Interesting facts about Jagannatha Dasaru

Credit: My Brother B.S.Ramesh

My brother shares lots of interesting facts n our daily whatsapp chat. He truly has extraordinary memory and is a voracious reader. He shared all the below interesting facts about Dasaru. The past week was Jagannatha Dasaru Aaradhane and that’s when my brother was sharing all the details.

Jagannatha dasaru was a friend of Dewan poornaiah. The dasa was very well known fir his Rangoli.
He always drew rangoli while singing and, therefore, came to be known as Rangoli Dasaru.
He visited Srirangapatna twice and Dewan poornaiah came to know of the devotion of Dasaru when he found that Dasaru had drawn a rangoli of lord Ranganatha without certain ornaments.


When the Dewan asked Dasaru the reason, he replied that the Lord was not wearing the ornaments .
The Dewan ordered his bodyguards to go to the Ranganatha temple and check the veracity of the claim.

The body guards came back ,and said the Archaka had not set the ornament on the idol.

Jagganatha Dasaru has a very close connection with Rayaru. When Rayaru was Prahalada, Dasaru was his younger brother Sahalada. When Rayaru was Balika Raja, Dasaru was king Salya,the brother of Queen madri and mother of Nakula and Sahadeva. Salya was the charioteer of karna. He was equal to Krishna in steering a chariot.

Though a lot is known about Jagannatha Dasa and his magnum opus,” Harikatamrutasara”, very few know that his father, Narasappa, was also a dasa. Narasappa was a landlord of Byagavatti village, now called Talati, near Manvi in Raichur district.

Narasappa worked as a Kulkarni – an official who collected taxes. He was falsely framed and implicated in a case and dismissed from service.

Narasappa then approached Timmannayya, the Dewan of Adoni – which then was under the Nawabs.
Thimannayya gave Narasappa a small piece of land and advised him to give up service under the nawab.
Timmanayya himself came under the influence of Vijaya dada and took to the dada tradition. He came to be known as Gopal Vittala.

Narasappa settled in manvi and became a dasa with the Ankita Narasimha Vittala .
When Jagannatha dasa was born- he was called Srinivas Acharya then- Gopala Vittala advised Narasimha Vittala to send his son for further studies to the Rayaru Matha at MAntralaya.

Srinivas Acharya met the then matha pontiff, Varadendra tveeetha and instantly composed a five stanza poem called Varadendra Pancharathnam.

The first stanza was in praise of varadendra theertha and Varadaraja swamy, the second was in Rayaru and Lord Rama, the third was on Vasudeva and Vayu, fourth was on moola ramadevaru and setting up of the matha in mantralaya and the last was a desire by Sreenivasa Acharya to study .

7 responses to this post.

  1. Dasaru was also known as ‘Ranga Olida Dasaru’.
    Dewan Poornayya was an admirer of Sri Jagannatha Dasaru, not a friend.
    Another incident: Dasaru was at Dewan Poornayya’s Aatithya.
    Dewan Poornayya was deliberating with some Pundit’s, when Dasaru was away, as to what Dakshina and offerings would befit the Dasaru’s stature. The Pundits, it is said, sarcastically suggested a Dakshina of Rs 5 and a pair of Dhavali woven at Mandya.
    Poornayya was not happy with this suggestion and when it was time for the Dasaru to depart, he offered gifts worthy of Dasaru’s stature which he knew well and admired.
    To Poornayya’s surprise, Dasaru with all humility declined the offerings and suggested Rs 5 and a pair of Mandya’s Dhavali as the one he deserved and was entitled to. Needless to say that the Pundits surrendered to Dasaru and sought forgiveness.

    I suggest reading of ‘Karnataka Bhakta Vijaya’ authored by Sri Beluru Keshava Dasaru to get more details on the entire Dasa movement, from its beginning till the early 20th century. Its e version is available.

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  2. Posted by Vathsala Lakshman on September 20, 2021 at 6:23 am

    Valuable information. Thanks a lot. K.LAKSHMAN.

    On Sat, Sep 18, 2021 at 4:05 PM Kalpavriksha Kamadhenu wrote:

    > meeraghu posted: ” Credit: My Brother B.S.Ramesh My brother shares lots of > interesting facts n our daily whatsapp chat. He truly has extraordinary > memory and is a voracious reader. He shared all the below interesting facts > about Dasaru. The past week was Jagannatha ” >

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  3. Posted by Hare Srinivasa on September 18, 2021 at 11:05 am

    Please share varadendra pancharathnam! Am unable to find…

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  4. Posted by Ravi D.K on September 18, 2021 at 10:11 am

    Interesting.

    Reply

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