Shree PadmanaaBha Theerthara Aradhanae

|| Hari Sarvothaama Vayu Jivothama ||

|| Shri Padmanabha Teertha Gurubhyonamaha ||

Sri Padmanabha Theertharu, Navabrindhavana

Shri Padmanaabha Tiirtha was Shrimad Ananda Tiirtha‘s seniormost disciple, and the first successor to the piitha. His madhya aradhanae is being celebrated today(15-11-2009) at Navabrindhavana,Anegundi.

Shree PadmanaaBha T P D (Nava Vrindaavana) [ 1317-1324 ]

15th November,Sunday  CHATHUrDARSHYAAM

[ ShraadhDha Tithi  Chatudarshyam ]

Tithi              :   Chaturdarshyaam (24.16 )IST

Vaara              :   Ravi  vaasara

Nakshatra          :   SwAti  [ 5.19]

Yoga               :   AyushmAn

KaraNa             :   BhadrA

i) Introduction to Shri 1008 Shri Padmanabha Teertharu :

Diksha accepted: 1317 (PingaLa samvatsara)

Preceptor: Sriman Madhwacharyaru

Brindavana PravEsha: 1324

PiTadhipati: 6 years, 9 months 20 days.

Aradhana: Kartheeka bahuLa Chatudarshi

Brindavana: Nava vrindavana

State: Karnataka

Poorvasharam name: Shobhana Bhatta.

ii) How he became an Yathi:

Once at Raja Mahendri, a “Vidhwat sabha”  took place.  King Ganapathi belonging to Kaakatheeya dynasty was ruling the Waraangal kingdom at that time. In his Asthaana there was a pundit called Shobhana Bhattaru. A great  sanskrit scholar. He was conducting that vidhwat sabha.

Sriman Madhwacharya happened to come to that Sabha and won in the debate. Shobhana Bhatta was amazed with the scholarly qualities of Sriman Madhwar.

He was defeated in the debate. He accepted the defeat before Acharya. He accepted the dvaitha system of thought as the best one  and became his disciple. He was named PadhmanaaBha theertha and became  next to Sriman Madhwar. Sri ShoBhana Bhatta the first Telugu adwaitian after  realising the greatness of Sri Madhwachaarya took sanyaasam, acquired the name PadmanaaBha  Theertha and became his first disciple.

Sri Sumadhwa Vijaya praises him and say that “ Guru Upadesha” is possible only after listening to the Shaasatra and had been the case with him.  After learning at the feet of Srimad Achaarya, he took on himself the work of propagating  his tenets and wrote several works. His scholarship and erudition in his work called “ Sannyaya RathanaavaLi” a commentary on Anu Vykhyaana of Sri Achaarya is unmatched.

He succeeded Sriman Madhwa and ruled the Dvaitha Sidhdhantha  Saamraajya and preached Thatwa Saara for nearly 7 years before entering the Brindavan.– News letter – Sri Madhwacharya Seva Sangha, Chennai-78, Nov 1998)

iii)WORKS:

His works are Paravaadhi Khamdane, Madhwas sidhdhamtha Mamdana,  spent his time  in Thathwa prasaaraa and spreading madhwas’s  dvaitha  message.

Shri 1008 Shri Padmanabha Teertha is the seniormost of Madhva’s disciples. He was a leading contributor to the literature of Tatvavaada in the  pre-Jayatiirtha period, and also the first scholar to write commentaries on  Shrimad Ananda Tiirtha’s works, though his works are rarely read in the  present day, because the later commentaries of Shri Jayatiirtha are  considered easier to understand. He is eulogized by Shri Jayatiirtha as the   pioneer commentator of Tatvavaada.From Shri Jayatiirtha’ s Nyaayadiipikaa. He is thus given the honorific title’ Tikaakaara’.

Shri Padmanaabha Teertha was known as Shobhana Bhatta, and was a great scholar of Advaita, before he became Shrimad Ananda Tiirtha’s disciple. Shobhana Bhatta, who was an accomplished logician (Tarkikashikhaamani ), was defeated by Shrimad Ananda Tiirtha after a debate that took place during the latter’s return from his first tour of the North.

This is supposed to have taken place around 1265. He was a native of a region close to the river Godavari.

Shri Padmanaabha Tiirtha was Shrimad Ananda Tiirtha’s seniormost disciple, and the first successor to the piitha. He was thus the. He headed the then-unified Maadvha Matha for about seven years before departing. His Brndaavana is in Navabrndavana, near Hampi, along with those of eight other eminent saints including Shri Vyaasa Tiirtha, in whose company he continues  to perform his saadhana.

(This piece is the result of joint work, being partly due to Narahari S. Pujar, with some additions and editing by Shrisha Rao).

Dhyaana Sloka:

PooRNaprajna Krutham
Bhaashyam AuDha ThadBhaava PooRvakam|
Yo  Vyakaronnamasthasth mai
PadhmanaaBhakya Yogine||

How to Visit Navabrindavana
Navabrindavana is small island situated nearby to Anegundi of Koppal District. Anegundi is 20 K.ms away from Gangavathi. From Anegundi one has to cross River Tungabhadra by boat to reachNavabrindavana .Navabrindavana is situated in the river Tungabhadra. Another way to approch Navabrindavana is Via Hampi. Hampi is 12 kms way from Hospet of Bellary District. In Hampi , again we have to corss River Tungabhadra to reach Navabrindavana.

Shri Gopalacharya Hulagi
Post : Anegundi 583246
TQ : Gangavati
Dist : Koppal
Courtesy: Sri Uttaradi matha, Bangalore.

Courtesy of Shri. G.R.Raghunatha Rao

More Information on Sri Padmanabha Tirtharu.:
Contact Sri H N Lakshmi Narayana Editor, Ranagavittala Sripadarajar Mutt and Sri HebbaNi Srinivas Murali, Sripadaraja Mutt.Raghavendra Colony Sripadarajar Mutt, Bangalore-4.

Pranesha vitala has composed a song in VaraLi Raga set to AtathaLaa on him:

Odhagi Paaliso- BhavaambuDhiya Dhaatiso|
Madhanajitha BhoosurasharaNya
PsadHuBhanaabha YathivareNya| |

KaaRpara Narahari has also composed a keerthana in Raag Kamaach set to Adhithaal on him:
PadmanaaBha Bhajiso- He Manujaa Neee|
Madhwaraayara Kara Padma SamBhavaraadha| |

In the service of Sri Harih Vayu Gurugalu,

Venkatesh Rao

2 thoughts on “Shree PadmanaaBha Theerthara Aradhanae

  1. What is the meaning of
    PooRNaprajna Krutham Bhaashyam AuDha ThadBhaava PooRvakam| Yo Vyakaronnamasthasth mai PadhmanaaBhakya Yogine||

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