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GOVINDA DEEKSHITAR [ MINISTER OF THANJAVORE NAYAK KING ] - Adminstration

Govinda Deekshitar is a great statesman and minister at the court of the Tanjore Nayak Kings during a period of nearly three-quarters of a century has naturally made his name permanent and his fame eternal. Tradition has assigned to Tirunageswaram, a sacred shrine about 4 miles to the South-east of Kumbakonam, and to Patteesswaram, the honour of having been the place where the minister lived and spent his private life. Govinda Deekshita’s wife’s name is given as Nagambika or Nagammba by Venkata Makhi. It appears that Govinda Deekshita had eight sons and one daughter. We know prominently of two, viz, Yajnanarayana Deekshita and Venkateswara Deekshita, known as Venkata Makhi.

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Govinda Deekshita is always referred to as “Advaita Vidyacharya” (the master of “advaita” or “monistic” knowledge) by Sri Raja Chudamani Deekshita in his Tantrasikhamani, referred to already. An inscription in Tamil of 1549 A.D. refers to “Chavappa Nayakar” and “Ayyan” the word “Ayyan”, a derivation of “Arya” meaning noble, was generally used for Govinda Deekshita, out of respect. In the reports of the Archaelogical Survey, he is referred to as “Deekshitar Ayyan”, “Chavappan Nayakar Ayyan” occurs in an inscription of 1577

A Tamil stanza in the Tamil version of the Sthala Mathathmya of Tiruvadi (Stanza 18) of 1605 refers to Govinda Deekshita as the inspirer of the Tamil remdering of the Pirana, which was in Sanskrit. To speak about a few things in which we have his name even to-day, the Ayyan Kulam and the Ayyan Kadai (Bazaar) in Tanjore, Ayyanpet, a village between Tanjore and Kumbakonam, on the South Indian Railway, Ayyan Vaikal (caual)—an irrigation channel north of the Coleroon, starting from the Akhanda Cauvery, the Ayyan theru (street) in Tiruvannamalai, already referred to, are some in which we have the name of Govinda Deekshita to this day

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Again the Yagasala street and the Yagasala Mantapa at Kumbakonam are said to mark the place where Govinda Deekshita performed his Yagas on the banks of the Cauvery. A house in the West Ayyan street at Kumbakonam used till recently to be pointed to as his house at Kumbakonam and it is said that all the members of his clan used till recently to perform marriages etc., in that ancient family house. It is said that Govinda Deekshita constructed also bathing ghats, pushya-mantapas in various places such as Tiruvadi, Kumbakonam, Patteeswaram, Madhyrjuuam, Tiruvalanjuzhi, Vriddhachalam etc. The village known as Deekshita Samudram (or Mullakudi in the Tanjore Dt.) and Venkata Samudram (or Varahur, near Tirukkattuppalli in the Tanjore Dt.) seem to be connected with Govinda Deekshita and his son Venkata Makhi. Govinda Deekshita wrote also a work on music as Sangeeta Sudhanidhi.Again it is said that he gave one agraharam in the name of each Tithi (day of lunar month) and that the village now known as Ichaugudi in the Tanjore District is still called the Ekadasi Agraharam.

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