Shri Akshobhya Tirthara Punyadina (Shri Akshobhya Tirtha Punyatithi) is observed in Margashirsha Masam of Kannada calendar. In 2021, Akshobhya Tirthara Punyadina date is January 3. Sri Akshobhya Teertha Moola Vrindavana is at Malkhed in Gulbarga district of Karnataka.
About Shri Akshobhya Tirtha
Sri Akshobhya Tirtha was born in 1159 Sakabja Era (1238 AD) and was the last of Madhva’s direct disciples to sit on the Vedanta Pitha (from 1350 AD -1365 AD). Previously his name was Govinda Shastri, a former follower of a non-Vaishnava or advaita line before surrendering to Madhvacharya, and who also came from Uttara-Karnataka.
It is said that Akshobhya Tirtha was in himself not a distinguished or prolific writer, yet he stands out as an important personage in the history of the Madhva line (BNK Sharma. 1961. History of the Dvaita School of Vedanta. page 229.) It is said by some that he wrote a book called Madhva-tattva-saarasamgraha of which nothing is known, yet the name suggests it was a manual of the Dvaita doctrine.
Akshobhya Tirtha was a contemporary of the great Vidyaranya (‘advaita’) and of a celebrated scholar Vedanta Deshika (Visistha-advaita). In the year 1336 AD., Akshobhya Tirtha had a scholarly disputation with Vidyaranya on the interpretation of the “Tatvamasi” (“You are the same as” or “I am that”) ‘Shruthi’ text. The epigraphic evidence of this historic victory can be seen on a hill near Mulubagal even today. This was his main claim to fame.
Believed to be a Rudra-amshi (a partial incarnation of Shiva), he has his samadhi on the banks of river Kagini in Malkeda, Karnataka. In Pandharapur, he met his future disciple Jaya Tirtha. Akshobhya Tirtha dedicated his time training Jaya Tirtha in ‘Dwaita’ philosophy, where He made Jaya Tirtha the most proficient and dynamic preacher since Madhva.