|Author:Laxman Burdak, IFS (R)|
Munganda was birth place of Jagannātha Paṇḍitarāja, or Jagannatha Pandita Rayalu, a famous poet and literary critic who lived in the 17th century. As a literary theorist or rhetorician, he is renowned for his Rasagaṅgādhara, a work on poetic theory.
He was a Sanskrit scholar, poet and a musician from Munikhanda Agraharam (present day Munganda), East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh, India. He later lived in Varanasi, India. Jagannatha Pandita Raya's contributions were, "Rasa Gangadharam" (Alankara Sastram), Ganga Lahari, and Five Vilasams in Sanskrit language. He was granted the title of Paṇḍitarāja by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, at whose court he received patronage.
विजयेन्द्र कुमार माथुर ने लेख किया है ...बेंगिनाड (AS, p.641), आ.प्र., संस्कृत के महाकवि पंडित राज जगन्नाथ का जन्म स्थान है। ये तेलांग ब्राह्मण थे और मुगल शाहजहां के विशेष कृपापात्र थे। गंगालहरी इनकी प्रसिद्ध रचना है।
- Lienhard, Siegfried (1984), Jan Gonda (ed.), A History of Classical Poetry: Sanskrit–Pali–Prakrit, A History of Indian Literature, 3, Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz,p.103
- Lienhard 1984, p. 144
- A. N. D. Haksar (2002), A Treasury of Sanskrit Poetry In English Translation, New Delhi: Indian Council for Cultural Relations,p.194
- Aitihasik Sthanavali by Vijayendra Kumar Mathur, p.641