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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


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


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


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.


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

Sloka : 

पदव्याख्यानकुशलं वागीशयतिमाश्रये॥

vAsudevapadadvandvavArijAsaktamAnasam .
padavyAkhyAnakushalaM vAgIshayatimAshraye

Article Credit:

  1. My Brother B.S. Ramesh
  2. madhvacharyars_lineage.pdf
  3. Image credit:


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.


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 ||


Veendraroodhapadasaktham rajendramuni sevitham |

shreekaveendra munim vandhe bhajatham chandrasanhibham ||

Article Credit:

  1. My Brother B.S. Ramesh
  3. madhvacharyars_lineage.pdf
  4. Image credit:


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:


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.


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 ||


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
  3. madhvacharyars_lineage.pdf

Sriman NyayaSudha Mangalotsava @ Mantralaya


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

Sprouted Green Gram Dosa


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.


  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



  • 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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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).

Lord Narashima in my Dream


I really have no clue what to make of the dream, but Monday early morning around 4.30 AM I saw Lord Narashima in my dream. I was thinking about the Satsangha we are having this coming Sunday, and wondering that my Beloved Rayaru had not come in my dream for a long long time.

I do have a Lord Narashima idol which was given to me by my Mom during my last visit. I do worship the idol everyday. But, to get the Lord in my dream was just chilling. There wasn’t much which happened in my dream, just that I was in a temple praying to Lord Narashima.

Humbled and also blessed to see our Beloved Rayaru’s Lord in my dream. As always, wanted to share with you all about this.


60 Samvatsara Names in Hindu Calendar

Samvatsara is one year in our Hindu calendar. There are 60  samvatsaras which repeat after one complete cirecle. The 60 unique names of the samvatsaras are listed below. 2016-2017 we had Drumukhi Nama Samvatsara. Next year 2017-2018 it is going to be Hevilambi Nama Samvatsara. Now you have an idea what Samvatsaras come year after year! Our Hindu calendar starts from Ugadi day. We are on the 30th one this year.

1. Prabhava – ಪ್ರಭವ

2. Vibhava – ವಿಭವ

3. Shukla – ಶುಕ್ಲ

4. Pramoda – ಪ್ರಮೋದ

5. Prajapatti – ಪ್ರಜಾಪತ್ತಿ

6. Angirasa – ಅಂಗಿರಸ

7. Shri Mukha – ಶ್ರೀಮುಖ

8. Bhava – ಭಾವ

9. Yuva – ಯುವ

10. Dhatri – ಧಾತ್ರಿ

11. Ishvara – ಈಶ್ವರ

12. Bahudhanya – ಬಹುಧನ್ಯಾ

13. Pramathi – ಪ್ರಮಥಿ

14. Vikrama – ವಿಕ್ರಮ

15. Vrisha – ವ್ರಿಷ

16. Chitrabhanu – ಚಿತ್ರಭಾನು

17. Svabhanu – ಸ್ವಭಾನು

18. Tarana – ತಾರಣ

19. Parthiva – ಪಾರ್ಥಿವ

20. Vyaya – ವ್ಯಯ

21. Sarvajeeth – ಸರ್ವಜಿತ್

22. Sarvadhari – ಸರ್ವಧಾರಿ

23. Virodhi – ವಿರೋಧಿ

24. Vikriti – ವಿಕೃತಿ

25. Khara – ಖರ

26. Nandana – ನಂದನ

27. Vijaya – ವಿಜಯ

28. Jaya – ಜಯ

29. Manmatha – ಮನ್ಮಥ

30. Durmukhi – ದುರ್ಮುಖೀ

31. Hevilambi – ಹೇವಿಳಂಬಿ

32. Vilambi – ವಿಳಂಬಿ

33. Vikari – ವಿಕಾರಿ

34. Sharvari – ಶಾರ್ವರೀ

35. Plava – ಪ್ಲವ

36. Shubhakruti – ಶುಭಕೃತಿ

37. Shobhakruti – ಶೋಭಕೃತಿ

38. Krodhi – ಕ್ರೋಧಿ

39. Vishvavasu – ವಿಶ್ವಾವಸು

40. Parabhava – ಪರಾಭವ

41. Plavanga – ಪ್ಲವಂಗ

42. Kilaka – ಕೀಲಕ

43. Saumya – ಸೌಮ್

44. Sadharana – ಸಾಧಾರಣ

45. Virodhikruthi – ವಿರೋಧಿಕೃತ್

46. Paridhavi – ಪರಿಧಾವಿ

47. Pramadicha – ಪ್ರಮಾದಿಚ

48. Ananda – ಆನಂದ

49. Rakshasa – ರಾಕ್ಷಸ

50. Anala – ನಲ

51. Pingala – ಪಿಂಗಲ

52. Kalayukti – ಕಾಲಯುಕ್ತ

53. Siddharthi – ಸಿದ್ಧಾರ್ಥೀ

54. Raudra – ರೌದ್ರ

55. Durmathi – ದುರ್ಮತೀ

56. Dundubhi – ದುಂದುಭೀ

57. Rudhirodgari – ರುಧಿರೋದ್ಗರಿ

58. Raktakshi – ರಕ್ತಾಕ್ಷೀ

59. Krodhana – ಕ್ರೋಧನ

60. Akshaya – ಅಕ್ಷಯ

Rayaru and Srimushnam

Being a part of the Rayara satsangha group has brought so much joy and so much information about our Beloved Rayaru. Mr. Rajaraman Nagarajan sends us Moola Brindavana pictures everyday without fail. We also get to see pictures of other deities which devotees share. One such picture which Mr. Rajaraman Nagarajan shared this week was about the place Rayaru lived in Srimushnam, and I remembered my Brother had written a detailed article about the same. And this was the right forum for me to tie together the picture and the article. All credit for the picture and article goes to Mr. Rajaraman Nagarajan and my Brother Ramesh. I pray to our beloved Rayaru to shower his choicest blessings on both of them.

Article Credit : My Brother Ramesh

Image Credit: Mr. Rajaraman Nagarajan


Raghavendra Swamy is by far one of the most popular Madhwa saints. He is also perhaps the most well-known Madhwa seer but also the world over.

Over the years, there has been growing interest in Raghavendra Swamy his works, life and times and the many mathas or temples dedicated to Raghavendra Swamy. Almost every aspect of the life and times of Raghavendra Swamy has been so well documented that there is very little left of him that we do not know.

Yet, Rayaru is such a magnanimous person and the depth of his knowledge and  philosophy is so deep that we get the facts about the seer of Mantralaya and each passing day seems to bring in a new facet of his personality.

Though there is growing interest about Rayaru, there are still many things that are yet to become popular. One such aspect is the places where Rayaru spent time. Though we are all familiar with Bhuvanagiri, where he was born: Bichale where he spent thirteen years in the house of  his close devotee Appanacharya and Mantralaya where he entered Brindavana in 1671, there are many other places which are not as popular among visitors and pilgrims as these three places.

One such place is Srimushnam, one of the ten most holy Vaishnava shrines in the world. If Ayodhya is known as the birth place of Lord Rama and Mathura is associated with Krishna, Srimushnam is the revered Varaha Kshetra or the abode of Lord Vishnu or Hari.

Apart from being home to the Varaha Swamy temple, Srimushnam has another distinction which many are not aware of. It is here that Raghavendra Swamy is supposed to have spent close to twelve years.

A staunch Madhwa, Raghavendra worshipped the Varaha diety here and stayed in a house. This was much before he entered Bichale in Karnataka sometime in 1658.

Rayaru was born in Bhuvanagiri which is just a few kilometers from Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu. Srimushnam too is near Chidambaram and Rayaru spent much of his formative years in the Mudarai- Kumbakonam-Thanjavur, Srirangam-Srimushnam belt for several years.

If he learnt Vedas, Shastras and other religious texts at Madurai, he took Deekshe at Thanjavur, joined the Sri Matha of Vijendra Theerta at Kumbakonam and spent years meditating at Srimushnam and worshipping Hari.

Rayaru stayed for years at a house in Srimushnam and this house can still be seen. The Nanjangud Mantralaya Matha, or the Sri Raghavenmdra Matha, took over the house in 2010 and constructed a temple dedicated to Raghavendra Swamy here.

The Nanjangud Raghavendra Swamy Matha is the official matha of Raghavendra Swamy and its name stems from the holy city of Nanjangud near Mysore which  has a Rayaru temple where there is an exquisite idol of Raghavendra Swamy. Since many seers of the Matha spent time here, the samshtahan came to be called as Nanjangud Mantralaya Matha.

The then seer of the Raghavendra Swamy Matha, Sushameendra Theertha, had wanted to develop a Raghavendra Swamy Matha at Srimushnam so that devotees and pilgrims can get accommodation and Theertha Prasada. He wanted to provide overnight accommodation to people.

He also wanted to renovate the house where Rayaru had lived.

His successor, Suyateendra Teertha Swamy, brought this idea into action. On November 24, 2010, he performed the Pratishtapana of Sri Rayaru and Sri Mukhyaprana in the premises of the old Rayara Mane or the home of Rayaru.

Incidentally, the stone for constructing the Brindavana was taken from the same segment in Madhavara, where the stone for the Moola Brindavana at Mantralaya was brought. It was Rayaru himself who had asked Dewan Venkanna to construct his Brindavana from the rock at Madhavara, which is near Mantralaya.

This makes the Brindavana of Raghavendra Swamy at Srimushnam the only other Brindavana apart from Mantralaya to be sculpted from the same stone.

Today, the house of Rayaru in Srimushnam has been transformed into a temple of Rayaru. The Mantralaya Matha maintains the home and matha and provides several facilities for pilgrims and devotees.

Another interesting fact about Srimushnam  for Madhwas is that Madhwacharya spent time during a Chaturmasa here and he gave some excellent discourses on Vishnu Purana, Bhagavath Geetha and other topics.

Srimushnam is today one of the foremost pilgrim centres for Vaishnavas. It is among the few places where we can see Varaha with his consort Bhoo Devi. It is also the place sanctified by Madhwacharya and Raghavendra Swamy.

This is also the place where Vyasa Raja or Vyasa Theertha and his guru, Sripadaraja, spent time as did Raghuttoma Theerta of Tirukoilur.

Incidentally, the Nanjangud Mantralaya matha has drawn up ambitious plans to develop the matha into a center of learning. It wants to expand the matha activities further so as to spread the Dwaitha tenet. It also plans to start a VedicSchool and a research center.

As of now, the newly established Matha  provides transit accommodation, Teertha Prasada (lunch) and other basic amenities for pilgrims.

For more details contact Nanjangud Sri Raghavendra Swamy Matha
No 1, North Car Street,

District: Cuddalore.

Tamil Nadu
Ph: 09486568218

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