Sri Suyameendra Teertharu

Sloka : 
Sanskrit :
सुखतीर्थमताब्धींदुं सुधींद्र सुतसॆवकं ।
सुधापरिमळासक्तं सुयमींद्र गुरुं भजॆ ॥

Kannada :
ಸುಖತೀರ್ಥಮತಾಬ್ಧೀಂದುಂ ಸುಧೀಂದ್ರ ಸುತಸೇವಕಮ್ |
ಸುಧಾಪರಿಮಳಾಸಕ್ತಂ ಸುಯಮೀಂದ್ರ ಗುರುಂ ಭಜೇ ||

Telugu :
సుఖతీర్థమతాబ్ధీందుం సుధీంద్ర సుతసేవకమ్ |
సుధాపరిమళాసక్తం సుయమీంద్ర గురుం భజే ||

HISTORY

Sri Raghavendraswamy Mutt. Srinivasamurthyacharya was his poorvashrama name. He was born to Venugopalacharya (Sri Sukrutheendratheertha )and Gangabai in the sacred poorvashrama family of Sri Raghavendraswamiji. He had his initial education in Sahitya and Veda from his paternal uncle Krishnacharya (Sri Susheelendratheertha). Then he studied Nyayashastra and Vedanthashastra under his maternal uncle Huli Hanumanthacharya and Huli Krishnacharya (Sri Suvratheendratheertha) respectively. Srinivasamurthyacharya was the Dewan of the Mutt during the regime of Suvratheendratheertha. He was vested with the administration of the Mutt by Suvratheendratheertha who concentrated mainly on Japa, Tapa, pooja and teaching Shastras to students. Acharya demonstrated his genius in the administration of the Mutt. His role in the successful conduct of the most famous Vidwathsabha by Suvratheendratheertha at Kumbhakonam stands as a testimony to the administrative skills of Acharya.

When Suvratheendratheertha was camping at Manvi, Sri Gururaja  ordained him in his dream to immediately come over to Mantralaya. On going there, the swamiji fell ill after sometime and his health began to deteriorate day by day. The swamiji who realised that his end was not far off, had Srinivasamurthyacharya by his side and advised him to take over the responsibility of the peetha so that the daily pooja of Sri Moolarama could continue uninterrupted. Acharya was taken aback by swamiji’s advice as he could not digest the thought of separation from his beloved guru. He requested the swamiji not to pursue the proposition as he would like to continue to have his blessings for many more years. But the swamiji stood  firm by his decision which made Acharya give his consent reluctantly. The swamiji blessed Srinivasamurthyacharya with sanyasashrama after completing all rituals in order that he held the reins of the Mutt and named him ‘Suyameendratheertha’ (conqueror of Yama, the God of death) on the auspicious day of Vaishakha Shuddha Chathurthi in Srimukha Samvatsara (1933). Suvratheendratheertha attained the Lotus feet of Lord on Vaishakha Shuddha Ekadashi at Mantralaya.

 Suyameendratheertha who was in deep sorrow by the loss of his most beloved guru performed his Brindavana Prathisthapana and Mahasamaradhana. Suyameendratheertha was an embodiment of ‘Gurubhakthi’ (devotion towards guru) which was reflected in the dedication with which he served his guru during the last days of the latter. One could see tears welling his eyes at the mere mention of his guru’s name either by himself or by others. The zeal and pomp with which he celebrated the Mahasamaradhana of his guru evidenced the profundity of his gurubhakthi.  The devotion, involvement and concentration with which Suyameendratheertha worshipped Moolarama were to be seen tobe believed. The performance of pooja was an act of greatest joy for him. He used to feel loads of flowers brought for the purpose for pooja insufficient. One would have the feeling that the curvature in the idol of Moolarama must be because of the immensity of Bhakthi the swamiji lavished on the Lord while performing the pooja. He had his own style, purpose, concentration and devotion while  performing the pooja which could unhesitatingly be termed as unparalleled which goaded even an atheist into becoming a theist.Suyameendratheertha was known for his kindness. His heart  was as pure as milk. His concern for the difficulties and sufferings of others and the timely help he rendered made him kindness  personified. Many people who enjoyed his patronage still cherish his kindness.

When His Highness Sri Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar, the then Maharaja of Mysore visited Mantralaya for worship of Sri Gururaja in the past, the reception accorded by the swamiji to His Highness was very warm and greatly memorable. The advice then rendered by the swamiji to the Maharaja was invaluable. This enunciates the excellent relationship that existed between the spiritual heads and heads of states. What is very conspicuous in the sacred life of Sri Gururaja is his singular purpose of promoting the welfare of the universe. To steer this noble task to success  under his leadership, Suyameendratheertha who had profound devotion for Sri Gururaja and who was instrumental in overall development of Mantralaya saw to it that proper facilities were provided at Mantralaya to enableboth the ordinary and the spiritually enlightened to get the blessings of Sri Gururaja and attain fulfilment. Many welfare measures for the convenience of the devotees visiting Mantralaya such as construction of choultries, serving food to the children in the morning, regular supply of drinking water, providing medical facilities, etc were initiated by him on a war footing. He started the Brindavanam office with the purpose of revamping the administration of the Mutt.  He reconstituted the Samskritha Pathashala started by Sri Susheelendratheertha as ‘Sri Gurusarvabhouma Samskritha  Vidyapeetha’. Further, the swamiji made the festivities of Sri  Gururaja initiated by Susheelendratheertha go on, on an extensive scale with a new system of Saptharathrothsava during Aradhana, in vogue at Tirupathi. It was during his regime that Ramanatha Chettiyar, an ardent devotee of Sri Gururaja donated a silver chariot to the Mutt.

Apart from these, the swamiji installed Mrithika Brindavans of Sri Gururaja in the cities of Mysore, Bangalore and other places where Sri Gururaja has been fulfilling the wishes of his devotees through his divine powers and blessing them. Late Dr. Huli Vedavyasacharya and Late Raja S.Gururajacharya, the son-in-law and the son of Suyameendratheertha in his poorvashrama respectively established Sri Parimala Research and Publishing House to take up research and publication of rare ancient manuscripts depicting Dwaitha philosophy and started publication of ‘Parimala’, a cultural monthly magazine in Kannada for the benefit of common man on the advice of Suyameendra theertha. Realising the need for an authenticated book about the history of the Mutt, the swamiji instructed Late Dr. Huli Vedavyasacharya to undertake the work. Obeying the orders of the swamiji, Dr. Vedavyasacharya started the work in right earnest and finished it in record time. Late Dr. Acharya’s painstaking efforts resulted in the emergence of ‘GURUCHARITHE’, considered to be the most authoritative work about the history of the Mutt. Thus Suyameendratheertha did the noblest of acts in keeping with the glorious tradition of the Mutt in every respect. The period between 1933 and 1967 during which Suyameendra theertha was in the peetha was considered the golden era in the history of Sri Raghavendraswamy Mutt and the swamiji himself was known as the architect of Mantralaya. His attainment of Brindavana at Mantralaya in 1967 signalled an end to this golden era. 

 

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