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Sri Sathyaparayana Theertha

|| Sri SathyasanthusthaTheertha Gurubhyo Namaha ||

|| Sri Sathyaparayana Theertha Gurubhyo Namaha ||

|| Sri Sathyakama Theertha Gurubhyo Namaha ||

Satyaparayana Teertha Swamiji

LIFE HISTORY OF SRI SRI SATHYAPARAYANA THEERTHA SRIPADANGALAVARU

          Sri Sathyaparayana Theertha Sripadangalavaru was the Peethadipathi of Sri Uttaradi Math, thirty first in the line of succession from Shri Madhwacharya. None other than Sri Sathyasanthushtha Theertha initiated His Holiness into this order. His poorvashrama name was Sri Gururayacharya and was the grandson of Sri Sathyasandha Theertha. Sri Sathyaparayana Theertha in His pre sanyasa days was a Nitya Ramopasaka i.e used to perform Sri Rama pooja everyday and also believed in the infinite good qualities of Sri Rama with unshakable faith. Probably due to this, Sri Sathyaparayana Theertha was blessed by Sri Rama Himself to perform His Pratima pooja daily in the form of being the Peethadipathi of Sri Uttaradi Math. Also probably due to being Sri Rama’s ardent devotee, His Holiness was also blessed enough with the knowledge to expand the meanings of the word "Rama" in hundred and eighty five ways in a perfect way.

          Sri Sathyaparayana Theertha made Vedhantha philosophy so rich and proud by His works and His works are a proof enough to gauge His knowledge. His Holiness was known for His compassion for all sections of the society and was also known for His love and respect for all scholars and in every way and encouraged them by His help in all sorts. In spite of all the works he has penned, His Holiness never forgets that He could write so much only because of His Guru Sri Sathyasanthushtha Theertha and He mentions that in one of His works by quoting "Sri Sathyasanthushtha shishyena mandabodhena Bhakthitaha" which roughly translates to "Sri Santhyasanthustha’s blessings and teachings are the prime reason for this less intelligent to have penned so much!"

Sri Sathyaparayana Theertha’s works
(which is enough proof for the love towards Sri Rama) include

1. Sri Rama Shabdhartha which has been subdivided as
          a. Ashthothara Rathnamala – (108 meanings)
          b. Sri Rama Shabdhartha Rathnashtakam – (8 meanings)
          c. Chaturvinshati Rathnaani – (24 meanings)
          d. Saptha Rathnaani – (7 meanings)
          e. Shat Rathnani – (6 meanings)
          f. Dwatrimshadratana Malika – (32 meanings)
2. Sri Valmiki Ramyana Baalakhanda Vyakhyana,
3. Sri Vamana Shabda Nakshatra Malike
4. Bilva Mangala Sudha Vyakhyana,
5. Jayanthi Kalpa Vyakhye,
6. Sri Rama Shabdhartha Gharbhita Any Bhashya Vivaranam, 
which are masterpieces and a great blessing for any student in vedanta.

A small meaning of Sri Rama.
•    Ra - Ananda Janakam Ma -Theertham Yasmat saha Ramaha.

Meaning: Sri Rama means the one from who the scripture causing joy arose. Sri

Rama is also antharyami of Sri AnandaTheertha Bhagavatpadacharya and Sri Rama is also Swatanthraya i.e Independent. One person who declared to this world that "Sri Hari is Sarvothama" was Srimad AnandaTheertha Bhagavatpadacharya who is Jeevothama i.e "Vayu Jeevothama". Sri Sathyaparayana Theertha who comes into this parampara being Sri Rama Nityopasaka is also having the capabilities to provide happiness and show the right way to His devotees.

          In His pre-sanyasa days, Sri Sathyaparayana Theertha was known by the name of Sri Gururajacharya and worked as a Tahsildar. This had made him a good administrator and was having the knowledge of all the official intricacies. Hence after taking over as the Peetadipathi of Sri Uttaradi Math, His main duty was to build the finances and get the Math in the strong position financially. During His immediate takeover of the Math administration, the entire jewellery and other properties of the Sri Math that was mortgaged with the lenders were to be released somehow and His Holiness’s experience in administration helped Him to get all this released and above all improve the financial stability of the Math. He brought a rule that the rich pandits and other well-off devotees need to give away their two months salary as part of the Pada Pooja and Bhiksha arrangements. The amount that was received as part of this was used to release the Sri Math’s properties from the moneylenders. As part of the mortgaged articles was a golden throne and if this throne is still with Sri Math, then all the credit should go to Sri Sathyaparayana Theertha Sripadangalu. All this was done without compromising the pomp and greatness of the Sri Math’s routine Pooja for Sri Moola Rama and Sri Moola Seetadevi and their other deities !

          One of the main devotees of Sri Sathyaparayana Theertha was Sri Sankarshana Wodeyar who wrote tippanis for Sri HariKathamrutha Saara under the able guidance of His Holiness. Sri Sankarshana Wodeyar was instrumental in releasing the articles mortgaged with his father Bhomappa Nayaka and he dedicated all this as a Guru Dakshina to His Holiness. Hence Sri Sankarshana Wodeyar is also held in high esteem in the echelons of Sri Uttaradi Math.

          Sri Sathyasanthustha Theertha was the Peethadipathi of Sri Uttaradi Math for a very short period (8 months and 14 days) and in this period His sanchara (travel) was not to be seen. Hence the devotees of Sri Uttaradi Math in other places were deprived of Taptamudra Dharana and Mantropadesha, which are the basic requirements of Vaishnava Dharma. Sri Sathyaparayana Theertha fulfilled the wishes of all the devotees by extensively traveling and also giving discourses wherever He went. This was also instrumental in gaining wealth and increasing the financial stability of the Math considerably.

          Sri Sathyaparayana Theertha visited Pampa Kshetra and offered His pooja to Sri Mukhyaprana devaru (Famously made by none other than Sri Vyasathirtha / Chandrika Charya). He also offered His pooja to Kodhandha Rama on the way to Nava Brindavana. He visited Nava Brindavana and performed Hasthodaka to all the saints there and did Anna Santharpane with all pomp and geity.

          Sri Chandulal, who was a Diwan under the Nizam of Hyderabad donated vast lands to His Holiness. His Holiness did the pratishthapana of Sri Mukhyaprana and Sri Rudra in Lingampalli, Hyderabad, which can be visited even to this day. His Holiness also arranged Vidwat Sabhas while at Kasi and donated lots of gifts to the pandits and earned name and fame as well. His Holiness was presented with thirty lakh rupees, Pearl neckless, twelve elephants and other jewelry by a rich person named Bajirao from Delhi. His Holiness also made arrangements to travel to any part of North India without paying any kind of taxes to the British Government (which was already administrating all the parts of North India) by approaching the British Government, which readily agreed to issue the necessary orders.

          Sri Sathyaparayana Theertha also visited Sangli and paid His respects to Sri Sathyavrata Theertha (His predecessors and one of the great Yatis in the parampara of Sri Uttaradi Math). After this He proceeded to Kohlapur and visited the SriMahalaxmi temple. His Holiness was so engrossed in the darshan of Sri Laxmi that He composed Sri Lakshmi Dhandaka Stotra on the spot and performed Kumkuma arachane to the deity. He also donated Sarees and other items to almost a thousand sumangali (married) women and earned name and fame for His generosity. This incident looked like "Na Bhuto Na Bhavishyathi" i.e never in past as well as future such a holy activity will happen in this Kaliyuga.

          Sri Sathyaparayana Theertha also visited Gaya and the people of Gaya gave a rousing welcome this time unlike in the time of Sri Sathyasandha Theertha and presented lots of gifts to His Holiness. His Holiness also visited Nagapura, Brahma varaata, Ramaghat and Lakshman Ghat (which was never visited by any other Uttaradi Math yatis) and thought them Vaishnava Dharma and propagated the glories of the Uttaradi Math. Lots of people took Vaishnava Dheeksha under His Holiness and even to this day they follow the Madhva Siddantha. They were also thought the intricacies of Sanyasa Dharma by His Holiness and were told the rigorous lifestyle that the Uttaradi Math Yatis follow. This made the people to have deep faith in the powers of Uttaradi Math and its parampara. Further more wherever His Holiness traveled, He propogated Vishnu Sarvothamatva and Vayu Jeevothamathva.

          Sri Sathyaparakrama Theertha later traveled to Nagapura and performed the pooja of Sri Moola Rama with all its pomp and grandeur. His Holiness spread the teachings of Srimad Anandatheertha Bhagavatpadacharya and blessed the people. Later He traveled to Latur. His holiness along with His devotes caped at a nearby fort. At Latur, some thieves came to know that Sri Uttaradi Math carried with it, lots of jewelry along with Golden throne and precious diamonds which is used for the daily pooja. These thieves decided to somehow take away these articles and planned for the same. The thieves numbering around two thousand people had already circled the fort. His Holiness got a clue of this and consoled His devotees. His Holiness immediately sat in meditation and prayed Sri Digvijaya Rama. Around midnight, there was a miracle wherein Sri Veera Anjaneya Himself holding His mace was monitoring the fort. His Holiness got up early in the morning and performed the Samsthana Pooja and by then all the thieves had entered the fort and forcefully took all the priceless items. His Holiness was unperturbed and once the thieves started leaving the fort, suddenly innumerable monkeys were seen around the entrance of the fort in a ferocious mood. The thieves got frightened and begged for forgiveness in front of His Holiness. His Holiness forgave them and advised them to take up proper way of living.

          Sri Sathyaparayana Theertha also visited Jagannath, Puri, Vishakhapatna and proceeded towards Simhachala. At Simhachala, He had the darshan of Koorma Rupi Narasimha and also visited Sri Rama’s temple constructed by Sri Narahari Theertha. From there His Holiness traveled to a place called Raja Mahendra and blessed the people. From Raja Mahendra, His holiness came to Vijayanagar and the king of Vijayanagar donated lots of jewelry and lands to Sri Uttaradi Math. From Vijayanagar, His Holiness came to Mysore and blessed the Maharaja. Maharaja of Mysore donated lots of lands and jewelry in the honor of His Holiness.

          Sri SathyaparayanaTheertha ruled the Vedhanta Samrajya for twenty-one years and six months. He initiated Pachhapura Srinivasacharya as the next Peethadipathi of Sri Uttaradi Math and named Him Sri Sathyakama Theertha. Ashwayuja Shuddha Sapthami, Rudhirodghari Nama Samvatsara, He entered Brindavana at Hosur. After this His Holiness appeared in the dreams of His devotee and ordered him to move His Brindavana next to the Brindavana of Sri Sathyavara Theertha at Santhebidanoor.

|| Shri Krishnarpanamastu ||

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PRAHALAD  - Sri Satyaparayana Teerthas History   |Registered |2009-09-25 11:22:19
Respected Acharya.

going through the life history of pratasmaraneeya
Sri
Satyaparayana teertharu on of His Holyness Aradhana day, we are glad to have
that noble soul in parampara of Uttaradimath.
Thanks for the same.
I have
noticed that in the middle of the history
you have mentioned Sri Satyaparakrama
teerthas name.This for your information and necessary action.
With
Regards
S.Bhimasenarao
gururajan   |Registered |2009-09-25 21:54:53
very good history. our ater genaration know our matt
hvpramod  - hare srinivasa   |Registered |2010-12-16 23:09:39
can u add contact no and address of concerned personnel of the math @
santebidanur. It would be help ful. I am planning to visit next month so please
it would be helpful.
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Sri Satyaparayana Tirtha

 

 

Preceptor: Sri Satyasantushta Tirtha

Brindavana Pravesha: Rudhirodgari

Pithadhipati: 21 Years , 6 Months, 7 Days

Aradhane: Ashwija Shuddha Saptami

Brindavana At: Santebidanoor

River: Pinakini

District: Anantpur

State: Andhra Pradesh

Poorvasharama Name: Sri Haveri Gururayacharya

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