SRIPADARAYA, (Kannada: ಶ್ರೀಪಾದ ರಾಯರು) a
haridasa , is also known as
Sripadaraja or Lakshminarayana Tirtha
(1404 – 1502).
Sripadaraya was born in Abburu in
Channapatna taluk (near modern
Bangalore ) of
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
Sripadaraya was the Rajaguru of the Vijayanagar kings of
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
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 with bhakti. Some of
his important compositions were
Some of his famous devaranama, with rangavittala as signature
* Ne ittahange iruveno hariye...
* Kangalidyathako kaveri rangana nodada...
* Bhushanake Bhushana...
The brindavana is in Narasimha Theertha,
Kolar District .
Vyasatirtha also composed songs in praise of his master.
Sripadaraja Mutt Official Web Site
* Haridasas of Karnataka
Madhva religious figures
Madhvacharya (1199–1278 CE)
Naraharitirtha (1324-1333 CE)
Jayatirtha (ca. 1365 – ca. 1388)
Sripadaraya (Sripadaraja) (1404 – 1502)
Vadirajatirtha (1480 - 1600)
Purandara Dasa (1484–1564)
Kanaka Dasa (1509–1609)
Raghavendra Swami (1595–1671 CE)
Vijaya Dasa (1682–1755)
Gopala Dasa (1721-1769)
Jagannatha Dasa (1728–1809)
* WorldCat Identities
* VIAF : 1418048
* LCCN : n84161298
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