Shri Vibudhendra Teertharu

Sri Akshobhya Teertharu

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Sanskrit :
आकॆरलं तथा सॆतुमागंगं चा हिमालयम् ।
निराकृताद्वैतशैवं विबुधॆंद्रगुरुं भजॆ ॥

Kannada :
ಆಕೇರಲಂ  ತಥಾ ಸೇತುಮಾಗಂಗಂ ಚಾ ಹಿಮಾಲಯಮ್ |
ನಿರಾಕೃತಾದ್ವೈತಶೈವಂ ವಿಬುಧೇಂದ್ರಗುರುಂ ಭಜೇ ||
Telugu :
ఆకేరలం తథా సేతుమాగంగం చా హిమాలయమ్ |
నిరాకృతాద్వైతశైవం విబుధేంద్ర గురుం భజే ||


Vibudhendratheertha who had been on his spree of successful debates at Kashi came to know of his guru’s departure from the world after sometime. He left the place with a heavy heart. In the meantime, one Vidyanidhi a sanyasi of Shiroor Mutt among the Mutts of Udupi came to Yaragola village on his tour. Having learnt that idols of MoolaSeethaRama belonging to Mahasamsthana were there and with a desire to worship them for sometime, he requested those prominent villagers through some people.

Ramachandratheertha who knew how, during the period of Vidyadhiraja, the breaking away of the Mutt led to some difference of opinion had determined against another split during his time. Moreover as he had natural affinity for the most scholarly disciple Vibudhendra, Ramachandratheertha before his demise had entrusted the Mahasamsthana to those prominent villagers of Yaragola to manage it till his disciple returned. There is absolutely no proof of a Tuluva sanyasi being his disciple at the time when Ramachandratheertha breathed his last. That is why Vidyanidhi  who came later on his tour, revealing his eagerness to some villagers got those prominent villagers persuaded with their help and took possession of the idols of MoolaSeethaRama under the pretext of worshipping them for sometime. Who would mind returning easily such priceless idols, the symbols of Mahasamsthana? Therefore, Vidyanidhi conspired with sixty three employees who were part of the entourage of Ramachandratheertha about the time of his demise.

He promised them that he would reward them with the entire earnings from his tour in return for their  ecuring him those idols for worship. Accordingly the agreement took place. Taking those idols with their help Vidyanidhi proceeded from Yaragola. The prominent villagers were scared to learn this. Unable to muster courage to oppose a sanyasi, they remained shrunk. After his departure from Yaragola, Vidyanidhi founded his own tradition. From then on in terms of the agreement which stipulated equal share for all the sixty three supporters from the earnings of the Mutt, all the successive pontiffs of the Mutt became the sixty fourth recipient. It is this group of sixty three which arrogated itself to the dignity of Shanubhogas and established its autonomy in the Mutt. Their malfeasance became rampant. The swamiji turned just a stooge in their hands. Gentle scholars visiting the Mutt to seek swamiji’s blessings found the atmosphere insecure. At last Satyhadhyana theertha, the famous pontiff of the Mutt in the recent days freed the Mutt from the clutches of barbaric hands of Shanubhogas and  established peace. As Vidyanidhi had established a separate Mutt  himself with the idols belonging to Mahasamsthana in his possession, in order to pay homage to his gurupeetha, conferred certain honours on Shirooru Mutt in addition to observing some rituals including the method of preparation of Mantrakshata quite in keeping with the tradition of that Mutt. On his arrival at Yaragola, Vibudhendratheertha learnt about all that had happened. Being the greatest soul, he could hardly entertain any contempt for Vidyanidhi. He rued his fate of not being fortunate to worship Moolarama. In spite of studying all the great books of Acharya through his rare blessings and being coronated in his Samsthana, he missed the fortune of worshipping those sacred idols again. He was worried that he would have to be born again for this fulfilment. Incidentally he had an omen that his successor’s successor would have those idols restored. "Well, it is Hari’s will, it is simply immutable with the only alternative submission". Thus consoling himself 1 he went to Ahobala where he stayed worshipping Lord Narasimha for long. In the course of his tour when he had camped on the banks of a river, he had a dream and came to the possession of an idol of Lord Narasimha with sixteen hands from the river. Even now it is being worshipped in the Mutt once in a year. From there he came to the village Mantralaya. As he had a dream that Prahladaraja had performed yagna in that village which was under the rule of Vijayanagar king, he got the village as gift.

Again touring places from Mantralaya, he came down to Mysore state where he got many estates gifted by its king. Setting out towards south, he came to Tirunelvelli a town situated on the banks of river Tamraparni. He attained eternal peace there on the day of Margashira Shuddha of Sadharana Samvatsara in A.D.1490.


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1. मध्वतंत्रम् प्रतिष्ठाय नाससंजातकॊतुकः ।
    विबुधेंद्रस्तुदाहर्तुम् नैच्छदर्चाम् परंगताम् ॥

2. श्रीमल्लक्ष्मीनृसिंहार्चाविबुधॆंद्रयतीष्टदा ।
    तस्यहष्व्याभुजामूर्तिः स्वप्राभिज्ञानपूर्वकम् ॥

3.लक्ष्मीनारायणमुनिर्व्यासदेशिकः ।
   यस्माच्छीपादराजाखयोहोध्यगीष्टाखिलागामान् ॥


*There are clear proofa that in the seminar of scholars held under the presidentship of Sri Vibhudhendra Teertha, Sri Laxminarayanayogi was conferred the title of "Sree Padaraja" as desired by all saints ans scholars.)
* The question whether the period of this inscription (A.D.1490) corresponds with that of Krishnadevaraya (A.D.1509 – 1530) may arise. It is possible that the seal might have been put on the inscription in Government’s account after invasion and capture of Udayagiri, where as it had been decided earlier to gift the village Chikkakulli to Vibudhendratheertha. As there is a reference of this in an inscription related to the gift made to Surendratheertha later, the gift made to Vibudhendratheertha must also be of Krishnadevaraya’s period. Such examples of giving predetermined gifts at a convenient future date are aplenty in inscriptions
                                                                       -Vidwan Sri R.S. Panchamukhi  


Source : Gurucharite


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