Gopala Dasa on Rayaru

Gopala Dasa (1722-1762) has several beautiful compositions on Raghavendra Swamy.
In one of his well-known suladis, he calls Raghavendra as a person who can easily overcome the evils in the Kali Yuga.
He says,

“Kaliyugada melinnu Asura janare bahala,
vashvalla Kaliya Badhe,
Bisilinda peeditharada sasisgalinthippevo” .

Here, the Dasa wants us to know that if we are to fight in Kali Yuga against the forces of evil and emerge victorious, the seer of Manthralaya is our only hope and our only succour. He says Rayaru with his skahti and divineness will help us overcome all trials and tribulations of a human being.
In this famous Suladi, he speaks of Rayaru as he saw him in the Brindavana.

“Narahari Krishna Rama Siri Vedavyasa
Yeraderadu Naalakku Hari Moorutigalu
Parivaara Sahitaagi Siri Sahita Nindu
Sura Guru Madhwacharyare Modalaagi
Taruvaayadalinnu Taaratamyaanusaara
Pari Pari Yatigalu Irutipparilli
Sri Hari Bhakutara Paalisuta Irutihanilli
Mantralaya Rayara Divya Sannidhaanadali.”

He says these are the Gods he saw with his own eyes when he visited Mantralaya and prayed before the Brindavana of Rayaru. Gopala Das is thus the second Dasa after Vijaya Dasa to see Rayaru along with other gods in the Brindavana and describe the divine scene to us.
In this composition, Gopala dasa lovingly describes Rayaru and this song has become an almost daily routine in the Rayara mathas where it is sung.
This song goes as follows:

rathavanErida rAghavEMdrarAya guNasAMdra
satata mArgadi saMtata sEviparige
ati hitadali manOrathava nIDuveneMdu ||
chatura dikkudikkugaLalli aripa janaralli
mitiyillade baMdu Olaisutali varagaLa bEDutali
nutisuta paripari natarAgiharige
gati pELade sarvathA biDeneMdu ||1||
atulamahima nIyA dinadalli ditija vaMshadali
utapattiyAgi uchitadali uttamamatiyalli
atishayavirutire pitana bAdhege man-
mathapitanoliside jitakaraNadali ||2||
prathama prahlAda vyAsamuniye yati rAghavEMdra
prativAdi kadaLivana kariyE karamugivenu doreyE
kShitiyoLu gOpAlaviTalana smarisuta
prati maMtrAlayadoLu ati mereve ||3||

Unfortunately, this song is wrongly attributed to Jagannatha Dasa. Similarly, many mistake Guru Jagannatha Das with Jagannatha Dasa. Guru Jagannatha Dasa was from Kosigi, while Jagannatha Dasa of Manvi wrote the Sri Harikatamrutasara. Both these dasas lived a century apart.

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