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Statue of Purandaradasa unveiled at Alipiri
TIRUPATI, June 25: A statue of saint poet Purandaradasa was unveiled in the presence of seers from various mutts at Alipiri at the foot of Tirumala on Thursday. Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Chairman, Mr. D. K. Audikesavulu Naidu, unveiled the statue, amidst chanting of vedic scriptures to the accompaniment of classical music.

Addressing a function got up to mark this occassion, Sri Sugunendra Swamiji of the Puttige Mutt, Udupi, said that from time immemorial holy places had been a binding force for society, with people from all over the country, regardless of caste, creed and status, converging there to seek spiritual solace. There was every need to enhance them as they fostered emotional union (bhavaikyatha) of the people, he added.

On Purandaradasa, he said the saint poet was foremost among the Dasas who made an outstanding contribution to the bhakti cult through the medium of simple poetry. Purandaradasa's kirtanas eulogised the eternal beauty of Udupi Srikrishna, Panduranga Vithala and also Tirumala Srinivasa (Venkateswara), thus revealing that God is one despite being worshipped in different forms.

The installation of the statue of Purandardaasa at the foot of Seshachalam, the abode of Lord Venkateswara, is a tribute to the poet, who conveyed the essence of epics, puranas and upanishads in his poems for the benefit of humanity.


Suyathindra Swamiji of the Raghavendra Swamy Mutt at Mantralayam and Sri Viswaprasanna Theertha Swamiji of Pezavara Mutt, Udupi, were also present at the statue unveiling function. They lauded the efforts of TTD in popularising the poems of the saint poet through its Dasa Sahitya Project. Devotees from various places in Karnataka turned up in good number to witness the unveiling of the statue of Purndaradasa, the most revered poet for his enchanting verses.