Sri Akshobhya Tirtha

|| Shri Akshobhya Teertha Gurubhyonamaha ||

Introduction to Shri 1008 Shri Akshobhya Teertharu :

॥ यो विद्यारण्यविपिनं तत्त्वमस्यसिनाच्छिनत्।
श्रीमदक्षोभ्यतीर्थार्यहंसिनं तं नमाम्यहम्॥

|| yo vidyAraNyavipinaM tattvamasyasinAchChinat |
shrImadaxobhyatIrthAryahaMsinaM taM namAmyaham ||

Shri Akshobhya Teertha is one of the famous saints who took sanyasa directly from Shri Madhvacharya. His name before he became the disciple of Sri Madhvacharya was Govinda Shastri. He is supposed to belong to the northern karnataka region. With the tours of Shri Madhvacharya, the fame of Shri Madhvacharya spread to all corners of the country. Sri Govinda Shastri listened about the erudition, works and the disciples of Shri Madhvacharya and went to Udupi. He was a follower of a non-Vaishnava ('advaitin') line before meeting and surrendering to Shri Madhvacharya.
Shri Akshobhya Teertharu was the last of Madhva's direct disciples to sit on the Vedanta Pitha. After initiating Akshobhya Teertharu into sanyasa Shri Madhvacharya gave him the Deity of Aja-Vithala. (Krsna standing with His hands on His hips, accompanied by Shri Devi and Bhudevi, though some say this is Krsna with Rukmini and Satyabhama).

Shri Akshobhya Teertharu who initiated Shri Jaya Teertharu (author of Shriman Nyaya Sudha) was a contemporary of the great 'advaitin' Shri Vidyaranya and also of a celebrated 'Visistha-advaitin' scholar Shri Vedanta Desika.

Shri Akshobhya Teertharu had a scholarly debate with Shri Vidyaranya on the interpretation of the scriptural passage "Tatvam-asi". Extensive and elaborate arguments were exchanged in the presence of Shri Vedantha Deshika who was chosen by both as an arbitrator. Another tradition says that all the arguments were literally written down and then sent to Shri Vedantha Deshika whose verdict was in favour of Shri Akshobhya Teertharu. The epigraphic evidence of this historic victory is on a commemorative pillar of victory on a hill near Mulabagilu that can be seen even today.

Shripad Akshobhya Teertharu moved after this a little north to Pandharapur on the banks of the Bhima-rathi River, which is where he met his future disciple Jaya Teertharu. In the years to follow Akshobhya Teertharu dedicated most of his time training Jaya Teertharu in 'Dwaita' philosophy. The relationship was so nice that Shripad Akshobhya Teertharu gave his every breath to make Shripad Jaya Teertharu the most proficient and dynamic preacher since Madhva, hence Jaya Teertharu was called the second moon of Madhwa and Tikacharya, for his many small commentaries. Shripad Akshobhya Teertharu taught him how to search out hidden significance's in the words of Madhwa which others missed.

Sri Akshobhya Teertha Moola Vrindavana is at Malkhed.

How to visit Malkhed?

Malkhed comes under Gulbarga District. It is 40 kms away from Gulbarga. There is sufficient bus facilitiy to Malkhed from Gulbarga. It is situated in between Gulbarga and Sedam, 12 kms from Sedam.

Contact Information:

Shri Venkannachar Pujar,

Shri Jayateertha Brindavana,

Malkhed, Sedam Taluk,

Gulbarga Dist-585 317 (Karnataka).

Ph : 08441-680343.

|| Shri Digvijaya Rama Vijayate ||

|| Shri Krishnarpanamastu ||

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waikerbadari   |Registered |2009-03-12 14:56:02
Please refer to the details in the right frame for Akshobhya teertharu. It is
referring to Madhava Teertharu.
rachuri achar  - Re   |SAdministrator |2009-03-13 00:04:24
Yes, the right frame is referring to Madhava Teertharu as the preceptor of
Akshobhya Teertharu.
J.S.Acharya  - Mesmerising   |Registered |2011-02-09 18:11:56
I have named my son after the great saint.He is J.Akshobhya.
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Sri Akshobhya Tirtha


Preceptor: Sri Madhava Teertharu

Pithadhipati: 15 Years , 2 Months , 20 Days

Aradhane: Margashira Krishna Panchami

Brindavana At: Malkhed

River: Kagina

District: Gulbarga

State: Karnataka

Poorvasharama Name: Shri Govind Shastry All rights reserved.
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