There have been thousands of scholars, posts, composers and Dasasaa who have written about Raghavendra Swamy, the saint of Mantralaya, his life and times.
Since the works on Raghavendra Swamy, who is affectionately called Rayaru, is voluminous and extensive, there are many compositions and even composers whose works remain in the background.
Many seers of the Mantralaya Raghavendra Swamy Matha and other mathas have composed songs on Rayaru. One such is Vishvendre Theertha.
Vishvendra Theertha was the pontiff of the Sode Matha, which is one of the asta or eight mathas of Udupi founded by Madhwacharya himself to take care of the Udupi Krishna Temple.
The Sode matha has a hoary history and before Vadiraja Theertha (1480-1600), it was known as Kumbasi Matha. The first pontiff of the matha is Vishnu Theerth, the brother of Madhwacharya.
The 34th pontiff of the Sode matha was Vishvendre Thertha. He was given deekshe by Vishvadishe Thertha. He was a great devotee of Raghavendra Swamy.
This is one of his composition on Rayaru. The lyrics are in Kannada. His ankita was Rajesh Hayamukha. (Hayamukha here means horse face and the seer adopted this ankita in honour of Hayavadana-the God that Vadiraja Theertha worshipped).
ವರ ಮಂತ್ರಾಲಯದೊಳು ಘನವಾಗಿ ನೆಲಸಿರ್ಪ |
ಪರಮ ಸದ್ಗುರುವರ್ಯ ಶ್ರೀರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರ ||ಪ||
ಭುವನಾದ್ರಿಯೋಳಗುದುಭವಿಸುತ್ತ ರವಿಯಂತೆ |
ತವಕದಿಂ ದಿನದಿನವು ತೇಜವನು ಬೆಳಗುವೆ ||೧||
ನರನಂತೆ ಮೆರೆಯುವ ಜಯಮುನಿಕೃತ ಶಾಸ್ತ್ರ |
ಪರಿಮಳವನು ನೀನು ಪಸರಿಸಿದೆಯಲ್ಲವೆ ||೨||
ಮಧ್ವಮತವೆಂಬ ದುಗ್ಧಸಾಗರದೊಳು |
ಉದ್ಭವಿಸಿದ ಪೂರ್ಣಹಿಮಕರ ತೇಜ ||೩||
ಅಸುರನಂದನನಾಗಿ ನರಹರಿಯನೆ ಕಂಡ |
ವ್ಯಾಸರಿವರು ಸಿರಿಗುರು ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರ ||೪||
ರಾಜೇಶ ಹಯಮುಖ ಭಜಕರೊಳಗೆ ನೀನು |
ರಾಜಿಪ ಸುರತರುವಂತಿರ್ಪೆ ಗುರುವೆ ||೫||
The English lyrics of the composition are as follows:
vara maMtraalayadoLu Ganavaagi nelasirpa |
parama sadguruvarya shrIraaghavEMdra ||pa||
bhuvanaadriyOLagudubhavisutta raviyaMte |
tavakadiM dinadinavu tEjavanu beLaguve ||1||
naranaMte mereyuva jayamunikRuta shaastra |
parimaLavanu nInu pasarisideyallave ||2||
madhvamataveMba dugdhasaagaradoLu |
udbhavisida pUrNahimakara tEja ||3||
asuranaMdananaagi narahariyane kaMDa |
vyaasarivaru siriguru raaghavEMdra ||4||
raajEsha hayamukha bhajakaroLage nInu |
raajipa surataruvaMtirpe guruve ||5||