Period – 1682 – 1755
Birth Place – Cheekalaparvi, Manvi Taluk in Raichur District
Birth Name – Dasappa
(He was popularly called as Koosi maga daasappa)
Amsha – Brugu Rushigalu
His Niryana place – Chippagiri
(A Mandal in Kurnool District, Andrapradesh. It is twenty km from Alur and 7 km from Guntkal Railway station/bus stand)
Previous Avathara – Guru Madhwapathi
Parents – Srinivasappa & Koosamma
Wife – Aralamma
Ankita –Vijaya Vittala by Purandaradasaru in Gaya
Compositions – He has composed 25000 + Devaranamas, Suladees, ugabogas.
Tamburi – Purandaradasaru gave him a tamburi in his dream, but when he got up in the morning, he was surprised to find that the tamburi was real. That Tamburi is still available in Chippagiri. You can also find tala, Gopala butti in Chippagiri. In Chippagiri, there is a Vijayarayara Katte, which is a piligrimage.
Kalluru Subbannacharyaru – At that he was a renowned Sudha Pandit. Alongwith his panditya, he has some prejudice for Vijayadasaru, as he was singing only Devaranamagalu without any Sanskrit Grantha. Once he was rendering Sudha Pravachana. Almost all the people from the place were invited except Vijayadasaru, because of Kalluru Subbannacharya’s pre-occupied opinion about the Dasaru. He had thought the Dasaru and he devaranamas are nothing comparable to Great Granthaas.
For Sudha Mangala, for theerthaprasada, “Mandige bhojana” was arranged but the cook who had to do the Mandige never turned up. Vijayadasaru when he learnt that the cook has not turned up, he went to the cooking hall and did the mandige for the entire people.
After finishing the cooking Vijayadasaru, went to hear the pravachana of Kalluru Subbannachar. On seeing Vijayadasaru, the anger in Subbannachar grown, and he told him that “you are an ordinary dasa, koosi maga daasa. U know something about Kannada sahitya. What you can understand about Sudha?” like this he teased Dasaru. Dasaru felt very sad about the teasing by acharyaru. Dasaru called an innocent man who was supplying water for the bhojana, (he was not even able to speak properly), and by putting his hand on that innocent man, he asked him to do the anuvadha of the Sudha, where Acharya has stopped. All of a sudden, that man did the pravachana of that portion of sudha where Kalluru Subbannachar had stopped, that too in Sanskrit. As soon as he removed his hand from that man, that man went to normal status, and was an ordinary man only.
On seeing this strange thing, Kalluru Subbannacharya was shocked and went near Vijaya Dasaru to beg his pardon for his durahankara and wanted to become a shishya of Vijayadasaru. Dasaru told his shishya Venugopala Vittala Dasa to give ankitha to Kalluru Subbannachar, and he was given the ankita “Vyasavittala”. With the ankitha prapthi, subbannachar prepared a stotra on Vijayadasaru, titled “Vijayarayara kavacha”, which starts like “smarisi badukiro, divya charanakeragiro”….
Jagannathadasaru & Vijayadasaru – Sri Srinivasacharyaru, son of Karnika Narasimhacharya, had studied under Varadendra Thirtharu and had a profound knowledge of Madhwa Shastra. He had done 108 times sudha mangala. Because of his great panditya in Sanskrit he was neglecting Dasaru. Once Vijayadasaru had visited Srinivasacharyaru’s place. He had sent his shishya to invite Jagannatha Dasaru for Theerthaprasada. Srinivasachar agreed to come. After the pooja is over, Vijayadasaru, sent his disciple to call acharyaru for the bhojana time to come, Srinivasacharya told that he suffering from Stomach pain, and could not come. Vijayadasaru did not say anything, said OK and had his Theertha prasada. After this incident, immediately Srinivasacharya developed severa stomach pain, but could not controlled by any medicine. He was restless, not getting sleep at all, not able to eat anything. Day by day, the pain grew and it was untollerable. He went to Tirupathi, Mantralaya, Ghatakachala, everywhere in vain. Rayaru came in his dream and asked him to meet Vijayadasaru only for remedy. So, he came back to Vijayadasaru and sought his excuse for his ignoring Dasaru. Vijayadasaru immediately directly Gopaladasaru to give Ayurdana of 40 years. Gopaladasaru readily agreed and he gave 40 years of his life to Srinivasacharyaru. Then he got ankitha in Chandrabhaga river by Sri Purandaradasaru as “Jagannathavittala”, and he never turned back, he went on to write Harikathamruthasara, and many many devotional songs in Kannada and Sanskrit.
Sri Vijayadasaru has done Theertha yathre not less than 18 times during his life time. As he has written so many suladees, he is popularly called as “Suladi Dasaru”.