma] (CD) (in Sanskrit). Delhi, India: Yuki Cassettes. YCD-155. 
  3. ^ Murthy, K. M. K.; Rao, Desiraju Hanumanta (September 2009), Valmiki Ramayana - Book I:Bala Kanda - Book Of Youth - Chapter 23, retrieved May 7, 2011 

References[edit]

Rambhadracharya, Svami (January 14, 2009), Śrīsītārāmasuprabhātam (PDF) (in Sanskrit), Chitrakuta, Uttar Pradesh, India: Jagadguru Rambhadracharya Vikalang Vishvavidyalaya, retrieved October 25, 2012 

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