Date : 17 Aug 2006
The sacred routine of Bhikshaalaya Sri Appanacharya after the Brindavana Pravesha of Rayaru in Mantralaya,Sri Raghavendra Stotras Rachana and the Bichchale Rayara Brindavana are described in Bhikshaalaya(9).
The Great Guru Sri Raghavendra Gurusarvabhoumaru entered Brindavana in Mantralaya on Shraavana Krishna Dwiteeya. On that day when the construction of Brindavana was at the last phase, our great devotee Bhikshaalaya Appanacharya came to Mantralaya. He could not see his beloved Guru Rayaru. His heart was crying and immersed in the realm of the days spent with Rayaru. He plunged in deep grief and could not speak out more. Appanacharya’s GuruStotra was stopped for a while and Rayaru from the Brindavana completed the Stotra by saying SAAKSHIHAYASTOTRAHI.
From that day onwards there was a great change in the life of Sri Appanacharya. He was thinking, looking at somewhere and always seemed ANTARMUKHI. Hided the feelings and emotions. Actually the heart of Bichchale Appanacharya was in Mantralaya : MANAVU MANTRALAYADALI: Bichchale Sri Appanacharya the treasure of knowledge was fully immersed in the treasure of bhakti. The bhakti towards Rayaru and the ecstasy of love made him to compose the most valuable stotras :
Sri Raghavendra Stotra-Guru Stotra already composed
(2) Sri Raghavendra Kavacha
(3) Sri Raghavendra Ashtottara Shata Naamaavali
(4) Sri Raghavendra Ashtakshara Japa Krama
(5) Sri Raghavendra Mangalashtaka.
These are the great works, rendered by Sri Appanacharya to the World.
All the stotras of Bichchale Appanacharya are the best. The divine personality,Sri Hari Bhakti of Mantralaya Rayaru are quite visible, impress and always remain in our inward eyes. Such is the descriptive style of our Appanacharya which is quite appealing and appeasing. This great devotee’s contribution to the bhakta loka is always remembered as long as the sun and the moon are there. The gnyaana (knowledge),pratibha(imagination) and the abundant rich vocabulary(Shabda Bhadaara) of Bichchale Sri Appanacharya are all moulded in the bhakti of Mantralaya Rayaru. Here we find the close association and affection between our Mantralaya Rayaru and Bichchale Appanacharyaru.
Appanacharya is really a divya chetana and attained the Paramaanugraha of Sri Raghavendrateertharu. Rayaru has agreed to the wordings of GURUSTOTRA. When we imagine the saying of Saakshi Hayastotrahi we become quite emotional the hairs on our body will become straight ! What a great soul is our Appanarya ! Rayaru purposely sent Appanacharya for MadhwaSanchara so as to be away from Mantralaya and Bichchale. If Appanacharya was there he could not see the Brindavana Pravesha and could not bear the separation. More over Appanacharya would not have allowed Rayaru to enter the Brindavana. So knowing all these things fully Rayaru made this arrangement at the time of Brindavana Pravesha.
The routine, the schedule of Bichchale Appanacharya was fully occupied by Mantralaya and Mantralaya Rayaru. Daily coming to Mantralaya from Bichchale. Darshana seva of Rayaru became part and parcel of his main job.Merciful Rayaru looked at Appanacharya what an amount of strain he is taking daily. Appanacharya has to swim to cross the river Tungabhadra. During rainy season Tungabhadra will be overflowing and spate. Rayaru was highly pleased for the constant Bhakti and the unaltered faith of Appanacharya.
One night Rayaru appeared in the dream of Appanacharya and said "do not come to Mantralaya. The Sacred JAPADAKATTE at Bichchale on the bank of Tungabhadra where we used to sit and talk is quite comfortable owing to the sanctity, profound silence, the abundant nature’s gift, do the Pratishthaapana ( installation) of Shila Brindavana. On the JAPADAKATTE I will give Darshana to you there only."
Accordingly Appanacharya did the pratisthaapana ( installation) of Brindavana on the JAPADAKATTE. Always engaged in the seva of Rayaru at JAPADAKATTE Rayaru showed the "Jyoti (light) in the Bichchale Brindavana and said to Appanacharya that I am here only." .Even now the staunch devotees of Rayaru have experienced the Jyoti in Bichchale .Such great punyaatmas are there even now!
loved, liked , favoured, blessed Bhikshaalaya Appanacharya to the maximum....
will be continued in the next Mantralaya series
Rayara Naija Vimala Mahimeya
Rayara Paramaanugrha Padeda
Vandu Dina Kanasinali Rayaru