Jagannatha Dasa on Rayaru

One of the most highly respected person in the Dasa Parampare is
Jagannatha Dasa (1728-1809) of Manvi.
This Jagannatha Dasa is different from Guru Jagannatha Dasa of Kosigi.
Jagannatha Dasa was believed to be Sahalada, brother of Prahalada. He was an ardent devotee of Raghavendra Swamy or Rayaru and he has written scores of poems on Rayaru.
He spoke regularly to Rayaru and visited Mantralaya and Bichale often.
He was a disciple of Gopala Dasa (1722-1762) and he obtained the ankita Jaganntha Vitala from him.
Rayaru inspired this Haridasa to write Sri Harikathamrutsara.
Some of his compositions on Rayaru are as follows:
This is how Jagannatha Dasa of Manvi saw Rayaru.
He sees Rayaru as a father figure and a Kalapavriksha Kamadhenu. For this Dasa, Rayaru is the perfect antidote for all sins and mistakes. He sees Rayaru as a kind and merciful personality.

“Raya Baro, Tande Thayi Baro….”
and
“ Toogeere Rayara Toogeere Gurugala
Toogeere Yati Kula Tilakaraa
are perhaps among the most popular songs on Rayaru.
Even today, when the doors of the Raghavendra Swamy temples are about to be closed in the night, Toogere Rayara….. is sung before the Utsava Murthy is placed back in the sanctum santorum.
When ever Jagannatha Dasa worshipped and prayed to Rayaru at Mantralaya, Rayaru is believed to have come out of the Brindavana and spoken to Jagannatha Dasa. This interaction went on for several days.
A devotee saw this interaction and he began pestering Jagannatha dasa about what he spoke to Rayaru. Slowly, this incident came to the knowledge of other devotees and Rayaru then stopped coming out of the Brindavana and speaking to Jagannatha Dasa.
A pained Jagannatha Dasa cried out, asking why Rayaru had suddenly become silent.
This composition goes as follows:
“Eaake Mookanaayo Guruve
Neenyaake Mookanaadyo

Yaake Mookanaadi Loka Paalaka Yenna
Saakuvaraarayya Shreekara Raghavendra

Eaake Mookanaayo Guruve
Neenyaake Mookanaadyo

Hindake Nee Yenna Munde Sulidaade
Mandeeyolagenna Mandanna Maadigeega

Eaake Mookanaayo Guruve
Neenyaake Mookanaadyo

Bekaagadiddarnyatake Kaiyanu Pidide
Kaaku Janarolagennanu Nooki Bittu Neenu

Eaake Mookanaayo Guruve

Neenyaake Mookanaadyo
Eega Paalisadire Yogi Kulavarya

Raghavendrane Bhava Saaguvadhyaangayya
Eaake Mookanaayo Guruve

Neenyaake Mookanaadyo

Ninnathha Karunilla Yennathha Krupanilla
Ghana Mahima Nee Yennanu Bitteega

Eaake Mookanaayo Guruve

Neenyaake Mookanaadyo
Jananiyu Nee Yenage Janakanyya
Manniso Nee Nitya Ananya Sharanya

Eaake Mookanaayo Guruve

Yendigaadaru Ninna Pondikondavanallo
Indu Nee Bittarenna Munde Kaayuvarayaro

Eaake Mookanaayo Guruve

Neenyaake Mookanaadyo
Naathhanu Nee Anaathhanu Naanayya
Paatakaari Jagannatha Vithaladasa

Eaake Mookanaayo Guruve
Neenyaake Mookanaadyao Guruve”.

Another song where he addresses Rayaru is as follows:

“GururAja gurusArva bhouma
gururAja gurusArvabhouma ninnaya pAda
sarasija yugagabi namisuve

karuNa sAgaraneMdu charaNava naMbide
sharaNana pAliso karuNIye
anyara bhajisade ninnane bhajisuve
enna marayodidu nyAyave

ninna sEviparige innuMTe bhaya shoka
Unnanta sukhadolage iruvarO
ninna sEvisi bhava banna paduvadidu
enna aparAda venaiyyA

hiMdina mahimadiMdEnu enagaiyya
iMdu mahAmihime toriso
nAtanu ninnalle dUtanu nAnalle
yAtakke I tara mADidi

jNAnigalarasane mounishirOmani
dyAnava saMtata nIDaiyya
saMtata ena mano aMtaradali nI
nintu pAlisu enna maharAyA

ninnalli haridaya unnaMta iralinnu
ennalli ninna daya iralaiyya
dAtaguru jagannAtha viThThala ninna
mAtu laalisidante poreyennA.”

Nambi Kettavarillavo is a beautiful composition. The lyrics are:

naMbi keTTavarillavo rAyara pAda naMbi keTTavarillavo
naMbida janarige beMbala tAnAgi
haMbalisida phala tuMbi koDuvara ||
jaladhara dvijavarage tAnE olidu sulabhadi mukutiyanitta
cheluva sutana paDeda lalanege svaradiMda
pulinagarpadi divya jalavanittavara ||1||
mRutyudUtaru tanna poMdida nija bhaktara karedoyyalu
satta dvijana tAnu matte dharege taMdu
mRutyu biDisi sukhavittu poredihara ||2||
diTaguru jagannAtha viThalana olume ghaTanavAdudariMda
ghaTanA ghaTanakArya ghaTana mADuva namma
paTu guruvara hRutpuTadi iruvara ||3||

This is popular too:

bArO guru rAGavE0dra bArayyA bA bA
hi0dumu0dillanage nI gati
E0du na0bIde ninna pAdava
ba0dhanava biDisena karapiDi
na0daka0da muku0da ba0dhO |apa|
sEvakanElo nAnu dhAvisi ba0deno
sEvEya nIDo nInu
sEvakana sEveyanu sEvisi
sEvya sEvaka bhAvaviyuta
ThAvu gANisi poreyo dhareyoLu
pAvanatmka kAVYava karuNi ||1||
karedarE baruviye0du sAruvudu Da0gura
tTaritadi badagO ba0du
jariyabEDavo baride nimyaya
viraha tALade manadi koraguve
hariya smaraNeya nirutadali Ena
harushadali nI niruta koDutali ||2||
narahari priyane bA gurushEshaviThalana
karuNa pAtrane bEga bA
guruvarane paripOshisenanu
mareyadale tavacharaNa kOTIya
lirisi caraNA0bujava tOruta
tvaritadali ODODi bA bA ||3||

Roga Harane is another popular song. Jagannatha Dass has a number of songs on Rayaru to his credit. But his magnum opus remains Sri Harikathamrutasara.

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