Date : 09 Aug 2006
The Brindavana Pravesha of Sri Guru Raghavendrateertha on Thursday Shraavana Krishna Paksha Dwiteeya, the grief of Sri Appanacharya: Shokaha Shlokatvamaagataha :the Pathhana of GURUSTOTRA, Spontaneous overflow of Sri Rayara Stotra are described in Bhikshaalaya(8).This is a Special Devotional Samarpana to our Guiding Power Sri Mantralaya Rayaru on the eve of the 335th.Aardhana Mahotsava..
As per the wordings of Sri Raghavendraru Bhikshaalaya
(Bichchale) Appanacharya went to Madhwa sanchaara to propagate the
teachings of Sri Madacharya. On the other side , Diwan Venkanna was busy
towards the preparations in Sri Matha in Mantralaya on the bank of the
sacred Tungabhadra river equal to the Sarayu
As Shraavana Bahula Dwiteeya was nearing, the clouds on the sky gathered thickly, the day appeared like the evening, streams of devotees rushed to Mantralaya to get the last darshana of Rayaru.They were in deep sorrow and actually weeping. Varuna Deva also joined with the devotees with heavy showers on that occasion. The whole atmosphere was feeling sorrowful as they cannot see Rayaru in future as they are seeing now.
The gathered devotees never cared for heavy rains, their clothes were wet, as they were fully wet in rain and anxiously seeing Rayaru, listening the wordings of Rayaru. Rayaru said to Venkanna to protect the devotees from the rain and provide shelter. There were no shaamiyaana (tents) at that time, Venkanna made the shelter with the thick and large branches of trees and made all the arrangements of the devotee’s stay and food etc. in accordance with advice of Rayaru.
It is quite heartening to note that even on the day of Shraavana Bhaula Bidige also Rayaru was quite cheerful in his routine with a smile. Performed the pooja of Sri Moola Rama Devaru,delivered the last speech to the devotees and asked to follow the Tatvas of Sri Madacharya. Rayaru said to Venkanna that the time is approaching very fast for Brindavana Pravesha and asked Venkanna Bhikshaalaya Appancaharya had come or not ? Though Rayaru had sent him for Madhwa Sanchaara ! Appanacharya was very closely associated to Rayaru and the heart of Rayaru was throbbing to see Appanacharya. Sri Appancharya was elder to Sri Rayaru in age. Taking into consideration of profound knowledge, devotion and ability Rayaru intended and wanted Appanacharya to be his successor and also asked ! but Appanacharya told that he still wants to enjoy the worldly life. Then Rayaru said alright: Tathhaastu and dropped the idea.
On Shraavana Bahula Bidige Sri Raghavendraswamigalu handed over the charge of Moola Rama,Sri Matha- Mantralaya to Sri Yogeendrateertharu and was ready to enter the Divya Brindavana, the devotees were in tears, crying, Venkanna’s face was pale and weeping as they cannot see Rayaru for ever. After the completion pooja sat with Yoga Mudra, asked to Venkanna to start the construction of Brindavana. Even at that hour Gururaya asked about Bichchale Appanacharya !
Bhikshaalaya Appanacharya who was in Madhwa sanchaara heard the news that His most beloved Guru Sri Raghavendraru has decided for Brindavana pravesha on Shraavana Krishna Paksha Dwiteeya Thursday in Mantralaya.It came as great shock that as though a thunderbolt has fallen on him. "Oh ! !My Gururaya what you have decided this?" wept like a child, legs lead to Mantralaya immediately .He was in deep sorrow, owing to their close association. He knew Rayaru fully ! His Shoka towards Rayaru spontaneously overflowed in Rayara Guru Stotra: Skokaha Shlokatvamaagataha : that is went on pronouncing pathhana of Guru Stotra by Ashu Kavitva. At that time the river Tungabhadra was in full spate: remembered Rayaru: OM SRI RAGHAVENDRAAYA NAMAHA spread a panche (cloth to wear) on the river and walked on that with his shishyas to Mantralaya. Tungabhadra calmly paved the way to this great devotee Sri Appanacharya. He crossed and reached the Mantralaya by the Anugraha of Rayaru,that much of firm faith Appana had towards his Guru Mantralaya Rayaru. It is very rare to find such a combination of Rayaru and Appanacharyaru.
the time Appanacharya reached Mantralaya the last stone of Brindavana was
placed and the construction of Brindavana came to an end. He could not see his
affectionate Guru, his grief exploded. He was chanting the following
YO BHKATYAA GURURAGHAVENDRA CHARANA DWANDAM SMARAN YAHA PATHHAET
STOTRAM DIVYAMIDAM SADA NAHI BHAVAETTSYA
SUKHAM KINCHANA KVINTISTHHAARTHHA SAMRUDDHIRAEVA
KAMALA NAATH PRASAADODAYAAT
KEERTI DIGWIDITAA VIBHOOTIRALUTALAA
stopped immediately, became dumb ,he could not speak out any more, Rayaru sitting in the Brindavana knew all this and said:SAAKSHI HAYA STOTRAHI and completed the stotra. The meaning of of this is "Sri Hayavadana Roopi Sri Hari is the witness for all the sentences of GURUSTOTRA. We devotees can say this as the signature, stamp and approval of Mantralaya Rayaru for the stotra made by the great devotee Sri Appanacharyaru.
that day onwards that is since 335 years Rayaru is in Mantralaya for the sake
of the devotees of the universe.... will be continued in the next Mantralaya
Innu Munde Rayaranu
Eega Shraavana Bahula Bidige Guruvaara
Itta Madhwa Sancharadaliruva
Bichchale Appanacharyaru Medhaavi