Mahesh has shared a lot about Srimad Appayya Deekshidra in this blog earlier. Mahan Appayya Dikshitar who lived in the 16th Century is considered as an Avatar of Lord Shiva.He is a great Yogi, a Bhakta and a Scholar. Even though his works are based on advaita he saw both Lord Shiva and Vishnu as one and the same. This is very much felt in his work Hari Hara Stuti. He has also written the Varadaraja Stavam a stotra on Lord Varadaraja of Kanchipuram. He also admired Vedanta Desikan. He has written 104 books about all the schools of thought i.e. Dvaita, Vishisdadvaita, Sivadvaita and Advaita.
The various stotras of Sri Appayya Dikshitar are very powerful. The Margabandhu Stotram composed by Sri Appayya Dikshitar if recited before going on any travel will ward off the dangers associated with the travel and our travel mission will be successful. Similarly the Apitakuchambastava which is composed on the presiding Goddess at Thiruvannamalai if recited with devotion will cure all the illness. Durga chandrakala stuthi if chanted twice a day in the morning and evening will protect us from all calamities.
Once Dikshitar swallowed some dhattura juice and got into a state of semi conscious state to check whether he still remembers the Lord even in that state. He wrote Unmattapanchasa or Athmarpanastuti in that state surrendering himself to Lord Shiva with sincere prayer that he should be freed from the cycle of births and deaths. Such is the greatness of his devotion.
Mahaperiyava has praised Srimad Appayya Deekshithar (and his brother’s grandson Sri Neelakanta Dikshithar) in many places in deivathin kural and wanted Appayya Dikshitar jayanthi celebrated in a grand manner every year. This year it falls on 2nd OCT 2020 which is also the 500th jayanthi of the saint. Let us learn about his works and contribution to our religion.
Here is Deekshithendral’s biography by Swami Shivananda in English -> Appayya Dikshithar
Here is Deekshithendral’s divya charithram in Tamizh – -> ஸ்ரீமத் அப்பய்ய தீக்ஷிதேந்த்ரர் திவ்ய சரித்ரம்
My friend Dr.Gokulakrishna Iyer (An Ayurveda Doctor by profession in Srirangam) is a scholar in Advaitha granthas of Sri Adi Shankara, Srimad Appayya Dikshitendra and Sri Sadashiva Brahmendra. He has recited many of the slokams composed by Srimad Appayya Dikshithar and has also shared his biography in both English and Tamizh in his youtube channel.-> Stothras of Appayya Dikshitha
Many of Deekshithendra’s work published in the last century are available in https://archive.org/index.php