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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

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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,
Srimushnam

608703
District: Cuddalore.

Tamil Nadu
Ph: 09486568218

Updated: Sri Madhwa Navami – Feb 16th 2016

Today, Tuesday Feb 16th 2016 is Madhwa Navami. It is the most important day for all Madhwa’s. For those of you residing in the DC area, Shiva Vishnu Temple is celebrating Madhwa Navami  as well. You can check details on the temple web site here.

Prathamo Hanuman Nama Dwitheeyo Bheema Eva cha
Poornapragna Treetiyasthu Bhagavat Karya saadakaha

We all do know the famous sloka from Sri Madhwacharya:

vande vandyam sadaanandam vaasudevam niranjanam
indiraa pathimaadyaadi varadesha vara pradam

I can write detailed information about Sri Madhwacharya, but it would all be incomplete.

So, I have compiled useful links for those of you who are interested in knowing more and more about this great philosopher and our Guru.

1. Madvacharya
2. tatvavada.org
3. dviata.org
4. Madhva.org
5. Interesting links from dvaita.org
6. Sri Madwacharya’s works can be found here.
7. All Posts on Our Gurugalu

I have posted the lyrics for Sri Madhwa Nama and a pdf about Sri Madhvacharya’s lineage here at my blog:

  1. Sri Madhwa Nama
  2. Madhvacharya’s Lineage-GURU CHARITE

Madhwa Navami Celebrations

Amazing pictures of Madhwa Navami Celebrations at Mantralaya and Bangalore 5th Block Rayara Mutta.

Please take a look.

 

Sri Madhwa Nama in Sanskrit

Links for Sri Madhwa Nama in Sanskrit are listed below:

1. www.sripadarajamutt.org

2. www.scribd.com

I have posted the lyrics for Sri Madhwa Nama here at my blog:

  1. Sri Madhwa Nama

I created a pdf file from the dvaita.org web site to help all of you read the same.  Attached below is the pdf in Kannada which will help you all print or save it on your computer.

And you can listen to the audio here:

ಒಂದು ಬಾರಿ ಸ್ಮರಣೆ ಸಾಲದೆ – Ondu Bari Smarane Salade Lyrics

shrimadhwacharyaru

Composer: Sri Vadirajaru

Contributed : Ms. Bhavana Damle

ಒಂದು ಬಾರಿ ಸ್ಮರಣೆ ಸಾಲದೆ ||ಪ.||
ಆನಂದತೀರ್ಥರ ಪೂರ್ಣಪ್ರಜ್ಞರ ಸರ್ವಜ್ಞರಾಯರ ಮಧ್ವರಾಯರ ||ಅ.ಪ.||

ಹಿಂದನೇಕ ಜನ್ಮಗಳಲಿ ನೊಂದು ಯೋನಿಗಳಲಿ ಬಂದು
ಇಂದಿರೇಶ ಹರಿಯ ಪಾದವ ಹೊಂದಬೇಕೆಂಬುವರಿಗೆ ||೧||

ಪ್ರಕೃತಿ ಬಂಧದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಿಲುಕಿ ಸಕಲ ವಿಷಯಗಳಲಿ ನೊಂದು
ಅಕಳಂಕಚರಿತ ಹರಿಯ ಪಾದಭಾಕುತಿ ಬೇಕೆಂಬುವರಿಗೆ ||೨||

ಆರುಮಂದಿ ವೈರಿಗಳನು ಸೇರಲಿಸದಂತೆ ಜರಿದು
ಧೀರನಾಗಿ ಹರಿಯ ಪಾದವ ಸೇರಬೇಕೆ೦ಬುವರಿಗೆ ||೩||

ಘೋರ ಸಂಸಾರಾಂಬುಧಿಗೆ ಪರಮಜ್ಞಾನವೆಂಬ ಪಾದೆ
ಏರಿ ಮೆಲ್ಲನೆ ಹರಿಯ ಪಾದ ಸೇರಬೇಕೆಂಬುವರಿಗೆ ||೪||

ಹೀನಬುದ್ಧಿಯಿಂದ ಶ್ರೀ ಹಯವದನನ್ನ ಜರಿದು
ತಾನು ಬದುಕರಿಯದಿರಲು ತೋರಿ ಕೊಟ್ಟ ಮಧ್ವಮುನಿಯ ||೫||

oMdu bAri smaraNe sAlade ||pa.||
AnaMdatIrthara pUrNapraj~jara sarvaj~jarAyara madhvarAyara ||a.pa.||

hiMdanEka janmagaLali noMdu yOnigaLali baMdu
iMdirESa hariya pAdava hoMdabEkeMbuvarige ||1||

prakRuti baMdhadalli siluki sakala viShayagaLali noMdu
akaLaMkacarita hariya pAdaBAkuti bEkeMbuvarige ||2||

ArumaMdi vairigaLanu sEralisadaMte jaridu
dhIranAgi hariya pAdava sErabEke0buvarige ||3||

GOra saMsArAMbudhige paramaj~jAnaveMba pAde
Eri mellane hariya pAda sErabEkeMbuvarige ||4||

hInabuddhiyiMda SrI hayavadananna jaridu
tAnu badukariyadiralu tOri koTTa madhvamuniya ||5||

Another link shared by Ms. Bhavana.

Update: Madhvacharya’s Lineage “GURU CHARITE”

Madhvacharya’s Lineage  “GURU CHARITE”  is written by Dr. H.K Vedavyasacharya http://www.srsmutt.org. I was sent the pdf of this document by Mr. Shivprasad Dinkar.  Thanks so much for providing such a great document.

During my travel to India, I read this document several times. It has detailed information about all the great saints from our Acharaya Sri Madhvacharya, to our beloved Guru Sri Raghavendra Swamy and also other saints like Sri Vadeendra Thertharu, Sri Sushameendra Theertharu to the current Guru of Sri Raghavendra Swamy Mutt.

I had tears rolling my eyes while reading through the miracles of Sri Raghavendra Swamy, and also the places he visited.

This is a treasure document if you want to learn and know more about all the great saints/Gurus. The document also has songs and slokas, books written by these saints and the places they visited.

All credit of this document goes to the author Dr. H.K Vedavyasacharya and SRS MUTT. I am just providing the pdf to help people know about the great Gurus.

Below is the link to download the document.

Madhvacharya’s Lineage

Shri Krishna Janmashtami/Krishna Jayanthi – August 28th 2013

ಕೃಷ್ನಯ ವಾಸುದೇವಾಯ
ದೇವಕಿ ನಂದ  ನಾಯಚ
ನಂದಗೋಪ  ಕುಮಾರಾಯ
ಶ್ರೀ  ಗೋವಿಂದಯ ನಮೋ  ನಮಃ

ಕೃಷ್ಣಯ ವಾಸುದೇವಾಯ  ಹರಯೇ  ಪರಮಾತ್ಮನೇ
ಪ್ರಣತ ಕ್ಲೇಶ  ನಾಶಾಯ  ಗೋವಿಂದಾಯ  ನಮೋ ನಮಃ

KRISHNAYA VASUDEVAYA
DEVAKI NANDA NAYACHA
NANDAGOPA KUMARAYA
SRI GOVINDAYA NAMO NAMAHA

KRISHNAYA VASUDEVAYA HARAYE PARAMAATMANE
PRANATHAH KLESHA NAASHAAYA GOVINDAAYA NAMONAMAHA

Last year Pictures:


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Pictures from 2009:

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Updates: Pooje at my residence on August 23rd 2008.

Preparation 1

Preparation 1

Closeup of Lord's idols

Closeup of Lord

Another look before pooje

Another look before pooje

After the Pooje

After the Pooje

After the Naivedya

After the Naivedya

Shri Krishnastami is celebrated on Wednesday August 28th 2013. Sri Krishnastami or Krishna Jayanthi marks the celebration of the birth of Lord Sri Krishna;the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu. Lord Sri Krishna was born on the ‘Rohini’ nakshatra on Ashtami; that’s why it is called Krishnastami. In karnataka it is also known as Gokulashtami and Janmashtami. The festival occurs between August and September in our English calendar.

According to our Hindu mythology, Krishna was born to destroy Mathura’s demon King Kamsa, brother of his virtuous mother, Devaki. A celestial voice told Kamsa that he would be killed by the eighth child of Devaki. Alarmed by the message, Kamsa imprisoned Devaki and her husband Vasudeva. Taking no chances, Kamsa went on killing Devaki’s children soon after birth. Lord Krishna was born as the eighth child of Vasudeva at midnight. But at Krishna’s birth, under divine instructions, Vasudeva left the prison unnoticed with the baby. He crossed the mighty river Yamuna which was in spate due to heavy rains. Without any difficulty, he walked across the river protected from rain by the mighty serpent Shesha, and reached Gokul. In Gokul, on the same midnight, a girl named Yogamaya had been born to Yasoda, wife of Nanda a herdsman. The babies were exchanged, and Vasudeva came back to prison with the girl. When Kamsa was told that his sister had given birth to a child, Kamsa attempted kill the child. But the baby who was Goddess Maya, flew off to the heaven, warning Kamsa that Krishna, who would kill him, had already been born and was alive. Eventually, Krishna killed Kamsa, and released his parents from the prison, and brought peace and happiness to the common people.

In our Madhwa tradition, we are supposed to fast on this day, and late during the night; usually midnight we are supposed to give Arghya to Lord krishna. Here is the stotra to be said while giving Arghya to Lord Krishna. While giving the Arghya, hold a coin, a lemon and dried date in your right hand, and using a silver spoon offer 3 times milk and 3 times water to Lord krishna in a silver bowl, and keep repeating the below Stotra as well. Everyone in the household has to give Arghya to the Lord.

Argya Stotra

Arghya Stotra

Arghya Stotra from the Utharadi Matta Panchanga

Arghya Stotra from the Utharadi Matta Panchanga

Krishna Arghya

Jathaha Kamsavadarthaya Bhoobharotharanayacha|
Kouravanam Vinashaya Dhaityanam Nidhanaya Cha ||
Pandavanam Hitharthaya Dharamasamsthapanaya Cha|
GruhanaArghyam Maya Dhatham Devakya Sahitho Hare ||

Chandra Arghya

Kshirodharnava Sambhootha AthiGotraSamudhbhava |
GruhanaArghyam Maya Dhatham Rhohinya Sahitho Shashin ||

Another set from Prasanna.

Krishna Arghya mantra
jatah kamsavadharthay bhubharo harNayacha

kouravaNam vinashaya diatyanam nidhanaya cha
panDavanam hitarthaya dharma sansthapanay cha

grahaNaarghyam mya dattam devikya sahito hare||

chandra arghya
kshirodarNav sambhootham atrigotra samudbhavam
grahaNrghyam mya dattam rohiNya sahitah shashinah||

The food items performed are mostly sweet dishes, fried items and items with Avalakki. All these dishes are performed with extreme madi. If you are not able to do so, here are some useful tips:

1. The most important thing in any festival is the breaking of the coconut and offering it to god, so bring a coconut.

2. Keep also 5 fruits for offering to god, like Banana, Mango, Apple, Orange, Grapes, Plum, Pear and so on..

3. You can make the following dishes which have been mentioned here in the blog which need no cooking at all, add the seasonings after you do the Naivedaya to god.

4. If you don’t mind cooking on the gas stove, here are other recipes you can make as well

5. Bring lots of flowers which are again easily available; roses

6. Offer butter also to the Lord which again is available in all grocery stores.

7. Below are several links which has all the songs in praise of Lord Krishna posted in this blog.

8. Here are some links from dvaita.org as pdf files

9. We also place a silver cradle and keep the Ambegalu Krishna idol in the cradle and rock the cradle while singing the following song:

10. Recite Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya as many times as possible.

11. Little feet of Lord Krishna are drawn as well along with other rangolis.

11. Last but not the least, do as many namaskaras as you can and break the fast.

Once you finish the pooje, surrender yourself to the Almighty Lord by saying the following Stotra.

ಕಾಯೇನ  ವಾಚ ಮನಸೇನದ್ರಿಯಿರ್ವ
ಬುದ್ಧ್ಯತ್ಮನ  ವ  ಪ್ರಕೃತೆ  ಸ್ವಭಾವತ್
ಕರೋಮಿ  ಯದ್ಯಥ್   ಸಕಲಂ  ಪರಸ್ಮೈ
ಶ್ರೀಮಾನ್ ನಾರಾಯಣಯೇತಿ ಸಮರ್ಪಯಾಮಿ

KAYENA VACHA MANASENDRIYAIRVA
BUDDHYATMANA VA PRAKRITE SWABHAVATH
KAROMI YADYAD SAKALAM PARASMAI
SRIMAN NARAYANAYETI SAMARPAYAMI

May Lord Krishna Bless ALL

ಶ್ರೀ ಕೃಷ್ಣರ್ಪನಮಸ್ತು

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