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Shripad Shri Vallabha: 1st Purna Avatar (incarnation) of Shri Dattatreya

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Shripad Shri Vallabha - 1st Purna Avatar 1320-1352
Shripad Shri Vallabha is the first Purna Avatar (incarnation) of the Shri Dattatreya in the Kali-Yuga (Iron Age or darkest age). Shripad Shri Vallabha was born in 1320 to Sri Appalaraja and Sumathi Sarma in Pitaapuram (Andhra Pradesh, India) on the day of Bhadrapada Sudha Chavithi (Ganesh Chaturdi).
Shripad Shri Vallabha - Lord Dattatreya incarnation 1st Purna Avatar
Shripad Shri Vallabha - Lord Dattatreya incarnation 1st Purna Avatar
Shripad's Birth
Aappalaraja and Sumati Sarma were devotees of Shri Dattaatreya. They had two sons and three daughters. Their first son was lame and the other one was blind. Once Appalaraja Sarma family was preparing for the Shraaddha (a yearly ceremony to pay homage to the departed souls) and many Brahmins were invited as guests for the event. Around noon, a Bhikshuk came for Bhiksha. Though custom prevents it but Veda says the one who comes for food at any eating time is none other than Vishnu himself, before feeding the invited Brahmins, Sumati offered food to the Bhikshuk, considering him as Lord Vishnu to whom the whole annual ceremony was being offered.
Shripad Shri Vallabha - Birth Story
Shripad Shri Vallabha - Birth Story
Her faith touched the Lord's heart and He at once granted her a vision of this true form. His glorious form had three heads, clad in a tiger's skin and his body besmeared with Vibhuti (sacred ash). The Lord said, "Mother, I am pleased with your devotion. Even before you fed the Brahmin guests, you have given me food with the full faith that this is the Lord in the guise. Now, ask me for anything you wish and it shall be granted". The sight blessed her eyes and now her ears were sanctified by His sweet words. "Lord", she said, "Lord! You addressed me as mother, please let your word be turned into reality" Lord replied Tathastu (so be it) and blessed her by saying that she will have a son who will be a Guru to all. Lord also told her that I will live with you for 16 years and then go to another place for remaining 17 years. God disappeared after giving her blessing.

Sumathi told her husband of the Divine vision the Lord had bestowed on her and of his granting her wish for a divine son. The couple became joyous and within a year they had a son. Sumathi had given a birth to one who is indeed birth-less. They named baby boy as 'Shripaada'. Shripaada had all the signs, Divine features and celestial radiance.

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Childhood and Sanyasa
Shripaada never took formal education. As per the tradition, he was invested with the sacred thread. Normally, after the sacred thread ceremony a boy has to be trained by a Guru for 8 years before he can memorize the Vedas (external repositories of Spiritual Wisdom) completely. But this boy, Sripaad, started imparting Shripaada Vedic knowledge to this pupil right from the moment of his upanyana (sacred thread ceremony). It was all a purely Divine miracle. 
 
Shripad Shri Vallabha - Lord Dattatreya incarnation 1st Purna Avatar
Lord Dattatreya's First Purna Avatar - Shripad Shri Vallabha
When he reached the age of 16, his parents thought of getting him married. However, he said "All women in this world are like my mother” and that he is married to only one woman "Vairagya-stree" (Dispassion-Woman), “My mission is to give initiation and guidance to sadhus (holy men)" and he should be called "Shriya-Vallabh". Thus the name "Shripada ShriVallabha". Speaking thus he sought permission from his parents to become a Sannyasi (monk) and to leave the house.

Mother asked Sripada if he left his parents, who will look after them in their old age? (Their first son was lame and the other one was blind.) Sripaad realized their situation. He called his blind and lame brothers, his heart, melting with compassion at the sight of the tears in his parents, Sripaad touched his brothers and made them whole in a moment. This miracle dispelled the veil of delusion that bound them in Samsara. Then the Lord granted them the vision of His real Divine form.

With their permission, He renounced all worldly ties and left their home for Kashi-pilgrimage. Sripada trekked to several Holy places like Dwaraka, Mathura, and Badrinath. Sripada bless several spiritual seekers during this travel. After the pilgrimage, Sripaad went to Gokarna Mahabaleshwar in South. After spending 3 years at Mahabaleshwar he went to Shri Shaila mountain. Having blessed several seekers, Lord went to Kurvapur and settled there. Shripadji stayed here most of his life and performed several miracles at this place. All his miracles were compiled into a book named Sreepada Sreevallabha Charitaamrutam. These stories were compiled by Sripada’s devotee Shankar Bhat. 

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Story behind Sreepada Charitaamrutam (divine biography)
Sreepada Sreevallabha Charitaamrutam is a 53 chapter book that was originally written in Sanskrit by Sripada’s contemporary Kannada Devotee Shankar Bhat. This book records various episodes on the life of SriPada and author’s various encounters & miracles witnessed by him and by those whom he came in contact with. Later on Shankar Bhat translated this book in Telagu language.

He also mentioned in the original manuscript that this Charitra will remain secret for 32 generations and will be brought to light (widely published) by the 33rd generation of Sreepada Sreevallabha”

Accordingly, In November 2001, 53 Chapters Charitra on the Life of SripadaVallabha was brought out by his pious devotee named Malladi Govinda Deekshitulu who belonged to the Lineage of Maternal Grandfather of Sripada SriVallabha. The original manuscript of the book was preserved as a secret for 32 Generations of Sripada's maternal side before Publishing it in November 2001 after receiving a message from the Divine to disclose it.

As suggested in the original manuscript, Deekshitulu made a good copy of the manuscript and offered the original script to Krishna River near Vijaywada (Andhra Pradesh) after Parayana (devotional reading). In the preface of this widely published Charitaamrutam, Deekshitulu writes: “Every word written in this book is absolutely true. There is no exaggeration or unnecessary description anywhere in this book. The author of this book Shankar Bhat was not a Pandit or a scholar, but had deep devotion towards Shripada. Looking at his devotion Shripada did a divine grace on him and had this Charitra written by him. Anyone who does parayan of this book will get all desires fulfilled”
Sreepada Charitaamrutam divine biography
Sreepada Charitaamrutam (divine biography)
Every chapter vividly describes about Sree Sreepada Sreevallabha and his miracles. This great book is really a divine elixir. The Charitra is all about Sreepada's life, His Leelas (miracles), His greatness, His highly elevated preaching.

At present, Telugu , Marathi and English are available at Shripada Shrivallabha Mahasansthan Pitaapuram. Kannada translation by name 'Sripada srivallbhara divya charithamrutha' is also available. 

Shri GuruCharithra written by Shri Saraswati Gangadhar in Marathi around 1450 AD has 5 chapters about Sreepada Sreevallabha. This was later translated in Telugu by Brahmasri Pannala VenkatadriBattu Sarma in Pitaapuram.

“Digambara Digambara Shripad Shrivallabh Digambara"
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Shripad Shri Vallabha Charan Paduka in Gold
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