(Devotion and Mantra Siddhi of Sri SujnanedraTeertharu - 1)

Date : June 15, 2023


Dear Devotees : Namaskara.

| Sri MannMoolaRamastu Mannmathe Moolamahasamsthhaana Mantralaya Sri Rayaramathe||

Devotion and Mantra Siddhi of Sri SujnanedraTeertharu and devotional ecstasy behind Nanjana Gudu Raghavendra Swamy temple are described in Mantralaya(1041).


Sri Vadeendrateertharu son was Sri DherendraTeertharu. Sri DherendraTeertharu’s Purvasharama great grandson was Sri RaghavendraAcharayaru, who took the great place of Mantralaya Mutta Swamiji and became Sri SujnanedraTeertharu.Sri SujnanedraTeertharu was an expert in four Shastras. Swamiji holds the divine record of completing workshops on  MadhwaCharyaru’s works, Parimala, Sri Nayasudha and Chandrika Prakash for 19 times. We are highly amazed to see how Swamiji had conducted these complex workshops for 19 times. Swamiji trained many thousands of students to be experts of Vedic and Madhwa Philosophy.

One of the Pandit wrote against Chandrika and was spreading bad Dharama. Swamiji wrote a counter book on this called as Chandrika Bhushana and stopped spreading the confusion around Madhwa philosophy

Sri SujnanedraTeertharu always remembered Rayaru in every breath that he took. Over the period Swamiji obtained the Mantra Siddhi of Sri Raghavendra Ashatakshar Mantra. One day Swamiji after completing his Sri Raghavendra Ashatakshari and Japa opened his eyes, Swamiji's vision fell on a sparrow and the sparrow got burnt at the spot. Everyone who saw it realized the power of Sri SujnanedraTeertharu. But Swamiji was sad why this happened ? and he became responsible for the death of the innocent sparrow.Sri SujnanedraTeertharu didn’t eat on that day. At night Sri RaghavendraTeertharu came in the dream of Sri SujnanedraTeertharu and consoled Sawmiji  “My son, you are not responsible for this. This sparrow was a good soul, due to its bad karma became Serpent and now sparrow. This soul prayed to me for utopia after life. This is the reason why I gave the Mantra Siddhi power to you. With that power I made you release this soul to good Loka. Nothing to worry about. Since now you have Mantra Siddhi , I want you to perform the Japa in a closed place where no one can see you”. We can see the kindness of our Sri RaghavendraTeertharu. Rayaru will take care of those who pray, surrender and believe in Rayaru wholeheartedly without any doubts. 

Sri Guru Jaganatha Dasru has clearly mentioned that we should trust Rayaru, he will take care of everything.

ನಂಬಿ ಕೆಟ್ಟವರಿಲ್ಲವೊ ರಾಯರ , ನಂಬಿ ಕೆಟ್ಟವರಿಲ್ಲವೊ
ನಂಬಿದ ಜನರಿಗೆ ಬೆಂಬಲ ತಾನಾಗಿ
ಹಂಬಲಿಸಿದ ಫಲ ತುಂಬಿ ಕೊಡುವರ ||

A good soul who prayed to Rayaru to bestow good Loka came true after being Serpent and sparrow. Rayaru never forgets no matter how many births one takes, he will bestow what we have asked when the time is appropriate. For this to happen, Rayaru gave Sri SujnanedraTeertharu Mantra Siddhi and gave credit to him

Purvashrama son of Sri SujnanedraTeertharu was Raja Gopalacharyaru , a vedic scholar and an expert in Madhwa Shastra. King of Mysore, Mummadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar was a cultured king who nourished and encouraged dance, painting, arts and vedic scholars. Wodeyar was close to Raja Gopalacharyaru. Due to the association of Raja Gopalacharyaru, Wodeyar became a strong devotee of Sri RaghavendraTeertharu. Vodeyar gained the knowledge in Madhwa Shastra and composed Sanskrit Mantra on Sri RaghavendraTeertharu.Mummadi Krishnaraja Wodeyaru had great faith and respect for Sri SujnanedraTeertharu.

Once Wodeyar sent a British Officer to Swamiji through Raj Gopalacharyaru to Nanjana Gudu saying to get the official document process done for Mutt, if any.  Raj Gopalacharyaru requested Sri SujnanedraTeertharu to meet the officer. Swamiji didn’t want to meet the official but said yes. Next day Swamiji was sitting praying to Sri Rayaru. The British Officer along with his friends and family came to Mutt. Raj Gopalacharyaru received them and brought them near Swamiji. Officer asked where is your Swamiji ? Raj Gopalacharyaru replied Swamiji is sitting right here. Officer was unable to see Swamiji, he said I am not seeing. Officer family members responded saying Swamiji is sitting right here, why are you not seeing, he is blessing us with a smiling face. Officer was shocked to experience this and he told Raj Gopalacharyaru that “your Swamiji doesn’t want to show his face to me, it is my bad luck but I am amazed with the divine power of Swamiji. I recall that Sri Raghavendra Swami did a miracle to our official Sir Thomas by coming out of Brindavana and talking. Here Swamiji did a miracle by not being visible to me but to be visible to rest all. Your Swamiji is great, looks like you folks have forced him to see me. I will approve all the documents, happily”. Raj Gopalacharyaru  took the Mantrakshate, fruits and shawl from Swamiji and gave it to the officer. Officer was happy to receive them.

Everyone in Nanjana Gudu started to talk about the miracle power of Sri SujnanedraTeertharu. Sri SujnanedraTeertharu didn’t like people praising him as Swamiji believed that all this power, miracle and greatness is because of the blessing of Sri Rayaru. People should not praise me. Swamiji decided to go to Mantralaya. Swamiji was very happy to be in Mantralaya. Every day Swamiji took bath in Tungabhadra. The flow Tungabhadra created the divine sound of “Om Sri Raghavendraya Namaha”. Swamiji performed daily Moola Rama Devara pooja, Sri Manchalema pooja, Pranadevaru pooja and Hastodaka to Sri Rayaru with great devotion. Sri SujnanedraTeertharu prayed to Rayaru expressing his wish to stay in Mantralaya and attain the Brindavana near his Gurus. That night Rayaru appeared in the dream of Sri SujnanedraTeertharu told “I am pleased with your Seva. Go to  Nanjana Gudu, wait for my signal and I will come to holy place of Sri Khanteshwara, then you can attain Brindavana near by me.” When we hear all these incidents our devotion and belief towards Sri Rayaru increases and tears will roll with devotion regarding the kindness of our Guru Rajaru.  As Sri Appanachararu states in Sri Guru Stotra

|| Shri raaghavendraha sakalapradaataa svapaadakanjadvayabhakti madbhyaha 
aghaadrisambhedanadrishtivajraha kshamaasurendro.avatu mam sadaayam ||

Here is the translation of the above shloka by my father Sri Raghavendra Patwari who used to chant Guru Stotra continuously throughout the day.

Rayaru bestows everything in life. Those who surrender with devotion to the lotus feet of Rayaru , they will get all the Chaturvidha Purushaartha. By the Darshana of Rayaru all our effects of bad deeds Paapas will be vanished by the Divya Drushti of Rayaru. Rayara Divya Drushti is Vajraayudha. Our accumulated Paapas are the mountains. By the Darshana of Rayaru we will become pure and sacred.At the sametime Rayaru is too magnanimous to excuse us, forgive us.   Our Kshamasheela Sri Raghavendraru is equal to Devendra, So we pray to Rayaru to Protect us always.

In the next series we will look at how Sri Rayaru came to Nanjana Gudu.

The devotion towards Sri Raghavendrateertharu is the ultimate truth and is the most simple and effective way to reach to Sri Hari  - "NAMBI KETTAVARILLAVO EE GURUGALA"!