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

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 were considerable. He was also the guru of Sri Vyasatirtha (who was the guru of Purandaradasa and Kanakadasa ). 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 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
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 (1199–1278 CE) * Naraharitirtha (1324-1333 CE) * Jayatirtha (ca. 1365 – ca. 1388) * Sripadaraya (Sripadaraja) (1404 – 1502) * Vyasatirtha (1460–1539) * Vadirajatirtha (1480 - 1600) * Purandara Dasa
Purandara Dasa
(1484–1564) * Kanaka Dasa
Kanaka Dasa
(1509–1609) * Raghavendra Swami (1595–1671 CE) * Vijaya Dasa
Vijaya Dasa
(1682–1755) * Gopala Dasa (1721-1769) * Jagannatha Dasa (1728–1809)

AUTHORITY CONTROL

* WorldCat Identities * VIAF : 1418048 * LCCN : n84161298

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