Sri Narahari Tirtha
|| Shri Narahari Teertha Gurubhyonamha ||

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Introduction to Shri 1008 Shri Narahari Teertharu :

 ॥ ससीतामूलरामार्चा कोशे गजपतेः स्थिता।
येनानीता नमस्तस्मै श्रीमन्नृहरिभिक्षवे॥

|| sasItAmUlarAmArchA koshe gajapateH sthitA |
yenAnItA namastasmai shrImannR^iharibhixave||

Shri Narahari Teertharu was the third in the line of Shri Madhwacharya and great scholar in Girvana Bhasha. With his scholarly knowledge he preached and publicised Bhagavatha Dharma not only through the vedic knowledge and also through Hari Kirthans which he composed. This has great impact on the society at that time for social change. Shri Narahari Teertharu was not only a great saint and also royal pontiff.

Shri Narahari Teertharu was presumably from Andhra or Orissa. There is no reliable information about his early life and career. A short praise of 13 Sragdharas called Narahariyati Stotra professes to give full details of his life. But this is legendary and late in date and hence unreliable for histocial purposes. Tradition has been persistent, however that he was, for sometime Minister in Kalinga. The Narahariyati Stotra and some other works also allude to his ministry which is said to have lasted twelve years. The fact of ministry is confirmed by the evidence of inscriptions from Srikurmam and Simhachalam temples.

The Narahariyati Stotra makes out that he went to Kalinga at the orders of his Guru, AnandaTeertharu, to procure the idols of Mularama and Sita (which had a legendary history behind them and) which happened then to be in the state treasury of Kalinga. An opportunity presented itself when the Kalinga King died. His ministers, in time honoured fashion, sent out the state-elephant to pick up and bring them a proper regent. By some stroke of luck, the choice of the elephant fell on Narahari and he was placed on the throne. After 12 years when the Prince came of age, he relinquished his office. The King, in gratitude, bade him choose any presents he would like and the monk asked for the idols, for which he had come there and got them. These he presented to Madhva.

The Matsya rules of Oddavadi became independent of the Gangas and were converted to Vaisnavism by Narahari Teertharu. Arjuna became Narasimha Vardhana, Annamaraja Gopalavardhana and Munjaditya Shrirangavardhana. Shri Narahari Teertharu was also responsible for the conversion of many princely and aristocratic families of Kalinga and Andhra regions to Madhva fold. The descedents of these families still flourish in the coastal Andhra and adjoining states.

Overview of his Literature
The earliest Dasa of whom we have definite information is Shri Narahari Teertharu. He has already been mentioned as one of the direct disciples of Madhva. Madhva himself is believed by some to have left a few songs in Kannada. This is however, doubtful; though there is no doubt that he set the ball rolling by his stirring pieces of devotional lyrics such as the Dvadasa-stotra and other compositions.

Coming to Shri Narahari Teertharus compositions only three songs of his has been discovered so far. They are 'yanthu marulade nanenthu' meaning - how deluded have I become how deluded.... Seond one is 'hariye idu sariye..' - meaning Hari is this proper and 'tiliko ninnologe neene..' meaning knowing within thyself. His ankita is "Narahari" or "Narahari Raghupathi".

Works by Shri Narahari Teertharu :

1) Commentary on Shrimad Ananda Teertharu's Geeta Bhaashya .
2) Commentaries on the ten Prakaranas .
3) YamakaBharata Tika .

Devotional songs

He is known to have composed many, and to have started the tradition of composing devotional songs in Kannada to extol Tatvavaada, but only three of his songs survive:

1) Entu Marulade Nanentu
2) Hariye Idu Sariye
3) Tilako Ninnolage Nine


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nmh  - Hare Shrinivasa   |Registered |2009-03-22 23:29:03
Hare Shrinivasa,
Acharyarige namaskaraglu,
i was going through
"Parampara" section i think it needs to be corrected for Shri. Shri H.H
Narahari Teertharu and Shri. Shri H.H Akshobhya Teertharu.(to be specific:- Left
hand column where gist of their biography is being given)
jammi  - Prathyaksha Guru of Sri Narahari Theertha   |Registered |2009-08-18 10:49:38
Recently I heard that Sri Narahari Theertha's direct Guru, was Sri Padmaba
Theertharu and Acharya Madhwa had not directly given him Sanyasa Ashrama.
Please enlighten me on this matter.
ranju  - hare sreenivasa   |Registered |2010-04-26 14:14:50
acharyrige namskara
i have a small doubt,wheather ladies can read vishnu
sahasranama or not
rachuri achar   |SAdministrator |2010-04-28 16:21:53
According to Math Sampradaya, ladies should not recite Vishnu Sahasranama Stotra
as it is a part of Mahabharata to which ladies have eligibilty to listen when
scholars discourse. However, they can chose to recite several other devara namas
in praise of lord instead which give them equal results when recited with
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Sri Narahari Tirtha

Pithadhipati: 9 Years, 1 Month, 7 Days

Aradhane: Pushya Bahula Samptami

Brindavana At: Chakra Teertha (Hampi)

River: Tungabhadra

District: Bellary

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