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Tiruchanoor as 'Vadirajapuram'

 

Recently I was going through two books that deal with the inscriptions of Achyutadeva Raya and Sadashiva Raya of Vijayanagara Empire. These books have been published by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams.

During the quick reading of some of the inscriptions therein, I have come across with a curious name i.e. "Vadirajapuram."

Tiruchanoor (Alimelu Mangapuram) which is the abode of Goddess Padmavathi has been called as "Vadirajapuram" in some of the inscriptions of both Achyutadeva Raya and Sadashiva Raya.

Hereunder are the screen shots of the excerpts from books published by TTD:

 

From the narrative of Srinivasa Kalyana from Bhavishyottara Purana, we know that Shri Shukacharya's hermitage was in present day Tiruchanoor which is just 5KM from Tirupati town. This Shri Shukapura was being called as Tiruchukapuram wherein Tiru is the Tamil equivalent for Shri and Chuka is the Tamil variant of Sanskrit word Shuka. Later on Tiru Chuka Puram became Tiruchchukanur in local slang.

The inscription in discussion is in Tamil language and was found on the north wall (outerside) of the then kitchen in the 1st Praakaram of Sri Govindaraja Swamy temple, Tirupati.

A portion of the inscription's English translation (from the book) is presented hereunder:

tiruchukapuram as vadirajapuram

As we can see from the footnote, this inscription is dated 07/01/1537 AD i.e. 8 years after the death of Krishnadeva Raya.

Here we come across with the name of Vadirajapuram which is now known as Tiruchanoor.

There is a similar name in an inscription of Sadashiva Raya again found on the norther wall of Sri Govindaraja temple, Tirupati. This inscription found in the 2nd Praakaara of the temple (first one was found in 1st Praakaara)

This inscription is dated 10th March, 1552 AD i.e. after 15 years from the inscription of Achyutadeva Raya. The concerned text of the inscription reads as below:

Vadirajapuram in Sadashiva Raya's Inscription

This inscription is in Tamil and talks about some donations made to Srivaishnavites.

These two inscriptions create following questions:

1. Was there any religious figure amongst Srivaishnavites with the name "Vadiraja"?

2. If such person existed how was related to holy place of Tiruchanoor?

3. Could it be our "Vadiraja" who composed hundreds of Keertanas on Lord Venkateshwara by visiting Tirumala and also offered a garland of 108 Salagramas that was bedecked on the Lord Venkateswara's idol till recently?

4. Did he stay in the vicinities of Tiruchanoor?

At present hardly any details are available with me apart from these two inscriptions. It would be ideal for our scholars and researches to focus on the matters like the above and add value to the legacy of our great gurus.

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C. Raghothama Rao
0 #8 C. Raghothama Rao 2014-12-27 17:35
Quoting Vaasudeva:
Sir
May God give you strength in your research efforts.If you permit, will you please allow me to add this article in our local kannada magazine "Tatvachandrika" the magazine of Sri Vyasaraja Matha. I shall quote your name Mr.Ragothaman. Please give me your approval and I shall wait for the same.

Thanks


Dear Mr. Vasudeva,

Thanks for your blessings and warm wishes.

You may please publish all 3 articles written on Vadirajapuram.

I have sent an email to you to this effect.

Request you to continue your support for MadhvaHistory.com.

Regards
Raghothama
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Padmanaabha Rao
+1 #7 Padmanaabha Rao 2014-12-27 16:55
This is a very interesting and useful information about Sri Vadarajaru, great saint of Karnataka. These inscriptions throw light on his popularity even outside Karnataka as Vaishnava honoured by people of all status kings & common folk.
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Vaasudeva
+1 #6 Vaasudeva 2014-12-27 12:11
Sir
May God give you strength in your research efforts.If you permit, will you please allow me to add this article in our local kannada magazine "Tatvachandrika" the magazine of Sri Vyasaraja Matha. I shall quote your name Mr.Ragothaman. Please give me your approval and I shall wait for the same.

Thanks
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C. Raghothama Rao
0 #5 C. Raghothama Rao 2014-12-25 08:41
Dear Mr. S C Sukumar,

Thanks for your warm wishes and look forward to your continued support.

Best regards
Raghothama
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S C Sukumar
+1 #4 S C Sukumar 2014-12-22 05:50
I wish you all the best in your efforts which if [not the desired objective,] lead to other lesser known secrets of enigmatic personality of Vadiraja would be most helpful.
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C. Raghothama Rao
0 #3 C. Raghothama Rao 2014-12-20 09:01
Quoting A.LAKSHMIKANTHAN:
SUCH THINGS REQUIRE RESEARCH AND ACADEMIC SKILLS.IN MY 0PINION AFTER Dr BNK SHARMA WE DO NOT COME ACROSS ANY BODY AT NATIONAL LEVEL. IT IS HIGH TIME OUR MUTT SWAMIJEES SEARCH/IDENTIFY/INFUSE SUCH TALENTS

Dear Sir,

You have made a vital statement.

Today there is an immediate requirement to conduct research in to the historical aspects of our Guruparampara rather than fanning blind beliefs based on illogical stories. I don't believe that such falsehood is to the liking for our Gurus either.
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A.LAKSHMIKANTHAN
+2 #2 A.LAKSHMIKANTHAN 2014-12-20 07:27
SUCH THINGS REQUIRE RESEARCH AND ACADEMIC SKILLS.IN MY 0PINION AFTER Dr BNK SHARMA WE DO NOT COME ACROSS ANY BODY AT NATIONAL LEVEL. IT IS HIGH TIME OUR MUTT SWAMIJEES SEARCH/IDENTIFY/INFUSE SUCH TALENTS
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IVNS Raju
+1 #1 IVNS Raju 2014-12-08 08:14
Thanks Raghu Ji for sharing a very significant finding - Vaadiraaja Puram like names must have been changed into the modern names due to various reasons. The meaningless names that we have for cities like Kakinada, Rajahmundry in AP, Erode and Dundikkal like names in Tamil Nadu, Kochi and mangalore in Kerala and K'taka must have had their own historical significance. As we know in India each Name is meaningful.
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