The glory of the Lord was sung yet again. Unflinching faith and absolute surrender had made Gopanna turned Ramdas of Bhadrachalam of the 17th century one of the most illustrious devotees of Lord Sri Ramachandra. As the Sports and Cultural Festival of Sri Sathya Sai Institutions reached day – 3 today, students from the Brindavan Campus of SSSIHL presented a Musical Dance Drama on the illustrious life of Bhadrachala Ramdas here, in Prasanthi Nilayam.
Bhadrachala Ramadas was one of the well-known Carnatic music composers of South India during 17th century. Born in 1620 A.D., Ramadas lived during the pre-trinity period, before the times of Thyagaraja, Muthuswami Dikshitar and Shyama Sastri.
After his initial days of growing devotion to Lord Sri Ramachandra, when he was initiated into Sri Rama Mantra, Gopanna had to endure severe test in later part of his life. After being appointed as the Tahsildar of Bhadrachalam, Gopanna could not bear with the sight of the dilapidated condition of the Rama temple at Bhadrachalam. Moved by his unflinching faith and heartfelt devotion, Gopanna dared to spend his revenue collection for the construction of a new temple sans any permission from the ruler Nawab Abul Hasan Qutb Shah. . This resulted in the arrest of Ramadas by the officials of the Nawab and thus he was kept at the fort of Golconda for years, facing severe tests and punishment.
Even during those dark days, Ramadasa remained in constant prayers, composing songs on Lord Rama, begging for His mercy.
God Is the Saviour Of His devotees. Pleased with Ramdas’s absolute surrender, Lord Rama and Lakshmana in the guise of two servants of Ramadas went to the palace of the Golconda ruler Tana Shah, paying him full money with interest, seeking his release. The extraordinary magnetism of the twin servants and their sudden disappearance after paying the money made Tana Shah believe that they were indeed Rama and Lakshmana in disguise Whom Ramadas had constantly been worshipping. …And thus the release of Ramadas.
His greater devotion to Lord Sri Rama and the devoted pain that he underwent with his unwavering faith in His master in rebuilding the house of the Lord earned him the name Bhadrachala Ramadas, a name that is synonymous with pristine love and dedication to the Divine.
The hour-long drama was studded with beautiful dance and song sequences.
Earlier, commencing the proceedings, the Brindavan Brass Band played a collection of four compositions that include, “HumKo TumSe Pyaar Kithna…”, Rhythm Of Life, Allaho Akbar…
Bhajans continued and the session ended with Mangala Arathi at 1830 hrs.