Appayya Swamigalu

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Sadguru Appayya Swamigalu (1885–1956) (not to be mistaken with Appayya Swamy, a 17th-century Carnatic Musician and scholar of Tamil Nadu) was a Hindu Indian spiritual master who lived in Virajpet town, in Kodagu, India.

Sadguru Appayya Swamigalu

Early life[edit]

Appayya Swami was born as Palanganda Appaiah, the son of a Kodava paddy farmer in Kodagu (Coorg) in 1885.[1]Appayya did his schooling in English and Kannada at Central High School, Mercara. Later he entered the Government Service under the Raj. However, he was of a religious bend of mind since childhood, and was inspired by the lives of Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Swami Vivekananda. He sought a spiritual guru, eventually selecting Guru Ramagiri.


His Guru ordained him into Sannyas (monkhood) in 1917. In the monastery, Swamigalu learnt and composed several hymns. Through the path of devotion he attained self-realisation. Over time he became a spiritual teacher with several disciples and was hence given the title of Sadguru.

In 1941 he founded a monastery in Virajpet known as Kaveri Ashram after the river goddess Kaveri. His work in sustaining Hindu spirituality and culture in Coorg and its surrounding regions is being carried on by the Kaveri Ashram (also known as Cauvery Ashram 12°12′09.27″N 75°48′11.68″E / 12.2025750°N 75.8032444°E / 12.2025750; 75.8032444) today. A school is named after him in Somwarpet, Kodagu called Sadguru Appayya Swamy High School.[2]


He died in 1956, aged 71.



1. Śrī sadguru appayya vijaya (Kannada) authored by V.S. Rāmakriṣṇa (Śrī Kāvēri Āśrama, 1965) Appayya Swamigalu at Google Books)

2. Śrī sadguru appayya svāmijīyavara ātmakathe mattu sandēśa (Kannada) (Śrīkāvēri Bhakta Jana Saṅgha, 1965)

External links[edit]

1. A disciple of Sadguru Appayya speaks[3]

2. One among several newspaper articles related to Cauvery/Kaveri Ashram[4]


  1. ^ Kamath (1993). Karnataka State gazetteer, Volume 20. Bangalore: Director of Print, Stationery and Publications at the Government Press,. p. 659. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Shree Sadguru Appaiah High School Kudige". Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  3. ^ "The Flag of Sri Ramakrishna need not only flutter on the Sri Ramakrishna Mission". 2009-09-07. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  4. ^ Madikeri, DHNS:. "Geetha Abhiyan on January 28". Retrieved 2013-01-24.