Saturday, January 3, 2009

Assuming Sanyasa !

The event of assuming sanyasam was planned in Tanjore which was the capital of the Chola dynasty. Knowing that Sri Sudheendra Theertharu arrived along with his pupils in Tanjore, the King Raghunatha Raya recieved them with reverence. He arranged grandly for the function as per the order of Theertharu. 

Many great scholars had arrived at Tanjore to witness this function. As Sri Yadavendra Theertharu was on a country-wide tour, he was not able to make up for the function. But he had sent his blessings and good-wishes to Venkatanatha. King Raghunatha Raya attended the function. 

Guru Raja Charya and Nrusimha Charya took Saraswathi and Lakshmi Narayana from Kumbhakonam to their place. But Saraswathi committed suicide by jumping into a well as she was unable live without her husband. However, she was blessed by Venkatanatha(Sri Raghavendra Swamy) to attain salvation. 

While at Tanjore, Venkatantha dedicated his heart and soul completely to the Almighty. When the auspicious time had come, Venkatanatha was advised with Mantra(Brahma Upadesham) by Sri Sudheendra Theertharu. And now it was time to name Venkatanatha(Aashrama Nama). As Lord Sri Rama had suggested Sri Sudheendra Theertharu in his dream, Venkatanatha was named "Sri Raghavendra Theertharu". Amidst of the court hall, Sri Raghavendra Theertharu was blessed and presented idols of Sri Moola Rama and Sri Veda Vyasa along with various scriptures, a white umbrella and a golden plate by Sri Sudheendra Theertharu. The function ended grandly.

After Sri Sudheendra Theertharu handed over his responsibility of the Peetam and its welfare to Sri Raghavendra Theertharu, he moved over to the banks of Tungabhadra river near Hampi. He spent the rest of his life meditating. He attained salvation through meditation and a Brindavana was built which still exists at the banks of Tungabhadra. 

Sri Raghavendra Theertharu was always engaged in either Sri Moola Rama puja or meditation. And with His presence the Sarvagna Peetam illuminated again. 

Sri Yaadavendra Theertharu came back from his tour to witness the Peetam's progress and was happy to see it in a spendid state under Sri Raghavendra Theertharu. He blessed all the pupils present there and modestly took the blessings of Sri Gurugalu. Then he again continued with his tour and on his way visited the Brindavana of Sri Sudheendra Theertharu at Hampi. 

At the same time, Sri Raghavendra Theertharu involved in writing the "Parimala", a write-up based on Nyaya Sudha, along with glossary for Sri Vyasa Raya's "Chandrika", etc. His pen knew no halts and it went on and on, elucidating the Dvaitha Philosophy. 

Sri Raghavendraya Namaha !!!

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