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Shripad Shri Vallabha

third son of Aappalaraja Sharma and Sumati. His Avataar

secrets: When Appalaraja Sharma family was preparing
for the shraaddha (a yearly ceremony to pay homage to
the departed souls), around noon, some Bhikshuk came
for bhiksha. Though custom prevents it but Veda says the
one who comes for food at any eating time is none other
than Vishnu himself, before feeding the invited Brahmins, she fed this Bhikshuk, considering him as Vishnu.
Dattaatreya became quite happy and showed His true self
and oered her a boon. She asked for a son knowledgeable like you for which Dattaatreya said yes. Before
this, she had many childbirths and none survived, albeir
two sons, who were blind and lame respectively. Dattaatreya blessed her by saying that she will have a son
who will be a Guru to all. The couple became joyous and
within a year they had a son and named Him as 'Shripaada'. It was said that the child had rare holy markings
on His soles and feet (Paada). The child never took formal
education, He was having all knowledge from his birth itself, for He was Omniscient & Omnipotent. Shripaada
nished his studies of Vedas, Shastras etc. by the age of
seven and after his "Upanayan" (Munja) he started lecturing on these. When he reached the age of 16, his parents thought of getting him married. However, he said
that he is married to only one woman Vairagya-stree
(Vairagya means Dispassion, stree means Woman) and
thus he should be called Shriya-Vallabh. Thus the name
Shripada ShriVallabha. He left their home for Kashipilgrimage. To satisfy His crying mother, before leaving, he looked at his two elder brothers who were blind
and lame, and made them as scholars, and asked them
to take care of their parents. He left Pithapuram for
Badrikedar towards North. After the pilgrimage, he went
to Gokarna Mahabaleshwar in South. After spending 3
years at Mahabaleshwar he went to Shri Shaila mountain (Sri Sailam). He spent most of his later life staying in Kuravpur ( Kuravapura ) near Jurala reservoir (
16.35671, 77.53727 ).

Shri Shripad Shrivallabha Swami, the rst complete avatar of

Shri Dattatreya in Kaliyuga

Shripad Shri Vallabha (c. 1320-1350 CE) was a saint

who lived in Pithapuram, a town in present-day Andhra
Pradesh state of India. He is considered as rst avatars
(incarnations) of the deity Shri Dattatreya in Kaliyuga.

A sketchy information is available about his life from the

book Shri Shri Guru Charitra written by Saraswati Gangadhar in Marathi around 1450 CE, which was later translated to Telugu by Brahmasri Pannala VenkatadriBattu
Sarma of Pitaapuram. Later in November 2001, a full
book of 53 Chapters on the Life of Sripada Vallabha was
brought out by a devotee by name Malladi Govinda Deekshitulu. At present, Telugu (translation from Sanskrit version), Marathi and English and Kannada translations (by 1.1
name 'Sreepada Sreevallabha Charitaamrutam') are available.

Ambika Var-Pradanam (Blessing of


It is this place where the future incarnation (avatar) related stories happened. The rst one is of woman called
1 Life
Ambika, whose children were dying. Only one survived
and he turned out to be a moron. Her husband died after
Shripada srivallabha was born to Sri Appalaraja Sharma trying to teach his son, but to no success. After her hus(of Aapastambha Shakha Brahmin) and Sumathi on bands death, she tried to teach the boy, but nally gave
Bhadrapada Sudha Chavithi ( Ganesh Chaturdi) as the up. The boy was ridiculed by village people and no one

was ready to give him their daughter. He was not even

able to do proper 'Bhiksha' ritual and earn some food,
so the widow mother had to do it though it was not the
right thing to do. The mother had decided to end their
lives in the Krishna River. Here they met Shripaada Shri
Vallabha who was taking bath. She was quite impressed
with Swamiji and asked that in the next birth she would
have son like him, and to permit her to end that life then
itself. After hearing her full story He asked her to do
Shani-pradosh-vrata. Blessed, she still insisted on ending that Janma then and there. Shripaadaji put his hand
over the boys head. The boy became a learned scholar
instantly. The woman Ambika in her next birth became
Amba-Bhavani of Lad-Karanja (A place in Maharashtra)
and became the mother of Shri Narashimha Saraswati
(Shri Shripaada ShriVallabhs next avatar).


Rajak Var-Pradanam (Blessing of



considered as the mula-purush (family originator) of the

Hedgewar family. Dr. K. B. Hedgewar who founded the
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (the RSS) is the 9th generation man from Vallabhesh.[1]

1.4 Pithapuram
Swamy temple was constructed according to his guidelines as he told in Sripadasrivallbha charitamrutam (life
history) in Srikshetra Pithapuram and is being maintained by Sripada Srivallbha Mahasansthanam. Pithapuram is located on Vijayawada-Vishakhapattanam railway
line and is near to (about 1012 km from) Samalkot junction and about 20 km from Kakinada Town. The nearest
domestic airport is Rajahmundry (mentioned in the Sripadasrivallbha charitamrutam as rajah mahendry) which
is connected to Hyderabad and Bangalore.

1.5 Kuravpur

A washerman (Rajak) has become the disciple of Shripaadji, and faithfully did his Seva, washing Swamijis
clothes. One day this man saw the local Sultan moving
in with royal boats, army, and women, etc., and seeing
such extravaganza, compared it with his own poor form
and was quite depressed. Shripaadji asked him what was
the matter, he said that he wanted to have that kind of
royal life. Shripaadji blessed him to become the king.
When that washerman cried that he would then go away
from Him, Shripadji assured him that he would meet him
at Vidura Nagari in their next births.
It is believed that the Bedars sultan Allauddin II (143558AD) might have been this king who met with Shri
Narasimha Saraswati (next avatara of Shri Dattatreya or
reincarnation of Shri Shripad ShriVallabh).
Shri Shripad Shrivallabha Dhyaana Sthaan at Kuravpur


Vallabhesh Brahmin Story

This following story happened just after the avatarsamapti (end of avatara) of Shri Shripadji. It seems this
Vallabhesh Brahmin was doing business, and once he said
that if he earns more than his usual earnings, he will go
to Kuravpur and feed 1000 Brahmins with the additional
prot thus earned. Indeed, that year he made some huge
prot and then decided to complete his vow. While he
was approaching Kuravpur, on his way he was met with
few dacoits who accompanied him in disguise to loot him.
Later while travelling, they attacked, beheaded and killed
him. Shri Shripaadji suddenly appeared from nowhere
and killed all the dacoits with His Trishul. Only one was
spared, who begged Shripaadji as Lord Shiva. Shripadji
spared him and asked him to stick the head of Vallabhesh
on his beheaded body and brought him to life. Vallabhesh
Brahmin later completed his vow and became a full disciple of Shri Shripad ShriVallabh.

Shripadji stayed here most of his life. The story of Vallabhesh Brahmin shows that the village must have been
quite big enough to at least accommodate about 1000
Brahmins. Now (as of 2006 AD) the population has reduced and there are many elds in between the temple
and the village. The village is at one end of the island and
the temple is at the other end. There are two, frequently
used, routes to reach Kuravapur. One is via Raichur in
Karnataka state and another one is via Makthal in Andhra
Pradesh state. Either way one has to cross the Krishna
river in a small elliptical boat (Putti or Theppa) to reach
this island.

Via Raichur: Raichur is about 10 or 12 hours journey from Pune by train. At Raichur one can hire a
bus/rickshaw towards ATKUR (40 km). The Kannada
pronounce of this village is . Ask Chandrabanda
road which starts on the Right turn after one masjid on
the road leading to Gulbarga. Just take that Right turn
and travel nearly 35 km to reach this place. Do not travel
It is interesting to note that this Vallabhesh Brahmin is after 4 pm if there is no ernest need, otherwise do halt in

Raichur and travel early morning next day as one have to
cross river Krishna in the small boats. At ATKUR one
can hire a Theppa to cross the Krishna river and reach
Kuravapura. The ocial rate is Rs. 20/- per person -one
way (in year 2012), but in the late evening, the charges
can be much higher, so it is better to negotiate the Theppa
driver before travelling in it. There is also a KSRTC bus
service from Raichur bus stand to Atkur, which leaves
for Atkur at 7:30 am, 10:30 am, 1:30 pm, 4:00 pm and
7:00 pm. The 13:30 pm bus ends at Atkur(village), the
other buses end at the bank of Krishna. 'Visitors can visit
the website of local Guruji at (kindly
note the spelling as it is not Kuravapur but kuruvapur for
this website),wherein one can get enough information and
contact numbers of local priests (Guruji)
Via Makthal: Makthal (Mahaboobnagar district,
Andhra Pradesh) is 68 km from Mahaboobnagar bus
station and 168 km from Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.
Some buses from Hydrabad to Raichur, via Mahaboobnagar, stop at Makthal. Mahaboobnagar is connected by
rail route also. One has to hire an auto or taxi (jeep) from
Makthal to river bank (ask for Panchdev Pahad or Vitthal
baba ashram). River bank is 17 km from Makthal. There
are two locations on the river bank where Putti or small
boats can be hired. One is Panchdev Pahad and another
one is behind Vithal baba ashram (1 km from ashram).
Number of boats near Vitthal baba ashram are less. It is
risky to travel by primitive means of Putti when the River
Krishna is full of water i.e. during rainy reason. Kuravapur is very quiet. There is a cave where Shri Tembeswami
used to meditate.


Jaya Vijayeebhava, Digvijayeebhava, Sreemadakhanada

Sree Vijayeebhava !!
6. Do Chowpaatee Dev Lakshmi Ghanasamkhyaa Bodhitaa Sree Charanaa!
Jaya Vijayeebhava, Digvijayeebhava, Sreemadakhanada
Sree Vijayeebhava!!
7. Punyaroopinee Raajamaambasuta Garbhapunyaphala
Jaya Vijayeebhava, Digvijayeebhava, Sreemadakhanada
Sree Vijayeebhava !!
8. Sumateenandana, Naraharinandaana Dattadevaprabhu
Jaya Vijayeebhava, Digvijayeebhava, Sreemadakhanada
Sree Vijayeebhava !!
9. Peethikaapura Nityavihaara, Madhumati Dattaa, Mangalaroopaa!
Jaya Vijayeebhava, Digvijayeebhava, Sreemadakhanada
Sree Vijayeebhava !!

2 External links
Ocial website

3 Notes
[1] Dr. Hedgewar Charitra: N. H. Palkar, pp 12, 435436.

Sidda Mangala Mantra: Chanting of 4

this Mantra will do miracles


SriPada Srivallabha mahasamsthanam - Venu1. Srimadananta Sree Vibhushita Appala Lakshmi gopalaswamy Temple Street, PITHAPURAM - 533 450
E.G.Dist. A.P., India.
Jaya Vijayeebhava, Digvijayeebhava, Sreemadakhanada
Sree Vijayeebhava !!
2. Sri Vidyadhari Radha Surekha Sreeraakhidhara
Jaya Vijayeebhava, Digvijayeebhava, Sreemadakhanada
Sree Vijayeebhava!!
3. Maataa Shumathi Vaatschalyaamruta pariposhita Jaya
Jaya Vijayeebhava, Digvijayeebhava, Sreemadakhanada
Sree Vijayeebhava !!
4. Satya Rusheewara Duhitaanandana Baapanaaryanuta
Sree Charanaa!

5 References

Shri Dattatreya Dnyankosh by Dr. P. N. Joshi (Shri

Dattateya Dnyankosh Prakashan, Pune, 2000).
Datta-Sampradyacha Itihas (History of Datta Sampradaya) by Dr. R. C. Dhere (Padmagnadha
Prakashan, Pune).
Sri Pada Charitra- Shankar Bhatt ( Submitted in Telugu Version by Sri Malladi Diskhitulu)

Sankshipta Sripada Srivallabha Charitramrutam

Parayana grantham (abridged by Smt Prasanna Kumari Telugu Version)

SriPada Sri Vallabha

Jaya Vijayeebhava, Digvijayeebhava, Sreemadakhanada

Sree Vijayeebhava!!
5. Savitrakaathaka Chayana Punyaphala Bharadwaja
Rushi gotra Sambhavaa!




SriPada Sri Vallabha Sansthan/ Pithapuram,

E.G.District, A.P, India




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