Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha — a short sketch
Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha was a `sarva-tantra-swatantra’, a master of the sixty-four arts, a winsome and magnetic personality, and the author of over a hundred works (104 are attributed to him). In the eyes of his contemporaries, Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha was verily an incarnation of Srimad Acharya come to reinforce his own siddhanta against contemporary opposition. Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha established his headquarters in Kumbakonam which belonged to the Nayak dynasty. Tanjavur and Kumbakonam were a replica of the Vijayanagara kingdom, in the cultivation of the art of dance, music, literature, Vedic studies and Darshana-s (philosophical doctrines). It was the age of Venkatamukhi, the authority on Karnatic Music, of Govinda Dikshita, the accomplished minister of the Nayakas, of Appayya Dikshita, the uncrowned monarch of Shaiva Advaita, and of Tatacharya the sun of VisishhTâdvaita.
It was in this climate of culture and plenitude that Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha found congenial soil for his labour of love in the cause of Srimad Ananda Tîrtha’s Sadvaishnava siddhanta. Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha saved Madhva siddhanta from a very real and serious threat of extinction in South India, during the 16th century. Hence the followers of Madhva siddhanta should always remain grateful to the memory of Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha’s illustrious personality. When the redoubtable Appayya Dikshita and Tatacharya drew Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha into philosophical controversies by their adverse criticisms of Srimad Acharya’s works, Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha took them on single-handedly and successfully dispelled their criticisms.
Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha was not a bigoted sectarian. He was the very essence and embodiment of catholicity of outlook. This is shown by his generous patronage to scholars of different persuasions, and the uniformly friendly relations he maintained throughout his life with his greatest adversary in thought. Kumbakonam is the city of temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva in equal strength and prestige. Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha, was, by common consent in charge of all the religious institutions there.
Works by Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha
“pApavimochana stotram.h” was composed by Shri VijayindratIrtha.
This is also known as “duritApahAra stotram.h”.
This is a very good example to show that the contents of the
Mangalacharana shloka-s and/or this kind of stotra-s [such as
“I commit multitude of sins every yAma(duration of three hours”)]
do not apply to the great yati-s, who compose these and as such
these should not be used to assess their svarUpa-s. They are
applicable to common people like us for whose sake they compose
these. The same guideline should be used when discussing
sensitive issues of such kind.
Download pApavimochana stotram.h from below,
bhaktAnAM mAnasAm bhoja bhAnave kAmadhenave |
namatAM kalpatarave vijayIndra gurave namaha ||