by Damodara Rao Dasu

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Bhadrachala Ramadasu (1608-1682)

Ramadasu, originally named Kancharla Gopanna, was born in Nelakondapalli of Andhra Pradesh. His uncle, a minister of the Golconda King Taane Shah, appointed him as a revenue officer of Bhadrachalam. He was so much devoted to Rama that he spent a lot of the state money for the temple in Bhadrachalam. He was kept in jail for the offense, but he continued singing songs in praise of Rama known as Ramadasu Keertanalu. The legend says that Lord Rama came in disguise and repaid the money to Taneeshah, whereby Ramadasu was released. Most of his keertanas are in Telugu, and some are in Sanskrit. They are all full of bhakti rasa.


Bhadrachala Ramadasu Keertanas

  • antA rAma mayam
  • charaNamule
  • Emayya rAma
  • ennagAnu rAma bhajana
  • Eteeruga
  • garuDa gamana rA rA
  • idigo bhadrAdri
  • ikshvAku kula tilaka
  • jaya jAnaki ramaNa
  • nanu brOvamani chappave
  • nee sankalpam
  • palukE bangAra mAye
  • rAmachandrAya
  • rAmachandrulu
  • SaraNAgata rakshaNa
  • seetA rAma swAmy
  • takkuvEmi manaku
  • tAraka mantramu
  • EmirA rAmA nAvalla
  • EDa nunnADO
  • dinamE sudinamu
  • rAma nAmamE jeevanamu
  • rAmA nA manavi
  • rAmuni vAramu
  • rAma nannu brOva
  • itaDEnA
  • rAma jOgi
  • rAma daiva
  • itaramu
  • Sri rAmanAmam maruvam
  • pAhi rAma prabhO
  • narahari dEva Adi
  • aDugu dATI
  • bhajarE SrirAmam
  • daSaradha rAma
  • EDanunnADO nATakuranji
  • evaru dooshinchina
  • kamala nayana
  • nA morAlakimpa
  • namminavArini
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