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SRIPADARAYA, (Kannada: ಶ್ರೀಪಾದ ರಾಯರು) a haridasa , is also known as Sripadaraja
Sripadaraja
or Lakshminarayana Tirtha (1404 – 1502).

Sripadaraya
Sripadaraya
was born in Abburu in Channapatna taluk (near modern Bangalore
Bangalore
) of Karnataka
Karnataka
state. It is believed that he was the incarnation of dhruva. His contributions to dvaita philosophy, haridasa sahitya, and the then existing social and political circumstances in the Vijayanagar empire
Vijayanagar empire
were considerable. He was also the guru of Sri Vyasatirtha (who was the guru of Purandaradasa and Kanakadasa ). Sripadaraya
Sripadaraya
was the Rajaguru of the Vijayanagar kings of that time.

SAINTHOOD AND CONTRIBUTIONS

Once as a child when Lakshminarayana was playing with his friends, a pontiff named Svarnavarna Tirtha happened to come across them and asked them how far the village Abbur was. Lakshminarayana gave him a clever answer. He said "Look at the setting sun, and look at us playing here. Now you guess how far Abburu is!". The pontiff was taken aback by the answer but the meaning was not lost to him. The clever boy meant "even though the sun is so close to setting, we are still playing. We can reach our homes quickly before it gets too dark." The pontiff then proceeded to make the boy his pupil and took him into sainthood.

Sripadaraja
Sripadaraja
earned great fame by removing the ruling Vijayanagara King's Brahmahatya dosha (the sin of killing Brahmins), which is considered to be the most heinous of all sins.

Sripadaraya
Sripadaraya
was a great scholar and poet. He was also known for singing devaranama or devotional songs in Kannada
Kannada
with bhakti. Some of his important compositions were

* Bhramaragita * Venugita * Gopigita * Madhvanama

Some of his famous devaranama, with rangavittala as signature (ankitapada), are

* Ne ittahange iruveno hariye... * Kangalidyathako kaveri rangana nodada... * Bhushanake Bhushana...

The brindavana is in Narasimha Theertha, Mulbagal in Kolar District . His disciple Vyasatirtha also composed songs in praise of his master.

REFERENCES

* Sri Sripadaraja
Sripadaraja
Mutt Official Web Site * Haridasas of Karnataka

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Madhva religious figures

* Madhvacharya
Madhvacharya
(1199–1278 CE) * Naraharitirtha (1324-1333 CE) * Jayatirtha (ca. 1365 – ca. 1388) * Sripadaraya
Sripadaraya
(Sripadaraja) (1404 – 1502) * Vyasatirtha (1460–1539) * Vadirajatirtha (1480 - 1600) * Purandara Dasa
Purandara Dasa
(1484–1564) * Kanaka Dasa
Kanaka Dasa
(1509–1609) * Raghavendra Swami
Raghavendra Swami
(1595–1671 CE) * Vijaya Dasa (1682–1755) * Gopala Dasa (1721-1769) * Jagannatha Dasa (1728–1809)

AUTHORITY CONTROL

* WorldCat Identities * VIAF : 1418048 * LCCN : n84161298

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