செவ்வாய், 20 மே, 2014

Madhwa Dakshin Yathra

ராதே கிருஷ்ணா 20-05-2014

Madhwa Dakshin Yathra 03-05-2014 to 04-05-2014 (Tour 1)

1. Holinarasipura - Hemavathi River, Narasimha Swamy Darshan

2. Gururu - Gurur Dam Sightseeing - Night Halt in Ramanathpura

3. Ramanathpura - 04-05-2014 Holi bath Cauvery River (Vysaka Maasa Snana) , 
      Subramanya Swamy, Gogarbha, Narasimha Swamy Temple Darshan

4, Hanasoge - Kauvery River, Raghavendra Swamy Darshan

5.  Hosaholalu - Nambi Narayana Swamy Darshan

6.  Akkihebbal - Hemavathi River, Narasimha SWamy Darshan


The place Ramanathapura located in Arkalgud taluk is a holy place visited upon 

by shri shankaracharya, Sri ramanuja ad various dasas in Karnataka . As per the 

local story Agasthya munis wife turned into a river and the muni followed the 

river wherever she flew out of passion and in the process installed shivalingas at 

various places. One such linga is known as Agasthyeshwara and bathing in this 

place relieves one of all the papaas.

VAHNI PUSHKARNI MAHIME: Once Bhrigu muni out of anger due to some reason 

cursed Agni to to be devourer of every thing.Worried Agni came here and sat for 

tapas and found a shivalinga and carried on performing pooja. Consequently the 

devatas did not get the Havirbhagas of yajnas. All devatas approached Lord shiva 

and made request for relief as the three world started feeling the heat of Agnis 

tapas. Then the Lord appeared in that linga to Agni deva and offered boon to him. 

Agni after surrendering to the lord asked that in this place any devotee should 

remember him for ever and that he( Agni) be immune for any curse. Lord pleased 

with his tapas said that the pushkarni where he was bathing will be known as 

VAHNI PUSHKARNI and in course of time Agasthyas wife Cauvery will flow and 

flood this pushkarni and will be known as Dakshina Gange and will flow as holiest 

among all rivers. Thus shiva who is Vahni nethra is known as Vahneshwara here.

In this place inspite of flooding at various times various species of fish live here 

with out being displaced. People see devatas in these matsyas and it is said 

king of mysore Mummadi Krishnarja wodeyar during his piligrimage here has 

decorated some fishes with pearl.

Sri Rameshwara: Lord Rama is said to have performed pooja of the linga in 

his own hand as in Rameshwaram. The lord while ruling Ayodhya after killing 

killing Ravana was haunted by brahma hathya dosha for having killed ravana 

a Brahman though a asura in conduct. Vashishta on learning of this suggested 

that he perform penance in the banks of Cauvery to rid of the dosha and obtain 

punya rashi and peace of mind. Then rama followed his gurus instruction as 

shruthi vachana and went with his parivara in pushpaka vimana and performed 

devotional service with sthotras. As a memoir for having visited this place he 

wanted to install a haralinga and asked Anjaneya to bring a an exqusitie featured 

linga from gandaki river. However Hanuman could not return in time with it 

for installing. Meanwhile rama,as instructed by Agasthya, decided to perform 

installation on time, so he searched a all featured Valmikaanthargatha and 

Agnis pujitha linga which was aeons old and performed installation and that 

swayam bhulinga was called “ RAMESHWARA”. However hanumantha also 

brought a shivalinga inspite of delay. Anjaneya was sad that the linga did not have 

karasparsha. Rama pacified him and assured that he will install that one too and 

would receive the same recognition as the other one and would be famously 

called Hanumantheshwara. So it is mandatory that whoever sees rameshwara 

also have darshan of Hanumantheshwara – thus he proclaimed, otherwise they 

will not get punya. Likewise Ramas companion Lakshmana also installed a linga 

and is known as laksmaneshwara and the linga installed at Vahni pushkarni as 

Lingadeshwara. Thus ramanatha pura is considered a holy place and is known as 

rameshwara in kaliyuga and Vahnishwara in dwapara yuga. This temple sanctum 

sanctorum is star shaped and 9 ankanas.

GAYATHRI SHILE: situated in the middle of Cauvery river at Ramanathapura has 

special importance. N the ancient times there was a king called subahu. He had 

two wives called kapila and Hema. But he did not have any issues. As suggested 

by the knowledgables he undertook piligrimage to ramanatha pura and devotedly 

bathed in vahni pushkarni and after darshan of ramanatheshwara partook the 

prasada and did charity of dana dakshina. At that time rishi Vamadeva was 

resident there , the king went there to have darshan of the rishi and touched his 

feet and sought his blessings for progeny. The rishi with his insight found from 

kings previous births that his wives were devatas and were not sincere in there 

devotional service, that is there were lopas . due to that shakra hs cursed them to 

be born as childless women. The yogis then realized their mistakes and begged for 

relief from curse. Since they realized their mistakes they would be born as human 

as high born with glories and their fame will be immortal. So king realized that 

his papas of previous birth had resulted in the present situation. The queens also 

realized due to their devotion to the husband and understood that time has come 

for their GOING BACK and wanted something memorable to be done to bhuloka 

and advised king about the moksha and expressed their desire to do good for 

humans. Immediately the senior queen turned into a river and is known as Hema 

and called hemavathi and eventually joined Cauvery. The junior queen kapila 

became a stone rock and stood in the middle of Cauvery. Anyone performing japa 

and tapa on that rock will obtain akshaya phala that was her bestowment.

Kaushika raja performed gayathri japa there, and he fulfilled his desire. So it 

was known as gayathri shila. Foot prints of rama, sita and lakshmana are said to 

be there on this shila. Likewise Gayathris footprints, suryas symbol and other 

signs there makes it holier. A script near the stone says that a Gayathri mantra 

performed equals 12000 gayathris – a 19th

belief of people in time.

GO GARBHA: In the eternal battle between devas and asuras, asura lineage was 

getting extinct and due to that worry they approached their guru shukra who 

promised them immortality mritha sanjeevini. To obtain that he went for tapas 

at Gayathri shila and stood on one leg. When the intense heat of tapas became 

unbearable , suradhipati approached Brihaspati. He suggested that urvashi and 

menaka should go disturb the tapas of shukra. To help them kamadhenu was sent 

to detract him with material things. To help the cause Kama was also sent so that 

he can enter his body. However shukra was strong in his tapas, Shukra sensing 

the motivation cursed all the three to become shilas. All the three of them then 

regretted their mistakes and begged in no uncertain terms to pardon them and 

mitigate the curse, however as the curse cannot be taken back, he assured that 

when Rama visited this place in future for parihara of brahma hathya dosha they 

will be liberated. Anyone entering the kamadhenu shila from front and exit from 

back will have their miseries cleared and desires fulfilled. Then shukra obtained 

mritha sanjeevini siddhi and left. Later on Lord Rama along with Vashishta 

entered the kamadhenu and exited and in the process one his kirita mani got 

stuck and got mixed in sands. It is believed that only animals and birds can see 

the gold in Kamadhenu. Also it is found that Hanumantha go gharbha is difficult 

to enter and come out. Also there are Urvashi and Menaka shilas. In all the shilas 

and vahni pushkarni presence 3 padmas 14 crores 60 thousand theerthas.

Such is the sanctity of the place.

                            Madhwa Dakshin Yathra 16-05-2014 to 18-05-2014 (Tour 2)

16-05-2014 Friday  4PM Departure by Train No.16201 Bangalore - Shimiga . Arrival at Shimoga and halt after dinner at Mutt.

17-05-2014 Saturday 06:00 AM  1. Visit to Kudli Sangama at Shimoga

  2. Darshan of Mrithika Brindavana of Sri Jayatheertharu

3. Darshan of Moola Brindavana of Sathya Dharma 

      Theertharu at Holehunnur

4.  Darshan of Moola Brindavana of Sathya Santharu at Mahishi 

5. Visit to Balegaru Mutt

6. Visit to Bheemana Katte Akshopya Thirtharu Mruthika 

Brindavana Thirthahalli

7. Darshan of Rayaru at Honnali (Dwethiya Mantralaya) and 

       Night Halt

18-05-2014 Sunday 08:30 AM  Departuer for

8. 3 Prana Devaru Darshana  1) BRANTHESHA (Hanuma) 

                           SIKARI PURA Saligrama on the nose

9.  Prana Devaru  2) SANTHESHA (MADHWA) 

       SATHTHENAHALLI Kabala saligrama

10. Prana Devaru 3) KANTHESHA (Bheema) 

      KADARANAMANDALAGI Saligram in the eyes

11.  1:00 PM Darshan at Savannur Moola Brindavana of Sathya 

       Bodha Thirtharu

12. 02:30 PM Visit to Hosarithi Mutt (Dgeerendra Thirtharu Moola 


13.  06:30 PM Harihareshwara Temple at HARIHAR

14. Panchamukha Anjaneya Temple and Rayaru Darshan

08:30 PM  Upahara and Departure to Bangalore by KSRTC Bus

19-05-2014 Monday Morning 05:00 AM Safe arrival at Bangalore. Rs.2800/- and Rs2700/- for us two.

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Koodli is a small village in Shimoga District, in the Indian state of Karnataka. Koodli is the place where two rivers, the Tunga Riverand Bhadra River, meet to give rise to the Tungabhadra River.


An exquisite view of the 'Sangama' makes the place exotic, with the 12th century Rameshvara Temple adding to its culture-rich natural beauty. There is also a popular Sri Chitamani Narasimha Swamy Temple beside the Sangameshwara temple. It believed to be installed and worshipped by Sri Prahlada. The rivers are worshipped and considered to be sacred.
A small temple with nandi denotes the exact point where the two rivers meet, and is considered to be very sacred.
Koodli is 16 km from Shimoga, a place where rivers Tunga and Bhadra embrace and flow together from here, hence the name Koodali. A cultural place with rich heritage and temples around. It has a noted Smartha Monastery stated to have been founded in the 16th century by Jagadguru Narsimha Bharathi Swamigalu of Sringeri. Within the premises of the matha, there are shrines of Sharadamba and Shankaracharya. Outside, there are two temples of hoysala times dedicated to Rameshvara and Narasimha. Koodali is also known as Varanasi of the south, it is home to Rushyashrama, Brahmeshwara, Narasimha and Rameshwara temples. The 600 years old mutt of Shankaracharya still stands with inscriptions of Hoysala and Okkeri Kings.


Rear view of the Rameshvara temple, built in the Hoysala style at the Sanagama

Ornate entrance to the main shrine inside the Rameshvara temple

A small shrine inside the Rameshvara temple
The Place has a historic value, with temples of near Hoysala time. There are shasanas carved near the temples that indicate the era when they were built. The exact dates are disputed, but the sculptures date back to age old Indian culture and look exotic. There are various temples - small and large ones built by the rulers who ruled this place in the age old era.

The Mutt ( School )

There are two mutt in the Koodli. One is Shankara mutt (Advaita Philosophy) & another one is Akshobhya thirtha Mutt (DvaitaPhilosophy).

Shankara mutt

There is very old Indian style school of learning for Shankara philosophy, called the koodli mutt. This has a long history: ometime in 15th or 16th century, the chief swamy of shringeri had gone to a teerthayaatre, probably to kashi. He did not return for a long time, which caused the deputy chief to take up the chief's position. But the chief was alive and did return to Shringeri after a few days. But he of course could not go in to the matt where his own pupil was the chief, so he left shringeri and started his own matt at the sangama of tunga and bhadra, kudli, and this came to be known as kudli Shringeri matt. Now in the beginning of 1900s, a new swami took the position of the chief swamy here. He was formerly the teacher of his highness Krishnaraya Wodeyar the 4th, Maharaja of mysore. This brought good times to this matt again. Between the original founder and this person, few talnted persons had been chiefs here, which made this place keep up the standards. After independence, one particular person was very talented and influential, and made the mutt a noted place again.

Koodli Arya Akshobhya Thirtha Mutt

The Mutt was established by Sri Akshobhya Thirtha (a prominent disciple of Sri Madhvacharya) around the 13th or 14th Century. The Mutt has a rich tradition and is famed for its knowledge of Sanskrit & Madhvacharya's philosophy. There have been three Peetadhipathis till date. The current Peetadhipathi is H.H. Sri RaghuVijaya Thirta.


Sangama - a small Hari Hara temple at the exact point where the two rivers meet.
The Place is situated about 15 kilometres away from Shimoga town, and is accessible by road. The nearest village is holehonnur which is around 2km from here.

Kudli Matha

-Idols Pictures contributed by Sri Chnadrashekar Raju

Aradhya Deva - vaikuNTa rAma

 Charama Shloka
 1. Akshobhya Thirta
 2. Trailokyabhushana Thirta
 3. Lokavandita Thirta
 4. Sulabha Thirta
 5. Ragupungava Thirta
 6. Raghunatha Thirta
 7. Raghuvarya Thirta
 8. Raghunandana Thirta
 9. Vidyanidhi Thirta
 10. Raghupati Thirta
 11. Narayana Thirta
 12. Mukunda Thirta
 13. Raghupati Thirta
 14. Ramacandra Thirta
 15. Raghuraja Thirta
 16. Ramchandra Thirta
 17. Raghuvarya Thirta
 18. Raghuvallabha Thirta
 19. Raghupriya Thirta
 20. Raghuvara Thirta
 21. Raghuttama Thirta
 22. Raghushaanta Thirta
 23. Raghukanta Thirta
 24. Raghudanta Thirta
 25. Shri Raghupriya Theertharu

25. 25.Raghuvijaya Thirtaru

Sri Jayateertha
||Shri Jayateertha Gurubhyonamaha ||
Introduction to Shri 1008 Shri Jaya Teertharu ( Tikacharyaru):
|| Shri Gurubhyonamaha ||
|| Shri Hari Om ||
यस्य वाक्कामधेनुर्नः कामितार्थान् प्रयच्छति।
सेवे तं जययोगीन्द्रं कामबाणच्छिदं सदा॥
|| yasya vAkkAmadhenurnaH kAmitArthAn prayacChati .
seve taM jayayogIndraM kAmabANacChidaM sadA ||
Shri Jayateertha is believed to be an avatara of Indra with Aavesha of Shesha and blessed by goddess Durga ( Shri Mahalaxmi) with a writing instrument and a piece of areca nut; the former to write with the commentaries on Madhva original works on palm leaves and the latter to smear the writing to make it permanent.
Shri Vidyaranya, an unrivalled scholar was awe-stricken "with the extent and depth of the philosophical works of Shri Jaya Teertharu , the stately grandeur of style , majestic diction, rapier-thrust like logic, keen and penetrating perception of all meanings and interpretations hidden in the innermost recess of the heart of Madhva, his invincible clinches, his dignified controversial level and his profound acquaintance with the entire mass of literature of other schools".
In token of his admiration of this saintly scholar and genius, Shri Vidyaranya seated Shri Jaya Teertha, the pontiff of Uttaradi Math, with all his memorable works on a decorated elephant and paraded in a grand procession. If this is not an impartial and unprejudiced appreciation of scholarship and divine greatness of both these great saints, what else is?
Jaya Teertha, a name to conjure with, renounced the world at a very young age and devoted himself to the service of all round spread of madhva's philosophy and within a short time he was "a prodigy of learning, a living encyclopedia, a lynx eyed logician, an infallible penman, a supreme stylist, a dispassionate debater, a redoubtable dialectician, an unrivalled orator, a balanced critic, an un-excelled poet, a monarch of philosophers, a saint of the first order, a Karma-yogi par-excellence, the embodiment of purest devotion, renunciation incarnate, highly matured mystic, last but not least , superman in the best sense of the word - these along with even several other high-flown phrases bring out the in fathomable greatness of Shri Jaya Teertha, popularly known as TEEKACHARYA".
The great Jaya Teertha was the pontiff of Shri Uttaradi Matha for 22 years and seven months. His Brindavana is in Malakhed, near that of his guru Shri Akshobhya Teertharu on the banks of the Kagina river. He handed over the reins of Uttaradi Matha to his disciple Shri Vidyadhiraja before he passed away.
How to visit Malkhed?
Malkhed comes under Gulbarga District.It is 40 kms away from Gulbarga. There is sufficient bus facility to Malkhed from Gulbarga. It is situated in between Gulbarga and Sedam, 12 kms away from Sedam.
Contact Information:
Shri Venkannachar Pujar,
Shri Jayateertha Brindavana,
Malkhed, Sedam Taluk,
Gulbarga Dist-585 317 (Karnataka).
Ph : 08441-680343.
|| Shri Digvijaya Rama Vijayate ||
|| Shri Krishnarpanamastu ||

Sri Satyadharma Tirtha
|| Shri Sartyadharma Teertha Gurubhyonamaha ||
|| Shri Gurubhyonamaha ||
|| Shri Harihi Om ||
श�रीसत�यवरद�ग�धाब�धेः उत�थिता जगतीतले।
स�धा श�रीसत�यधर�माख�या पावयेत� स�मरतस�सतः॥
|| shrIsatyavaradugdhAbdheH utthitA jagatItale .
sudhA shrIsatyadharmAkhyA pAvayet smaratassataH ||

Sri Satyadharma Tirtharu

Listen to Satyadharma teerthara Mahime in the Golden voice of Shri Swamiji. Click on play button below.
Introduction to Shri 1008 Shri Satyadharma Teertharu:
Sri Satyadharma Teertha swamiji was a pontiff of great scholarship known for his great commentaries and praises of Lord where he amazingly dwells into great depths of the meanings of the words. His commentary of Bhagavata available from 7th Skandha is a paradise for the pundits.
Miserably poor during his pre-ashram days and had done severe penance (Seva) to Shri Raghavendra Swami of Mantralaya, who had blessed in his dream that circumstances would so develop that he would become the pontiff of Shri Uttaradi Matha and win very wide name and fame not only for himself but also to his Matha. No wonder then that it was he, as Annyacharya, who spotted out the stolen Moola Rama and other vigrahas of Shri Uttaradi Matha. No wonder again that the previous pontiff Shri Satyavara Teertha got the inspiration before his death to give the pontificate to him.
It was during the 33 year, 21 days of his regime that the matha had a very eventful period. Uttaradi Matha acquired enormous honour and wealth as "Kanike" from Navabs, Peshwas, kings and Dewan Poornaih. Most of his Sanchara was divinely inspired, as for example, when he wanted to travel north, Shri Rama of Panchavati Rama Temple instruted in a dream that he should stay in the South for some years. Again Mahalakshmi of Kolhapur told him in his dream to visit her.
He maintained very close liasion with Poornaiah who was very happy and proud of the achievements of the pontiffs of Shri Uttaradi Matha. It is not possible to give full details of all the honour done and wealth donated to him, in this short sketch of the pontiffs of the matha. Suffice it to say, as far as this narration is concerned by the Muslim king of Hyderabad through a rich man Rajanarayana; honoured by the king of Vijayanagar; by the Maratha king through his chieftain Khorpade, and by the king of Kolhapur who was blessed by him that he would soon beget a son and his kingdom would have plenty of every thing, Subikshe, for a hundred years.
During all these visits he defeated many Advaiti stalwarts in scholarly discussions sometimes lasting over weeks, as for example, the pandit belonging to veerupaksha Matha who had chalienged the supremacy of Tatwavada, by severe adverse propaganda by publishing books like "Kali-Mahatame" and "Madhwa Tantra Mukha Mardana".
The royal paraphernalia of elephants, horses and "sepoys" owned by the Shri Uttaradi Matha became extensive that when he moved from place to place on Sanchara, it was as if a mighty emperor was moving which was a sight for heavens to see. The glory of the Matha idols, Moola Rama and Sita, Digvijaya Rama and Varmsa Rama, Vyasa devas and others, had to be seen to be believed. His name and fame and those of Uttaradi Matha were mentioned by everyone. Thousands and thousands of people used to assemble everyday to see that saint perform his discourses everyday . He performed Sudha mangala 16 times during his pontificate of 33 year which is probably a record for all times.
Poornaiah and the Maharajah of Mysore took intense interest in the affairs of Uttaradi Matha and bestowed large quantities of gold silver and precious stones to it to be used for and during the daily worship of the matha deities. The matha was also given ownerships of large landed properties in the State. Once when over 12,000, people had assembled at the matha for the Theertha Prasad, Poornaiah and all who had assembled were put to great inconvenience because of heavy rain. The saint after his worship , came out in the rain and prayed. As if the rain God had heard his prayers, the rain stopped.
Once a fire broke out in the Matha store. It engulfed the entire matha and become unmanageable . It was a miracle indeed that the Swamiji, the Samsthana deities and the works of Srimadacharya could be saved by a few self sacrificing disciple of the legal documents of the matha and some wealth was destroyed. Jewellery that could not be recovered from the debris of the fire was made up by Diwan Baburao and the religious activities of the matha continued as before. Shri Satyadharma Teertha Swamiji had a matha building built at Holehonnur with the grant of the Maharaja and stayed there for a long time.
He was a facile writer and has written tippanis on many parts of Bhagavata, Tatvasankhyana, Tatva Nirnaya and others. He was a devotee par excellence . Once it so happened that he had performed Rudrabhisheka to the deity in the Ishwara temple and was about to have his bhiksha. A very old man with Vibhuti on the arms chest and forehead came and begged that he be fed before the Brahmins Santarpane and his own Bhiksha. The Swamiji readily agreed and not only fed him personally with all reverence but sent him afterwards with all reverence and appropriate matha honours befitting an honoured guest. The old man was thoroughly pleased with great hospitality extended to him and when he went out of the matha premises he disappeared from human sight. Some fanatic Madhwa Brahmins who had assembled there were angry. The Swamiji came to know of all this criticism. He was least bothered but was content and happy with what he had done and told the complainants that time alone will reveal everything. In the evening, when the doors of the Garbhagudi of the Iswara temple were opened , lo behold ! the miraculous sight ! All the things offered to the old man that morning were on the Shivalinga.
A year after this incident, he bade his followers goodbye and passed away peacefully, after handling over the reins of the Matha to Shri Satyasankalpa Teertha. Swamiji's Brindavana is in Hole-honnur.
|| Shri Krishnarpnamstu ||
Works by Shri Satyadharma Teertharu:
Shri Satyadhrama Teertha learned Tarka, Vyakarna (Grammar) , Vedanta, Alankara , Sahitya from Shree Satyabhoda Teertharu.
Swatantra Granthas:
1]. Gangalahri
2]. Kavikanthamani
3]. Yaduvaracharitamruta Lahri
4]. Bhagavdbhajanam
5]. Virahimoda Sudha
6]. Hitopadesh
7]. Shree Rangeshwara Srungaralahari
8]. Shree Lakshminarashimastotram
9]. Nithyasamsarilingabhanga Vichara
10]. Geetamatmyasarasangraha
11]. Navagrah Stotram
12]. Shree Vadiraj Stotram
13]. Shree Satyavara Stotram
14]. Antrlapikah
15]. Barirlapikah
16]. Gurvashtakam
Vyakhyana Granthas:
1]. Tatva Sankhyan Tippane
2]. Namaka Chamaka Vyakhyana
3]. Shreemadbhagavata Tippane
4]. Viratparva Tippane
5]. Udyoga Prava Tippane
6]. Ramayana Tippane
7]. Virahimodasudhavyakhyan
8]. TaranginiShloka Vyakhya
9]. Vishnutatvanirnaya Tikatippane.
10]. Bhyadeepikayuktivaatya
Contact No : 08282-235562

Sri Satyasandha Tirtha
|| Shri Satyasandha Teertha Gurubhyonamaha ||
|| Shri Gurubhyonamaha ||
|| Shri Hari Om ||
विष्णोः पदश्रित् गोव्रातैः स्वान्तध्वान्तनिवारकः।
श्रीसत्यसन्धसूर्योऽयं भासतां नो हृदम्बरे॥
||  viShNoH padashrit govrAtaiH svAntadhvAntanivArakaH .
shrIsatyasandhasUryo.ayaM bhAsatAM no hR^idambare ||
Introduction to Shri 1008 Shri Satyasandha Teertharu:
Shri Satyasanda Tirtha was the next pontiff to adore the seat of Sri Uttaradi Math after Shri Satyabodha Tirtha. He was ordained into sanyasa by the doyen of Madhva Philosophy Shri Satyabodha Teertharu. He was the pontiff of Shri Uttaradi Matha for 10 years, 2 months and 19 days.

Since Satyasanda Teertha was with his guru for many years at one place, he started his sanchara only after becoming a pontiff. At Pandarapur he got the darshan of Lord Vithala as a brahmachari.

During his sanchara, it so happened that on one day he had no flowers at all to offer to Moola Rama at the time of his daily worship. He could not get any flowers in spite of his best efforts. When he was thus worried, an old man appeared as if from no where with lotus flowers and offered them for the pooja and disappeared even as everyone was watching him.

Shri Satyasandha Teertha Swamiji felt supremely happy that Lord Moola Rama himself had sent these lotus flowers for his own worship. On this occasion, in his supreme happiness he offered all the lotuses to Moola Rama and other deities and found that he had none left to offer to Shri Sita. He was greatly worried. Miracle of miracles happened! A lotus flower jumped from Shri Moola Rama and sat on Shri Sita making him very happy.

When he visited Gaya, he found the Gayawallas did not allow him to enter the temple. They locked the temple doors. They said that they would not open the doors unless a large sum of money is paid. When swamiji went there, the doors burst open facilitating the devotees to do their shastric rites themselves without the involvement of Gayawallas. This happened day after day for seven days. When the gayawallas realised their loss as no pilgrims came to them, they pleaded to be excused for their arrogance.

When Shri Satyasandha Teertha visited Udupi, he met the pontiffs of the eight Mathas established specially for worship of the God in the Shri Krishna Matha. He spent some time there in scholarly discussions. He impressed the pontiffs with his superiority and knowledge of the Sastras, He was then cordially and respectfully invited to worship the Uttaradi Matha Samsthana Murthy one day each in everyone of the eight MAtha with their own Samsthana Murthy. He left Udupi after giving Udupi Krishna sizeable Kanike and deep sense of admiration in the hearts of the noble pontiffs.

On one occasion when he visited Sangli, he performed his daily worship of Samsthana deties in fort of the Vrindavana of Shri Satyavrata Teertharu, and did his Nyaya-Sudha pravachana. The Brindavana, shook extensively side to side, many times, as if nodding its head in great appreciation of the pooja and pravachana of this saint. This was seen by everyone present including the King Balaraj Urs. Everone present was all thrilled at this miracle and praised the greatness of Shri Satyasandha Teertha.

At this stage he knew he had only a few days left in his life. He installed Jhulupi Krishnacharya Balacharya to succed him with name of Shri Satyavara Tirtharu. He gave detailed instructions how his body, in case he passed away during sanchara, should be taken to Mahishi where he would like to have his Brindavana.

He advised everyone of his entourage and all the sishyas of Shri Uttaradi Matha and all the other Madhvas that they should all follow the example of himself and the two pontiffs of Shri Vyasaraya Matha and Shri Raghavendra Swamy Matha, who respect one another, not to have confrontations and differences among themselves but work for the good of the entire Madhwa community as such, as they were all, first and foremost, the followers of the great Acharya and that petty and narrow minded differences among them would do no good to any of them but weaken them in the long run.

Shri Satyasandha Vijaya is a hagiological work on Sri Satyasandhatirtharu. It records his pre and post sanyasa life giving details of his pooja, patha-pravachana, sanchara and brindavana. It also records many significant events that occured during his time.

Shri Satyasandha Vijaya describes two marvelous incidents one of Panduranga Vithala coming in the form of an old brahmin to receive Mudra from Shri Satyasandha Teertha swamiji and another as is already written is of Brindavana of Shri Satyavrata Teertha moving to and fro during the time of his puja and Bhashya pravachana.
|| Shri Krishnarpnamstu ||
Works by Shri Satyasandha Teertharu:
Among his great achievements is a commentary on Shri Vishnu - Sahasranama and Vishnustuti.
Contact Information:
Sri Satyasandha Tirtha Vrindavan,
Taluk: Tirthalli,
District: Shimoga,
State: Karnataka.
Phone: 08181 235059

bALigAru Mutt

- Devara Idol Information Contributed by Sri Chandrashekar Raju

Aradhya Daiva -sri rAma


The heavenly idols (sculptures) of Vaikunta Rama & Seetha were made by Vishwakarma and were given to Lava & Kusha, sons of Lord Rama, who went to heavenly abode.
Once Akshobhya Theertha, while taking a holy dip, Swami pushkarani in Thirumala hills, got a unique rare saaligraama with eleven openings ( Vadana ) and twenty two chakras called Vishwambhara, on which Lord Srinivasa appeared as a symbol of his affection and grace showered on Akshobhya Theertha. This is being worshipped in Math even today.Similiarly, while Akshobhya Theertha was performing penace in Kudli seeking blessings of Lord Narasimha, Lord offered him two fruits. Out of this two fruits, one was offered by Akshobhya Theertha to the king of Anegundi, who got a son & the other has transferred into saaligrama and is being worshipped in Math even to this date.Jayatheertha also gave Thrailokya Bhushana Theertha, the idol of Lord Jayarama which was given to him by Akshobhya Theertha when he ordained Sanyaasashrama. In this way, Lord Jayarama Came to Kudli Math

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 3 SREENIDHI THEERTHAAnichampalayam Ashada Shudda Triteeya 

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Samsthana Pooja and Idols of Mutt

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Sri Akshobhya Tirtha
|| Shri Akshobhya Teertha Gurubhyonamaha ||
Introduction to Shri 1008 Shri Akshobhya Teertharu :
॥ यो विद्यारण्यविपिनं तत्त्वमस्यसिनाच्छिनत्।
श्रीमदक्षोभ्यतीर्थार्यहंसिनं तं नमाम्यहम्॥
|| yo vidyAraNyavipinaM tattvamasyasinAchChinat |
shrImadaxobhyatIrthAryahaMsinaM taM namAmyaham ||
Shri Akshobhya Teertha is one of the famous saints who took sanyasa directly from Shri Madhvacharya. His name before he became the disciple of Sri Madhvacharya was Govinda Shastri. He is supposed to belong to the northern karnataka region. With the tours of Shri Madhvacharya, the fame of Shri Madhvacharya spread to all corners of the country. Sri Govinda Shastri listened about the erudition, works and the disciples of Shri Madhvacharya and went to Udupi. He was a follower of a non-Vaishnava ('advaitin') line before meeting and surrendering to Shri Madhvacharya.
Shri Akshobhya Teertharu was the last of Madhva's direct disciples to sit on the Vedanta Pitha. After initiating Akshobhya Teertharu into sanyasa Shri Madhvacharya gave him the Deity of Aja-Vithala. (Krsna standing with His hands on His hips, accompanied by Shri Devi and Bhudevi, though some say this is Krsna with Rukmini and Satyabhama).
Shri Akshobhya Teertharu who initiated Shri Jaya Teertharu (author of Shriman Nyaya Sudha) was a contemporary of the great 'advaitin' Shri Vidyaranya and also of a celebrated 'Visistha-advaitin' scholar Shri Vedanta Desika.
Shri Akshobhya Teertharu had a scholarly debate with Shri Vidyaranya on the interpretation of the scriptural passage "Tatvam-asi". Extensive and elaborate arguments were exchanged in the presence of Shri Vedantha Deshika who was chosen by both as an arbitrator. Another tradition says that all the arguments were literally written down and then sent to Shri Vedantha Deshika whose verdict was in favour of Shri Akshobhya Teertharu. The epigraphic evidence of this historic victory is on a commemorative pillar of victory on a hill near Mulabagilu that can be seen even today.
Shripad Akshobhya Teertharu moved after this a little north to Pandharapur on the banks of the Bhima-rathi River, which is where he met his future disciple Jaya Teertharu. In the years to follow Akshobhya Teertharu dedicated most of his time training Jaya Teertharu in 'Dwaita' philosophy. The relationship was so nice that Shripad Akshobhya Teertharu gave his every breath to make Shripad Jaya Teertharu the most proficient and dynamic preacher since Madhva, hence Jaya Teertharu was called the second moon of Madhwa and Tikacharya, for his many small commentaries. Shripad Akshobhya Teertharu taught him how to search out hidden significance's in the words of Madhwa which others missed.
Sri Akshobhya Teertha Moola Vrindavana is at Malkhed.
How to visit Malkhed?
Malkhed comes under Gulbarga District. It is 40 kms away from Gulbarga. There is sufficient bus facilitiy to Malkhed from Gulbarga. It is situated in between Gulbarga and Sedam, 12 kms from Sedam.
Contact Information:
Shri Venkannachar Pujar,
Shri Jayateertha Brindavana,
Malkhed, Sedam Taluk,
Gulbarga Dist-585 317 (Karnataka).
Ph : 08441-680343.
|| Shri Digvijaya Rama Vijayate ||
|| Shri Krishnarpanamastu ||

The Dwitheeya and Trutheeya Mantralaya

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This small town in recent years had achieved fame as Dwithieya Mantralaya. The town has an interesting history. During the period of the Vijayanagar Emperors, this town was famous for selling gold and gold coins on its streets, Hence, its name Honalli.
Honalli today is a small town, 50 kms from Shimoga. It is located in Davangere district. The town has many religious institutions and maths but the most famous is the Raghavendra Swamy Matha.
The matha is set amongst picturesque surroundings on the banks of the Tungabhadra. Incidentally, Mantralaya too is on the banks of the Tungabhadra.
The matha has given Honalli the name Dwitheya Mantralaya as it is believed that Raghavendra Swamy himself came and did the pratisthapane of the Brindavana.
The Brindavana here is believed to be more than 300 years old.
The people who wanted to construct a Raghavendra Matha were coming in a procession from Mantralaya, carrying the Mrithike from the Moola Brindavana. The people saw an aged person in holy robes going into the matha and never returning. He is believed to be Raghavendra Swamy.
Even today, you can see the Thate (plate), Hanuman idol and other paraphernila that Rayaru himself brought to Honnali. All these things can be seen before 9 a.m., every morning.       
The contact mobile telephone number for Honnali matta  is 9880917328 (Sri Raghavendra). He is very helpful.
The matha has seven rooms and also a Kalyana Mantapa for performing functions. It is advisable to call up the matha if you want Theertha Prasada and accommodation. The matha will take care of all your pooja and seve arrangements.
Apart from the Raghavendra Swamy temple, Honnali has several religious structures. The Tuggalahalli Temple and Thirtha Rameshwar temple of Shiva are worth a visit.
The moola Brindavana of Bidarahalli Sreenivasa Theertha (1590-1640), a sanyasi of the Uttaradhi Matha, is also located here. Bidarahalli Srinivasa Theertha was a contemporary of Rayaru and he was a noted Madhwa scholar. Raghavendra Swamy met Bidarahalli Srinivasacharya in Bidarahalli near here and appreciated his works. It is from the time of Srinivasacharya that the Rayaru Matha uses mustard during Chaturmasa. This story is too well-known to bear any repetition here.
It is believed that in his later avatar he became Jagannatha Dasaru, the author of  Sri Harikathaamrutasara.
Some of the important works of Srinivasacharya are Srimanyaayasudha, Tatvaprakashika,  Dashaprakaranateeka, Pramanapaddati, Bhagavatha and  Rugbhashya.
Honnali is noted for its holiness and its temples even before the establishment of the Rayaru temple. One of the Madhwa saints, Vadiraja Theertha, in his Theertha Prabanda says, “ 
Maa yaahi pushkara mahee mathavaa
Prayaagam Kaasheem Gayaam
Badharikaashramamapya saadhyam
Sethu cha Raaghavakrutham
vara Thunga Bhadhraa Theera
Sthapippaalaham harimehi sidhdhai”
What Vadiraja means is that instead of going with difficulty to places like Kashi, Gaya, Prayag (Ahallabad) and Badari, you can come to the Tungabhadra and it will give you the same sanctity and holiness.
The Tungabhadra flows right in front of the Matha. You can take bath there and perform seve or pooje at the matha. Kooldi is near Honnali. This is the place where the Tunga meets the Bhadra.  
By the way, the Udugani Sri Raghavendra Swami Mutt, which is considered to be the Trutheeya Mantralaya is near Shikaripura in Shimoga district. Shikarapura is near to Honalli.
People will tell you that after Rayaru disappeared into the Garba Gudi at the Honnali Rayara Matha, he came next to Udugani with the same set of articles and once again disappeared into the Garba Gudi, never to be seen again.    
Udugani is also the birthplace of Akka Mahadevi, the famous Vachana poetess and a woman saint. The temple town of Balligavi is nearby.
It is just seven kms from Shikaripura.
There are Rayara Muthas at Shimoga, Bhadravathi, Hosanagara, Teerthahalli and Davangere ofcourse. 

Honnali is taluk headquarters and reaching the town is easy. If you are going by road, go first to Shimoga and from there Hobnnali is nearby.

You can also take the railway route.Peole from Bangalore and Mysor will have to get down at Harihar and take a bus from there to Hoinnali. The bus stand at Harihar is adjacent t the Railway station and there are plenty of buses leaving for Shimoga via Honnali.
The distance from Harihar to Honnali can be covered in 45 minutes. The Janashatabdi Express and several other trains stop at Harihar.

Sri Satyabodha Tirtha
|| Shri Satyabodha Teertha Gurubhyonamaha ||
|| Shri Gurubhyonamaha ||
|| Shri Harihi Om ||
नैवेद्यगविषं रामे वीक्ष्य तद्भुक्तिभाक् गुरुः।
योऽदर्शयद्रविं रात्रौ सत्यबोधोऽस्तु मे मुदे॥
|| naivedyagaviShaM rAme vIxya tadbhuktibhAk guruH .
yo.adarshayadraviM rAtrau satyabodho.astu me mude ||
Introduction to Shri 1008 Shri Satyabodha Teertharu:
Shri Satyabodha Tirtha was a saint who was known for his un-rivaled scholarship, miraculous achievements and dynamism. He was also blessed with great intelligence and a heart which was overflowing with devotion towards the Almighty and towards his guru. All these extraordinary qualities, naturally, qualified him to adore the pontifical seat of Sri Uttaradi Math and gave him a great opportunity to serve Lord Moola Rama and Digvijaya Rama.
Born into a pious family at Raichur, he was known as Ramacharya before he was initiated into sanyasa by Sri Satyapriya Tirtha. Sri Ramacharya belonged to a very poor family. Shri Satyapriya Tirha was very kind enough to bless this child Ramacharya, and took full responsibility of teaching him all the shastras. Ramacharya continued to live in the Math, learning scriptures from Sri Satyapriya Tirtha.
Once, as usual, Sri Ramacharya, was offering worship to saligrama and shanka, completly covering himself and the saligrama with a cloth. It is said that Lord Shvetavarha gave darshan to him in a miniature form. That he was given darshan by Lord Svetavaraha Himself, stands testimony for the deep devotion Ramacharya has for the Lord and the unaccountable blessings he received from his guru Sri Satyapriya Tirtha.
Pleased by his devotion and completely assured of his ability to lead the greatest and holy seat of Sri Madhvacharya, Sri Satya priya tirtha crowned Ramacharya on the pontifical seat of Uttaradi Math on an auspicuous thrayodashi day of Chaitra Masa  blessed him to be henceforth called as Sri Satyabodha Tirtha.
Notwithstanding his great scholarship and soft and devoted nature, some people began to think, because of their jealous nature, that Ramacharya was not enough of a saint to honour the pontificate of the great Uttaradi Matha, which opinion they all had to revise soon enough.
 Sri Satyapriya Tirtha, soon, entered Brindavan, leaving the sacred duty of performing the pooja of the Math deities and protecting and preaching the Vaishnava dharma on the shoulders of the young Satyabodha Tirtha. Sri Satyabodha Tirtha built an excellent Brindavana to his guru at Mana-Madurai and said to have performed a great aradhana in his honor.
True to the dharma of sanyasins, Sri Satyabodha Tirtha, toured extensively all over India, winning over adversaries in philosophical scholarly discussions, acquiring disciples and also considerable wealth, estates and Tamarapatras from kings and Navabs of those times. In a very short period of time, Satyabodha Teertha had earned a reputation as the greatest of Madhva saints of the time for his un-rivaled scholarship, miraculous achievements and dynamism and as the pontiff of the wealthiest of the maths with the largest number of devotees.
The honour bestowed on the Uttaradi Matha both by the rich and poor was unique. Naturally there were many who were jealous of this un-challenged supremacy. They wanted to destroy the Math, steal all the property and as a first step in this direction, wanted to poison Sri Satyabodha Tirtha. They poisoned the "PARAMANNA" which he was to eat after naivedya to the Lord. After the naivedya , and during the Maha-managalarthI Satyabodha Tirtha saw the face of Shri Moola Rama turn dark and knew instantly what had happened. Though all the sishyas present advised him not to eat that poisoned paramanna, he ate it without a second thought saying what was offered to Moola Rama was good enough for him also. He prayed, and prayed, to be pardoned for offering poisoned food to the Lord, even un-knowingly. Everyone there was overwhelmed with joy when the poison had no effect on him. The evil people who wanted to destroy the Matha by killing him were dumbstruck and frightened at this miracle, did not have the courage to proceed with their plans further. They ran away from the scene lest they themselves were destroyed as a result of their evil actions.
When he wanted to go North again to have another dip in the Ganga waters before his death, Lord Badarayana came in his dream that night and advised him not to go that far as Bhagiritahi herself will come to his matha under a tree on a particular morning. Lo! Behold! it did happen and Swamiji and everyone had the good fortune of a holy dip in the Ganga at the matha itself.
One of the sishyas of the Matha had accumulated a lot of wealth by hood-winking people by means of his tantric and indrajal deceptions into believing that he was the favourite devotee of Lord Venkateshwara whose vigraha he used to worship chanting the name of the Lord completely mispronounced and declaring that all his activities were as instructed by him. Shri Satyabodha Teertha , who would not stand such nonsense and people being cheated went to him. The sishya was shocked that his deceptive and indrajal activities would not work in the sacred presence of the saint. Thus humiliated he surrendered all his ill acquired wealth , fell at his feet and begged to be excused promising that he would never again cheat people like that.
When he came to Gaya, he found the Gayawallahs were up to their tricks again in spite of their being taught bitter lesson by Shri Vidyadhisa Teertharu, to whom they had given a solomon promise of good behavior towards the pilgrims visiting this holy's place. The Gayawallahs or pandas demanded Rs. 10,000/- from this saint before they could even open the temple. The latter thereupon established a small shelter near the Vishnupada temple called it Rama Gaya and made all arrangements for the pilgrims. When the Pandas found they were thus completely isolated, they came to the Swamiji on bended knees and pleaded to be excused for their un-reasonable demand. The Swamiji received their allegiance again to Uttaradi matha and its pontiffs. He then went to Kashi and established a Matha office at Durga Ghatta to provide facilities for pilgrims.
After thus traveling in the North he came to Savanur and stayed for sometime in the Matha premises which he got specially developed. Many were the miraculous achievements of Shri Satyabodha Teertha Swamiji and it would take volumes to write all of them. Shri Satyabodha Teertha was the pontiff of the Matha for 39 years , 11 months and 13 days. He handed over the pontificate to Shri Satyasandha Tirtha, but found thereafter that the latter had only a short time to live. He prayed to Lord Moola Rama with Raksha-stotram and got the boon of 10 more years of life.
He passed away in Savanur where his mortal remains have been entombed. So many were his achievements and so well was he liked, admired and respected by people of all castes and creeds, rich and poor, that the Uttaradi Matha in Savanur is known as Shri Satyabodha Matha. Even now , after so many years , many pilgrims visit his brindavana, offer seva and get the blessings of this great saint.
Shri Satyabodha Vijaya is a kavya of twenty one sargas written by Kanchi Acharya who was his own disciple. The Mahakavya describes his life in detail. He was a saint of marvelous powers, his life is full of thrilling events. Let alone Hindus, even Mohammedanas worshipped him with great reverence. Tippu Sultan, Nawab of Ramnad, Nawab of Savanur and many other Muslim princes felt it an honour to be his servants. One English high official bears testimony to this fact that he had telepathic power and could know the ins and outs of everyone. He was worshipped by him as Trikalajnani.
Once, Shri Swamiji spent the whole day in "Samadhi" and took his meals late at night. Some pandits criticised this custom behind his back. Swamiji immediately called these persons and showed them the sun at dead of night. But one of them still doubted stupidly and branded it as some cheap trick. He lost his eyesight altogether for such an act.
The famous Shri Dheerendra Teertharu was his contermporary and met him often and happly passed his time with him in philosophical deliberations and spiritual conversations.
Numerous miracles are attributed to him by his chroniclers. We get some important information in the Bombay Gazetteer, Karnataka Dharwad district Chapter III. Page Nos 58-59 edited and published by James M. Campbell, compiled in the year 1863 A.D -
"The 15th in succession to Ramachandra Tirtha by name Shri Satyabhodha Teertha, during the rule of thirty eight years, Satyabodha Teertha travelled all over India and was respected by all the Hindu kings of the time. He was very learned and holy and performed such great austerities that the people were afraid to approch him, lest he should discover their hidden sins. At the same time he was most generous and popular .... His name is so much revered that the chief branch of the Vaishnava sect, to which more than two thirds of the Vaishnava people belong, is still known as "SHRI UTTARADI MATHA" at Savanur and subsequently after his name called Shri Satyabodha Swamiji Matha, gained great wealth. A throne of gold and silver and precious stones about four feet square and six feet high was made and very costly jewels were bought for "RAM", the god of the math. Most of this wealth is enjoyed by the present chief priest Shri Satyaparayana who is sixth in succession to Shri Satyabodha Teertha. He travelled all over India, where his disciples live, staying only a short time in each place. He passed through Bombay Karnataka about five years ago and is now in Kadapa in Madras.
Thus of the eighteen sects into wich the Madhwacharya Vaishnava community is divided, sixteen sects, the members of the main, and the members of the ten Malabar sects started by Shri Madhwacharya's four immediate successors, though each has a pontiff of its own, agree in considering the head of the main or Shri Satyabodha's sect, their supreme pontiff. On the other hand, the two more modern sects. Rajendra Teertha's which dates from the above from the begining of the fourteenth century, and Vibhudhendra's also called Raghavendra's which stared about fifty years later are independent and are generally on unfriendly terms with the Head of the main sect."
|| Shri Digvijaya Rama Vijayate ||
|| Shri Krishnarpanamastu ||
Concact Information:
Shri Satyabhoda Brindavana,
Post: Savanur- 518118,
Haveri District
Phone: 08378 - 241544

Sri Dheerendra Teertharu

Sloka : 
Sanskrit :
धरणीमंडलॆ ख्य़तं धय्र्यादिगुणबृंहितम् ।
धिकॄताशॆषवादीभं धीरसिंह गुरुं भजॆ ॥
Kannada :
ಧರಣೀಮಂಡಲೇ ಖ್ಯಾತಂ ಧೈರ್ಯಾದಿಗುಣಬೃಹಿಂತಮ್ |
ಧಿಕ್ಕೃತಾಶೇಷವಾದೀಭಂ ಧೀರಸಿಂಹಗುರುಂ ಭಜೇ ||
Telugu :
ధరణీమండలే ఖ్యాతం ధైర్యాదిగుణబృంహితమ్ |
ధిక్కృతాశేషవాదీభం ధీరసింహగురుం భజే ||


Jayaramacharya who stood behind Varadendratheertha in his victory at Pune, was not ordinary. His scholarship was excellent. He had acquired versatility in all Shastras, besides being Sreepadaputra. Appreciating such excellence of his scholarship, his father Sri Vadeendratheertha was confident that if he ever became the head of the Mutt, the Mutt would achieve great prosperity and fame. But  Jayaramacharya had no inclination towards sanyasa. He was interested in debates, literary works, conducting  classes and holding discourses. He had written commentary on Gurugunastavana, his father’s composition. With a view to kindle his inclination towards renunciation, Vadeendratheertha had expressed timely, “These will not put you onto the path of salvation,renunciation in the right sense counts very much”.As Vasudhendratheertha, on whom Vadeendratheertha had  bestowed sanyasa, knew the mind of his guru, he had decided that Jayaramacharya only should succeed him. But it was not possible for him to give sanyasa to Jayaramacharya as the latter was unavailable at his last moment. When Varadendratheertha emerged victorious in the debate at Pune, stunned at the  scholarship of Jayaramacharya, the prominent people of Pune asked who this reat scholar was. Then the swamiji in his reply said, “He is an elderly person in our family, Sreepadaputra. One who  should have een in my place. If not now, he is destined to adorn this peetha one day”.
But at the last moment of Varadendratheertha also,Jayaramacharya was unavailable at the Mutt. Therefore, under such compelling circumstances, swamiji had to bestow sanyasa on his  poorvashrama younger brother Lakshminarayanacharya. Swamiji advised, “You should study the Shastras under Jayaramacharyaonly. Treat him with utmost respect, this enhances the honour of  the  Mutt”. After Varadendratheertha departed from his mortal abode, Jayaramacharya recollected what his father had advised. When he went to Kumbhakonam for a darshan of Vijayeendratheertha’s Brindavan, he felt that he was urged to take sanyasa. Accordingly he took sanyasa before the Brindavan. When Bhuvanendratheertha who adorned the peetha was planning to send for Jayaramacharya   ordained by his elder brother, he was given to understand that Jayaramacharya had become ‘Dheerendra’. He hurried to Dheerendra’s place and entrusted Mahasamsthana to him.  Dheerendratheertha after worshipping Moolarama for sometime returned the idol to Bhuvanendratheertha. It was Dheerendratheertha under whom Bhuvanendratheertha studied the Shastras  completely. Though Dheerendratheertha who did not aspire to be the pontiff of the Mutt was renounced, wherever he went, the regular pooja and other rituals of the Mutt were marked by the same ardour  and glory. The swamiji came to village Ritti in Haveri Taluk. The majority of people there were Lingayats. Nevertheless, owing to his ascetic powers, the swamiji was greatly revered. As that  village on the banks of the river Varada was found conducive, the swamiji settled  down there itself. Jagannathadasa also came there. Sathyabodhatheertha of Uttaradi Mutt had stayed in the vicinity.Vishnutheertha also joined them.

However it was a coming together  of saints of great intellect. The very manner in which the discussions  ere held there was impressive. It looked   comprehensible for the ordinary. It was an aura of unusual emotions for them who could not discern whether those intellectuals were rejoicing or bewailing or waltzing. The Divine Power, the powers of  His devotees were the gist of their talk. Thus some years elapsed. History has it that Jagannathadasa composed Harikathamruthasara, his magnum opus there itself. Dheerendratheertha who set off on a journey reached Maharastra.At Satara, palace officials greatly honoured the swamiji there. The  swamiji had unprecedented welcome at Pune. The Peshwa who had great respect for swamiji’s  scholarship in his poorvashrama extended a very warm welcome, played host at the palace, gave many presents and gifted lands and estates to him. The swamiji performed the pooja and offered  Hasthodhaka to the Brindavan of Varadendratheertha whom he regarded as his guru. Staying there for some period, he returned to Ritti travelling through Mantralaya where he had the darshan of Sri  Gururaja. After sometime, swamiji’s end neared and it was at Ritti where he reached his heavenly abode. As Bhuvanendratheertha was on a distant tour, it was not possible to subject the mortal  emains of the swamiji to ‘Kalakarshana’ and install his Brindavan. Seven years after the swamiji was laid to rest, a devotee of his had a dream. Accordingly he exhumed swamiji’s mortal remainsfor ‘Kalakarshana’. The sandal paste, Akshatha and Tulsi garland which he wore had remained as fresh as they were seven years back. It looked so fresh that his mortal remains were decorated just then. This spectacle astonished all the devotees.   ordained by the swamiji, his mortal remains were taken from the centre of the village to the banks of the river Varada and his Brindavan was installed there itself. Ever since the installation of Brindavan  here,the poojas and other rituals began taking place quite in the same manner as they are done in Mantralaya. The wishes of the devotees  began to get fulfilled. In the place where swamiji’s Brindavan  was installed, a full fledged Mutt came to exist. Even today Sevas and poojas take place there. Sri Gururaja has assured that with his Amsha coming to exist in  the Brindavan of Dheerendratheertha, he would fulfil the wishes of the devotees. There is no doubt that the swamiji with the absolute blessings of Sri Gururaja is a greatly honoured soul. Dheerendratheertha is not only famous as an ascetic  but also as a litterateur. It has already been described earlier that in his poorvashrama life itself, he had written commentary on'Gurugunastavana’ composed by his father Vadeendratheertha.
Apart from this, the following of his writings are popular now.
1. Kaarakavada
2. Commentary on Narayanopanishad
3. Commentary on Manyusooktha in favour of Lord Narasimha
4. Vishayavakya Sangraha
Even today in the history of the Mutt, the fame of Dheerendratheertha has occupied a permanent place. His Aradhana falls on the thirteenth day of Phalguna Shuddha.



Source : Gurucharite

Harihar ([hʌrihər]) is a city located in Davanagere District in the Indian state of Karnataka.It is also the administrative headquarters of the Harihar Taluk.Harihar also spelled Hari-hara, in Hinduism,is a syncretic deity, combining the two major gods, Vishnu (Hari) and Siva (Hara). Images of Harihara (also known as Sambhu-Visnu and Sankara-Narayana, variants of the names of the two gods) began to appear in the classical period after sectarian movements, which elevated one god as supreme over the others, had waned sufficiently for efforts at compromise to be attempted.The region of Harihar had been under the control of the Hoysalas from 11th to 13th Century AD. Harihar is famous for a Harihareshwara temple, which is also known as "Dakshina Kashi".
Harihara is situated on the banks of the Tungabhadra River, 275 kilometres north of Bangalore. The neighboring city Davangere is 14 km; Harihar is connected by road and railway, and is located on national Highway 4 (Puna – Bangalore). It has a very pleasant climate through the year. Both Harihar and Davangere cities are referred as twin cities like Hubli and Dharwad.

Harihareshwara Temple at Harihar
Harihareshwara Temple at Harihar


There is famous temple built in 12th century during Hoysala's time called Harihareshwara temple (Guharanya Kshetra), from which the city derives its name, which is also known as "Dakshina Kashi".
The god Harihareshwara is a combination of god Shiva and Vishnu. There is a story behind avatara of this god. In ancient days this place was known as 'Guharanya'. A dense jungle and habitat of a demon Guhasura. He had a boon that no human or Rakshasa or god can kill him. And he started harassing people around this place. Then Vishnu and Shiva came together in a new avatara called Hari – Hara (Harihara) and killed demon Guhasura. That is how this place has got the name Harihar. Every year the Car festival is celebrated. Harihar also has a famous Ragavendra Mutt located on the banks of Tungabandra.
The harihar serves as a major industrial base also. It is served by the Kirloskar industry and at present Aditya Birla Group's Grasim Industries, Synthite, Shamanur Sugar's and more. Kirloskar Engineering company has closed down, resulting in a loss of nearly 15,000 jobs. As Harihar is geographically located in the center of Karnataka, it was proposed to be made the capital of the state. However, Bangalore was chosen as the capital. The major lifeline of this small town is the Tungabhadra river, which continues to be exploited and polluted as a result of heavy industrialization.

Hare Shreenivasa,
The following are details that may be useful to you to travel all the three Mukhyaprana Devara Sannidhanas on a single day.
1) Kadaramandalagi is about 15 Km from Ranebennur on the way to Byadagi. You have to go towards Haveri on NH-4 about 6 Km & there you will get a Big arch on left side with Hanuman Statue on it. That road leads to Byadagi via Kadaramandalagi. Thus it is between Ranebennur & Haveri . Have Darshan & Pooja of Kantesha.
Vaishishtya of Kantesha is Morning Alankara will be of Hanumant Devaru, in the afternoon He will have a Alankara as Bhimsen Devaru & Evening Alankara as Madhvacharyarau.
2) Kadarmandalagi-Byadagi-Chikkerur-Satenahalli. Have Darshan of Shantesha. If U have no restriction about Darshan of all the three Mukhya Prana Devaru before Teertha Prasad,there are few Brahmin families there & They may arrange for Naivedya & prasad on prior intimation and of course on some payment. if you intend to have your prasad there. You may kindly contact Shree Timmanachar Satenahalli for Naivedya & Teertha Prasad arrangement at Satenahalli on Phone Number 08376258668.
3) Satenahalli-Hirekerur-Shikaripur. Have Darhan of Bhrantesha
Shree Raghavendra Swamy's Math SHIKARIPUR, the details are as under.
Name : Shree Guru Raghavendra (President of Rayara Math Shikaripur)
Mobile Number : 9916808587. You may kindly contact for Naivedya & Teertha Prasad arrangement here too.
Vadiraj Kulkarni


Harihareshwara Temple at Harihar
Harihar is popular for temples.
  • Harihareshwara Temple
  • Sree Parvathi Temple at temple premises.
  • Omkar Math: Shri Math has its building or boundary to the south of Shri Harihareshwara Temple on the banks of the holy river Tungabhadra. By the influence of Shri. Adi Shankar on the universal thought of Advaita, Shri Shivananda Teertha established Omkar Math with the co-operation of local devotes on 1941 march 28 where in Sri Sharadambha,Sri Dattatreya and Sri Adi Shankara on the idols of Sri Math. Swami Sri Shivananda Teertha trust is being established to keep the activities of Sri Math alive and jubilant. For more information visit on [www.omkarmath.org Omkarmath]
  • Banashankari Temple on the Banks of Tungabhadra.
  • Kannyaka Parameshwari Temple in Temple Street.
  • Jai Hanuman Temple opp Old Shoba Talkies.
  • Rama Mandhira in Rajaram Colony and Narayana Ashrama on harihara-Hosapete highway.
  • Raghavendra Swamy temple (popularly known as Raayara Matha)
  • Ayyappa temple other side of the river.
  • Rajanahalli Hanumappa temple (Hanuman temple in Rajanahalli, around 6 km from Harihar on bypass highway)
  • Graamadevata temple
  • Maargadha Dhurgamma temple (towards ranibennur on NH4, around 3 km)
  • Kumaranahalli Sri Ranganatha temple and Sri Ranganatha Ashram built by Swamy Shankaralinga Bhagavan (towards Malebennur, around 20 km) www.shankaralingabhagavan.org/komaranahalli.html
  • Sri KAALIKA Devi Temple
  • Mother Mary's Church (Shrine Our Lady of Health)
  • Hazarat Chaman Shah Wali Dargha at Bathi Sharief, 6 km towards Davangere
  • Hazarat Naadband Shah wali baba Dargha
  • Hazarat Ahmed Shah Wali Mahmood Shah Wali Dargha
  • Kondajji situated a few kilometers from Harihar is a picnic spot. It is also a major Scouts and Guides camp. It has a lake, where boating is available and hills.
  • Ranibennur Blackbuck Sanctuary around 20 km

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