Vipra Narayana

Vipra Narayana
Directed by P. S. Ramakrishna Rao
Produced by P. S. Ramakrishna Rao
P. Bhanumathi
Written by Samudrala Raghavacharya (dialogues and lyrics)
Starring A. Nageswara Rao
P. Bhanumathi
Relangi Venkata Ramaiah
Music by S. Rajeswara Rao
Cinematography M. A. Rehman
Edited by P. S. Ramakrishna Rao
Distributed by Bharani Studios
Release dates
Country India
Language Telugu

Vipra Narayana or Vipranarayana (Telugu:విప్రనారాయణ, हिंदी: विप्र नारायण) story is based on the life of Thondaradippodi Alvar, also called Vipranarayanar or Bhaktanghri Renu Swami was a Tamil Vaishnava Saint. He led his life in devotion to Lord Narayana and worked for the Perumal (Lord) by dedicating him with garlands. He is one of the 12 Alvars.


The story revolves around a Brahmin who makes flower garlands. He devotes his life to Perumal (Lord). He is seduced by a woman who is determined to make him break his vow.

1937 film

Vipra Narayana was made in Telugu language first time in 1937 by Aurora Pictures.[1] starring Kasturi Narasimha Rao, Kanchanamala and Tanguturi Suryakumari, directed by Ahindra Chaudhari.

1938 film

Vipra Narayana was made in Tamil language in 1938 by Sound City. Starring Kothamangalam Cheenu and T. V. Rajasundari in the lead roles, the film was produced and directed by A. Narayanan.

1954 film

Vipra Narayana was made in bilingual Telugu and Tamil directed and produced by P. S. Ramakrishna Rao and P. Bhanumathi of Bharani Pictures. The title role is played by A. Nageswara Rao.[2]


A staunch devotee of Lord Ranganatha, Viparanarayana (Rao) lives, along with his disciple Rangaraju (Relangi), in an ashram on the banks of the Cauvery at Srirangam. Devadevi (Bhanumathi), a devadasi, after performing a dance recital at the Chola King (V. Sivaram)’s court on her way back along with her elder sister Madhuravani (Sandhya, mother of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha), passes through the ashram. When Viparanarayana does not even throw a glance at her, Devadevi’s vanity is hurt and she vows to entice him with her charm.

She enters the ashram making Vipranarayana believe her sorrowful story. Very soon Vipranarayana surrenders to her charm. Once her ego is satisfied, Devadevi begins to regret her act. She leaves for her home and Vipranarayana follows her, but Devadevi’s mother (played by Rushyendramani) drives him out. Unable to see His devotee’s plight, Lord Ranganatha (R. Nageswara Rao in a guest appearance) assumes the form of Rangaraju and gives a golden vessel to Rangasani, saying that it has been sent by Vipranarayana. Soon it comes to light that the vessel has been stolen from the temple. The Chola King orders the hands of Vipranarayana to be amputated as a punishment. Finally the Lord appears and reveals the truth, saying that Vipranarayana is none else than the human form of Vyjayanthi, the garland that adorns Him and Devadevi is a Gandharva kanya. Vipranarayana assumes his real form and adorns the Lord.


Actor Role
A. Nageswara Rao Vipranarayana
P. Bhanumathi Devadevi
Relangi Venkataramaiah Rangaraju
Rushyendramani Mother of Devadevi
V. Sivaram Maharaju
Sandhya Sister of Devadevi



The music[3] was composed by S. Rajeswara Rao.

Telugu Songs

Lyrics by Samudrala Raghavacharya.

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 Samudrala Raghavacharya
Tamil Songs

Lyrics by K. D. Santhanam.

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 Aadhavan Ezhundhaan Aaruyire En Maadhavaa A. M. Rajah K. D. Santhanam
2 Yogamadhe Ezhilaam Kannan Yogamadhe Ezhilaam A. M. Rajah
3 Malaril Madhuvellaam Innisai Thaane A. M. Rajah & P. Bhanumathi
4 Ini Aagatha Sogam Aanathaa A. M. Rajah & P. Bhanumathi
5 Naayagane Jaya Geeta Radha P. Bhanumathi



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