Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae
THE INCIDENTS THAT HAPPENED BEFORE SRI YERRITHATHA CAME TO CHELLAGURGI
One report is that Sri Yerrithatha was from Tumkur (Karnataka) and that he was a Magistrate and that while in service, he used to go into a trance. After a point of time, he left his job.
He would climb to the top of a coconut tree and sit there in yogic contemplation. He had understood the tenets of Veerashaivism and the worship of Linga and became a “Siddhapurusha” (SathPurusha).
It is also said that Sri Yerrithatha’s original name was Nanjundappa and that he came from Linganahalli and that he was given to simple living and that he learnt much from Nagappa, a Lingayat scholar of Linganahalli. When Nagappa realised that Sri Yerrithatha was greater than him, he told him that there was nothing to learn from him and that he would do well to approach Ganganarya of Doddaballapur.
Sri Thatha proceeded to Doddaballapur to meet Sri Ganganarya and waited for two or three days to seek his “Darshan” and blessings.
Sri Ganganarya commanded him to go round the town thrice in a naked state. Sri Yerrithatha obeyed the Guru and received the benediction.
Thereafter the Swamiji did not go back to Linganahalli but stayed in the service of his Guru. Sri Ganganarya named this Nanjundappa as