Purandara Dasa Punyatithi (Shri Purandara Dasara Punyadina) is observed on Amavasya in Pousha Masa of Kannada calendar. In 2021, Purandara Dasara Punyatithi date is 11 February.
Purandara Dasa (1484-1564) was a devotee of Lord Vishnu, and a poet and saint. He was the disciple of the great saint Sree Vyasatirtha, and along with Kanakadasa he has written many bhakti songs on Lord Hari.
Vyasa Tirtha has praised him for his great efficiency in writing and singing songs in praise of Lord Vishnu. He contributed a lot to the Carnatic music. He is also praised by the people as the master of Carnatic music. He is considered as an avatar of the divine sage Narada Maharishi, also known as Devarishi Narada.
Purandara Dasa was a big merchant of gold, silver and other jewellery items hailed from Karnataka, who had donated his entire wealth to the poor for serving Lord Hari. He mesmerized the people through his melodious songs. He was one of the most important scholars of India.