Important Aradhanas in Phalguna Masa (16th Feb to 17th March 2018) in Uttaradhi Math traidtion.
21 February 2018 – Shri Shri 1008 Shri Satyavrata Theertharu
2 March 2018 – Shri Shri 1008 Shri Satyabodha Theertharu
4 March 2018 – Shri Shri 1008 Shri Vadiraja Theertharu
5 March 2018 – Shri Shri 1008 Shri Vyasaraja Theertharu
17 March 2018 – Shri Shri 1008 Shri Satyasantushta Theertharu
Shri Shri 1008 Shri Satyavrata Theertharu Aradhana is on 21st Feb, Wednesday (Phalguna masa, Shuddha Shashti).
His brindavana is in Sangli, Maharashtra. Nearest railway station is Miraj. Actually Miraj and Sangli are like twin cities. Sangli is at about 30 minutes from Kolhapur where one can have darshan of Kolhapur Mahalakshmi also. If you travel east from Sangli for about 4 hours or so, you can visit Phandharpur also where Panduranga vittala temple is located. Solapur station is at about an hour from Phandharpur. Sangli is a very strategic location for Madhwa devotees enabling darshan of Kolhapur Mahalakshmi on one side and Panduranga Vittala on the other side.
Starting from Satyavrata Theertharu only, the prefix ‘Satya’ is kept for all swamijis of Uttaradi Math. He is one of the few swamijis who entered the brindavana live. Uttaradi Math website www.uttaradimath.org has a short write up about Shri Satyavrata Theertharu.
Shri Shri 1008 Shri Satyabodha Theertharu Aradhana is on 2nd March, Friday (Phalguna Bahula Pratipat)
His brindavana is in Savanur, Karnataka. Savanur is well connected by train and bus with other parts of Karnataka. On the Bangalore-Hubli route one can get down at Haveri and take a bus to go to Savanur. Alternately one can go from Hubli also, which will take 90 to 120 minutes by bus. There is also a train station called Savanur Road to which a few trains go, but are less frequent.
Satyabodha Theertharu is very famous in and around Hubli. He is known as Nija Kamadhenu and is supposed to shower his devotees with their heart’s desires. He was very famous for some of the miracles he performed during his life time also. Once he is said to have shown ‘Sun’ in the night. He has also written many works and was known for his scholarship. Once while doing naivedhya to Sri Moola Rama devaru he saw the idol changing to blue colour indicating that the naivedya item was poisoned. Knowingly he ate the navideya item with the faith that what is offered to God is equivalent to amruta. Also during another time Ganga river came to Savanur at his request.
The descendants of Shri Satyabodha Theertharu take turns in what is called Paryaya and carry out Savanur Math activities for a duration of one year each.
Shri Shri 1008 Shri Vadiraja Theertharu Aradhana is on 4th March, Sunday (Phalguna Bahula Truthiya)
His Brindavana is in Sodhe, Karnataka. Nearest major town is Sirsi. Shri Vadirajaru does not need any introduction. Think of Hayagriva devaru, we normally think of Vadirajaru. It is said that during pooja time, Hayagriva devaru will come in the form a horse and eat from a vessel he would carry atop his head.
Vadirajaru was a great scholar and has written many works. Some of his main works are:
. Yukthi Malika
. Mahabharata Prasthana
. Rukminisha Vijaya
. Sruti Tatva Prakashika
and so on.
He has written a large number of small stotras which are used by many even today. Some of them are:
. Ramesha Stuthi
. Dasavathara Stuthi
. Dasavathara Stotra
. Hayavadana Ashtaka
. Narahari Ashtaka
. Avatara Traya Stotra and many many more
His work ‘Lakshmi Shobane’ parayana is done by ladies and is very popular.
One more work of his is Thirtha Prabhanda describing many holy places and their importance.
Shri Vadirajaru has written many songs in Kannada also. Some of the stotras of Shri Vadi Rajaru are available on the App ‘UM Stotra’ also.
At Sonda the devotees worship Bhootha Rajaru also. There is a pooja called Bhootha bali that is done every evening in the math. In many houses in Karnataka the photo of Bhootha Rajaru is kept facing the main door and he is supposed to protect devotees from evils.
Shri Vadi Rajaru also changed the Udupi paryaya system where each paryayastharu does pooja for 2 full years as opposed to two months which was the earlier practice. This helped a lot in the development of the Udupi kshetra itself. Shri Vadirajaru also installed the statue of Shri Madhwacharya in Pajaka kshetra. Shri Vadhiraja Theertharu is a shining star in the galaxy of Madhwa saints.
If we take a look at the list of works Shri Vadirajaru has written, it will be amazing and we will wonder how one person can write so much within one life time. Such is the greatness of Shri Vadiraja Theertharu. The Vadiraja math in Sonda (Sodhe) is maintained very well. There are daily buses to Sodhe from key cities like Bangalore. For all Madhwas, Sonda is a ‘must visit’ kshetra atleast once in this life.
Shri Shri 1008 Vyasaraja Theertharu Aradhana is on 5th March, Monday (Phalguna Bahula Chaturthi)
Brindavana is in Nava Brindavana. Best route is to go to Hospet by train or bus and then take a bus to Anegondi or Venkatapura from where one can take a boat to Nava Brindavana.
Vyasaraja Theertharu does not need any introduction, we are sure. He was one of the greatest in the lineage of Sri Madhwacharya. He was an avatara of Shanku Karna who was born as Prahlada Raya and later as Shri Raghavendra Swamy.
He was known for many things. He has written many works to establish Tatvavada also known as Dwaita philosophy. He was the guru of as many as 3 kings during the Vijayanagara samrajya including Krishna Deva Raya. At one time when there was a bad time called Kuha Yoga that happened which was supposed to affect the king (Krishna Deva Raya). Shri Vyasarajaru occupied the throne for that short period thus ensuring the king was not affected. To remember this even today in Vyasaraja Math, an evening darbar is held.
Shri Vyasaraja Theertharu also worshipped at Tirupathi for 12 full years when he did daily pooja to Venkataramana Swamy. He also installed as many as 732 Anjaneya statues across the length and breadth of India (a large number of them in South India). Of these 365 are in a place called Penagonda in Andhra Pradesh. The rest are spread across many places in Karnataka, Andhra and Tamil Nadu with a few in Kerala also. He also gave diksha to Purandara Dasaru and was instrumental in getting so many devara namas to be written by Purandara Dasaru.
His ashrama gurugalu is Brahmanya Theertharu (Abbur). Shri Vyasarajaru also opened a pooja box which was not opened for many years from which a Krishna idol came out and started dancing. On being seen by others, the Krishna idol froze as it was. That idol is the main samsthana prathima of Abbur Math also known as Kundapur Vyasaraja Math. The glories of Vyasaraja Theertharu is an end less list.
Shri Shri 1008 Shri Satyasantushta Theertharu Aradhana is on 17thMarch, Saturday (Phalguna Bahula Amavasya)
Brindavana is in Mysore next to the brindavan of his Guru Shri Satyasankalpa Theertharu. He was heading Uttaradi Math for a very short time viz., 8 months. But within 8 months he helped turn around the financial crisis that the Math was facing. He also conducted a vidwat sabha with the support of the then Mysore maharaja. He gave ashrama to Shri Satyaparayana Theertharu.
13th and 14th March 2018 – two days Upavasa
13th is Phalguna Bahula Ekadashi and hence upavasa day. On 14th Shravana nakshatra is there, thithi being Dwadashi. Due to that, we are to fast on 14th March also. It is called Shravana Upavasa. Basically on Dwadashi thithi if there is Shravana nakshatra, we are to fast as ordainted by Sriman Madhwacharya in Sarvamoola Grantha. Colloquially people say, ‘double Ekadashi’ ‘additional Ekadahi’ etc, but it is actually Ekadashi upavasa followed by Shravana Upavasa. So, it is two days continuous upavasa this time, that is on 13th and 14th March. Parane is on 15th March.
Yugadi is on 18th March. UM Panchanga data will get refreshed by midnight of 17th March to enable a smooth journey from 18th March. Advance Yugadi wishes to all of you and wish you a happy and soul filling year ahead.
Hariya Sevayalli Niranthara,
(Bangalore) Chaturmasya Seva Samithi