The archaka who became a Haridasa

Gokavi Anantadreesharu or Gokavi Anantacharyaru (1670-1750) is an erudite Haridasa who has written several scholarly works and composed many devaranamas.

He was working as a archaka or chief priest in Venkatesha temple. He was a disciple of Adavi Jayatheerthacharyaru or Adavi Acharyaru who was also known as Madanoor Vishnu Teertha (1756-1806). When Adavi Acharyaru stayed at Munnoli on the banks of the Malaprabha, Anatacharyaru sought his blessings.

Vishnu Theertha entered Brindavana at Madanoor, about 9 kilometres from Koppal.

Anantadreesharu spent the later part of the life in Kadakol near Ramdurg taluk.

Some of his major works include Tulaja Mahatme, Venkatesha Paarijata, Pralada Charitre, Srikrishna charitre, Dhruva Charitre, Shiva Parijata, Pharaakugalu, Kannada Pancharatna and several other deveranamas.

The Venkatesha Parijata is a work in ten chapters. It is regarded as his magnum opus. This is believed to be an authentic record of Lord Venkateshwara.  He was ordained by Lord Srinivasa himself to record the Srinivasa kalayana Mahotsava.

He wrote under the pen name or ankita of Ananthadreesha, which  was given to him by Lor Venkatesha himself in a dream.  

He was a devotee of Raghavendra Swamy and here are some of his compositions.

The lyrics in Kannada of “ಭೋ ಯತಿ ವರದೇಂದ್ರ – ಶ್ರೀ ಗುರುರಾಯ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರ” are as follows:

 

ಭೋ ಯತಿ ವರದೇಂದ್ರ – ಶ್ರೀಗುರುರಾಯ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರ        || ಪ ||
ಕಾಯೋ ಎನ್ನ ಶುಭಕಾಯ ಭಜಿಸುವೆನು – ಕಾಯೋ ಮಾಯತಮಕೆ ಚಂದ್ರಾ            || ಅ ||

ಕಂಡ ಕಂಡ ಕಡೆಗೆ ತಿರುಗಿ – ಬೆಂಡಾದೆನೋ ಕೊನೆಗೆ
ಕಂಡ ಕಂಡವರ ಕೊಂಡಾಡುತ ನಿಮ್ಮ – ಕಂಡೆ ಕಟ್ಟ ಕಡೆಗೆ                || ೧ ||

ನೇಮವು ಎನಗೆಲ್ಲೀ ಇರುವುದು – ಕಾಮಾಧಮನಲ್ಲಿ
ಭೋ ಮಹಾಮಹಿಮನೆ ಪಾಮರ ನಾ – ನಿಮ್ಮ ನಾಮವೊಂದೆ ಬಲ್ಲೆ       || ೨ ||

ಮಂತ್ರವ ನಾನರಿಯೇ – ಶ್ರೀಮನ್ಮಂತ್ರಾಲಯ ಧೊರೆಯೆ
ಅಂತರಂಗದೊಳು ನಿಂತು ಪ್ರೇರಿಸುವ – ಅನಂತಾದ್ರೀಶ ನಾನರಿಯೆ    || ೩ ||

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