Pranesha Dasa is one of the innumerable Haridasas who have composed songs on Raghavendra Swamy and Mantralaya.
Pranesha Dasa had leucoderma and when his parents performed seve to Rayaru to get rid of it, Rayaru obliged. However, a small white patch was left behind on his right foot and the parents once again performed seve of Rayaru.
Rayaru then came in the dream of Pransha Dasa’s parents and told that their son was an amsha of Pandu Maharaja. Since Pandu suffered from leucoderma, in his rebirth as Yogeendra (later he came to be known as Pranesha Dasa), he had the patch. Rayaru said the small patch could not go as it had come in the moola swaroopa.
Thus, we see that Pranesha Dasa had Rayara Krupa from childhood and he grew up to become one of the most ardent devotees of Rayaru.
Almost all his songs are devotional outpourings to Rayaru and his Mahime. His devotion best comes across in his, “rAghavEndra ninna pAda sarasijake bAguve manmanadarike pUraisO. ”
How does this Haridasa see Rayaru.
He sees him as “sAruva sharaNara ghOrisutippa samsaarakaDalige kariira sambhavanE.”
Here, we find Pranesha Dasa calling and seeing Rayaru as the savior of mankind. He compares Rayaru to one who could easily swallow the ocean with ease and thus protect mankind. By using the term, Kariira sambhavanE, the Dasa ranks Rayaru alongside Sage Agastya who swallowed the ocean with ease.
But what is that Rayaru swallows here. Pranesha Dasa says Rayaru swallows all ocean of worldly troubles and thus comes to the aid of his devotees.
The Dasa pays his respect to the divininess of Rayaru and his extraordinary attributes singing:
“Jaya mangaLa nitya shubha mangaLa
yOgiindra teerthe kara raajiiva puujitage
yOgigaLadhipati sudheendra kara jaatarige
bAgi vandipara salahuva swaamige
Jaya mangaLa nitya shubha mangaLa
shri raamachandraanghri sarasiiruha br^unganige
dheera sudheendrakara sambhuutage
vaaraahitiira mantraalaya nikEtanage
shri rAghavEndra rAyara charaNake
Jaya mangaLa nitya shubha mangaLa”
The Dasa finds Rayaru an ocean of kindness, mercy, humility, divineness, compassion and several other positive attributes that go to make a Mahatma. He then goes on to describe Rayaru in the beautiful
Suvvi Suvvale ………………
Suvvi Sadhviyaru rAghavendrara pADi
This is one of the best compositions of Pranesha Dasa describing Rayaru. It is a composition of 15 verses but what makes it special is that the Dasa invests Rayaru with godly characters and attributes.
He sees the Vayu amsha in Raghavendra Swamy just as his guru, Jagannatha Dasa of Manvi had seen. Jagannatha Dasa had come to Mantralaya and when he saw Raghavendra Swamy in the Brindavana, he burst forth into a frenzy of ecstasy, singing, “ghaaLiyuta prahlaada baahliikaraayanenisidanu”.
Pranesha Dasa then quotes the Raghavendra Stotra if Appanacharya and literally translates the same from Sanskrit into Kannada and composes the verses in his own inimitable style.
Appanacharya, in his sloka, had said:
“doShAste naashamaayaanti rAghavEndra prasAdataH
Om shri rAghavEndrAya namaH
Japitaad-bhaavitaan-nityam iShTaarthaaH-syur-na samshayaH
yOnuttamamidam aShTOttara shatam japEt
bhUta prEta pishaachaadi piiDaa tasya na jaayatE
rAghavEndra guru stOtram yaH paThEt bhakti puurvakam
tasya kuSThaadi rOgaaNaam nivr^uttistvarayaa bhavEt
agnyaana vismr^uti-bhraanti samshayaapasmr^tikShayaaH
tandraa kampavachaH kouNThya mukhAyE chEndriyOdbhavaaH
These Sanskrit words from the Raghavendra Storta are beautifully translated into Kannada by Pranesha Dasa in his suvalli-pada as:
“ aShTAkShara mantravannu tappadale nityavaagi
niShThe-yinda bhajisalu bhuuta bhayavu
suvvi suvvaali suvvi
kuShTharOga kShaya pANDujvara sanni modalAda
aShTupravaakShaNa biTTu hOguvuvu
suvvi suvvaali suvvi
“andhOpi divya druShTisyAt EDmUkOpi vAkpatiH…
santAna sampat parishuddha bhakti vignyaana vaagdEha supATavaadin”
In several of his compositions, Pranesha Dasa has waxed eloquent on the miracles that Rayaru performed and that he has been performing. He says Rayaru is sitting in the Brindavana for granting the wishes of his devotes. He compares Rayaru to an ocean of kindness, mercy, compassion and nobility.