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Durable Link to this BlogSaturday, September 9, 2006

Off to Nanjanagudu

I am off to the Karnataka History Conference to be held in Nanjanagudu.

I will be speaking about a newly found manuscript, "Vikramadityabhudayam" by the same author (Somadeva III) who wrote "Manasollasa". It is an incomplete work, perhaps caused by the death of the author, but provides interesting insights.

I have some very fond memories of Nanjanagudu. When Kamat was alive, we had travelled to every nook and corner of the town in search of Mysore Traditional Paintings. Kamat has also extensively photographed the wooden sculptures of the chariots here.

See: Town of Nanjanagudu

Juicy Variety of BananasPicture of King RawanaWoman Puts on Makeup

Nanjanagudu is famous for a variety of the juicy babanas (Rasabale) that are grown here. Of course, the name of the town itself comes from the old temple of Lord Shiva that is flocked to by the devotees.

I really like the name of the town. It is pure Kannada name -- Nanju, meaning poison, and gudu meaning the nest. It is believed that Shiva drank the poison and saved the earth during Samudra Mathana episode, and Nanjanagudu is supposed to be his abode, while recovering.

See Also: Field Trip to Nanjanagudu -- Vikas remembers a trip to Nanjanagudu with his dad.

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