Tikkana (1205–1288) was born into a Brahmin family. He translated some portions of Mahabharata into Telugu. Tikkana Somayaji was the second poet of the “Trinity of Poets (Kavi Trayam)” that translated Mahabharata into Telugu. ‘Nannaya Bhattaraka’ was the first to translate two and a half chapters of Mahabharata. Tikkana Somayaji has translated 15 Parvas of Mahabharata.
Tikkana was born in Nellore district. Tikkana was the main person in resolving the conflict between the Shivaites and Vaishnavites. Tikkana was the Prime Minister of the king of Nellore. He was given the title as ‘Ubhaya Kavimitrudu’, as an honour for his great knowledge in literary works.
Tikkana defeated the Buddhist and Jain participants in religious meetings and established Hinduism. He said that Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu were one and the same. And he cultivated the habit of bhakti among the people. He was the main person in promoting Hinduism, and he explained the importance, and also the moral values of Hinduism. One library is functioning in his name at Guntur.
Tikkana was a devotee of both Vishnu and Shiva, and he has showed the benefits of worshipping the gods, and showed the spiritual path to the people. Though, now he is not physically available in this world, his divine works will tell his name for ever.
Let us worship this great saint, and let us chant his name and be blessed.
“OM SREE TIKKANAVE NAMAHA”
“OM NAMAH SHIVAYA”
“OM NAMO NARAYANA”