Sri Jagannatha Dasaru (1728AD – 1809AD


Seva by: V.Prabhakar Rao Singapore June 7th 2008

Let me commence my write up on this sacred Dasaru, with a Pranam to my Guru Rayaru Sri Raghavendra Theertharu. Guru Raghavendra Rayaru had a big role in Jagannatha Dasaru’s life, steering him, guiding him and blessing him at key turning points. Amongst the major Haridasas, Jagannatha Dasaru has composed the maximum number of songs on Rayaru. We will be seeing in the later slides that when he was suffering from a stomach ailment for slighting Sri Vijaya Dasaru, it was Rayaru who guided him on what he needed to do and thus saved his life. After composing Harikathamruthasara he went to Mantralaya to submit this to Rayaru. Rayaru is supposed to have come out from the brindAvana to bless him. He has captured this very eloquently in a song (“yeddu
barutAre noDe ..”).

very well versed in all the great Dvaita works. the then Pontiff at Mantralaya. meaning "How can that son of kusi(name of Sri Vijaya Dasa's Mother). He was called Srinivasa Acharya due to his erudition and knowledge. Unfortunately. who sings kannada songs be a scholar?".Sri Jagannatha Dasaru (1728AD – 1809AD) Born in a pious Brahmin family. he was given the name of Srinivasa. Even at a young age his brilliance was very evident and he was commended by Sri Vageesha Theertharu. He grew up to be a very great scholar. And Srinivasa Acharya even mocked at Sri Vijaya Dasaru with “Kannada pada heluva aa kusi maganenu dasanaguttane“. he also grew very proud and developed an intense dislike for Haridasas Sri Vijaya Dasaru was the foremost Haridasa of those times. .

Sri Jagannatha Dasaru (1728AD – 1809AD) The birth town of Sri Jagannatha Dasaru Manvi .

Sri Vijaya Dasaru even personally invites him to the puja but Srinivasa Acharya cold shoulders it. Sri Vijaya Dasaru says “let it be” and continues with his rituals. The people of the village accord Sri Vijaya Dasaru all respects and make all arrangements for his puja. bhajan. . But from then on Srinivasa Acharya gets afflicted with serious stomach ailment. pravachana etc. Later Sri Vijaya Dasaru sends his disciples to invite Srinivasa Acharya to partake in the bhojana prasada. But Srinivasa Acharya remains indifferent to Dasaru.Sri Jagannatha Dasaru (1728AD – 1809AD) Once Sri Vijaya Dasaru happens to visit his village. But Srinivasa Acharya responds haughtily that he will have stomach pains if he eats late and so has already had his food.

Further he tells him that it will not be cured by Lord Hari. And then the merciful Guru Raghavendra appears in his dream and advises him that the Bhagavatha apachara that he committed has resulted in this illness. . When Srinivasa Acharya woke up from the dream he was stunned to see manthrakshatha prasada in his hands. By this time he becomes extremely weak and sapped of energy. He turns to Lord Srinivasa in Tirupathi but Lord Srinivasa too does not show any mercy to him. Vayu & himself (Rayaru) and that it will be cured only by Vijaya Dasaru (whom he had offended).Sri Jagannatha Dasaru (1728AD – 1809AD) All medical help that Srinivasa Acharya seeks to cure his ailment does not yield any result. He then goes to Mantralaya and prays Raghavendra Guru. Rayaru also tells him that he is destined to do great seva to Lord Hari and he will be known throughout the world for his contribution to society. In desperation Srinivasa Acharya contemplates committing suicide. Even Guru Rayaru remains silent. Rayaru instructs him to go to Sri Vijaya Dasaru forthwith and seek his mercy.

.. picks up some strength and goes to the town where Sri Vijaya Dasaru was. In his heart he seeks the pardon of Sri Vijaya Dasaru. He realises he has turned a new leaf in his life.. He prayed to Dasaru saying “Gubbi mele brahmasthrave” (why use a Brahmasthra on a small sparrow?) Vijaya Dasaru blesses him and sends him to his disciple Gopala Dasaru...Sri Jagannatha Dasaru (1728AD – 1809AD) Srinivasa Acharya felt extremely joyful that he has been blessed by Gururajaru.... Vijaya Dasaru .. through him his illness will be cured .. He mentions to Srinivasa Acharya that Gopala Dasaru will be his Guru ... he will receive Gnana and fame as a Haridasa. When Srinivasa Acharya saw Vijaya Dasaru he simply fell at his feet. Spends some more time in Mantralaya doing seva to Raghavendra Guru.

seeking his forgiveness and acceptance. located Gopala Dasaru and took refuge with him. Srinivasa Acharya went to Tirupathi along with Gopala Dasaru and his retinue. Gopala Dasaru .Sri Jagannatha Dasaru (1728AD – 1809AD) Srinivasa Acharya went by foot to the village of Uththanur. Gopala Dasaru cured him of his ailment by giving him specially blessed prasada. There a miracle took place. From that day Srinivasa Acharya’s stomach pain ceased.

He saw what had happened and felt very sad. . And Srinivasa acharya woke up as if from deep sleep.Sri Jagannatha Dasaru (1728AD – 1809AD) In Tirupathi one day the weakness in his body and the strain of travel to Tirupathi took their toll on Srinivasa Acharya and his life came to a halt. Gopala Dasaru who was singing in the Venkatesa’s brahmotsava at that very moment felt something amiss and immediately rushed over to the place where Srinivasa Acharya and the entourage were staying. His breathing had stopped. It was then that Sri Vijaya Dasaru appeared before him in his sukshma sarira and advised him to sacrifice 40 years of his life to Srinivasa Acharya. Without any hesitation Gopala Dasaru recites appropriate manthras and undertakes necessary rituals to donate 40 years of his life to Srinivasa acharya. This miracle happened in the year 1691.

. From the village just before his destination he started doing “hejje namaskara” till he reached Pandaripura. When he took a dip in the Chandrabhaga river he found a flat stone reaching his hands and when brought it up he saw the words “Jagannatha Vittala” written on it. He realised that this was to be his ankitha (signature) given to him by Pandarinatha’s Grace through his Guru’s blessings.Sri Jagannatha Dasaru (1728AD – 1809AD) Srinivasa Acharya requests his Guru Gopala Dasaru to bless him to become a Haridasa. That is when he became Jagannatha Dasaru and all his devarunamas and Gurubhakthi sahityas carry this ankitha. Srinivasa Acharya immediately set off for Pandaripura and his mind was so fixed on reaching the holy destination that he had lost all sense of his bodily needs. Gopala Dasaru instructs him to go to Pandaripura and tells him that he will receive his ankitha there in the Chandrabagha river.

inspired by the vision he had of Panduranga. His famous compositions “Kande Pandari Rayana” was out of the bliss he felt receiving the grace of Lord Panduranga. as already predicted by his Guru Gopala Dasaru. Thus Jagannatha Dasaru had the extraordinary blessing of being fed in person by Lord Srinivasa while in Tirupathi and by Lord Panduranga in Pandaripura. While in Pandaripura he had the unique blessing of being invited to bhojana by Lord Panduranga incognito and personally served by him. Is it any surprise that it was he who composed the famous magnum opus “Hari Kathamruthasara”! .Sri Jagannatha Dasaru (1728AD – 1809AD) Jagannatha Dasaru started singing his devarunamas right there in Pandaripura. And the Lord also gave him thulasimala and prasada in a bundle.

Per his advice Jagannatha Dasaru goes to call upon Sri Vijaya Dasaru and when he sees him he starts worshipping him singing “Rathina dhorakithalla enage rathina dhorakithalla” meaning he found a very rare and divine gem called Vijaya Dasaru.Sri Jagannatha Dasaru (1728AD – 1809AD) On his way back from Pandaripura. The people of Manvi were verily surprised at the transformation in their Srinivasa Acharya who had become Jagannatha Dasaru. . Gopala Dasaru advised him to begin his service to society by upholding bhagavatha dharma through his compositions and works. Jagannatha Dasaru had the darshan of Sri Jayatheertharu at Malked and Sri Raghavendra Guru Rayaru at Mantralaya before reaching the place of Gopala Dasaru. After receiving Vijaya Dasaru’s blessings to commence his life as a Haridasa Jagannatha Dasaru reached Manvi. He blessed him that the Grace of Sri Vijaya Dasaru will be fully behind him in his endeavours and his own blessings.

net .Sri Jagannatha Dasaru (1728AD – 1809AD) Ack: www.vijayadasaru.

Jagannatha Dasaru for hours together sat with a pillar as the support to his back while writing this divine work. As a grand old man. . This pillar is even today being worshipped by devotees.Sri Jagannatha Dasaru (1728AD – 1809AD) Harikathamruthasara Harikathamruthasara is probably the greatest contribution of Jagannatha Dasaru to the society at large. It is said that the eyelids of this 80 year old Dasaru used to droop while writing this epic and his disciples used to physically hold up the eyelids. It is considered the quintessence of dvaita philosophy. The fact that Jagannatha Dasaru could write this phenominal work at the ripe age of 80 with all the frailties of his health is a great commentary on his intense devotion to God.

by adherents of Dasa Koota. 32 cantos composed by Jagannatha Dasaru and one canto (the Phala Stuthi) is by his disciple Karjigi Dasaru (ankitha Sridha Vittala). It is a mine of information on Madhva theology and is honored as a great authority and standard work of reference. .Sri Jagannatha Dasaru (1728AD – 1809AD) Harikathamruthasara This magnum Opus has been written in the form of a beautiful poetry in the Bhamini Shatpadhi meter.

it is said that Rayaru physically appeared before Dasaru and blessed him and his epic work.Sri Jagannatha Dasaru (1728AD – 1809AD) Harikathamruthasara When Jagannatha Dasaru went to Mantralayam and presented this great work at the feet of the Rayaru’s Brindavana. It is said that Jagannatha Dasaru is an avathara of Sahlada. the younger brother of the great Haribhaktha Prahlada (whose avathara is Guru Raghavendra Theertharu) .

Sri Jagannatha Dasaru reached the Lord's lotus feet. exactly 40 years after his rebirth at Tirupathi. In Manvi. the house where he used to live has become a place of worship. .Sri Jagannatha Dasaru (1728AD – 1809AD) On the same Bhadrapada Shukla Navami.

Sri Jagannatha Dasaru (1728AD – 1809AD) Sri Pranesha Dasaru & Sri Karjigi Dasaru were two of his prime disciples Sri Karjigi Dasaru has written the canto “Phalastuthi” in the Harikathamruthasara Sri Pranesha Dasaru in his dasapadha “Rayara nodire dasarayara nodire maayaramanapriya ivara manadholage sulitha Srirangavolidha” lists the five avatharas of Sahlada the fifth one being Jagannatha Dasaru. .

Our Guru Rayaru keeps sending us his catalysts.Sri Jagannatha Dasaru (1728AD – 1809AD) My wife & self want to dedicate this piece of work to our good friends Ravi/Parimala & Raghav. I thank my wife for her great partnership in this journey and for her steadfast & cheerful support to everyone of my endeavours. to nudge us on our sanmarga. . at times even doing proof reading sleepy eyed at two O’ clock in the night. as evidenced by the number of Bhagavathas and Satsangh friends we have had the privilege of coming across over the past ten years or more. As always. their works and their teachings etc. but for whose satsangh we might not have had the motivation and trigger to search and study sources of info on these Dasaru’s life histories.

GuruRaghavendra1.aarshavani.Padma Srinivasan • www.Org • • • “Srimad Harikathamruthasara” of Amman • “Sri Haridasa Vijaya” original in Kannada by Sri Belur Kesava Dasar and compiled in Tamil by Smt.Sri Jagannatha Dasaru (1728AD – 1809AD) Acknowledgements: • www.vijayadasaru.Dvaita. Chennai .

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