Sri Satyapriya Tirtha

|| Shri Satyapriya Teertha Gurubhyonamaha ||

|| Shri Gurubhyonamaha ||

|| Shri Harihi Om ||

श्रीसत्यविजयाम्बोधेः जातं सत्यप्रियामृतम्।
जरामृती जङ्घनीतु विबुधानां मुदे सदा॥

|| shrIsatyavijayAmbodheH jAtaM satyapriyAmR^itam .
jarAmR^itI ja~NghanItu vibudhAnAM mude sadA ||

 Introduction to Shri 1008 Shri Satyapriya Teertharu:

Shri Satyapriya Teertharu was the pontiff of Shri Uttaradi Matha after Shri Satyavijaya Tirtha. Shri Satyapriya Teertha's purvashrama name was Ramacharya. He was a saint of very high order with mystic powers. Some of the miracles he performed are as under:


He bought a boy, believed to be dead, back to life by Sri Satyapriya teertharu. The joy of the boy's parents knew no bounds. They fell at the feet of Swamiji and prayed for his Anugraha.


Shri Satyapriya Teertharu once visited Melkote Shri Yoga Narashima Swami Temple. He was late and the Temlpe door was closed. Shri Satyapriya Teertharu stood in front of the main door and poured out his heart in praise of Lord Shri Narshima and gently touched the door. To the surprise of all, the door opend of its own accord. The bells rang and Mangalarathi was being perfomred to the moola deity. With tears of joy rolling down his cheeks, he had the darshan of Yoga Narasima Swami.


During the period od Shri Satyapriya Teertharu, there was a reputed poet in North India, by name Ghan Shyam Kavi. He had written more then 100 dramas in Sanskrit. He was also considered an authority in Advaita Vedanta and Sahitya literature as well.


He was an eye-witness to the vast learning of Shri Satyapriya Teertharu, of his humility, majesty and power of expression in highlighting the truth hidden in various Vedic texts. Hearing the unbiased and highly thoughtful words of Shri Sataypriya Teertharu, the said poet, being a very impartial scholar, offered himself as a devotee to Swamiji and received Mudra Dharana from Swamiji.


GHAN SHYAM KAVI worte a Drama "Prachanda Raahoodayam" in five chapter in which Shri Satyapriya Teertharu has been Shown as the hero. In this work , the doctrines of Dvaita, Advaita and other scools of thought have been discussed and finaly the "VIJAYA" embraces the hero Shri Satyapriya Teertharu.


It was customary in those days at Kasi to erect a pillar as a symbol denoting the Victory, inscribing the details of victory on such pillars. A pillar was erected establishing the victory of Shri Satyapriya Teertharu.


After completing his piligrimage to Rameshwaram, Shri Satyapriya Teertharu came to Manamadurai. In those days, the area was a dense forest. One day some thieves attacked the Math and stole away the Pooja box, jewels and also the bell (the pooja ghanta). Sri Satyapriya Tirtha poured out his heart's paryers to Shri Hanuman pleading that without his grace, no one could perform Rama Pooja anywere, at any time. He ceaselessly went on singing the glories of load Shri Hanuma.

A miracle happend. In a short while, the thieves were shocked to see several wild monkeys springing out one after the other from the Math's pooja ghanta. In huge numbers, they made a bell by their wild screaming and frightening gestures. The thieves were terribly afraid. They came running to Shri Satyapriya Teertharu , placed all the stolen atricles before him and begged him that they be accepted as his servents. From that time, the place was called Veera Vanara Madurai. Later it was called Vana Madurai and finaly became MANAMADURAI.


The King who ruled over the area at that time came to know about the glories of Shri Satyapriya Teertharu. But he had neither faith nor regard for the penance and spiritual powers of the Shri Satyapriya Teertharu. One day, he played a mischief with Swamiji. He offered 'things' for Pooja in three plates all the three fully coverd. He had kept meat in one plate, dried fish in the other and blood in the third plate. He was polite in his outward appearance but was highly arrogant inside and with utter disregard for Shri Satyapriya Teertharu.

Shri Satyapriya Teertharu was quick in visualising the true colour of the Royal visitor. He only pitied the king and pleaded Lord Shri Ramachandra to pardon the king. But the Lord indicated that the king would be excused only partialiy and not in full.

In the meanwhile the king felt he was losing the eye sight in one eye. He fell at the feet of Swamiji and begged him to save atlest the other eye. Which Shri Satyapriya Teertharu granted.

Thereupon Shri Satyapriya Teertharu sprinkled Shanka - Teertha with Tulasi on the three plates and asked the king to open them. to the utter surpriseof all , the blood turned to be "Aarati" the dried fish into small stones and the mutton into sandal paste.


No wonder that the arrogant king became a devout bhakta to Shri Satyapriya Teertharu. He donated three villages and one of them was Chandanoor. He also donated one hundred acres of Nanja lands and executed a copper-plate inscription to that effect. In this way, the king atoned his sins and rendered himself deserving for the grace and blessings of Shri Satyapriya Teertharu.


It is customary to reverntially touch the feet of Shri Moola Rama Pratima by Shri Satyapriya Teertharu every day at the completion of pooja and prior to placing the same in the box. One day. it so happend that when Swamiji was doing so, he felt the presence of Shri Ramacndra . Shri Satyapriya Teertharu took it that the call from Shri Ramachandra had come to him for doing the Pooja eternally in the Divine Kingdom. Shortly afterwards Shri Satyapriya Teertharu left his mortal body at Manamadurai on Chaitra Shuddha Trayodasi.


One great and extraordinary speciality in the brindavana at Manamadurai is that the main brindavana is not on mere Koormaasana as usually seen elsewhere. On the Koormasana, there is a sprial snake. The brindavana is placed on top of it.


Shri Satyadharma Teertharu was the 4th pitadhipathi from Shri Satyapriya Teertharu and came occupied the seat of Uttaradi math some years after him. Shri Satyadharma Teertharu sings the glory of Shri Satyapriya Teertharu, describing him in seven ways.

yaH xAntau bhavati svayaMbhavati bhUjAjAni saMsevane.

gAmbhIryeMbudhayatyaghaughaharaNe ga~NgAti dhIshodhane |

sheShatyarthavivecane guravati shrIrAmatiprAbhave .

taM vande madabhIShTasantatikaraM satyapriyAkhyaM gurum ||

The Guru is compared to

1. Earth

In patience, forbearance or forgiveness Shri Satyapriya Teertharu was like the mother earth.

2. Lord Brahma

In serving Sita-Pati Shri Moola Rama , he was like Chaturmukha Brahma Devaru.

3. Ocean

In depth of knowledge and profoundity. he was like an ocean

4. Ganga

In the act of purifying others, he is like Ganga

5. Aadi Shesha

In matters of intellect, he is like Adi shesha

6. Brihaspathi

In investigation, elucidation, discrimination, discussion or in determining the Vedic truth, he is like Brihaspati the guru of the devas

7. Shri Rama

In greatness, in strength (of inner power ) or in fame, he is like Shri Rama.

|| Shri Krishnarpanamstu ||

Works by Shri Satyapriya Teertharu:

Shri Satyapriya Teertharu had written many works. Some of his important works are mentioned here:-

1]. Commentary on Maha Bhashya

2]. Commentary on Mandukya Upanishad

3]. Commentary on Atharvana Upanishad

4]. Commentary on Tatva Prakashika

5]. Chandrika Bindu

Contact Information:

Shri S. Ananthan

Shri Satyapriya Thirtha Brindavana

Brindavana Agrahara,

Manamadurai - 625001

District: Shivaganga

Tamil Nadu

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hv_chand  - Shloka on Satyapriya Tirtharu   |Registered |2009-05-05 16:18:37
Please if anyone who knows the shloka on Satyapriya Tirtharu. Please send it to
me. They have given the text in English. Transliteration is not proper. Please
do me a favour
rachuri achar  - Re:   |SAdministrator |2009-05-06 16:12:23
The Charama Shloka of Shri Satyapriya Tirtharu is available on the top of this
page. Pls. chk. The Shloka in english format uses ITRANS Encoding for easy
reading and correct pronunciation. The transliteration of the shloka is correct
as per the itrans encoding scheme. You can search on web for more info on ITRANS
bakshi  - contact no   |Registered |2010-08-17 15:33:38
Shri Anantachar avara contact nos

URMILA_LOKAPUR  - How to reach   |Registered |2011-01-16 15:50:16
Pl guid ehow to reach Mana madhurai from Trichy.
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Sri Satyapriya Tirtha


Deeksha Accepted: 1737 (Pingala)


Preceptor: Sri Satyavijaya Tirtha

Brindavana Pravesha: 1744 (Raktakshi)

Pithadhipati: 6 Years , 11 Months, 17 Days

Aradhane: Chaitra Shuddha Trayodashi

Brindavana At: Manamdurai

River: Vedavati

District: Shivaganga

State: Tamil Nadu

Poorvasharama Name: Garvadada Ramacharya All rights reserved.
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