Sri Sri Vijaya Dasaru
Sri Vijaya Dasa is one of the most renowed scholar and philosopher in Dwaita philosophy as well in Dasa Sahitya. He is being compared like how all mandwa community (Hari Bhakta’s) to Jaya Thirtha pada and for Haridasa community Sri Purandara Dasa to Sri Vijaya dasaru. Vijaya means win and he is the one who knows how win the heart of Hari and Hari Bhakta in his Hari Dasa Sahitya’s creations.
History : Historically speaking, in Adi Yuga or KRutha Yuga he was the disciple of Naarada, THretha YUga he is known to be Suraleela known to be monkey (vanara), in DWapara YUga he is traced as Nikampana (Yadaava) and in Kali yuga he is born as a calf and then as a brahmin. He is knowwn to be decent of Bruga Muni and he is known to be called TAAratamya saint. There is story behind this when Narada asked Bruga Muni who is the supreme among Brhma, Vishnu and Maheshwara. He is the first Rushi to say that Hari Sarvothama, then Sri Devi later Brahama, Vayu, Indra etc.
Birth : He was born in a very poor Brahmin family in Chekalaparvi of Manwi Taluk in Raichur District. His parents are Sri Srinivasappa and Kusamma. He went to Kashi (Varanasi) for four years for studies and returned to his native.
He was married to Aralamma Sadhwi at the age of 16 and had both sweet and bitter family life because of low income. After his parents death, again he went to Kashi (Varanasi). He became full fledged sanskrit scholar and Saraswathi were to be there in his tongue always. One fine day he dreamt of Sri Purandara Dasa and telling him ‘Vijay Vittala’ (Ankitha) (Namakitha) and had his blessings. He became Vijaya Dasa in lieu of Vijaya Rao. Whatever he has written it became Dasa shresta grantha or poems in Madhwa community
Works : In Dasa Sahitya he is one of the elite saint who struggled to popularise the works of Dwaita, Srimadacharya’s works, and Hari Bhakti mala’s. He has written about 25,000 Padya Sulyadi i.e *UGAHA BHOGHA* ‘s , his works are called kalasha’s creataions, Urasu’s creations. In Kannada sahitya his literary works is great and it is said that his works stands next to the great Sri Purandara Dasa and he is also called Dasa Shresta.
Miracles : He saved mother and a kid who was about to die and sing a song on Hari and looked after them as part of his family. Later that kid became his disciple and called Mohana Dasaru. Again same Mohan Dasaru was died accidently and he saved him and given life to him. He gave rebirth to his own son from his life of 4 years and
another 7 years from some body. He went to Kashi thrice and took a dip in Holy Ganges during spate and also put padmasana over the flowing river without getting wet of his clothes and body. Sri Vijaydasaru also made to translate Sudha in lay man’s mouth, who use to bring water to him. Seeing his brilliance and scholarly attitude he has enormous followers and disciples. His followers include Sri Jagannatha Dasaru who has given the world with ‘Harikathamrutha Sara’, Sri Gopala Dasaru, Kallur Subramanya Charya etc.He lived upto 79 years giving the world path to the peace and Hari bhakti through Dasa Sahitya.
His annual ‘Aradhana’ is being held in a place called Chippgiri, it is 5 Kms from Guntakal Station and only buses will reach this place. Every year Karthika Shudda Navami, Dashmi and Utwan Dwadashi his aradhana is being held in ‘Sri Vijaya Dasara Katte’ (Vrundavana) of the above place. Thousands of people from the Madwa community attend and take darshan on these days. Sri Gopala Dasaru has constructed Anjaneya (Sri Mukhya Prana Devaru) temple in front of the ‘Katte’. There is a story that there is small pond very near to the ‘Katte’, where Sri Vijaya Dasaru has brought Ganges on the third time he went to kashi and given to his disciples, and it is now known it as ‘Vijaya Thirtha’. In this Chippgiri there is old house where Sri Vijay dasaru lived, Mahadeva Temple, Srinivasa Temple, there is cave which is also known to be Sun God’s meditated place.
Even to-day there is saying that every day Sri Vijay Dasaru will take bath in Vijay Thirtha and clean the Mukya Prana temple. One of the temple servant is eyewitness to this miracle.
||| Jai Sri Ramachandra Prabhu |||