|| Hari Sarvothama Vayu Jivothama ||
|| Sri Vijayindra Sri Vadiraja Tirtha Gurubyo Namaha ||
|| Sri Sudeendra Sri Raghavendra Tirtha Gurubyo Namaha ||
|| Sri Purandara Sri Vijayadasa Sri Gopala Dasavarenyaya Namaha ||
Aradhane of Sri Gopala Dasa is celebrated at Uthanoor,Mosara Kallu village on 13/1/2015.
Life of Sri Bhaganna :
Period:1722 to 1762
Bhaganna lived along with his three brothers with his mother Venkamma,since his father had expired exposing them to great difficulties. An accounts officer of a neighbouring village arranged for the thread ceremony of the children free of cost and the priest who conducted the function emphasised the power of gayatri.
Bhaganna took the adivce to the heart and formally took permisssion from greatest god for a person viz.his mother started to sincerely chant the greatest mantra gayatri and by the repeated chanting and purascharanah of the sacred hymn for a period of two years under a vata vraksha(banyan tree)Bhaganna was endowed with the gift of telling the bhoota,vartamanah and bhavishya of a person(the past,present and future). Fame,name,glory and riches began to pour upon Bhagannaa who was languishing in penury previously. Even the Gadwal king came to him and got prediction from him and gifted with him with lot of wealth.
Bhaganna to become Gopala Dasaru:
A dramatic change took place in his life when bhaganna happened to go to see thimanna at adoni (thimannan was a minister at the court of baslad jung,nawab of adoni and a good friend of bhaganna) . At that time Sri Vijayadaasaru had camped there and Bhaganna was captivated by the great saint and Bhaganna left the practice of foretelling and fell at the Lotus feet of the dasaru and requested him to kindly initiate into daasa koota which the latter did so in the manga rayara devastana at adoni and gave him the ankhita name of Gopala vittala and henceforth He was known as Sri Gopala Dasaru.
Gopala dasa was a great Haridasa,who gave 40 years of his life to Sri Jagannatha Dasa, as per orders of Sri Vijayadasa.He has composed thousands of Suladhis,Ugabhogas.His dasarapadha extols the Supremacy of Lord Sri Hari strongly and proved Sri Madhva siddhanta to such a great extent.Its commonly believed that Sri Gopala Dasaru is an amsha of Sri Ganesha.
Some of starting lines of his Songs:
There are thousands of songs composed by Sri Gopaladasaru,the below are those which are known to me.
On Lord Sri Hari:
- kayo sri NarasimhA kayo jaya NarasimhA kayo…
Lord Sri Narasimha(Visnu),the one who is filled with auspicious qualities, please protect us always!
- Baraiya bakutara priya Srinivasa Raya..
Lord Srinivasa(Venkatesha),the one who saves and loves his bhakthas,please come.
On Sri Mukyaprana:
- Idu enu charita Yantrodhara
On his Gurugalu Sri Vijayadasaru:
- Karuna Kavacha:smarisuve na nimma charana kamala guru Vijayaraya
O my dear guru Sri Vijayadasa-the ocean of compassion,I always remember your lotus feet,please bless.
Bhakthi towards Sri Raghavendra Swamy:
Similar to Sri Vijayadasaru, our great dasaru has written many songs on Mantralaya mahaprabhu Sri Raghavendra Swamigalu.He has also written many suladhis, among them Mantralaya Suladhi is one of them,which gives the beauty and power of Guru Raghavendra Swamigalu,who blesses thousands and thousands of his devotees everyday.Gopala dasaru had indepth bhakthi towards our Kalyyuga kalpatharu Sri Raghavendra Swami.
- Rathavaneridha Raghavendra Raya gunasandhra
- Gururaghavendra charana kamalavannu smarisuva manijarigae
- Mantralaya suladhi-Tareyolagae namma guruRaghavendrarinnu iruThippa vivarava…
- Kasta samsaaravembo attutuligae na are Krsnoupasakka Raghavendra Guruvae..
- Muniya nodiro mukuthi thanava bediro
- Vandisi noduva bhare indu mugiyaley raga
Gopala dasaru- sincere devotee of Sri Vadiraja Mahaprabhu
- Vadiraajamunipa hayamukha paadakamala madhupa
Our great dasaru says, Oh great saint Sri Vadiraja, like the bee which knows the essence of honey of flower,you very well know the nectar of lotus feet of Lord Sri Hayavadhana.Please bless us with the remembrance of your holy feet.
Our great dasaru Sri Gopala Dasaru was one of the sincere and great devotee of Sri Vadiraja Mahaprabhu,who is affectionately called as Rajaru.Gopala dasaru in one of his songs says:Smarane(thinking) on his Guru Sri Vadirajaru holy feet is important,as it will fetch blessings of Lord Sri Hayavadhana.Also asks us to pray Sri Vadirajaru, who gives Sukha(happiness) to his devotees always and there is no doubt in that.
Readers can also click here to read another article on our Dasaru -courtesy Sri Vijay Vittal,Hyderabad.
Let our dasaru bless all of us with Gyana/Bhakthi/Vairagya,
—In the service of Sri Hari Vayu Gurugalu,
Venkatesh Rajendra Rao.
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