Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: A peetham in the name of Doorjati, one of the eight poets of ‘Bhuvanavijayam' in the court of emperor Sri Krishnadevaraya, will be established at Srikalahasti in Chittoor district which is close to the pilgrim centre of Tirupati. The eight poets were called ‘Ashtadiggajams'.

Doorjati, according to historians, was a native of Srikalahasti and authored two works on Srikalahasti, a Shaivite centre, namely Srikalahastiswara Mahatyam and “Srikalahastiswara Satakam'.

Often, parallels are drawn in the literary and religious circles between Doorjati and Annamacharya as, Doorjati propagated Shaivite cult while the latter, a Vaishnavite, worked and sang keerthans in praise of Lord Venkateswara.

Disclosing this information here on Saturday, K. V. Ramanachary, principal secretary, Revenue (Endowments), said the Srikalahasti Temple Trust Board set aside Rs. 5 lakh as the initial amount towards the peetham for which public contributions would also be solicited. Literary, cultural and religious programme would be organised through the peetham. He said “Laksha gala Govindarchana” with participation of a lakh singers will be conducted by the TTD on May 27 in praise of the Lord of Seven Hills at Vijayawada.