Rayara Mane in Bichale

Bichale is less than an hour away fro Mantralaya. This is the place where Raghavendra Swamy or Rayaru stayed for 13 years after he came down to Manchale sometime in 1658..Raghavendra Swamy or Rayaru decided in 1658 to enter Brindavana in Manchale and he left Kumbakonam that year  for the small village of Manchale. Thisvillage came under the province of Adoni whose Governor was Siddi Masud Khan, an  Abysinian nobleman and son in law of Siddi Jauhar. Both Siddi Jahaur and Siddi Masud had fought for the Adil Shahis against Shivaji and the Miughals. Both Jahaur and Masud were commanders of the Bijapur army. The Bijapur Adil Shah had recognised the services of Masud and made him the Governor of Adoni or Adwani.  It is  at Adoni that Venkanna becomes teh Diwan with the blessings of Rayaru.Coming back to the story, Rayaru redquests for Manchale village ane gets it fro Masud Khan.  He then stays at Manchale near the Venkataramanaswamy Temple and also at the house of Appanacharay for thirteen years. The photos here are of tthe house of Appanacharya where Rayaru stayed.

This rundown road is a remnant of the flash floods of 2009 that devastated Bichale, which is near Mantralaya. While Mantralaya is in Andhra Pradesh, Bichale is in Karnataka. Both are located on the banks of the Tungabhadra. The picture shows the mud road with destroyed structures leading to the house of Appanacharya where Rayaru lived for 13 years.

 

 

This is supposed to be the exact place where Rayaru slept in the house of  Appanacharya. Before, 2009, this area was cordoned off by a thread and rope. When the house was completely destroyed, the pillars and the roof of the house collapsed. leaving the structure in ruins.

This is supposed to be the exact place where Rayaru slept in the house of Appanacharya. Before, 2009, this area was cordoned off by a thread and rope. When the house was completely destroyed, the pillars and the roof of the house collapsed. leaving the structure in ruins.

IMG_4042This is how the house of Appanacharya looks from outside. Thois house was completely destroyed in the floods of 2009. It is being rebuilt by the descendents of Appanacharya.

This is how the house of Appanacharya looks from outside. Thois house was completely destroyed in the floods of 2009. It is being rebuilt by the descendents of Appanacharya.

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Bichale is the place where our beloved Rayaru spent 13 years of his life. He was in Bichale-Manchale-Gandhal area from 1658 till he entered Brindavana in 1671 at Mantralaya. If Gandhal or the place where the temple of Panchamukhi Hanuman has a cave where Rayaru meditated, Bichale has the house of Appanacharya where Rayru stayed. Mantralaya, of course, is the place where he entered Brindavana. When Rayaru chose the spot for Brindavana Pravesha, there was no habitation at that exact place. The village of Manchale was existing and Rayaru stayed there.
Bichale is a little away from Mantralaya. We can see Bichale from Mantralaya Road railway station.
The house of Appanacharya was completely destroyed in the floods of 2009. Infact, the entire village of Bichale and even Mantralaya was submerged by the Tungabhadra river. Today, Rayaru Mane in Bichale has been rebuit by the desendents of Appanacharya. Many Haridasas, including Jagannatha Dasa of Manvi have visited Bichale and sang praises of Rayaru.
Apart from the house, the Japadakatte, of which we have uploaded enough photos on the blog, is holy.