Aradhana of Sri Sri Akshobhya Tirtha

|| Hari Sarvothama Vayu Jivothama ||

|| Sri Akshobhya Teertha Gurubhyonamaha ||

|| Sri Raghavendra Gurubyo Namaha ||

Moola brindhavana of Sri Sri Akshobhya Tirtharu

Madhya aradhane of  great saint Sri Akshobhya Tirtha(one of the four direct disciples of Srimadhvacharya) falls on 15/12/2011.

Ashrama Gurugalu – Sri Madhwacharyaru
Ashrama Shishyaru – Sri Jayatheertharu

yO vidyaaranya vipinam tattvamasyachinath |
shrImadakshObhyatIr thaarya hamsEna tam namaamyaham|

— Courtesy of Shri.G.R.Raghunatha Rao

Born : 1238
Diksha Accepted on : 1350 (Shrimukha)
Preceptor : Shri Madhava Teertharu
Brindavana Pravesha : 1364, (Vikruthi)
Pithadhipati : 15 Years , 2 Months , 20 Days
Aradhane : Margashira Krishna Panchami
Brindavana at : Malkhed
River : Kagina
Dist : Gulbarga
State : Karnataka
Poorvasharama Name : Shri Govind Shstry

Tithi           : Panchamyaam (3.19)IST
Vaara           : Ravi vaasara
Nakshatra       : Pushya (20.51)IST
Yoga            : Bramhaa
KaraNa          : Kaulava

Introduction to Srimad AkshobyathirtharaP. D ( (Malakheda)  (1350-1365
)

Shri Akshobhya Teertha is one of the famous saints who took sanyasa directly from Shri Madhvacharya. His name before he became the disciple of Sri Madhvacharya was Govinda Shastri. He is supposed to belong to the northern karnataka region. With the tours of Shri Madhvacharya, the fame of Shri Madhvacharya spread to all corners of the country. Sri Govinda Shastri listened about the erudition, works and the disciples of Shri Madhvacharya and went to Udupi. He was a follower of a non-Vaishnava (‘advaitin’) line before meeting and surrendering to Shri Madhvacharya.

Shri Akshobhya Teertharu was born in 1159 Sakabja era (1238 AD) and was the last of Madhva’s direct disciples to sit on the Vedanta Pitha. He did so from 1350 AD -1365 AD. After initiating Akshobhya Teertharu into sanyasa Shri Madhvacharya gave him the Deity of Aja-Vithal. (Krsna standing with His hands on His hips, accompanied by Shri Devi and Bhudevi, though some say this is Krsna with Rukmini and Satyabhama).

(Page103-‘Guru Namana’- Editor SuLaadhi Kuppe Rao, Sri Varadhendra Sahithya Mandali, Lingasugur) .The boy, then he was about 30 years old was impressed with the teachings of Sriman Madhwar. He later became his disciple and took ashram as  Sri AksHoBhya Thirtha in 1312 –

He won in the debate against VidyaraNya of Vijayanagar. An able saint in the Nivarana of “Bramhahatya Dosha” is works “Vedasara” is famous.One loving glance, a gesture, a touch, and a smile was enough to dissolve the ego and bring a lasting ransformation in the life the warrior.

He entered Brindavanam on 4-12-1365 at Malakheda on the banks of the river the Kaagini, after handing over to his disciple Sri Jayatheertharu.>
(Following text: Courtesy from: Dr Gururajan M. President, Sri Madhwacharya Seva Sangha, Chennai-78)

The junior most direct disciple of the Acharya. One should understand that only Rudra, Garuda or the Sesha nama individuals could alone become the direct disciples of the Acharya. Needless to say that he is the amsha of Rudra.
His winning over Vidyaranya at Mulubagal in the presence of Sri Vedanta Desikar was an historical event. He inducted Sri Sri Jayatheertha into monastic order. He founded two lineages whch exist at Kudali Aksobhya Mutt.

He gifted Sri VaikunTa Rama idol to this Mutt. The other Mutt is the Bagalur Mutt. The Swamiji gifted Sri Trinethra Narasimha idol. He entered the Brindhavana at Malkhed on the banks of the river Kagini.

Dhyaana Sloka:
PadavaakhyaPramaaNa jnana
Prathivaadimadachch idha
Srimadakshobhyathir tha
anukhyanupathiste Gurunmama||
-Sri Jayathirtha

Work by Shri Akshobya Teertharu:
Shri Akshobhya Teertharu Worte only one Grantha. “MADHVATATVASAARASA NGRAHA”

How to visit Malkhed:

Gulbarga Map

Malkhed comes under Gulbarga District.It is 40 kmsaway from Gulbarga. There is sufficient bus facilities to Malkhed from Gulbarga. It is situated in
between Gulbarga and Sedam, 12 kms away from Sedam
.

Shri Venkkanachar Pujar,
Shri Jayateertha Brindavana,
Malkhed, Sedam Taluk,
GulbargaDist- 585317 (Karnataka).
Ph : 08441-680343.

“Rakshisennanu= Dayaambudhe Rakshisennanu” by PraNesha vittala and “Srimad`AkShobhya teerthara divya charitaM” by Karpara Narahari are the two Kannada keerthana available.

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“Rakshisennanu= Dayaambudhe Rakshisennanu” – by PraNesha vittala

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shree
rakShisennanu dayaambudhe || rakShisennanu| |

rakShisennanu paapa shikShisi karuNadi
pakShivaahana priya akShobhya munipa||

anumaanavillade maNide tavaaMGhrige
anaGHa shree maadhava munikara jaata||

jaya muni vaMdita jayavaMta nIne
daya maaDadire duhkha bayalaagalariye| |

praaNEsha viTTalana dhyaanadoLage
mana taaniruvaMdadi pONisu javadi||

Shree kRushNaarpaNamastu
shree guru madhwa IshaarpaNamastu| |

— above song is the Courtesy of Smt.Veena Bheemesh

A great shishya is found -Sri Narahari

Akshobhya Tirtharu was searching for a shishya who can take over the Madhwa Peeta.    Once he went to Pandarapura  and ask for a uttaradhikari.   One day in his dream, he asked Panduranga Vittala to show his uttaradhikari, there Panduranga showed him to ask  Srimadacharyaru.   Then he went to Srimadacharyaru, who advised him to sit for Japa near the river, one handsome horse rider will come and he will drink water in the river by sitting on the horse itself and that he will be his uttaradhikari.  It was in his dream.

Next day, he was sitting for Japa near the river, there he saw an young boy came alongwith his friends.  He was so thirsty that he entered the river riding on the horse itself, and bending drunk the water sitting on the horse like an animal.   Akshobhya Tirtharu on seeing him told “”किं पशु: पूर्वधे:”-   “Were you an animal in your previous birth”.    All of a sudden the horse rider turned and saw the yathigalu who was sitting near the river.   He remembered everything about his poorvashrama wherein he had listened to Srimadacharya’s paata pravachana when he was a bullock.   He went straight to Akshobhya Tirtharu and asked him to take him as a shishya.     He also realized that the yathigalu Sri Akshobhya Tirtharu was none other than his own uncle, who had assisted him in his initial paata, sandhyavandana.   Akshobhya Tirtharu was also happy that it was his own nephew (in his poorvashrama) and was happy and gave him ashrama.  Jayatirtharu went to write several teekaas for Srimadacharya’s work.

—In the service of Sri Hari Vayu Gurugalu,

Dhanyavadha,

Venkatesh Rajendra Rao.

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-May the great teacher,Sri VyasaTirtha,be our guide&protector,to grant all our desires.

|| Sri Krishnaarpanamasthu||

Venkatesh Rajendra Rao

2 thoughts on “Aradhana of Sri Sri Akshobhya Tirtha

  1. Once upon a time, say about a century back, katte family lived in ‘Doddbrahmanari beedi’ in shimoga old town, they were direct descendants of Sri Akshobhyateertharu, who first propogated Madhwa philosophy in Malnad and then spread it to deccan plains. I am proud descendant of this progeny. Most of the subsequent Yetigalu stayed at sangama of Tunga and Bhadra rivers, where even now we have large number of Brindavanas under Uttaradi Mutt Samsthana. Now Madhwas are distributed in Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Andhrapradesh, Maharashtra and elsewhere.

  2. Your work is great and very much appreciated. Let your divine works continue
    for ever. GOD and our SAINTS blessings will be always with you. Please also
    bring out the other Saints whose history is not known to us. Please let me know
    the reason for the ANGARA-Akshathe between Sri Raghavendra swamy Mutt
    and Uttharadhi mutt.

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