How Haridasas saw Rayaru-5

There are more than two hundred dasas who have written abourt and composed songs on Raghavendra Swamy or Rayaru of Mantralaya. Some like Vijaya dasa, Jagannatha Dasa, Gopala Dasa, Guru Jagannatha Dasa are very well known, while some like Kanakadri Vittala are not as well  known.

The first mention of this Haridasa and his introduction to the outside world was by Gorbale Hanumantha Rao in his book on Haridasas.

This Haridasa too has several compositions to his credit and he too has described Raghavendra swamy in one of his compositions.

The description of Rayaru is contained in several parts or sections  which are an integral part of the Suladi Kriti. 

Just as Vijaya Dasa and Gopala Dasa have seen Rayaru in the company of four supreme beings of Rama, Narasimha, Krishna and Veda Vyasa (Narayana ) in the Brindavana in Mantralaya, so also does Kanakadri Vittala see Rayaru in the same manner.

He also sees all the forms of Mukhya Prana, Chira pithrus, Gandharvas and Emperors  who reside in the lower portion of the Brindavana along with the Madhwa Gurus such as Padmanabha Theertha.

In the second part of the composition, Kanakadri Vittala clearly sees the avatars of  Prahalada, Vyasa Raja and Raghavendra Swamy.

The third part tells us how Rayaru grants the boons to his devotes and how he comes to the help of his devotees. The Dasa says all the seves that we perform to Rayaru are directly accepted by Sri Hari who then through Rayaru grants the wishes sought for by the devotees. 

The fourth and final part of the Suladi Kriti is about the forms of Sri Hari and the next section deals with the form and appearance of Raghavendra Swamy.

One section of the Suladi Kriti goes as follows:

 

“Siri Raghavendrarayara divya vigrahava nere pooraisi thuthipudu thilidu thilisidanthe

Varijasanadalli kulithu thoruva vishala Yadi urava (mereva) mukha Aajanubahu nere

naguthaliddu

Thapagaiva muniyanthe thori dakshinahastha japamale dhrudhavaagi serisihyaru yedada

Jaanu mooleyali,

Sirimudre,dvadashanama dharisi Thulasi mereva kamalakshi akshathi Dhala angara

sringara

Bharadi uduva kaupeena vasana Danda kamandala yedabala Ee pari thori shishyarige

Hari sarvotthamanendu nere siddhantha shri Madhavacharyara vachana

Paripooraisi thilidu sadgrantha nirmisi thAvu karagala mugidu thuryaa-yemmolagendu

Kurithu vandisi nyasapoorvaka hamsanna karunaa padedu sukhavanippa

Guru Raghavendrara Ea reethiyali neenu arithu ashtakshara manthra japiso

‘Aum Raghavendrya namah’ yembanthe noorentu japagaidu arghyadashavanitthu

Siri Ramachandra preetho bhavathu yendu varidhaariyaneeye kanakadrivittalanu

Poreyuthaliha Raghavendrara volagiddu”.

 

Kanakadri Vittala sees Rayaru sitting majestically in the Brindavana in Padmasana. He then goes on to give in detail the physical features of Rayaru and he sees the seer still holding on to the Japamala that he had in the right hand when he entered Brindavana in August 1671.

He is still wearing the sacred Mudras and the twelve markings with Gopichandana. His neck is adorned with a string of Tulasi

beads with Akshatha and Angara on his face.

Rayaru is dressed in a Kaupeena (a single piece of cloth worn by seers and swamijis).

In the last section called as “Jathe” , the Dasa says he saw the two forms in the same Brindavana –Sri Hari the supreme being and Raghavendra Swamy.

Sources: A book on Haridasas by Gorebale Hanumantha Rao and a comprehensive description of the kriti and Kanakadri Vittala in an article written by NAPS Rao.   

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