Saturday, May 30, 2009
SAINT BHAKTA RAMADAS
Gopanna was born to Linganna in 1620 in Nelakondapalli, a small village in Khammam district in Andhra Pradesh. He composed several keertanas on Lord Rama. His devotion to Vaikunta Rama at the temple of Bhadrachalam, a small village in the middle of the jungle on the northern banks of the holy river Godavari, earned him his name Bhadrachala Raamadasu.
Ramadas was appointed as the Tashildar under the Quatub shahi dynasty. Bhadrachalam a place of natural beauty amidst serene atmosphere on the banks of river Godavari. His intense love for Lord Rama made him construct the temple at Bhadrachalam using the money from the revenue department.
Ramadas was sentenced to prison for a period of 12 years. He was pleading god and composed some of the beautiful keerthanas in the prison. Rama and Lakshmana in the guise of two young men paid the dues and released Ramadas from his debt. The coins had the scene of Rama Pattbhishekam – coronation ceremony to the throne, on it.
Ramadas a great saint composed songs which inspired SAINT TYAGARAAJA .was gave life to the written script.