Sri Vibudendra Tirtharu

Aradhana Day – Margashira Shuddha Dashami

Vrundavana – Tirunelveli

Period – 1435 – 1490

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अकेरलं तथा सेतुमागंगं चाहिमालयं ।
निराकृताद्वैतशैवं विबुदेंद्रगुरुं भजे ।

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लक्श्मीनारायणमुनेव्व्यासतीर्थाययॊगिने ।
विबुदेंद्रमुनेर्वंश: जयतीर्थादिरेव हि ।

Ashrama Gurugalu – Sri Ramachandra Tirtharu

Ashrama Shishyaru – Sri Jitamitra Tirtharu

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.

Sri Ramachandra Tirtharu gave ashrama to two shishyas – one Sri Vibudendra Tirtharu, who went on to head one parampare and now it is famous as Rayara Mutt and Sri Vidyanidhi Tirtharu, who went on to head another parampare, which is now famous as Uttaradimutt. This enabled the Madhwa philosophy with more branches and shishyas to flourish throughout the country

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.

Parampare of Vibudendra Tirtharu can be studied as follows : –

Sri Hamsanamaka Paramathma | Sri Chaturmukha Brahmadevaru | Sri Sanaka Tirtharu|  Sri Sanandana Tirtharu|  Sri Sanatkumara Tirtharu | Sri Sanatana Tirtharu | Sri Doorvasa Tirtharu |Sri Jnaananidhi Tirtharu |Sri Garuda Vahana  Tirtharu | Sri Kaivalya Tirtharu | Sri Jnaanesha Tirtharu | Sri Para Tirtharu | Sri Satyaprajna Tirtharu | Sri Prajna Tirtharu | Sri Achyutha Preksha Tirtharu |

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(Rayara Mutt)
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.

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.

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Mrithika has been brought from Tirunelveli and is placed in a silver brindavan and worshipped @ the Thyagarayanagar Rayar mutt , Bangalore – Archak Sri Sudarshan Achar

About the location of the brundavana :

The Moola brundvana 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.

Updated: December 3, 2011 — 9:49 pm

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