Guru Raghavendra is a great saint of Mantralayam, and though he had entered into the Divine Brindavana, before 350 years, but still he is showering his grace on his devotees, and relieves their sufferings and problems. The day which he attained Samadhi is celebrated as “ARADHANA FESTIVAL” grandly in Mantralayam, and also in various other Raghavendra Mutts.
During his life time and still now, he is performing many miracles in the lives of his devotees, he heals their diseases, and also shows them a proper path to peacefully travel in their life.
Our human life contains full of problems. Some may suffer from big, while some may suffer from small problems. Even if some people don’t have any problems in their life, then that itself would become a big problem for them. For living our life, peace of mind is very much necessary. Without a proper stability in our mind, we could not perform our day to day tasks in a proper manner, and finally our life would become a failure. Hence nowadays, worshipping the deities and the holy saints are very necessary. Hence by sincerely worshipping Guru Raghavendra, he would satisfy our reasonable needs, fulfills our wishes, and he would make us to prosper in our lives.
Though already his life history was wonderfully published by several publishing companies, and also it is available in the devotional websites, yet, being a devotee of Guru Raghavendra, I want to tell about his life history and the miracles performed by him in a simplified and in an easily understandable manner to the readers.
GURU RAGHAVENDRA STOTRA
Poojyaaya raghavendraya satya dharma vrathayacha
Bhajatam kalpavrukshaya namatham kaamadenave
Meaning for the above Stotra
I worship the holy saint Guru Raghavendra who is the original protector of Satya and Dharma. I salute the great Guru Raghavendra who is like the divine tree kalpavriksha. I bow to Sree Raghavendra who is like the Kamadhenu, the holy divine cow.
Kalpavriksha is a divine wish fulfilling tree, and Kamadhenu, is a wish fulfilling cow, which resides in the Swarga Loka.
Sree Raghavendra fulfills the desires of all the devotees who sincerely pray to him, irrespective of their caste, creed, community and religion. Those who recite the Sloka for several times a day would get good health, wealth, peace and prosperity in their life.
BIRTH AND CHILDHOOD
Guru Raghavendra was born in Bhuvanagiri due to the blessings of Lord Venkateswara of Tirumala. His parents were Thimmanna Bhatta and Gopikamba were very pious couple, and in course of time,they left Bhuvanagiri, and stayed in a separate home provided by Sri Surendra Teertha, of Kumbakonam Mutt, and both of them were given good respect by the Mutt authorities. After praying to Lord Venkateswara of Tirumala, by the pious couple, they were blessed with a boy and a girl, and their names are Gururaja and Venkamma. After the birth of their children, Thimmanna and Gopikamba were settled down in Kaveripatnam, which was ruled by a Tanjavur King.
After some years, they went to Tirupati and offered their whole heartedly prayers to Lord Venkateswara. As per the blessings of the Lord,during the year 1595, a son was born to the noble couple, and they named him as Venkatanatha.