Sri Annadevara Subbarao, a staunch srouta saivite and who rendered yeoman
service to srouta saiva philosophy was born at Kothapeta,kammireddy palem East
Godavari district, Andhrapradesh,INDIA on 26-11-1936.He was born in Dhath nama
year on the most precious 13th day of karthika month. His parents are Sri Annadevara
Gurunadha Prasadrao and Smt.Manikyamba. He had his early education at Kothapeta
and Rajahmundry.He worked in the Income tax department affiliated to Ministry of
Finance(Government of India).He retired as Deputy commissioner of Income tax in
the year 1994 rendering 40 years of service. He was married in the year 1965 to Smt.
Satyavathi and was blessed with two sons and four daughters.
Born in a staunch saivite family, Sri Subbarao was given Sambhava
deeksha(lingadarana and panchakshari upadesam by a great and revered saivate
scholar named Sri Mallikarjuna pandita radhyula Ambanayya varu(Duvva) of west
Godavari district. Andhra Pradesh. Traditionally the staunch saivates used to
propogate saiva siddantham by travelling to distant places by foot and performing
lingadharana,panchakshari upadesam clearing the doubts of disciples.This is aptly
called as Sancharams..Sri Annadevara Parvatheesam (the great grand father
of Annadevara Subba rao) used to travel extensively by foot to propogate saiva
siddantham in those days.He worked as village head of Thiparru village in west
Godavari district.Sri Annadevara subba rayudu(the second son of parvatheesam
and grand father of Annadevara subba rao) and Mallikarjuna Panditharadhyula Raja
verrayya Ayyavaru (the father In law of Subba rayudu garu) have also propagated
saiva siddantha extensively by writing books,discourses,performing lingadarana,
saivism rituals and clearing doubts of the disciples by conducting discussions and
meetings.Sri Annadevara Subba rao , inspired by his forefathers, propogated srouta
He was not only inspired by his forefathers but also was greatly influenced by the great
saivate scholars and the heads of Sri Saiva maha peetam(a society of srouta saivates)
Sri Mudigonda Nagalinga Shastry garu (Scholar and Author of more than 100 books
in srouta saivam)
Sri Panditarajula Sarabha Aradhyulu garu(saivate scholar and Literary figure in
Sri Mudigonda Jwala lingam garu(saivate scholar and expert in vaasthu)
Mallampalli Rajasekharam garu(great saivate scholar))
Mudigonda Kotayya shastry garu(saivate scholar)
He started a charitable trust named " Siva Jnana lahri " to promote saiva siddantham
for the benefit of future generations. After his retirement, he set upon translating
the writings of Sri Mudigonda Naga linga shastry garu in to English numbering
11 books till his death on 22 July 2007. He has also created a Website named
www.sroutasaivasiddhanta.com and www.sivagnanalahari.com for the benefit of the
srouta saivates across the world.
A staunch and hard core saivate, Sri Annadevara Subba Rao garu has performed
Panchakshari Punaschcharanam (reciting panchakshari mantram million times) at
Srisailam (a famous Jyotirlinga of Lord Siva in Andhrapradesh).Sri Subba Rao has
memorized the poems of Brahmottara kandam(a chapter of skanda puranam) written
by Sridharamallu Venkatarama kavi from his childhood.Influenced by the poems of
the Brahmottara kandam, he has installed a sivalinga at Gokarnam,Karnataka district,
where the King Ravana has installed the Athma lingam of Lord Parameshwara. Soft
spoken and friendly, Sri Subba rao was helped by his contemporaries Sri Kasinadhuni
Sarabhaya garu,Sivalenka Somasekhar Aaradhya and Sri Tadikonda Naga Mallaya
varu.He has also translated a book named "Siva thatva Sudhanidhi"(a chapter of
Malayachala kandam-skanda puranam referred as SIVA RAHASYA KHANDAM)from Sanskrit to telugu .
Parameshwara(siva) is the first teacher.All the seats of learning ,arts and education
started with him and ended with him.Sadasiva the first disciple of siva propogated
saivism and Sri Neelakantha aradyulu the great saivate scholar has further
propogated saivism with his sheer knowledge and scholarly intelligence by writing
Brahma sutrams and proving sroutasaivam on the vedic platform of Brahma
sutrams,Upanishads,sruthis,smruthis,Puranams and Agamasastrams (referred in
literary parlance as "sarva veda vidya samanvyam) and hereditary continuation of
srouta saivam by many scholarly personalities.
Sri Annadevara Subba rao garu remains forever in the minds of srouta saivates for
his invaluable contribution to srouta saivism by following the footsteps of the above
great personalities.The office bearers of siva Jnana Lahri pay a respectful homage and
gratitude to Sri Annadevara Subba rao garu for rendering yeomen service to the srouta
Saiva siddhantha sangraha (saiva siddhanta in brief))
Siva eva karanam (Siva alone is the root cause of this universe)
Srowta mevahi,Dharanam Lingasya (wearing linga on the body is vaidikam)
Srowtanyeva saiva chihnani (saiva symbols,bhasma,rudraksha,sivalinga,Panchakshari and bilwa pathram are vaidikam)
Sistah Ssarvey sivam prapannah.(All scholars worship siva only,surrendering absolutely).
The greatness and antiquity of Neelakanta Bhashyam and Saiva maha Deeksha swaroopam.
Vidyasthana vinirnayam.(a complete decision on the vedic texts)
Matha vinoda charcha.(An entertaining discourse on Saiva ,Vaishnava and Adwaitha philosophies.)
Moksha swaroopa nirnayam.(A decision on the form of salvation stated in the Vedas)
Brahma padham including veda padham and Vyasapadham.(The path of the absolute Brahman,Siva stated in the Vedas by Vyasa Maharshi.) -UNDER PRINT.
Vedantardha parishkara taraharam.(A decision on the meanings of the Vedas).