Aradhanae celebration of Sri Sri Sudeendra Theertharu today

| Hari Sarvothama Vayu Jivothama |
| Sri Vijayendra Sri Sudeendra Sri Raghavendra Theertha Gurubyo Namaha |

Sri Sudeendra Tirtha-Gurugalu of Mantralaya Mahaprabhu Sri Raghavendra Swamin


Namasthe Sri Harih Vayu Gurugalu bhakthas,
Today(2-3-2010) is the aradhanae of one of the greatest Saints “Sri Sri Sudeendra Theertharu”, who showed the bright Sun(our Mantralaya mahaprabhu) to the world. Hereby, I would like to narrate the beauty of such a great saint from the words of Sri Sri Vadeendra Theertharu(in Gurugunastavana) . My sincere thanks to my Guru Dr.Basker for his translation.

Gurugunastavana:
vyaadutavadya hrudtaamitha kruthi rachanacharu chaaturya hrushyat
karnatakshonipaala pratipadarachita aneka ratnabhishekaha |
patrisharooda lakshmipathi padanalinodh agrolamba leelo
vikhyatah srisudheendra vratipatiratulam bhadram unnidhrayen naha || 9
Meaning:Sri Sudheendra Teertharu who is the personification of fame and story and also has the blessed capacity of being the another of blemishless and wonderful granthas like “sahityasamrajya” and the like had been honoured by the king (many kings) of Karnataka by the performance of Ratnabhisheka (showering of priceless gems) not once but in several occasions. The hallowed saint is compared to a bee that hovers around the feet of “Patrisharooda” (the Lord and his Consort on top of Garuda). Sri Vadeendra prays that such a holy saint may be kind enough to bless us with all auspicious merits.

Vishesha Artha:
The saint was well versed in the shaddarshana (Sankhya, Yoga, Nyaya, Vaiseshika, Purvamimaamsaa and Uttaramimaamsa) and hence called as Shaddarshanacharya. Since he was the recipient of various gifts and titles from a plethora of kings he was also addressed as Rajamanya. The poet says that His Holiness had composed Sahitya Samrajya and other works. Some of them are Sadyulesi Ratnavali (on Tarka tandava of Vyasaraja Teertha), Sutra Pradipa (on mimamsa). 2 books on Alankara (Alankara manjari and Nikhasa) and a nataka called Subadra parinaya and Dayalu Shatakam (a stotra). The saint had also written a lucid commentary on the Bhagavata Purana (2nd and 11th skanda). The Gwalior Maharaja, Raghunatha Bhoopala Nayaka of Tanjavur and the Vijayanagara Samrat has accepted His Holiness as their Rajaguru. and the former had conffered the title “Digvijaya Simhasanaadeeswara”.

Apart from writing many works His Holiness used to do elaborate puja to the holy dieties and idols of the matha and the Visraha used for His upasana (Garuda vahana Paramaathma) can still be seen adorning the residue of idols of Rayara matha. Last but not the very least His Holiness cannot be afforded to be forgotten because he was the most fortunate and blessed saint to have ordained Mantralaya Mahaprabhu Gurusarvabhouma Sri Raghavendra Teertha into sainthood and gave the whole world the Kaliyuga Kalpataru.

Sri Sudeendra Theertharu conferred the title “Parimalacharya” to Mantralaya Mahaprabhu:
dhirasriraghavendra tvadatularasanarang anrtyatsvayambhu –
yosa-dhammillabhara slathakusumatati stvagdirah sangiramah |
yabhih sammisritabhirnirav adhivasudha visruta sasudha pi
ksonigirvanagamyam parimalamatulam sampratam samprapede || 19
Meaning:Sri Rayaru is also hailed as Parimalacharya as His holiness had written a work on the famous Sri Man Nyaaya Sudhaa of Sri Teeka krit padaru. It is believed that in His poorvashrama Venkatanatha used to sit in the late hours writing this memorable work and once Sri Suddendra Teertaru himself saw the young boy lying down after writing for that day and His Holiness was much impressed and conferred the title of Parimalacharya’ on him since it gave an exotic fragrance to the intellect.

Sri Vadindraru here in all poetical excellence compares the tongue of Sri Rayaru as a stage and Sri Saraswati devi joyfully dances on it and the flowers strewn on it from here are the words by which this fragrant work has been done.  Is it not natural that it should be hailed as Sri Sudhaa Parimala.

Charama sloka:
kusAgramatayE bhAnu dyutayE vAdibhItayE |
ArAdhita srIpatayE sudhIndrayatayE namah ||

Let Sri Sudeendra theerthara antharkatha Sri Vijayendra Theerthara antharkatha Sri Mukyaprana antharkatha Sri Lakshmi Narasima bless all!!
Dhanyavadha,
Venkatesh Rajendran.
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