Prathivadhi Bhayankaram Annangacharya also fondly called as Annan, was a famous pundit, a sincere devotee of Lord Vishnu, and the the composer of the famous Venkateshwara Suprabhatam, songs in praise of Lord Vishnu, in order to awaken him in the early morning. His birth name was Hasthigirinathar Annan, and he was born in the year AD 1361.
He was one of the chief disciples of Swami Manavala Mamunigal. Apart from Venkateshwara Suprabhatam, he composed few more Slokas, which are recited daily at the Tirumala Venkateshwara Temple. The Suprabhatam sung by the famous singer Smt. M S Subbalakshmi is played in most of the homes of the Venkateshwara devotees, and in the temples of Lord Vishnu.
Annangaracharya was born in Kanchipuram, and his entire family members were ardent devotees of Sri Ramanujacharya. He became a sincere disciple of Nayana Varadacharya, and his guru had named him as “Prathivathi Bhayankaram Annan”. Annan was an expert in Sanskrit, and performed spiritual discourses in the temples of Lord Vishnu. He was respected by the scholars as well as by the kings in India. After finishing his studies, he went to Tirumala Venkateswara Temple and rendered spiritual service to Lord Venkateswara.
While doing divine service in the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, Annan had heard about the significance of Sri Manavala Mamunigal, and became the disciple of Manavala Mamuni and learnt to compose divine texts on Venkateshwara,and he was named by Manavala Mamuni as “Sri VaishnavaDasan”.
1. Sri Venkatesha Suprabhatam
2. Sri Venkatesha Stotram
3. Sri VenkateshaPrapatti
4. Sri Venkatesha Mangala Sasanam.
5. Commentary for Sri Bhasyam.
6. Commentary for Srimad Bhagavatam.
7. Sapthathi Rathnamalika
8. Varavara Muni Mangalam
9. Varavara Muni Suprabhatam
Lot of Vaishnavite saints have been born and they have gloried Lord Venkateshwara through their divine songs. They are our holy Gurus. There are lot of followers for Sri Ramanuja, and he treated everyone in a soft manner, and didn’t scold anyone. Similar to Ramanuja, Annan was a soft spoken person, and he treated everyone as alike, and shared his knowledge with his disciples. Whoever hear the holy Suprabhatam in the Music Players, would remember him.
“OM NAMO VENKATESAYA”