Campū is one of the most prominent and unique generes of Sanskrit Literature. It is a beautiful combination of poetry and prose. Nīlakaṇṭhavijayacampūḥ is one of such great works composed by Nīlakaṇṭha Dīkṣita of Tamil Nadu, in 17th century AD.
As the title indicates the work is a poetic expression of the great valour of Nīlakaṇṭha, who is Lord Śiva. The subject of the work is derived from the Purāṇas, and it is none other than the great event of ‘Kṣīrasāgara mathana’, ‘the churning of the milk ocean.’ The entire event is gracefully described in five parts, which are called Āśvāsas. The Kāvya starts with the beautiful descriptions of heveanly abodes and Gods, and gradually leads towards the event of churning the milk ocean by Gods and demons. There occurs a thrilling twist with the outburst of the deadly poison from the milk ocean. And then in the climax, the unequelled Lord Śiva comes to save the Gods and demons by consuming the deadly poison.The work is known for its grandeur in poetry and prose, and especially the greatness of the poet in describing the Nāyaka, Lord Śiva.
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