Purandara Dasa Aradhana

Purandara Dasa Aradhana is the annual aradhana (a Sanskrit term meaning act of glorifying God or a person) of Kannada saint composer Purandara Dasa, who is considered as "The Pitamaha" (lit, "father" or the "grandfather") of Carnatic Music.[1] The festival is observed in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, primarily in Hampi, the place where Purandara Dasa lived and attained Samadhi[2] The aradhana is observed on Pushya Bahula Amavasya day, when the saint attained samadhi.

Purandara Dasa Aradhana
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GenreCarnatic music
DatesJanuary/February / March
Location(s)Hampi in Karnataka Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh
Years active1974 –present
Music of India
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A Lady Playing the Tanpura, c. 1735 (Rajasthan)


Media and performance
Music awards
Music festivals
Music media
Nationalistic and patriotic songs
National anthemJana Gana Mana
Regional music


The aradhana (Ceremony of Adoration) is held every year on the anniversary of the demise of the saint. This is on the Pushya Bahula Amavasya of the Indian Lunar calendar (a new moon day, generally in February–March).The Aradhana is celebrated across various parts of South India including Pandarapur, Tirumala, Hampi and Mantralayam.[3] In Hampi it's organised by Purandara Dasara Aradhana Samithi Trust with annual programmes In Tirumala, it is organised by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Dasa Sahitya Project annually around January – February.[4]

In the early 1970s, Jayachamaraja Wadiyar expressed regret that Purandaradasa was not given the status in Karnataka that Tyagaraja enjoyed in Tamil Nadu. Inspired by this Kannada journalist N.A. Murthy started Purandara Dasara Aradhana at Hampi and organised the annual programme from 1974 to 1976. After the death of Murthy his son Raja Rao started organising the annual programme at Purandara Vittala Devalaya, Mulbagal.

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  1. ^ Cultural News from India, Volume 20. Indian Council for Cultural Relations. 1979. p. 33.
  2. ^ "A musical homage to saint-poet Purandaradasa". The Hindu. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Haridasa compositions to be archived: Expert". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  4. ^ "'Purandara Dasa Aradhana' from January 26". The Hindu. Retrieved 20 January 2016.