About Appaya Dikshita

Vaidya N. Sundaram sundaram at ECN.PURDUE.EDU
Wed Feb 18 15:39:26 CST 1998

On Wed, 18 Feb 1998, Jaldhar H. Vyas wrote:
> not appear.  He did do much to spread Shaivism though.  At that time
> the Shaiva religion was under attack (both philosophical and in some
> cases physical) from the Vaishnavas particularly one Tatacharya who
> was the Rajaguru of the Vijayanagara empire.  Maybe that was what he was
> willing to teach to anyone.

 It was at this time, when he was travelling through the kingdom on foot,
that he composed the mArga bhandU stotram. (prayer to the one who is a
friend for the traveller) this stotra is extremely poetic, and talks of
the glories of Mahadeva. Recitation of this stotra is recommended on a
daily basis as it bestows freedom from fear of any kind.
 According to Sri Appaiah Dikshidhar himself, the very word Mahadeva is
so full of mystic that it takes several births of piety to even be able
to utter it. Uttering Mahadeva Mahadeva Mahadeva (three times :-)) is
said to scare even Lord Yama away.

SambhO Mahadeva.

                       Vaidya N. Sundaram
                    E-Mail: vaidya at purdue.edu

 Kandavar Vindilar      : Those who have seen (Brahman) have not spoken
  Vindavar Kandilar     :   those who speak (about It) have not seen (It)

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