Vinayaka Chaviti

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Vinayaka Chaviti
Vinayaka Chavithi poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Samudrala Sr
Produced by K. Gopala Rao
Written by Samudrala Sr. (dialogues)
Starring N. T. Rama Rao
Krishna Kumari
Music by Ghantasala
Cinematography C. Nageswara Rao
Edited by N. S. Prakash
Aswaraja Pictures
Release date
22 August 1957
Country India
Language Telugu

Vinayaka Chaviti (Telugu: వినాయక చవితి) is a 1957 Telugu mythological film, produced by K. Gopala Rao under the Aswaraja Pictures banner and directed by Samudrala Sr. It stars N. T. Rama Rao, Krishna Kumari, Jamuna in the lead roles and music composed by Ghantasala. The story is of Syamantakopakhyanam, annually read during the Ganesh Chathurthi festival day celebrations of Lord Vinayaka. The film was dubbed into Tamil with the title Vinayaga Chathurthi and was released in 1959.[1]


The plot is narrated by storyteller for the benefit of the devotees. It begins with Goddess Parvathi Devi making a mud sculpture of a child in human form and breathing life into it. She makes this child her guard when she goes to the bath. She orders him not to let anyone in. When Lord Shiva tries to enter, this child stops him and invites Shiva's anger. Shiva beheads him. Later, knowing from Parvati that the child is his son, he brings the child back to life but with an elephant head (Shiva had once granted this boon to a Rakshasa who became his devotee). They name him Gajanana (In Sanskrit, Gaja = Elephant, Anana = Face) and make him the lord of the Ganas. During a court function, Chandra (Moon god) laughs at him and gets cursed that no one shall see his face on Vinayaka Chavithi. Should anyone happen to see, he/she shall face ignominy brought on by false rumor.

Lord Krishna one day in the house of Rukmini (Krishna Kumari) sees the shadow of Chandra in milk. Satrajit (Gummadi) is a staunch devotee of Surya and prays to him regularly. His brother is Prasena (Rajanala) and daughter Satyabhama or Satrajiti (Jamuna). He promises to marry his daughter to Satadhanva (Nageswara Rao). Surya, impressed by his bhakti, gives him the Syamantaka jewel which gives a lot of gold daily. Krishna requests Satrajit to give it to him so that he could use it in the service of his people. Satrajit refuses to do so. He gives it to his brother Prasena to protect it. One day Prasena goes hunting into the forest. A lion kills him and runs off with the jewel. Jambavanta kills the lion and takes the Syamataka and gives it to his daughter Jambavati. Knowing about the slaying of his brother, Satrajit blames Krishna for killing him. He also prepared for the marriage of his daughter, whereas Satyabhama loves Krishna. Krishna with family goes to the forest and finds out the facts and that the jewel is in the possession of Jambavanta. Krishna fights with this Jambavanta continuously for 28 days and defeats him. Finally, Jambavanta understands that Krishna is none other than the incarnation of His Lord Rama (Jambavanta, at the end of the war against Ravana in the Ramayana, had requested that he be allowed to have a duel with Rama himself. Rama promised him then, that in Rama's next life or avatar, Jambavanta would be granted such an opportunity). He gives away the Jewel along with his daughter to Krishna, who returns to Dwaraka and calls upon Satrajit and presents the Jewel back to him. Guilty of blaming Krishna for no reason, Satrajit gives the Jewel and his daughter Satyabhama to Lord Krishna. Satadhanva knowing about it furiously arrives with forces and kills Satrajit and tries to abduct Satyabhama. Krishna kills him with Sudarshana Chakra. Krishna marries both Satyabhama and Jambavathi.




Vinayaka Chaviti
Film score by
Released 1957
Genre Soundtrack
Producer Ghantasala

Music composed by Ghantasala. Lyrics were written by Samudrala Sr. The song Dinakara Subhakara is a memorable. Music released by Audio Company.[2]

S. No. Song Title Singers length
1 "Aa Nalinakshi" Ghantasala
2 "Alinchara Moralinchara" P. Leela
3 "Arunaya Saranyaya" Ghantasala
4 "Chinni Krishnamma" Ghantasala
5 "Dinakara Subhakara" Ghantasala
6 "Hare Narayana" Ghantasala
7 "Jagadeka Rambhaye" Ghantasala
8 "Jaya Gana Nayaka Vinayaka" Ghantasala, P. Susheela
9 "Kaliki Ne Krishnudane" P. Susheela, A. P. Komala
10 "Kannulalo Merise" P. Leela
11 "Nalugidare Nalugidare" P. Susheela
12 "Ninu Nera Nammithira" P. Susheela
13 "Pratahkale Bhavet Brahma" Ghantasala
14 "Raja Premajoopara" M. S. Rama Rao, P. Leela
15 "Sailasuta Hrudayesa" P. Susheela
16 "Tanuvooge Naa Manasuooge" P. Leela
17 "Thondamuneka Dantamunu" Ghantasala
18 "Vatapi Ganapatim Bhaje" Ghantasala
19 "Vesenu Naa Madi" Sarojini
20 "Yashoda Kishora" M. S. Rama Rao


  1. ^ Film News Anandan (23 October 2004). Sadhanaigal Padaitha Thamizh Thiraipada Varalaru [History of Landmark Tamil Films] (in Tamil). Chennai: Sivakami Publishers. Archived from the original on 27 December 2017.
  2. ^ List of songs and poems in Vinayaka Chaviti at Ghantasala Galamrutamu.

External links

  • Vinayaka Chaviti on IMDb
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