If you have been reciting “Sri Raghavendra Stotra” also called “Sri Poorna Bodha Stotra” or even heard the stotra being recited in all Rayara Mutta’s, and in Mantralaya you definitely know who Appannacharya is. One of most the famous disciples of
Sri Raghavendra Swamy is Appannacharya.
Appannacharya was from a village called Bichale (Bhikshalaya) which is in Raichur district in Karnataka. Our beloved Gurugalu had decided to enter the brindavana on Shraavana Krishna Paksha Dwiteeya in the year 1671 A.D. The details of the day Rayaru entered brindavana is attached below.
Note: Picture taken during my visit in October 2009, a day before the Mutt was submerged in water.
During the time Rayaru had prepared to enter the brindavana, Appannacharya was not in Mantralaya. He was on the other side of the Tungabhadra river. Appannacharya had an intuition that Rayaru was entering the Brindavana, and so he started to rush back towards Mantralaya. It was raining heavily, and the river was over flowing and in full force. Appannacharya didn’t even care for the overflowing river, and kept walking into the river towards Mantralaya. While doing so, tears were rolling his eyes, and he was in deep sorrow that he couldn’t see Rayaru. At this point, he started composing the “Sri Raghavendra Stotra” or “Sri Poorna Bodha Stotra”. As Appannacarya reached the door steps of the Mutt, the final and last stone was placed on the Brindavana. Appannacharya was heart broken, and he couldn’t complete the stotra which still had seven letters to be completed. Appannacharya stopped while reciting the following
Yo bhakthya guru raghavendra charana dwandham smaran ya padeth
Stotram divyamidham sada nahi bhaved thasya asukham kinchna
Kim thwishtartha samrudhireva kamala nadha prasadhodhayath,
Keerthir dig vidhitha vibhoothirathula
That’s when Sri Raghavendra Swamy who was reciting the Hayagreeva Mantra completed the stotra by saying “sakshee hyastotra hee” from the brindavana.
Appanacharya was happy, thrilled when he heard these words from Rayaru. Tears of joy started rolling his eyes. This was the first miracle Rayaru showed from within the brindavana.
Imagine how much devoted Appannacharya was towards our Gurugalu, also imagine how karunamayi, compassionate, kind hearted our Rayaru is to have blessed his most ardent devottee, and that everyone now recites this great Mantra.
This stotra has performed miracles personally to me, and I have witnessed it happen just a few months back. I will post about all the miracles which have happened in my life. I have been reciting this stotra everyday for almost several years now, don’t even remember when I started saying it first. I also recite “Sree Raghavendraya Namaha” 108 times. I consider myself a great devotee of Rayaru, and this devotion has been instilled in me because of my Parents.
So, if you don’t know this stotra yet or don’t have it memorized, take a look at the links provided below for the lyrics in many different languages, there is a link for the meaning of this stotra posted as well. Learn it, and get blessings from our beloved Rayaru.