ID: 108733
Full name: Ponna
Gender: Male
Year of birth: 900 c.
Year of death: 960 c.
Social identifiers: Ubhayakavi
Other social identifier: Savaṇa, Kuruḷgaḷa savaṇa, Ubhayakavicakravarti, Kavicakravarti
Alternative names: Honna, Ponnamayya, Ponniga
Name in local script: ಪೊನ್ನ

Ponna is enumerated among the three poets laureate (kavi‧cakravarti) of Old Kannada by his junior contemporary Ranna. He wrote the Śāntipurāṇam [SP] – a hagiography of the tīrthaṅkara Śāntinātha, sponsored by Mallappayya and Ponnammayya – generals of the Calukya chieftain Taila II. Ponna also appears to mention Kṛṣṇa III as a patron. Since Ponna lived in Puṅganūru in the Veṅgi realm, he is sometimes identified with Sarvadēva who wrote a Telugu Ādipurāṇam.

Ponna wrote three other books - the Jinākṣaramāle – an acrostic poem in praise of the jina, a Rāmāyaṇa-themed text - the Bhuvanaikarāmâbhyudaya and a citrakāvya Gatapratyāgata. The latter two are mentioned in the SP, but are no longer extant.

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Works that mention this person: Jagannāthavijayam
Related People
People influenced by this person: Ranna
Last update: 13.05.2021 - 01:28
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Been to: Puṅganūrŭ
Suggested citation: Keerthi N. "Ponna." Pandit. <panditproject.org/entity/108733/person>. Updated on May 13, 2021 01:28 am IST.
Contributors: Naresh Keerthi
Attributed to: Premodern Kannada