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12th January 2015 (Pushya Krishna Sapthami) was the Madhyaradhana of the great ascetic/Administrator/Ruler of Orissa (then called Kalinga) – Sri Narahari Tirtha.

 

Due to the narrow considerations of both Madhva community and the rest of the society, his historical records are simply ignored, even when they have been brought out into the limelight several decades earlier, by such well known personalities as Sri C M Padmanabhacharya, Dr. B.N.K Sharma etc.

 

The present day scholars keep on repeating fancy stories secure in their ignorance and closed minds. I had compiled à study entirely based on published data from Karnataka and Orissan sources, as well as what could be secured by Internet. I am summing up essential points from this study, as I feel that the adherents to religious dogmatic beliefs and Matha politics are being extremely unfair to one of the greatest Madhvas of all time, with an allround personality and achievements which have been rivaled only by the great Sri Vyasaraja.

 

The Shasanas in Sri Kurmam and Simhachalam temples are well known and their contents fully clarified and determined. The Shasanas can be subdivided into the following types:

 

In the 3 Part series (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) on Vadirajapuram, I have presented the epigraphical evidences from Vijayanagara period. In the 4 stone inscriptions belonging to the reigns of Achyutadevaraya, Sadashivaraya and Venkatapathy Raya have clearly called the present day Tiruchanoor (Alimelu Mangapuram) as “Vadirajapuram.”

The 4th inscription presented in Part 3 belongs to one Venkatapathy Raya but at the time of writing that article, I could not get the printed version of the inscription. I could only get an online text file from Archive.org which is not legible to read the full inscription.

 

In Part 2 (Tiruchanoor as Vadirajapuram – Part 2) of this series I have tried to present an analysis of Sri Vadiraja’s visit to Penugonda, the capital of Venkatapathy Raya and the probable period of Sri V’s title conferment.

In the same part, the undiminished influence of Sri V. on the successive emperors of Krishnadevaraya has also been discussed with the help of inscriptions of Aravidu dynasty.

In the present part I wish to focus on the visit by Sri Vadiraja to Tirumala hills. In order to ascertain the probable year(s) of the said visit, I have considered (i) Tirtha Prabandha; (ii) Vadirajaguruvara charitamruta and (iii) books published by contemporary authors.

Estimating the year(s) of Tirumala visit by Sri Vadiraja

There should not be an iota of doubt about the dedication and the devotional fervor of Sri Vadiraja towards Tirupati Timmappa i.e. Lord Venkateshwara residing at the abode of Tirumala hills. His hundreds of Kirtanas in Kannada are the strong testimonies for this assertion.

As the present exploration of Tiruchanoor had been called as “Vadirajapuram” during Vijayanagara days, I thought it might prove a worthy point to estimate the probable year of visit to Tirumala by Sri V. The first reference thus picked up is his unique kavya i.e. Tirtha Prabandha. 

This is in continuation with the previous post (Tiruchanoor as 'Vadirajapuram' that dealt with two inscriptions of Achyutadevaraya and Sadashivaraya of Vijayanagara Empire.

In my search for further references for Vadirajapuram, I have come across with couple of online sources. Amongst them the following text from the said link is of vital importance: