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Sri Jayatirtha and his mula brindavana has become a dispute between two Madhva mathas and many arguments are being exchanged since 2014. This issue is not as infathomable as Bermuda Triangle or Shangrila city. It only needs a little bit of commonsense, an unfalsified will and an unbiased research. More importantly, this issue demands for the unity of mindsets under the grace of Sri Jayatirtharu himself. I don't think that the future generations shall ever waste their time to dispute for the sake of dispute and there shall come a day on which this issue will be closed on the merits instead of myrid blind faith.

Having said this and after a long spell of silence over Jayatirtha’s mula brindavana, I have been part of an online discussion forum in which I have posed a question Narahari Sumadhwa, the lone online voice of Malkheda, and then posted a reply to it.

It raked up the “Smarana” issue that Malkheda camp always applies to the 18th shloka of TP’s Purva Prabandha.

Also, Chiran Chidambarji, the guru for many members of that online forum, too asked a critical question on my reply.

Hereunder I reproduce the screen shots of the discussion that form the basis of the present article.

 

Battle of Talikota as dipicted in a 16th century miniature art

Image courtesy: Wikimedia.org

26th of January is not only the occasion to celebrate Republic Day but also to recall a historical event that triggered the final showdown of a mighty South Indian Dharmik Empire. This date must be kept in mind not only to rejoice the introduction of the Constitution of India but also to repent the vanquishing of a greatest city of the [then] known world. This was the day on which the narratives of South India have taken a different turn…a turn that could never be traveled back.

I am referring to the Battle of Rakkasi-Tangadi (also called as Battle of Talikota) in which the Vijayanagara forces faced all-out routing thus causing the complete downfall of magnificent city of Hampi. It was on 26th of January, 1565 that this fateful battle was fought between the Vijayanagara and a confederacy of four Muslim Sultanates i.e. Bijapur, Ahmadnagar, Bidar and Golconda. It was on this day’s afternoon that the fate of both Ramaraya and Hampi were decided forever. Today, it is the 451st anniversary of Talikota Battle and this small write-up is nothing but a gist of the events that have occurred on this rueful day.

[Two dates have been given to this event i.e. (1) 23rd of January and (2) 26th of January. There are equal numbers of citations for both the dates. I have considered 26th of January.]

 

This article is an uncommon one as it doesn't exactly fit in to any of the categories listed on this website. But I trust that the readers will find the topic as "historical" as the others that were presented here!


 

Sanatana Dharma’s grandiose lies in its simplicity and inclusivity.

It not only reveres fellow humans but also the meanest animals, plants and lifeless objects such as hills and rivers!

Sanatana Dharma recognizes the quadrate of Mother, Father, Teacher and the Guest as the most venerable persons in whom the God dwells-in, always!. Amongst these four revered persons, Dharma treats Mother as the personification of unequivocal love and compassion.

In His avatars of Kapila, Rama and Krishna, the SupremeGodhead Vishnu has demonstrated utmost devotion towards mothers. Following His footsteps, Madhva Gurus too have exhibited undeterred devotion and reverence towards their mothers.

This article is a humble obeisance to those Gurus who should be the role models for the new generation to learn and follow.

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This is 4th part in the series of the articles published in MadhvaHistory.com on exploring the historical anecdotes of the event connected to the conferment of 'Sripadaraya' title on Sri Lakshminarayana Tirtha of Mulbagal Matha.

In the previous articles, I have made an argument against a particular story propagated by some sections of Maadhvas that Sri Raghunatha Tirtha conferred the title of 'Sripadaraya' to Lakshminarayana Tirtha of Mulbagal Matha. In order to prove that this story is historically wrong, I have presented few inscriptions, archeological evidences, scriptural references (from contemporary sources of Sripadaraya) etc. and have established the fact that the title has been earned by Lakshminarayana Tirtha after being felicitated by Saluva Narasimha of Vijayanagara Empire and not through an appreciation passed by another Saint.

Subsequent to the publishing of these articles, I had received certain comments and responses which have raised additional questions about the verasity of the facts presented by me. Now, I am herewith producing fresh archeological and scriptural database that are either predates Sripadaraya or of post-date in nature.