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.
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