Ananda Dasaru on Rayaru

One of the important Dasas who lived and preached in the erstwhile Raichur district is Kamalesha Vittala Dasa.

He is known by several names and among them is Surapurada Ananda Dasaru. He had his ankita from Srisha Vittala his guru.

He was born in Cheekalaparavi and as he worked in Surpur he is also called Surapurada Dasa. He has several shishyas or disciples and the prominent among them were Gundacharya, Guru Bheemesha Vittala, Madaka Shira Bheema Dasaru and  Kamalapathi Vittalaru.

He is the author of some of the most evocative and popular songs on Raghavendra Swamy.

Kamalesha Vittaladasa lived around 1780 in Surapura with his preceptor Keshava Vittala Dasa.

His original name was Ananda Dasa. His aradhana is celebrated on Bhadrapada Shudda Dwadashi. Like the other Haridasas, he too has composed in Kannada. He was an extraordinary scholar in music and his ankita was Shri Kamalesha Vittala.

His krithis are highly popular for their literary, musical and philosophical content. He was helped in crossing the turbulent Tungabhadra by none other than Rayaru himself.

Rayaru came as Raghappa and his great grandson, Vadindra Theerta as Vadappa and they helped the boat on which this dasa was sitting to reach the shore of Mantralaya safely.

When Ananda Dasa reached he Brindavana, he found Ibharampura Appa sitting there. Appa turned to him and told him that he had reached Mantralaya safely, thanks to Rayaru and his Vadindra Theertha.

Many of his kritis are sung even today and they are highly popular.

One of the most popular songs is barOnamma mAnege SrIrAghavEMdra

The English lyrics of this song is as follows:

 

“bArO namma manege SrI rAghavEMdra ||
bArU duHkhApahAra bArO duritadUra
bArayya sanmArga dAri tOruva guruve ||

bAla prahlAdanAgi KULa kaSyapuvige
lOla SrInarahariya kAlarUpava tOrde || 1 ||

vyAsanirmita graMtha madhwakRuta bhAShyava
bEsarade Odi mereva vyAsamuniye || 2 ||

maMtragRuhadaliniMta suyativarya
aMta tiLiyado nI aMtaradoLu || 3 ||

bhUtaprEtagaLanu ghAtisibiDuvaMtha
khYAtiyuta yatinAthane tutisuve || 4 ||

kuShTarOgAdigaLa naShTa mADuvaMtha
aShTamahimeyuta SrEShTha muniye || 5 ||

karedare baruviyeMbo kIruti kELi nA
karedeno karuNadi karava piDiyo || 6 ||

bhaktavatsalaneMba birudu niMdAdare
saktana more kELi madhvESaviThaladAsa || 7 ||

 

Another song is Tunga  theera Virajam…..

Tunga theeravirajam bhajamana
Raghavendra guru rajam bhajamana

Mangala kara mantralayavasam
sringaranana rajithahasam
Raghavendra guru rajam bhajamana

Karadritha dhanda kamandalu malam
suruchira chelam dhrita mani malam
Raghavendra guru rajam bhajamana

Nirupama sundara kaya susheelam
Varakamalesha pita nija sakalam
Raghavendra guru rajam bhajamana”

 

 

The evergreen Karedare is another highly popular song.  

 

“karedare barabarade

guru Raghavendra

vara mantralaya pura mandira

tava carana sevakaru karava mugidu || 1||

haridasaru susvara sammeladi

paravashadali bayteredu koogi ||2||

pusharapita kamalesha vithalana dasagresaru ee samayadi ||3||

 

Other popular songs include Enu Karuneyo Guru Raghavendra, Gururaja Gurusarvabhouma, Idu Enachchari, Jiya neenallade and Edu Baruthare Nodi.

 

Another charming composition is:

 

“charanara Surabhoja GuruRaja ||

Vara Mantralaya Pura Mandira Tava
Sundara Munindra Bhaskara Samateja||1||

Kamitharthagala Kamadhenuvina
Nema Miri Koduva Maharaja ||2||

Bhesha Koti Sankarshanada
Kamalesha Vittalana Dasane Sahaja” ||3||

 

Another is

 

Eke bRuMdAvanadi nelesiruve guruvE
nAkavilasitagIte lAvaNyamUrte |
SrIkAMtanolisidudu sAkAgalilleMdu
EkAMta bayasideyA SrI rAGavEMdrA ||

hiMde ninagAgi narahariyu kaMbadi baMda
muMde na0dana kaMda ninneduru kuNida
oMdu kShaNa biTTirade hariyu naliyutire
inyAra olisaleMdu tapagaiyutiruve ||1||

iShTavillada rAjyavALi bahu varShagaLu
SrEShTha nI bahu AyAsagoMDeyA
duShTavAdigaLa vAgyuddhadali jayisutali
SrEShTha graMthava baredu baredu sAkAyte ||2||

pari pari aBiShTagaLa nIDeMdu jana kADe
varavittu sAkAyte kamalESa dAsa
dharege mareyAgi bRuMdAvana sEridoDe
caraNa dAsaru ninna biDuvarEnayyA ||3||

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