द्युमण्यभिजनाब्धींदू रामव्यासपदार्चकः ।
ದ್ಯುಮಣ್ಯಭಿಜನಾಬ್ಧೀಂದೂ ರಾಮವ್ಯಾಸಪದಾರ್ಚಕಃ |
ద్యుమణ్యభిజనాబ్ధీందూ రామవ్యాసపదార్చకః |
He was known as Madhavashastry prior to his sanyasa. Impressed by the teachings of Dwaitha philosophy, he became Vageeshatheertha’s disciple. As Shastry was very noble and a good ascetic, Vageeshatheertha granted him sanyasa and chose him to be his successor. He was worshipping MoolaRaghupathi Vedavyasa. Once when he came to Srirangapatna on his tour, he emerged victorious in his debate with Kashinatha, an Adwaitha scholar.
The latter presented to him a letter conceding his defeat. Meanwhile Ramachandratheertha met Raghunatha Bhatta, an accomplished scholar.* Raghunatha Bhatta’s scholarship was par excellence. He was known for his invincibility in debates. It was Ramachandratheertha’s longing to earn the reputation as " शिष्यदिच्छेत् पराजयम् " | by grooming such a disciple. It was for this, that he disclosed his avidity to Raghunatha Bhatta. The greatest scholar and renunciation personified as he was, Raghunatha Bhatta thought it as a great opportunity for fulfilment. Looking upon this as a blessing from Lord Ramachandra, and overwhelmed by happiness, he readily consented to sanyasa. He was renamed ‘Vibudhendratheertha’ after formal bestowal of sanyasashrama. This name became meaningful. Though Digvijayarama inherited from Acharya had been the main idol of the Mutt, as the idols of MoolaSeethaRama which Naraharitheertha brought from the treasury of Gajapathi of Kalinga state were very ancient, worshipped by Chathurmukha Brahma, those which had passed all the four yugas, they became the presiding deities of Mahasamsthana, its symbol.
After being bestowed ashrama, Vibudhendratheertha himself was performing Mahasamsthana pooja. His guru Ramachandratheertha after his convalescence giving the idol of Digvijayarama instructed Vibudhendratheertha to triumph over the opponents in debates touring all over the country. Obeying his guru’s instructions, Vibudhendra went on an extensive tour. Jayadhwajatheertha, the disciple of Rajendratheertha had already propagated Dwaithism and spread the influence of Acharya’s philosophy all over Bengal in north India. Vibudhendra also touring all over there, defeating the advocates of rival philosophy, established his philosophy there.
He bagged a landmark victory at Kashi.1 Not a day passed without his victory in debate. Everywhere he was invincible in debates. At this time, Ramachandratheertha touring Karnataka came to the village Yaragola near Malakheda. It was his last days. Inviting prominent villagers, he placed the idols and other valuables of the Mutt in their custody and instructed them to hand over them when his disciple Vibudhendratheertha came there.2 He left this mundane world on the sixth day of Vaishaka Shuddha in Nala Samvatsara. His Brindavan is at Yaragola.
1. अथ काशीम् प्रविष्टस्य विबुधेंद्रस्य धीमतः ।
जल्पःप्रवर्थतानल्पो बहुज्ञॆर्वादिभिशिचरं ॥
2. This is narrated as follows in Gurukathakalpatharu written by adisciple of Uttaradi Mutt.\
ततस्तु रामचंद्रख्यतीर्था साम्रज्यमागतम् ।
कूत्वामुदाददुः श्रीमाद्विबुधेद्रेभ्य एव च ॥२३॥
निर्याणसमये प्राप्ते रामचंद्र मुनीश्वराः ।
यरागोलमुपागत्य त्त्रस्थानिदमब्रुवन् ॥२९॥
भो धर्मिणिमुखः सर्वो श्रूयतामस्मदाशयः ।
विबुधेंद्रअमहांतोsस्मन्मठे मुख्याभिमानिनः ॥३०॥
कुलकणर्युपनामेत स्मार्तधर्मण्णमंदिरे ।
निक्षीप्य देवमंजूषाम् निधायिपस्करानपि ॥३२॥
Source : Gurucharite