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Nava Brindavana Part 4 – Shree Raghuvarya Theertharu

You can read the first three parts of this series in the link below:
Nava Brindavana Series

Shree  Raghuvarya Theertharu

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The fourth Brindavana here is that of Shree Raghuvarya Theertharu

He was the Guru of Raghottama Theertha (of Tirukoilur).

He traveled all over the country to spread the message of Madhwacharya. Once when he reached the banks of Bheema river in north Karnataka, the river gave way for him.

A few incidents about Shree Raghuvarya Theetharu can be found in Uttardi Mutta Website. Link provided below:

Shree Raghuvarya Theertharu

Slokas:

महाप्रवाहिनी भीमा यस्य मार्गमदान्मुदा।
रघुवर्यो मुदं दद्यात्कामितार्थप्रदायकः॥

|| mahApravAhinI bhImA yasya mArgamadAnmudA .
raghuvaryo mudaM dadyAtkAmitArthapradAyakaH ||

Article Credit:

  1. My Brother B.S. Ramesh
  2. Uttaradi Mutta
  3. Image Credit : Madhwa Mixer

 

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Nava Brindavana Part 3 – Shree Vageesha Teertharu

You can read Part 1 and Part 2 of this article in the link below:
Nava Brindavana Part 1 – Sree Padmanaabha Theertharu
Nava Brindavana Part 2 – Sree Kaveendra Teertharu

Shree Vagheesha Teertharu

The third Brindavana here is that of Shree Vageesha Theertharu. Shri Vageesha Teertharu succeeded Shri Kaveendra Teertharu.

His Poorvashrama name was Raghunathacharya. He was one of the greatest scholars of his time. He was the third Madhwa saint to enter Brindavana at Nava Brindavana.
Vageesha Thertha, the successor of Kaveendra Thertha entered Brindavana  in 1406.

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His Aradhane Thithi is Chaitra Krishna Tritiya (April-May)

Sloka : 

वासुदेवपदद्वन्द्ववारिजासक्तमानसम्।
पदव्याख्यानकुशलं वागीशयतिमाश्रये॥

vAsudevapadadvandvavArijAsaktamAnasam .
padavyAkhyAnakushalaM vAgIshayatimAshraye

Article Credit:

  1. My Brother B.S. Ramesh
  2. madhvacharyars_lineage.pdf
  3. Image credit: www.raghavendramutt.org/

 

Nava Brindavana Part 2 – Sree Kaveendra Teertharu

You can read Part 1 of this article in the link below:
Nava Brindavana Part 1 – Sree Padmanaabha Theertharu

Sree Kaveendra Teertharu – 1392 -1398

The second Brindavana here is that of Kaveendra Theertha. He is believed to be the brother of Rajendra Theertha, the founder of Vyasaraja Matha. He was earlier known as Vasudeva Shastry.

The first bifurcation of the Madhwa or Dwaitha Matha or Peetha took place when Vidyadhiraja handed over the reigns to Kaveendra Theertha.

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Vidhyadhiraja Theertha had appointed Rajendra Theertha as his successor. Vidhyadhiraja fell ill and he could not get in touch with Rajendra Theertha as he was away on Sanchara. He then appointed Kaveendra Theertha as the successor and passed away. When Rajendra Theertha came back he found what had happened and he travelled further south towards Mysore and founded the Vyasa Raja Matha.

Kaveendra Theertha was a great devotee of God. He attained his eternal peace on the ninth day of Chaitra Shuddha in Pramathi Samvatsara and was laid to rest beside the Brindavan of Padmanabhatheertha.

His Aradhane Thithi is Chaitra Krishna Tritiya (April-May)

Sloka : 
Sanskrit :
वीद्रारूढ पदासक्तं राजेंद्रमुनिसेवितम् ।
श्रीकवींद्रमुनिम् वंदे भजतां चंद्रसन्निभम् ॥

Kannada :
ವೀಂದ್ರಾರೂಢಪದಾಸಕ್ತಂ ರಾಜೇಂದ್ರಮುನಿ ಸೇವಿತಮ್ |
ಶ್ರೀಕವೀಂದ್ರ ಮುನಿಂ ವಂದೇ ಭಜತಾಂ ಚಂದ್ರಸನ್ನಿಭಮ್ ||

English:

Veendraroodhapadasaktham rajendramuni sevitham |

shreekaveendra munim vandhe bhajatham chandrasanhibham ||

Article Credit:

  1. My Brother B.S. Ramesh
  2. http://raghavendramutt.org/about/shri-kaveendra-teertharu
  3. madhvacharyars_lineage.pdf
  4. Image credit: www.raghavendramutt.org/

 

Nava Brindavana Part 1 – Sree Padmanaabha Theertharu

It has been a hectic 2016 and from today I am taking few days off until January 2nd 2017. For someone who is extremely busy, by 11 AM I was already wondering what I should do for the next 10 days. At that very moment, my husband reminded me that I had several books which I could go read. And I started with the book, “The Bountiful NAVA BRINDAVANA”, written by Amman Sathiyanathan and translated in English by K. Lakshman and given to me by Canchi Ravi during his last visit to USA and on the occasion of Rayara Satsangha.If you are planning to visit Mantralaya, definitely visit Nava Brindavana if time permits.

The book details:

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The details about Nava Brindavana is just unbelievable, and the book has all details from how to visit this place, to details about all the brindavanas, and why this place is so sacred. Just was amazing to read the details. Nava Brindavana is sacred since this was the place where Bhaktha Prahlada meditated to Lord Narashima to get mental solace after his father Hiranyakashapu was killed.  Lord Narashima blessed Bhaktha Prahlada in this place.

So, I decided to write details about 9 of the most prominent saints who’s resting place (Brindavanas)  are in Nava Brindavana.

Sree Padmanaabha Theertharu – (1317-1324)

Sree Padmanaabha Theertharu is the very first successor of our Guru Shree Madhwacharya. He was the first disciple of Madhwacharya. His original name was Shobana Bhatta. He was a great scholar and intellect of his times and he lost a marathon debate to Madhwacharya after which he converted to Dwaita philosophy. He has many books to his credit, he was the first to write a commentary on the Bhasya of Madhwacharya. This was called Sattarkadipavali. Other works are Sanyaayarathnavali, Gitabhashya and Gitatatparya. He has also written commentaries on all the ten Nirnaya Prakshikaas. He headed the Dwaitha Matha for six years and nine months.

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Padmanabhatheertha after entrusting Mahasamsthana to Naraharitheertha, handed over the idol of Sri Gopinatha inherited by Madhwacharya to one Lakshmidharatheertha, his disciple. It is that heritage which is now known as Sreepadaraja Mutt.

Sloka : 
Sanskrit :
पूर्णप्रज्ञकृतं भाष्यमादौ तद्भावपूर्वकम् ।
योव्याकरोन्नमस्तस्मै पद्मनाभाख्ययोगिने ॥

Kannada :
ಪೂರ್ಣಪ್ರಜ್ಞಕೃತಂಭಾಷ್ಯಮಾದೌ ತದ್ಭಾವಪೂರ್ವಕಮ್ |
ಯೋ ವ್ಯಾಕರೋ ನಮಸ್ತ್ಸಸ್ಮೈ ಪದ್ಮನಾಭಾಖ್ಯ ಯೋಗಿನೇ ||

English:

Poornapragnakrutham Bhasyamaadaw tadhbhavapoorvakam |

Yovyakaro namasthasyai padmanabhayogine ||

Aaradhane of Sri Padmanabha Theertharu is in Kartika Bahula Chaturdashi  sometime in November – December. This year Aaradhane was on 28th November 2016.

Article Credit:

  1. My Brother B.S. Ramesh
  2. http://raghavendramutt.org/about/sri-padmanabha-teertharu
  3. madhvacharyars_lineage.pdf

Sriman NyayaSudha Mangalotsava @ Mantralaya

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Image Credit: SRSmutta.org

Amazing collection of pictures to view in Mantralaya on the occasion of Sriman NyayaSudha Mangalotsava programme. Take a look here:

Sprouted Green Gram Dosa

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It has been months since I prepared dosa. I wanted to make the most healthiest dosa and what better way than to use Sprouted Green Gram or Hesara Kalu.

I kept the batter for a week and it didn’t turn sour, came out perfect every time. I ate just 1 dosa each day. 🙂

To know how to best sprout green gram, read this post from a while ago.

Ingredients:

  1. 3 cups sprouted green gram – Hesara Kalu
  2. 1/4 cup urad dal
  3. 1/2 cup channa dal
  4. 3 tsp Methi seeds
  5. 1/4 cup Brown rice
  6. Salt to taste
  7. Oil for preparing dosa

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Method:

  • Wash and Soak all the ingredients  from 2-5 in water for 5-6 hours.
  • I soak them before I go to work, around 7.00 AM in the morning.
  • In the evening, grind the soaked ingredients in two batches with little water.
  • I used my wet grinder and the batter was super smooth.
  • Make sure the batter is very fine. Add salt to taste.
  • I make dosas in the night without the batter being fermented. Make dosas as you do always. No change here
  • Leave it outside so it ferments for making dosa the next day.
  • Use very little oil, I usually use Olive Oil for making my Dosas.
  • Enjoy with Chatni, or Saagu, or Potato Palya.

Link for other Dosas, Chutney and Saagu can be found here:

Nava Grahas and Planets

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Image Credit: http://dvtmangalore.org/parivar.htm

Every time we visited a temple and there was a Nava Graha temple, I recited the following sloka, and also taught it religiously to my Daughter. Even now, when we visit a temple which has Nava Grahas, I keep asking her “Sneha, do you remember the Nava Graha Stotra”. And as all daughters do, she rolls her eyes and recites the mantra.

Namah Sooryaya Chandraya Mangalaya Budhaya Cha
Guru Shukra Shanibhyascha Raahave Ketave Namaha
What it means is – My Salutations to Soorya (Sun), Chandra (Moon), Mangala (Mars) and Budha
(Mercury). I also salute Guru (Jupiter), Shukra (Venus), Shani (Saturn) as well as Rahu and Ketu.

However, I never ever thought that there was any difference between the Nava Grahas and the Planets. I thought they were one and the same until I read this article.

As I was browsing through the web, I found a very interesting article which explains the difference between Nava Grahas and the Planets. When you look at the Nava Graha Stotra, Rahu and Ketu don’t belong to any planet. And this article clearly explains that they are actually classified as Chaya Graha(meaning shadow grahas, not the real ones).

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