Theft of a Tree: A Tale by the Court Poet of the Vijayanagara Empire (Murty Classical Library of India) (Paperback)

Theft of a Tree: A Tale by the Court Poet of the Vijayanagara Empire (Murty Classical Library of India) By Nandi Timmana, Harshita Mruthinti Kamath (Translator), Velcheru Narayana Rao (Translator) Cover Image
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The first English translation of a thousand-year-old story of Krishna and his wife Satyabhama, retold by the most famous court poet of the Vijayanagara Empire.

Legend has it that the sixteenth-century Telugu poet Nandi Timmana composed Theft of a Tree, or Pārijātāpaharaṇamu, to help the wife of Krishnadevaraya, king of the south Indian Vijayanagara Empire, win back her husband's affections. Timmana based his work on a popular millennium-old Krishna tale.

Theft of a Tree recounts how Krishna stole the wish-granting pārijāta tree from the garden of Indra, king of the gods. Krishna takes the tree to please his favorite wife, Satyabhama, who is upset when he gifts his chief queen a single divine flower. After battling Indra, he plants the pārijāta for Satyabhama--but she must perform a rite temporarily relinquishing it and her husband to enjoy endless happiness.

This is the first English translation of the poem, which prefigures the modern Telugu novel with its unprecedented narrative unity.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780674295919
ISBN-10: 0674295919
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication Date: February 13th, 2024
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: Murty Classical Library of India