Date : Jan 1 2008
Yogi Narayanacharya devotee of Sri VeeraNarayanaswami of Gadag realised the divine ability of Krishnacharya Ibharamapura's Appa and the pratishthapana of Mruttika Brindavana of Rayaru in Gadag are described here.
Though the very appearance of Ibharamapura's Appa looked worldly wealth, wearing golden rings to all the five fingers, wearing pure silk and Jari dhotis and shawls, riding the horse, the heart was completely filled with Sri Hari Bhakti, always performing the Adhyayana and Adhyapana of Malkhed Sri Jaiteertharu's SrimanNyaya Sudha and Mantralaya Rayaru's Parimala upeld the universal truth of Sri Harisarvottama and Vayujeevottama. Immediately it was not possible to realise the abilty of this great chetana.Appa was frequently visiting the world famous Sri VeeraNarayana Temple of Gadag.Though Yogi Narayanacharya saw Ibharamapura's Appa simply neglected him, never went and bent to this great personality. The very appearance deceived Yogi, so he did not understood Appa. Yogi was worshipping Sri VeeraNarayana with utmost devotion. Sri VeeraNarayana is Sri Hari -Sri Krishna the sanctity is at its maximum even to this day. It is important to know that Kannada Varakavi Mahakavi Kumaravyasa the author Mahabharata (popular as Gadugina Bharata) spontaneously by the Anugraha of Sri Ashwathamacharya composed that too with all purity, wearing the wet dhoti, in front of Sri VeeraNarayana sitting at the sanctum of the temple. The inspirer is VeeraNarayana , I am only a script writer told our Kumaravyasa:
Veera Narayane Kavi
Lipikaara Kuvara Vyasa
So VeeraNarayana the Jagruta Swami, blessed Yogi Narayanacharya. Swami came to know that Yogi has not realized the divine qualities of Appa. So Sri VeeraNarayanaswami appeared in the dream of Yogi Narayanacharya and said : Look Acharya tomorrow I will not be here, I am going to Ibharamapura to meet Appa! Then Yogi Narayanacharya came to know the greatness of Appa. The Lord Veera Narayana to whom I am always propitiating - worshipping , He Himself is going to Ibharamapura to meet Appa, made him to realise the divine ability of Ibharamapura Krishnarya - Appa.
Next day early morning Yogi started his journey to Ibharamapura. When my Aaraadhya Murty VeeraNarayana is not in Gadag, why should I remain here in Gadag? So went to Ibharamapura. After going there met Appa. Repented a lot. Simply fell on the sacred feet of Appa, requested Appa to excuse his follies for having mistaken his divine personality and completely surrendered to Appa. Appa you are a great devotee of Mantralaya Rayaru, Rayaru is always with you in your heart and your Mahima is great! From today onwards I will be with you, always associating and perform the seva aharnisha. Please accept me as your Dasa - Shishya. Ibharamapura Appa said affectionately, Yogi come here! I have not mistaken you, your repentance has purified your heart. Go to Mantralaya and come here and join me. From that day onwards Yogi Narayanacharya became a close associate of Appa, we can say parama priya shishya and made his life meaningful till to the last! Appa said Yogi Narayanacharya for the sake of you only I was coming to Gadag. At last Sri VeeraNarayana has paved your way for uddhaara. Owing to the punya of Yogi's previous life, obtained the Shishyatva of Appa and the friendship of Mantralaya residents. In the Brindavana of Mantralaya all the Gods, Vayudevaru,Yatis are all together. Bowed with great devotion to the Siddhi kshetra Mantralaya and lived with Appa in Ibharamapura and moved with Appa where ever Appa went. Yogi Narayanacharya dedicated himself to Appa and Appa's service, as Appa was too dear to Mantralaya Sri Raghavendrateertharu.
Dear Devotees Yogi Narayanacharya on that day only made the Sankalpa for the Pratishthaapana of Mruttuika Brindavana in Gadag. Yogi Narayanacharya was himself an architect and a sculpture, started the Brindavana work carving the stones. With all purity and sanctity started the Brindavana Chanting the famous Sri Raghavendra Stotra popularly called as Gurustotra composed by Bhikshalaya - Bichali Sri Appanacharya. The continuous pathana of Gurustotra at the time of making the Brindavana proved sanctity and Mahima. Yogi Narayanacharya took one complete year to make this Brindavana. He observed all the Vratas - rules and regulations strictly as per the norms of Sadaachara of Sri Madacharya. Thus the beautiful Rayara Brindavana was ready by this Yogi Narayanacharya, it quite important to know that Yogi alone has done the Brindavana with pure Madi - Sanctity.
Appa felt extremely happy to know all this. Encouraged for the pratishthapana in Gadag. By Paada Yatra brought the Moola Mruttika from Mantralaya chanting Bichali Sri Appanacharya's Gurustotra. Requested Appa to do the sacred work of pratishthapana. Welcomed Appa in Gadag with all pomp and show for the pratishthapana.Rayaru liked the vicinity of Sri Veera Narayana. The wordings of our Dasas are true,Rayaru is always in Mantralaya and listens the call of the devotees and immediately go there:
Kundade Vara Mantralayadalliruva
Raghavendra Gururayara Sevisiro
Neev soukhyadi Jeevisiro
Appa's ability and the Anugraha of Mantralaya Rayaru the world should understand thoroughly and properly. Bhikshalaya Devotee Sri Appanacharya has said in Sri Raghavendra stotra:
Today in Gadag we find the sanctity of Mantralaya, Appa's Blessings and the struggle of Yogi Narayanacharya made available to the world devotees by this great task in Gadag. So Gadag is as siddhi as Mantralaya:
Agamy Mahima Lokae Raghavendro Mahayashaha
Bichali Sri Appanacharya's wordings
are true and meaningful.
Sada Reshmeya Peetambara Jarataari
Peta Jarataariya Shaalu Hoddu Koralali
Appana Mana Karagi
Paada Yatreyali Horatu
Dasara Vaakya Satya Madida Yogi