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.
पूर्णप्रज्ञकृतं भाष्यमादौ तद्भावपूर्वकम् ।
योव्याकरोन्नमस्तस्मै पद्मनाभाख्ययोगिने ॥
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.
- My Brother B.S. Ramesh