Sri Ramachandra Tirtha

|| Shri Ramachandra Teertha Gurubhyonamaha ||

|| Shri Gurubhyonamaha ||

|| Shri Hari Om ||

रामचन्द्रगुरुर्भूयात् कामितार्थप्रदायकः॥

|| dyumaNyabhijanAbjendUrAmavyAsapadArchakaH .
rAmachandragururbhUyAt kAmitArthapradAyakaH ||

 Introduction to Shri 1008 Shri Ramachandra Teertharu:

Shri Ramachandra Teertharu was a great exponent of Dwaitha Vedanta. He spent a long time in Shrirangapatnam and surrounding areas propagating the Madhva Philosophy. Once he fell seriously ill and ordained one of his disciples Kambhaluri Narasimhacharya to sanyasa with a view of installing him to the pontifical seat before he passed away. He was named Shri Vibhudendra Tirtha. However, Shri Ramachandra Teertharu got well and had postponed to install him on Vedanta Samrajya of the Math. He gave Shri Vibhdendra Teertharu some minor idols and saligramas for daily worship, but none from the pooja box of the Mutt and sent him on tour for propagation of Madhwa Philosophy with specific instructions that he would send for him at the appropriate time.

However, when Shri Ramachandra Tirtha was at Yaragola, he fell ill again and the time came for formally handing over the Math. Shri Vibhudendra Teertharu, who was on the tour, could not come back to yaragola in time. Shri Ramachandra Tirtha, therefore was compelled to ordain Shri Vidyanidhi Teertharu as his successor. Shri Ramachandra Tirtha did not want to deprive Shri Vibhudendra Tirtha from the pontification of the Uttaradi Mutt. He therefore asked Dharmanna and other villagers of Yaragola to intern the pooja box after his Nirvana in a deep pit, with clear instructions that if Shri Vibhudendra Tirtha came within six months of his passing away, he would take it out and succeed him. If however he did not turn up within the specified time, the pooja box should be handed over to Shri Vidyanidhi Tirtha, who would be the next Peethadhipati and rightful successor to the seat of Uttaradi Mutt. When Shri Vibhudendra Tirtha did not turn up after six months, Dharmanna and others requested Shri Vidyanidhi Tirtha to take the pooja box to perform the usual pooja.

When Dharmanna and others were ready to dig to take out the pooja box, suddenly Shri Vibhudendra Tirtha made his appearance and demanded to deliver the pooja box to him with out any delay. Then Dharmanna regretted to hand over the pooja box to Vibhudendra Tirtha since he did not abide by the condition imposed by his Guru Shri Ramachandra Tirtha. When Vibhudendra Tirtha persisted strongly, Dharmanna and others decide to leave every thing to the God himself, by imposing one condition that the two saints should offer the prayers one after the other and it would be taken over by him at whose prayers the earth whose under the pooja box was kept sunders. The two saints agreed to the suggestions made by Dharmanna and others. Shri Vibhudendra being the senior saint first offered the prayers for three days. Nothing had happened. On the fourth day it was the turn of Shri Vidyanidhi Tirtha. He prayed to God by chanting the portion of fifth skandha of Bhagavata Purana. After a few minutes suddenly the soil where the pooja box was kept sundered and came up a few inches above the surface of the ground. Then the villagers of the Yaragola asked Shri Vidyanidhi Tirtha to take over the pooja box and the samsthana of the Uttaradi Mutt. Thus the Uttaradi Mutt was presided by the Shri Vidya Nidhi Tirtha, the rightful successor of Shri Ramachandra Tirtha. Shri Vibhudendrs Tirtha started another math known as Kumbhakonam Math which after the advent of his sixth pontifical successor Shri Raghvendra Tirtha came to be known as Shri Raghvendra Math of Mantralaya.

How to visit Yaragol?

Yaragol comes under Gulbarga District. It is neary about 65 from Gulbarga and 20 kms from Yadagir.

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Shri Ramachandratirtha Brindavana


Taluk: Yadgir

District : Gulbarga

|| Shri Digvijaya Rama Vijayate ||

|| Shri Krishnarpanamastu ||

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Yogendra  - The authenticity of the story   |Registered |2010-11-17 00:25:46

Please add the information about the source of the story given above
(involving Dharmanna et al).

Hare Naarasimha
raojagan  - Kindly Clarify   |Registered |2010-11-27 04:25:31
Shri Vibhudendrs Tirtha started another math known as Kumbhakonam Math
this present Rayara matha?
nachiketa   |Registered |2010-11-29 01:52:46
yes.. Shri vibhudendra thirtharu started kumbhakonam matha which aftr the ascent
of shri vijayeendra thirtharu became famous as shri vijayeendra thirthara matha
and subsequently aftr the ascent of gururajaru came to be known as rayara matha
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Sri Ramachandra Tirtha



Preceptor: Sri Vagisha Teertharu

Pithadhipati: 29 Years, 18 Days

Aradhane: Vaishakha Shuddha Shashti

Brindavana At: Yaragol

River: Tatika

District: Gulbarga

State: Karnataka

Poorvasharama Name: Madhava Shastri All rights reserved.
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