Raghavendra Math (Mantralayam)

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Śrī Raghavendra Maṭh

Founder Sri Madhwacharya
Present head Sri Subudhendra Tirtha
Religion Hinduism
Philosophy Dvaita Vedanta
Area served Worldwide
Website https://www.srsmatha.org/
Sri Raghavendra Swamy Mutt, Mantralayam

Shri Raghavendra Math, better known as Rayara Math (popularly known as Shri Raghavendra Swamy Mutt, formerly known as Kumbakonam Math, Vibhudendra Math, Dakshinadi Mutt[1] or Vijayendra Math) is one of the three premier Dvaita Vedanta monasteries (matha) descended from Madhvacharya through Vibudhendra Tirtha (a disciple of Ramchandra Tirtha) and their disciples based in Mantralayam. Raghavendra Matha is located on the bank of Tungabhadra River in Mantralayam in Adoni taluk of Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh, India.[2][3]

Raghavendra Math, along with Uttaradi Math and Vyasaraja Math are considered to be the three premier apostolic institutions of Dvaita Vedanta and are jointly referred as Mathatraya .[4][5][6] It is the pontiffs and pandits of the Mathatraya that have been the principle architects of post-Madhva Dvaita Vedanta through the centuries.[7]

History

Raghavendra Math is descended from Jagadguru Shri Madhvacharya through Vibhudendra Tirtha.[8][9][10] Earlier the mutt was known as Kumbhakonam Matha. The name of this matha was also called Daksnadi Mutt and later the name became popular as Sri Vijayendra Mutt after Vijayendra Tirtha by Sudhindra Tirtha, a disciple and successor to the pontificate of Kumbakonam Matha after Vijayindra Tirtha. After Sudhindra Tirtha his disciple, the most venerated dvaita saint Raghavendra Tirtha continued in the pontifical lineage as the pontiff of the matha. The idol of the Moola Rama is worshipped in this Math. Its headquarters are now in Mantralayam, Andhra Pradesh. This mutt is also highly respected among Vaishnavas and all over the world and has a large following.

The matha was later named after Raghavendra Tirtha as Raghavendra Matha.

Guru Parampara

The Guru Parampara (Lineage of Saints) of Sri Raghavendra Swamy Mutt is given below.

  • Sri Hamsanamaka Paramatma
  • Sri Chaturmukha Brahma
  • Sri Sanaka Teertha
  • Sri Sanandana Teertha
  • Sri Sanatkumara Teertha
  • Sri Sanatana Teertha
  • Sri Doorvasa Teertha
  • Sri Jnananidhi Teertha
  • Sri Garuda vahana Teertha
  • Sri Kaivalya Teertha
  • Sri Jnanesha Teertha
  • Sri ParaTeertha
  • Sri Satyaprajna Teertha
  • Sri Prajna Teertha
  • Sri Achyutaprekshacharya
  1. Sri Madhvacharya
  2. Sri Padmanabha Tirtha
  3. Sri Narahari Tirtha
  4. Sri Madhava Tirtha
  5. Sri Akshobhya Tirtha
  6. Sri Jayatirtha
  7. Sri Vidyadhiraja Tirtha
  8. Sri Kavindra Thirtha
  9. Sri Vaageesha Thirtha
  10. Sri Ramachandra Tirtha
  11. Sri Vibudhendra Tirtha
  12. Sri Jitamitra Tirtha
  13. Sri Raghunandana Tirtha
  14. Sri Surendra Tirtha
  15. Sri Vijayeendra Tirtha
  16. Sri Sudhindra Tirtha
  17. Sri Raghavendra Tirtha
  18. Sri Yogeendra Tirtha
  19. Sri Sooreendra Tirtha
  20. Sri Sumateendra Tirtha
  21. Sri Upendra Tirtha
  22. Sri Vadeendra Tirtha
  23. Sri Vasudhendra Tirtha
  24. Sri Varadendra Tirtha
  25. Sri Dheerendra Tirtha
  26. Sri Bhuvanendra Tirtha
  27. Sri Subodhendra Tirtha
  28. Sri Sujanendra Tirtha
  29. Sri Sujnanendra Tirtha
  30. Sri Sudharmendra Tirtha
  31. Sri Sugunendra Tirtha
  32. Sri Suprajnendra Tirtha
  33. Sri Sukrutheendra Tirtha
  34. Sri Susheelendra Tirtha
  35. Sri Suvrateendra Tirtha
  36. Sri Suyameendra Tirtha
  37. Sri Sujayeendra Tirtha
  38. Sri Sushameendra Tirtha
  39. Sri Suyateendra Tirtha
  40. Sri Subudhendra Tirtha – Present Pontiff[11]

References

  1. Census of India, 1961, Volume 2, Issue 6, Part 32. Office of the Registrar General Manager of Publications. 1962. p. 86. Sri Raghavendraswamy Mutt at Mantralaya is also known as Kumbhakonam Mutt and Dakshinadi Mutt i.e., belonging to South.
  2. Venkataraya Narayan Kudva (1972). History of the Dakshinatya Saraswats. Samyukta Gowda Saraswata Sabha. p. 196.
  3. Purabhilekh-puratatva: Journal of the Directorate of Archives, Archaeology and Museum, Panaji-Goa, Volume 2. The Directorate. 2001. p. 90. This matha was established by one Vibhdeendra Teertha in the middle of the 15th century. He was the spiritual progenitor of Sri Ramachandra Teertha of the Uttaradi matha. Both belong to Dvaita philosophy.
  4. Sharma 2000, p. 199.
  5. Steven Rosen (30 November 1994). Vaisnavism. Motilal Banarsidass Publishers. p. 132. ISBN 9788120812352.
  6. Sharma 2000, p. 193.
  7. B. N. Hebbar (2004). Viśiṣṭādvaita and Dvaita: A Systematic and Comparative Study of the Two Schools of Vedānta with Special Reference to Some Doctrinal Controversies. Bharatiya Granth Niketan. p. 29. ISBN 9788189211011.
  8. Siba Pada Sen (1980). Sources of the History of India, Volume 3. Institute of Historical Studies. p. 390. Sri Vibudendra-Tirtha founded the Kumbhakona Matha. This Matha came into existence in the fifteenth century.
  9. Purabhilekh-puratatva: Journal of the Directorate of Archives, Archaeology and Museum, Panaji-Goa, Volume 2. The Directorate. 2001. p. 90. This matha was established by one Vibhudeendra Teertha in the middle of the 15th century. He was the spiritual progenitor of Sri Ramachandra Teertha of the Uttaradi matha. Both belong to Dvaita philosophy.
  10. The Quarterly Journal of the Mythic Society (Bangalore)., Volume 83. Mythic Society. 1992. p. 133. During the 15th century Ramachandra Teertha had initiated two sanyasis and of the two Vibhudendra Teertha founded a new Matha in the far South at Kumbhakonam.
  11. "Subudhendra Tirtha takes charge of Mantralayam math". The Hindu. Retrieved 12 March 2014.

Bibliography

  • Sharma, B. N. Krishnamurti (2000). A History of the Dvaita School of Vedānta and Its Literature, Vol 1. 3rd Edition. Motilal Banarsidass (2008 Reprint). ISBN 978-8120815759.

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