Today is the last day of the lunar month of Pushya. The day Purandara dasa passes away in the year 1564AD.
ತೆರಳಿದರು ಹರಿಪುರಕಿಂದು || ಪಲ್ಲವಿ ||
ಪುರಂದರದಾಸರಾಯರು ದೀನಬಂಧು || ಅನುಪಲ್ಲವಿ ||
ರಕ್ತಾಕ್ಷಿವತ್ಸರ ಪುಷ್ಯಾಂತ ರವಿವಾರ
ಮುಕ್ತಿಗೈದಿದರು ಕೇಳಿ ಬುಧಜನರು || ೧ ||
ವಿರೂಪಾಕ್ಷ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರದಿ ವಿಠಲನ್ನ ಸನ್ನಿಧಿಯಲ್ಲಿ
ಶರೀರವನಿರಿಸಿ ಅನಾಥರನು ಹರಸಿ || ೨ ||
In this song by Madhwapa Dasa, son of Purandara Dasa records the date as “The last day of Pushya which was a Sunday, in the year Raktakshi at Virupaksha kshetra, in the abode of Vithala’.
Contrary to what is popularly being parroted over decades, Purandara Dasa did not hail from Purandaragada in current day Maharashtra. Inscriptional evidence points that he is likely to have come from the region of Tirthahalli/ Gerusoppa in Shivamogga district of current day Karnataka. High time we correct some of the facts we pass to the next generation, I’d say!
Here are links to a bunch of my old posts in English, about Purandara Dasa.
Purandara Dasa’s 32 Ragas
Here are some links to some of my posts from my Kannada blog
What is better than listening to or sing some songs of Purandara Dasa on this day of remembrance? That’s what I’ll do and hope you get a chance to do too!