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Spiritual Heritage of Annamacharya (Volume II)

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Item Code: NAM476
Author: Prof. Dr. M. Narasimhacharya and Dr. Miss. M.S. Ramesh
Publisher: Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, Tirupati
Language: Transliteration with English Translation
Edition: 2008
Pages: 270
Cover: Paperback
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Tallapaka Annamacharya was one of the greatest saint-composers of South India. His Soul-stirring sankirtanas on Lord Sri Venkateswara, the express his deep devotion to the Lord; the saint exuberantly sings His transcendental glory in his inimitable style. His adhyatma sankitanas are an eloquest tribute to the concept of prapatti emphasised by Sri Vedanta Desika and Ramanuja. The object of Annamacharya's poetry is not only spread the message of Bhakti towards the Lord of Seven Hills but also to establish integration of the whole man and to uphold spiritual and moral values.


The great savants and saints of our country visualised the concept of a loving personal God and emphasised pure devotion and simple faith as a sure means to the highest spiritual experience. The teachings of these pious souls been interwoven people. Their compositions, rich in poetry and sublime in exposition of philosophical truths rank high in world literature. Their devotional outpourings full of ardour and love reach the deepest recesses of our emotional and spiritual consciousness.

Among the renowned and mystics who showed us the pathway to Bhakti and God-realization, the name of Tallapaka Annamacharya shines like a vaggeyakara who lived in the sixteenth century blaxed a new trail in devotional poetry and gave a new vitality to bhajana sampradaya'. His intense devotion to Lord Venkateswara has few parallels in religious history. Annamayya's compositions in praise of the Lord of Tirumala are matchless for their sheer beauty of expression, enchanting music and devotional fervour. He can expound even the most esoteric spiritual ideas in elegant yet simple Telugu. Indeed, all his sankirtanas as the composer himself admits, are the exquisite flowers he offers endearingly to Lord Srinivasa.

The present book second volume of 'The Spiritual Heritage of Annama charya' is a collection of Annamacharya's sankirtanas translated into English by Dr. M.S. Ramesh and Sr. M. Narasimhachari. The translators effortlessly convey the essence of Annamacharya's devotional poetry and retain its Original charm. The book also contains an introductory chapter on the concept of Saranagati which given us an insight into the salient features of Vaishnava philosophy and metaphysical approach of Tallapaka Annamacharya. The translators deserve all praise for the meticulous care they have taken in translating the adhyatma sankirtanas of Annamayya with commendable ease and mastery in the interest of non-Telugu speaking readers.

I am extremely happy to dedicate this publication to the devotees of Lord Srinivasa.


This Volume is the follow up Volume to our earlier Book "Spiritual Heritage of Annarnacharya" published by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams in the year 2001. In that book, twenty-five Aadhyaatmika Sankeerthanas of the renowned Composer Sri Tallapaaka Annamacharya was presented in original along with a free translation of the said poems and a brief explanation of the significance of those poems.

In the previous book, there were two general Chapters, one dealing with the life history of Annamacharya and another comparing his philosophy and thoughts with those of the Alvars. In this book also we have presented as a general backdrop to the thoughts of Annamacharya a Chapter on the concept of Saranagathi which is a very basic tenet in Srivaishnavism. That is followed by presenting another set of 120 poems of Annamacharya with a free translation into English of those poems along with a brief explanation.

These 120 poems have been selected from Volume' I of the Aadhyaatmika Sankeerthanalu published by the Tiruma1a Tirupati Devasthanams. The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams have indeed done a very great service by publishing all the songs of Annamayya in a number of Volumes. As is well known, Annamacharya was initiated into Srivaishnava tradition by Sri Aadivan Sathagopa Jeer, founder of the Ahobala Math in 1398 AD. The poems of Annamacharya eloquently advocate the basic tenets of Srivaishnava religion and philosophy propounded by Sri Ramanuja in simple words which appealed to the minds and hearts of true devotees. As most of the poems of Annamacharya are in Telugu, they can reach a wider reading public only if they are translated into English. The earlier book written by us and published by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams was the first attempt made by us when we collected just twenty-five poems of Annamayya and presented it in English. The format adopted by us was to first present the transliterated version of the Telugu poem. While presenting the transliterated version in Roman, we took a conscious decision to use popular spelling of the Telugu words and refrain from using the diacritical marks, because we felt that a majority of the English reading public is not familiar with the strict academic system of transliteration. Many, we hope, may find it easier to read the Telugu words in the present version. This transliterated version is then followed by a free translation of the said poem into English and wherever necessary, a brief explanation is also given. While presenting the explanation, an attempt has been made to compare, wherever possible, the expressions and ideas of Annamacharya with those found in the scriptures like the Upanishads, the Gita, the Pasurams of Alvars and the thoughts expressed by Srivaishnava Acharyas like Yamuna, Ramanuja and Vedanta Desika in their treatises. An attempt was also made, wherever possible, to stress on the similarities of the thoughts expressed by Annamayya with those of famous Telugu poets like Potana, Vemana, Ramadass and others.

We learn that Volume I which was published in 2001 had a good reception from the reading public inasmuch as the entire 2000 copies that were printed have almost been sold out. This response from the reading. public encouraged us to now present another set of 120 poems through this Book. We have indicated at the top of each poem the number which corresponds with that given by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams in their publication of Aadhyaatrnilca Sankeerthanalu, Volume I (A.S. Vo!. 1). This would enable those vho know Telugu to refer to the original, if they so desire.

We wish to place 60 record our grateful thanks to all the members of our family who consistently encouraged us in this venture of ours. Our special thanks are due to Dr. M.S. Lakshmikumari and Dr. M. S. Rajajee, from whose books, we have liberally quoted wherever necessary.

We wish to express our special thanks to Sri Ranganathan for the excellent secretarial assistance provided by him. The job was fairly heavy. But Sri Ranganathan did it in a willing and cheerful manner. What is more, he personally involved himself in this work with commitment as a true Vaishnava. On many an occasion, he also chipped in, drawing our attention to the Pasurams of Alvars which conveyed aimbst the same thoughts as those expressed by Annamacharya through his Telugu poems. Our special thanks are to him for the excellent secretarial assistance, as also the personal involvement which he showed in doing this work.

We wish to place on record our special thanks to Mr. Ramji, who is working as a Commercial Tax Officer in the Government of Tamil Nadu. Because of his love of the subject, he was kind enough to come on holidays and extended excellent secretarial assistance.

We sincerely feel that but for the Blessings of the Lord of the Seven Hills, we could not have undertaken this work. We do hope and pray that readers of this book will derive as much satisfaction as we did in understanding the deep, fervent devotion which Annamacharya had in the Lord of the Seven Hills. We pray that Lord Srinivasa showers His bountiful Blessings on all the readers.


Chapter One Concept of Saranagathi
Chapter Two Songs of Annamacharaya - Adhayatmika Sankeerthanalu volume-1 (121 songs)
Song Starting with
1 Heena dasala bondhi itla nundutakante 3
2 Adio alladivo hari snaanamu 23
3 Nadulolladivo naa snaanamu kadu 51
4 Chaaladaa harinaama saukhyaamritamu tamaku 52
5 Nee kathaamritamu nirata sevana naaku 54
6 Emi seyavacchu garmamicchinante kaani, ledhu 55
7 Patta vasamugaani baaludaa penu 58
8 Ee paadame kadaa ilayella kolachinadi 66
9 Alara chanchalamaina aatmalandu unda nee 67
10 Ghora vidaarana naarasimhaa nee 68
11 Nela minnu nokkatainaneebantu vokka 69
12 Evvado gaani eragaraadhu kadu 74
13 Aadhimapoorushu dachythu dachalu danathun damaludu 80
14 Ilayunu nabhamunu eka roopamai 85
15 Itharamu linniyunemitiki 86
16 Endaaka nechithamethalapo 88
17 Ooriki boyedi vothadaa kadu 89
18 Akkada naapaatlu vadi ikkada neepaatu padi 90
19 naatiki naade naachadhuvu 91
20 Itu garudani nee vekkinanu 92
21 Eee sura leemunu leecharaacharamulu 93
22 Etiki talakeda rindarunu 101
23 Vaade Venkatesudane vaade veedu 121
24 Chooda jooda maanickyaalu chukaluvale nunnavi 133
25 Pankajaakshulu solasi paliki nagagaa 138
26 Bhogi sayanamunu busakottedini 139
27 Edhi choochinanu gadu nituvanti chodyamule 140
28 Sulabhamaa manujulaku Hari Bhakti 144
29 Kondalalo nelakonna koneti raayudu vaadu 151
30 Aakati velala nalapaina velalanu (Hari Nama Mahima) 158
31 Emee neragini mammu nekkuva sesi 162
32 Bruvanthi bauddhaa Buddha ithi 164
33 Satatam Sreesam 165
34 Emi valasina nichchu neppudainanu 172
35 Chakramaa! Hari Chakramaa! 183
36 Thane kaaka evvaru maaku daatbayu daivamu thana- 192
37 Verapulu norapulu vrithaa vritbaa 217
38 Emi galigenu maa kinduvalana 218
39 Sakala bhoothadaya chaalaga kaluguta 223
40 Ade Choodu Tiruvenkataadri naaluguyugamu- 227
41 Neevanaga nokachota nilichiyunduta ledhu 232
42 Konaro Konaro meeru koorimi mandhu 237
43 Katakata itu chese karma baadha 239
44 Neevekaa cheppajoopa Neeve neevekaa 255
45 Aapannula paali daivamaathade Gathidakka 266
46 Nee mahattvambu loniki velupaliki gappi 270
47 Adhi Naayaparaadha midi naayaparaadhamu 271
48 Ettivaarikinella nitti karmamulu maa 277
49 Annichotla paramaathmaa neevu 278
50 Hari golichiyu maree naparamulaa? 290
51 Eekulajudemi evvadaina nemi 292
52 Telisina teliyudu, teliyanivaaralu 317
53 Ekkuva kulajudaina heena kulajudaina 318
54 Kanugonaga jeevuderagadugaaka eriginanu 319
55 Veedivo idhe vinthadonga 322
56 Kaakunna Samsaara gathulela 326
57 Konchemunu ghanamu ganugona nela Hari dalachu- 329
58 Chaaladhaa Brahmam idhi Sankeerthanamu meeku (Hari Nama Mahima) 343
59 Sakala samghrahamu Sakala sanchayamu (Hari Nama Mahima) 349
60 Naaraayanaaya Namo Namo, Naanaatmane Namo Namo 380
61 Antaryaamee alasithi solasithi 381
62 Abhayam Abhayam O Hari! neevu 383
63 Kondharikivi sammathi yaithe kondharikavi gaavu 384
64 Antayu neeve Hari Pundareekaakshaa 385
65 Annitaa neevu antaryamivi avuta dharrname ayinaanu 386
66 Veeni choochi aina memu virathi bondhaga lemu 388
67 Panimaalinatti vatti paradhugaaka maaku 389
68 Parula sevalu sesi brathikerataa 390
69 ltugana sakalopaayamu ludigina Eesvarude rakshakudu 391
70 Raama Raamachandra Raaghavaa! Raajeeva-lochana Raaghavaa! 392
71 Vidhi nishedamulaku veravaga paniledhu 393
72 Sulabhudu Madhusoodhanudu mana- 394
73 Kinka deera "na daivam Kesavaat param" ani 395
74 Oho "dern" "dem" yogi brahma midiyani 396
75 Chee Chee narula detijeevanamu 397
76 Inthe maremi ledu indhumeedanu 398
77 Itara Dharmamu landhu nindhu kaladaa 399
78 Devadevudekke nade divyarathamu 400
79 Marigi veerepo maadaivambulu 402
80 Emee naduganolla hechchu-kundulana nolla 403
81 Kaniyu gaanani manasu kadamagaaka 404
82 Valenanu vaaridhe Vaishnavamu idi 405
83 Sree Hari sesina chihna livi ee 406
84 Sarvaantaraatmudavu saranaagatuda nenu 409
85 Bhakti koladhivaade paramaatmudu 410
86 Mikkili punyulu Hari! mee daasule Hari! 411
87 Cheppinanthapani ne jeyagalavaada ninthe 412
88 Verrivaadu verrigaadu Vishnuni daasyamu leka 413
89 Nityulu muktulu nirmalachitthulu nigamaantha-vidulu Vaishnavulu 414
90 Idhiye marmamu Hari indhugaani lonugaadu 418
91 Evvarivaado ee dehi 419
92 Enta vichaarinchu konnaa idhiye tattvamu Hari 420
93 Vaade Venkataadri meeda varadaivamu 422
94 Sulabhamaa indariki jooda sulabharnu gaaka 423
95 Adhe vaade idhe veede Andhu nindu negeeni 424
96 Sree Venkatesudu Sreepathiyu ithade 425
97 Pattina chone vedaki bhaavinchavalegaani 426
98 Naatappu logonave nannu gaavave Deva 427
99 Viveka meragani verrulamu gaaka nemu 429
100 Emiyujeyaga vaddu inthalone mokshamu 430
101 Sahajaachaaramulella sarvesvaruni yaajne 431
102 Hari! Neeyanumatho adi naa lkarmamo? 433
103 Deva ee thagavu dheerchavayya 435
104 Antarangamella Sree Hari koppinchakundithe 437
105 Apadbhandhudu Hari maaku galadu 439
106 Irvagu vaariki iha paramidiye 439
107 Unna vichaaramu lela oho samsaarulaaraa! 441
108 Kaliginadi yokkate Kamalaapatiseva 442
109 Kantinide yarthamu ghana saastramulu davvi 443
110 Athanine ne kolichi nenandithi bo nija sukhamu 444
111 Saivamu neeve gati maa tappulu paniledu 445
112 Mariyu matiyu nive maa panulu 446
113 Marali marali jaya mangalamu 448
114 Kaladi galatte karmaphalambulu 450
115 Pendu moolikalu reyi pagalu nunnavi 452
116 Neva Naarasimha namo namo 453
117 Anganalaala manache naadinchukonegaani 454
118 Neevelikavu maaku, nee daasulamu memu 455
119 Akkarakodaganiyatti yarthamu 456
120 Pattinadella Brahmamu 457
121 Veda mantram ika nela - veru vellankulu nela 461

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