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Author: Sumitranandan Pant

Publisher: Rajkamal Prakashan

Publishing Date: 1958

Language: Hindi

Genre: Poetry

ISBN-10: 8126704918

ISBN-13: 978-8126704910

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 353

Cost: Rs. 397.50 (Kindle edition)


Chidambara is a collection of poetry. This collection is the introduction to the second uplifting of his poetry-consciousness, storing compositions ranging from 'Yugavani' to ' Atima’ along with selected works of Vani’s final composition. 

In ‘Pallavani’, his nineteen years have been cherished from 1918 to 1936, and from' 1937 to '1957 in ‘Chidambara’.

In this book, the poems will point to the fact that the poet has been taking material aspects from both philosophies: physical and spiritual.

The poet seems to at times ask you questions, contemplating about various unanswered curiosities of life, like:

With which elements will you build a future human?

With which light will this homogeneous house be filled?

Will human mind be enlightened by true non-violence?

Will life become the sweet paradise of immortal love?


'Chidambara' gives a glimpse of Sumitranandan Pant's physical, mental, spiritual transmission over his twenty-year development journey from 1937 to 1957.  Sumitranandan Pant's compositions, rather the more progressive ones has been a target of bitter criticisms and intense scrutiny from time to time. These criticisms, in turn, explain the conflicts between the literary values ​​and the trade of business of that era.

About this collection, Sumitranandan Pant himself has written - "Seeing the works of my physical, social, mental, spiritual transmission inspired by Chitambara's Earth-figure, collected in one place, readers are more able to understand the sources of unity within them. I will be able to get help. In this, I have spoken within my limits, the life of the times of my era and Chaitanya, with the imagination of new humanity, I have a single transmission of my poetic consciousness from epoch to eloquence, within which the significance of the physical and spiritual stages will always remain indispensable to the nature of the binomial human.”

This book will educate the generations that came after this great poet about the state of political, social, emotional paradigm of that era.

Milestones of the Book:

  • Sumitranandan Pant was awarded the Jnanpith Award for this book in 1979.

About the Author:

Sumitranandan Pant was born on 20 May 1900 in Kasauni village in Almora (Uttar Pradesh). His mother died a few hours after his birth. His real name was named Gusai Dutt. He did his primary education in Almora. In 1918, he moved to Kashi with his brother and started studying at Queens College there. After passing the metric, he came to Allahabad. Impressed by Mahatma Gandhi's Satyagraha in 1919, he left his education incomplete and became active in the freedom movement. He studied Hindi, Sanskrit, English and Bangla. He had a great attachment to nature.

His major works include Veena, Utkhavas, Pallavas, Granthi, Gunjan, Lokayatan Pallavani, Madhu Jwala, Mansi, Vani, Yuga Path and Satyakam, to name a few.

He was decorated with the Indian Jnanpith for "Chidambara", the Soviet Nehru Peace Prize for Lokayatan and the Padma Bhushan for this continuous service of Hindi literature. In 1905, Sumitranandan was admitted to the Vernacular School in Kausani after he was initiated by the priest of the house.