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Appanacharya - The great devotee and Sishya of our Guru Raghavendra Swamy

Appanacharya - The great devotee of our Guru Raghavendra Swamy

Bichali is a place close to Raichur in the Karnataka side and separated from Mantralaya Andrapradesh by River Tungabadra. This is such a holy place because our Guru Rayaru stayed their for long time. Appanacharya is a great knowledge and guru to students in that area. Knowing his knowledge and magnitude people around the village started to send their child to him to acquire knowledge. Day by day his students strength started to increase and at some point, he was not able to provide food for every student and requested student to get alma or Biksha and it is quiet common during those time and people also recognize his students and provide food happily and hence the village was named as Bichali. Appanacharya is a strong beleiver of Madhwa philosophy with Sri Hari Sarvotama and vayu Jeevotama. There is strong saying that Appanacharya used to bake rice by tieing it on the branch of the tree where he teaches and exactly during afternoon when he opens the cloth, rice would have been baked. He does this regualarly without fire , wood and water which shows his devotion and knowledge.

Rayaru decided to get into Brindavana in Mantralaya ( read here why Guru chooses Mantralayam ) due to its importance and reached mantralyam and requested Diwan Venkanna to get that place for him. During that time he also crossed river Tungabadra and reached Bichali. Hearing Guru, Appanacharya reached him and requested to follow him whereever he goes. Appanacharya knowledge, obedience, devotion, kindness all attracted Guru and made him as his sisya. Both Guru and Appanacharyaru used to spend time for hours to talk about Madhawa philosophy, about Sri Hari for hours and hours. Still the place where they used to sit and talk is available. Guru Rayaru spend more than 4 - 5 years in this place and stayed in Appanacharya's house.

He infact do Moola rama pooja in the hall of the house and Appanacharya used to grind dhall and peanut chutney himself to Guru regularly.

Being so close and main sisya to Guru Rayaru, why Appanacharya was not there with him during Brindavana Prevesha, Why there is a Brindavana in Bichali when Mantralayam is just few mins away... will share this in next Thursday

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Appanacharya - The great devotee and Sishya of our Guru Raghavendra Swamy


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