Bhaskara Satakamu – 2

“aMgana  nammaraadu  tana  yaMkeku  raani  bahaabalaaDhyu  vea
bhaMgula  maayaloDDi  cherupaM  dalapeTTu! viveakiyaina  saa
raMgadharuM  badaMbulu  karaMbulu  goeyagajease  dolli  chi
traaMgi  yaneakamul  nuDuvaraani  kuyuktulu  panni  bhaaskaraa!”

“అంగన నమ్మరాదు తన యంకెకు రాని బహాబలాఢ్యు వే
భంగుల మాయలొడ్డి చెఱుపం దలపెట్టు! వివేకియైన సా
రంగధరుం బదంబులు కరంబులు గోయగజేసె దొల్లి చి
త్రాంగి యనేకముల్ నుడువరాని కుయుక్తులు పన్ని భాస్కరా!” (In Telugu font)

“Woman is not to be believed, she tries in thousand ways
To trouble the man who does not yield to her wishes
Don’t you know Chitraamgi contrived in many unutterable ways
And got the prudent Saaramgadhara’s legs and hands amputated, Bhaskara!”

There exists a popular story relating to the period when the Eastern Chalukya king Raja Raja Narendra was in power in Andhra Desa in 11th C (AD).  The story is – Raja Raja Narendr had two wives, Ratnaamgi and ChitraamgiSaaramgadhara was his son, born to his first wife RatnaamgiChitraamgi entered the life of Raja Raja Narendra very late in his life. She was young and develops immoral liking to Saaramgadhara, who was by then grown up to a young and attractive male.

She calls him one day to her abode and during conversation, she expresses her fascination towards him and asks him to submit to her desire. Being a prudent young fellow, Saaramgadhara refuses to budge to her desires and tries to convince her out of her immoral desires. Offended and being a wily woman, Chitraamgi nurtures a grudge and complains to the King that Saaramgadhara was immorally making advances towards her and convinces the King with her wily words to punish him.  The King, by then totally enticed and drawn into the womanly beauty of Chitraamgi, believes her words and orders the punishment customary to that period.  The punishment was amputation of the hands and legs of Saaramgadhara. It is popularly believed that the punishment was meted out to the ill-fated Saaramgadhara.

As per popular belief, the above story happened in Raja Mahendravaram (now Rajamundry, in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, India). It is said that there still exists the remnants of an abode now known as ‘Chitraamgi Meda’ and a place known as ‘Saaramgadhara metta’.

The above story, however, is not supported by any kind of historical evidence.

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