Date : Jan 18, 2024
BackgroundDear Devotees : Namaskara.
| Sri MannMoolaRamastu Mannmathe Moolamahasamsthhaana Mantralaya Sri Rayaramathe||
|| OM SRI RAGHAVENDRAAYA NAMAHA||
SATYAMEVA JAYATI NA ANRUTA
BackgroundAradhana of Sri JitamitraTeertharu and his greatness is described in Mantralaya (1073).
January 11, 2023, Sri SubhudendraTeertharu joyously observed the
Aradhana of Sri JitamitraTeertharu. Commemorating this auspicious
occasion, H.H. Sri Swamiji graced the sacred grounds of Sri Kshetra
Jitamitra Gadde, offering his reverential homage to Sri Jitamitra
Teertharu. A grand procession welcomed Sri Swamiji, with a multitude of
devotees joining the celebratory gathering.
Amidst the divine
atmosphere, H.H. Sri Swamiji bestowed blessings upon the gathered
devotees through Mudradharane, Phalamantrakshate, and Anugraha
Sandesha. Sri Subhudendra Teertharu, infused with deep devotion,
conducted the Aradhana ceremony of Sri Jitamitra Teertharu, marking the
occasion with sacred rituals and heartfelt prayers.
is Sri JitamitraTeertharu? While I had initially intended to provide an
elaborate description of Jitamitra Teertharu, my perspective changed
after reading my father's article, authored by Sri Raghavendra Patwari.
Recognizing the depth and justice he brought to the portrayal of Sri
Jitamitra Teertharu, I have chosen to republish Sri Raghavendra
Patwari's article as it captures the essence of Sri Jitamitra Teertharu
more comprehensively than I could achieve. Here is the article from Sri
Raghavendra Patwari about Sri JitamitraTeertharu.
Paramahamsas are Daivee Chetanas. Daivamsha Sambhootaru. We are highly
fortunate to have such Gurus.The Acharya Parampara Dandaka of eight
lines is superb and quite thrilling.
Sri Madhwam Padmanabham Narahari Munipam Madhava Akshobhyateerthow
Vande Sri Mat Jayaryam Munivaram Athha Vidyadhirajam Kaveendram
Vageesham Ramachandram Shrutaguna Vibudhendram Jitamitravaryam
RakshaaShiskaikaDakshow Raghuntanaya Surendrow Jayeendram Sudheendram
Shreshthham Sri Raghavendram Sakalagunanidhi Dheera Yogeendram
Soorindram Sadgunaadhyam Raghupati Charana Dhyaana Dhootaghasangham
Sri RamaVyasaPoojaa AmitaMati Sumateendraabhidanam Samyameendram
Bhaktya Prastoum Upendram Guruvaramapi Proudha Vadeendra Varyam
12th. Pontiff of our Sri ManMadhwacharyaryu’s Moola Mahasamsthhaana is
our great Sri Jitamitrateertharu, Rudramsha Sambhootaru. Sri
Jitamitrateertharu took Avatara in Vishwamitra Gotra, Shanubhog family,
the poorvashrama name was Anantappa. Shivapura a small village in
Yadgir district, taluka Shahapur. Shivapura is about 150
kilomateres from Gulbarga. Though His Upanayana took place at the age
of eight years, owing to the curse, though Rudramsharu did not perform
Sandhyavandana etc. and never applied his mind and heart for studies.
during the Sanchara Sri Vibudhendrateertharu came to Shivapura from
Aggihala. Aparokshagnyani Sri Vibudhendrateertharu took pity on
Anantappa about the curse for this great Daivee Chetana. Sri
Vibudhendrateertharu is surprised to see Anantappa moving with Govatsa
in Shivapura. Asked where is your Yagnyopaveeta ? I have left it in the
house and at the time of meals I wear Janivaara ! Do not know how to
chant the Mantras Shlokas and to perform Sandhyavandana.
Sri Vibudhendrateertharu with affection said, Shall I teach you daily!
Anatappa replied yes. Please teach me I will learn, follow your advise.
Sri Vibudhendrateertharu lived in Shivapura in the house of Anantappa
for months together and taught him right from Sandhayavandana to
complete Pooja Vidhi Vidhaana, Sadachara of Sri Acharya Madhwaru and
the Sudha of Sri Jayateerthavaryaru. Well versed with the knowledge of
our Dwaita Philosophy. Within a short span of time Anantappa learnt
everything and became a Gnyani by the Anugraha of his dear Guru.
Now Sri Vibudhendrateertharu confirmed that the curse period of
Anantappa Rudramsha Chetana is over. Highly satisfied to see His
dear Shishya Anantappa. Said look here, I will now continue my Sanchara
tour of Madhwa Sanchaara, will come again to Shivapura and meet you !
Till then you perform the Pooja, Alankara, Naivedya and Mangalarati to
Sri Narasimha Saligraama with devotion.
From the next day Sri
Jitamitrateertharu resumed the routine of Pooja as per the
advice of his dear Guru Sri Vibudhendrateertharu. Anantappa prepared
rice for Naivedya himself. After Pooja Anantappa offered the Naivedya
to Sri Narasimhadevaru. But the Saligraama did not eat. Prayed with
several ways and means, but in vain. At last Anantappa took out a
weapon which was in the corner of his house and ready to cut off his
neck. Now Saligraama opened the mouth. Anantappa went on feeding, the
whole Naivedya Swami ate the rice, accepted happily. This continued
daily. The happiness of our Shivapura Anantappa knew no bonds ! Now the
divine routine of Anatappa after the Upadesha of Sri
Vibudhendrateertharu was highly memorable. After the Pooja in the house
Antappa spent most of his time on the sacred bank of Sangama. Sangama
is a holy place where Krishna and Bheema join together. Shivapura is
situated on this holy bank of Sangama. There is a temple Shiva temple,
very old. It is heartening to know that Anatappa was teaching his
fellow mates and the residents of the neighboring village of Shivapura
in this temple only. Shiva Temple is facing to the Sangama. Remote
place. Immense and profound silence we find here. Very calm and
convenient for Japa Tapa Dhyaana and Paathha Pravachana. This Sangama
Shiva Temple and the bank of Krishna and Bheema became very dear to
Sri Vbudhendrateertharu returned from Madhwa
Sanchara and came to Shivapura. Really felt happy to notice the great
change in Anantappa. Guruvarya I am doing as per your Upadesha and
practically following it. Sri Vibudhendrateertharu said come on let me
see the style of Pooja. As usual performed the pooja with great
devotion. Now the time for Naivedya Samarpane ! Anantappa took the rice
and tried to feed to the Saligraama, but Sri Narasimha Saligraama did
not open the mouth. Then Anatappa prayed a lot and said that what all
you were accepting Naivedya I have told to my Guru, that is all proved
false for not accepting. Is it the way to behave with your devotees? If
it is so ! I will die here only in front of you ! Then Sri Narasimha
Saligraama opened the mouth. Anantappa fed the all the Naivedya rice to
Swami. Sri Vibudhendrateertharu practically witnessed this divine
scene, thrilled with devotion. Amazed to see the Aparokshagnyana Bhakti
Gnyana Vairaagya of his dear Shishya Anantappa. Confirmed that
Anantappa is not an ordinary man. He is Avatara Chetana. Born for a
noble cause. Decided that his dear Shishya Anantappa is fit to
become his successor and continue the Paramahamsa Peethha of Sri
Moola Maha Samsthhana of Sri ManMadhwacharyaru. Readily agreed to
the decision of Sri Vibudhendrateertharu. In Shivapura in the house of
Anantappa only the sworn in Ceremony as Paramhamsaru. Named as
SRI JITAMITRATEERTHARU, the 12th. Paramahamsaru. Offered Sanyasa
and handed over the charge of the Peethha and detailed all the
property acquired and offered by the Kings of Vijayanagara. At lastso
said that He Strongly Desired to Perform the Pooja of Sri MoolaRama,
but could not ! At least the coming Paramahamsas should avail the
fortune of worshipping. With these kind words Blessed Sri
Jitamitrateertharu with affection and moved towards the bank of
Dear devotees the Sangama of Krishna
and Bheema is so sacred and holy like Prayag. Here we find an island
type place, the forceful flow of Krishna is always Chanting Chanting
SRI HARISARVOTTAMA SRI VAYUJEEVOTTAMA. There is an old tree
we find now. It was existing since the days of Sri Jitamitrateertharu.
That tree is called as GNYANAVRUKSHA (GUM TREE). Sri Jitamitrateertharu
liked this tree too much. Always spent the leisure happily in Japa and
also in Paathha to the students and the sajjanas of Shivapura. Sri
Jitamitrateertharu is not in house means he should be at the island of
Sangama now it is popularly called as JITAMITRAGAADE or in the Shiva
Temple facing to the Sangama. It is very important and quite
amazing to know that when our 12th. Paramahamsaru Sri
Jitamitrateertharu was performing Paathha Pravachana daily a Jangama
used to come and attend the Paathha with great interest. That Jangama
was none but SRI RUDRADEVARU.
Days went on as usual one day some
how Sri Jitamitrateertharu thought of his successor and chose Sri
Ramachandracharya and decided that he is fit to hold and continue
the Parampara of Paramahamsa. Named Ramachandracharya as Sri
Raghunandanateertharu very able and noble Swamiji of our Vidya Mutt and
told the strong desire and the wordings of his Guruvarya Sri
Vibudhendrateertharu and also his intention that the future
Paramahamsas should get the opportunity of Worshipping Sri
MoolaRamadevaru. One day the Paathha was in progress under the
Gnyanavruksha. Suddenly flood appeared and went on rising and rising.
All the students were afraid they rushed to the bank and reached
Shivapura. At that time students called their Guru, but Sri
Jitamitrateertharu did not hear as he was immersed in Paathha and Yoga.
Sri Jitamitrateertharu was under the tree at the Jitamitragaddi. For a
week the flood did not recede.
After seven days the flood
receded. All the residents of Shivapura, neighboring villages and the
students surprised to see their Guru sitting under the tree, the flood
has not at all affected. When they came near and near to the tree Sri
Jitamitrateertharu disappeared suddenly. All were worried. At that time
an oracle took place I AM IN THIS TREE ONLY. DO NOT BUILD
BRINDAVANA. This incident happened on the day of Margashira
Bahula Amavasya. From that the Aradhana of Sri Jitamitrateertharu is
celebrated to the Gnyanavruksha tree at the Jitamitragaddi. Sri
Narasimha Saligrama worshipped by Sri Jitamitrateertharu is also at the
Gnyanavruksha of Jitamitragaddi.
Many have seen with their own
eyes about the walking of Sri Jitamitrateertharu from the
Jitamitragaddi to the Shiva temple of Sangama. When Sri
Susheelendrateertharu our 34th. Pontiff visited Jitamitragaddi
experienced unusual things. When Swamiji visited the Shiva Temple a
Bairaagi came and entered the Garbhaalaya of Shiva Temple. Swamiji
waited for the Bairaagi to come out, but did not. When Sri
Susheelendrateertharu entered Garbhaalaya, amazed to see that Bairaagi
was not at all there.Then Swamiji came to the conclusion and told that
the Bairaagi was none but Jitamitrateertharu. Clarified that I am
staying here only, owing to the Rudramsharu HE IS CHIRANJEEVI. Even to
this day many have experienced this great MIRACLE.
The Charama Shloka of Sri Raghunandanateertharu regarding Sri Jitamitrateertharu is a great record of Maha Mahime.
Sapta Raatram Krishnavenyaam Ushitvaa Punaruthhitam
Jitamitra Gurum Vande Vibudhendra Karodbhavam
Seven days and nights Sri Jitamitrateertharu was in Krishna and again
after Seven days Sri Jitamitrateertharu appeared below the
Gnyanavruksha at the Jitamitragaddi. Such a great Yativarya has taken
Sanyasa Ashrama by Sri Vibudhendrateertharu. These great personalities
played an important role in our Moola Maha Samsthhaana Parampara of our
Rayara Mutt Vidya Mutt.
Maha Mahimaru- Punya Chetanaru -
Daivamsha Sambhootaru are our Yativarenyas. They have taken the Avatara
for our Uddhaara. Manukuloddhara. We are very grateful to our Swamijis.
The devotion towards
Sri Raghavendrateertharu is the ultimate truth and is the most simple
and effective way to reach Sri Hari - "NAMBI KETTAVARILLAVO EE
GURUGALA"! “Those who have complete faith in this Guru will never be
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SRI RAGHAVENDRATEERTHA GURUBHYO NAMAHA||