Biographical Sketches of Dekkan Poets/Gungadhara

GUNGA DHARA.

This individual was a native of the Orissa country, but wrote poems in the Telugu language. He came to the Telugu country at a very early age, and was educated at a respectable private school, he was a great traveller, and as he had heard much of the patronage of Ballana Roya, he paid his court to that monarch, who countenanced him, and by his liberality, made him to be in easy circumstances: his poems were many, but they chiefly relate to the Linga-vunt sect, as his royal master had become a convert to the Siva faith. Gunga Dhara died much lamented, for he was of a strict moral character, and much esteemed both by the king and people.