Aradhana Day – Margashira Shuddha Dashami
Vrundavana – Tirunelveli
Period – 1435 – 1490
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अकेरलं तथा सेतुमागंगं चाहिमालयं ।
निराकृताद्वैतशैवं विबुदेंद्रगुरुं भजे ।
ವಿಬುದೇಂದ್ರಮುನೇರ್ವಂಶ: ಜಯತೀರ್ಥಾದಿರೇವ ಹಿ |
विबुदेंद्रमुनेर्वंश: जयतीर्थादिरेव हि ।
Ashrama Gurugalu – Sri Ramachandra Tirtharu
Ashrama Shishyaru – Sri Jitamitra Tirtharu
PARAMPARE GOES LIKE THIS :
Sri Vibudendra Tirtharu was the vidyagurugalu of Sri Sripadarajaru
Sri Raghunatha Tirtharu who gave the title of Sripadarajaru to Lakshminaraayana Muni was in the same period.
The Brindavana is located at the banks of river Tamraparni in Tirunelveli. It is said that Sri Vibhudendraru was an astounding scholar of Madhwa Shaastra. He went on digvijaya in North India also.
Dwaita Siddhanta faced a big challenge during the period of Sri Vibhudendraru. Advaitha parampare had a great following and Sri Vibhudendraru fought many such theological battle and established supremacy of Vishnu. The fact that how he was a great philosopher can be seen from the fact by seeing his shishya parampare which comprise of Jitamitra Tirtharu, Sripadarajaru, etc. Sripadarajaru in turn gave many stalwarts in Madhwa philosophy.
Sri Rayara Mutt is worshipping the Shodasha Bahu Narasimha Devaru. It is the svapna labda for Sri Vibudendra Tirtharu. Once he went to Ahobala worshipping Narasimha Devaru. There he had a dream wherein he saw Narasimha devaru with sixteen hands on the banks of the river. The same dream had come true for him the next day. The same vigraha is being worshipped at Rayara Mutt parampare even now. The Vijayanagar Kings hadf donated lands at various places to Sri Vibudendra Tirtharu.
Initially the mutt was called as Sri Vibudendra Tirtha Mutt, subsequently after the entry of Sri Raghavendra Swamigalu, it is called as Rayara Mutt. The Aradhana celebrations are done with grand preparations at Tirunelveli every year.
About the location of the brundavana :
The Moola brundavana of Sri Vibhudendra Theertharu is situated on a raised platform just in front of Sri Theerthakarai Srinivasa Perumal Temple – almost in the midst of the famous river Thamaraparani in Tirunelveli. A week before the aradhana, we were told that the raised platform was surrounded by the flood waters of the river. After reaching Tirunelveli railway station, one has to go to KURUKKUTHURAI – a distance of four kms. From there, the approach to the river is via C.N. Village agraharam. The distance from Tirunelveli Vannarapet bus stop is about 5 kms. Buses from Bangalore to Kanyakumari, Thiruvananthapuram pass thru Tirunelveli. The Tuticorin Express deviates at Kovilpatti. Get down at Kovilpatti and reach Tirunelveli by bus.
Buses from bangalore to kanyakumari, thiruvananthapuram pass thro Tirunelveli, besides direct buses to tirunelveli from b’lore. Tuticorin express deviates@ kovilpatti,Get down @kovilpatti and reach by bus. Thamraparni river bank -approach via C N GRAMAM,beyond kurukkuthurai.
Mrithika has been brought from Tirunelveli and is placed in a silver brindavan and worshipped @ the Thyagarayanagar Rayar mutt , Bangalore – Archak Sri Sudarshan Achar