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  • Context (PIB): PM paid tributes to Mahayogi Vemana on the occasion of Vemana Jayanti.
  • He lived in 17th century CE.
  • Vemana was born in Gandikota, Kadapa district of Rayalaseema region in Andhra Pradesh.
  • Yogi Vemana was an Achala yogi, Philosopher, social reformer and poet of the Telugu language.

Mahayogi vemana

Poems of Yogi Vimana

  • Vemana’s poems are categorised into social, moral, satirical and mystic nature.
  • His poems are treated as the best morals by the Telugu ancestors.
  • His poems were preserved by people on palm leaves or orally (vocal).
  • His poems were published as a book (shatakam) by Charles Philip Brown, ICS, two times in 1829 and 1839.
  • He had a friend called Abhirama. Abhirama’s guru taught Vemana moksha.
  • Most of his poems end with the signature line of Vishwadaabhi Rama vinura Vema” (Hey! Abhirama listen Vemana)

Social Work

  • He travelled extensively to spread his message of social change, moral values, and eradication of social evils.
  • He was a radical reformer who resisted all social and religious blind beliefs and harmful traditions and practices through his poems.
  • He condemned idol worship, social inequality, irrespective of caste, creed or religion.
  • He had to face the wrath of orthodox people who disliked his teachings and reforms.
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