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43048Re: [SUMADHWASEVA] A Vaishnava Sampradaya Brindavan discovered in Belladi, Coimbatore district

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  • S RAVINDRANATH
    5 Nov 10:16 am
      To all my revered Acharyas,

      Kindly permit me to reproduce the following from "The Life and Teachings of Sri Madhvacharyar", by Sri B.M.Padmanabha Char, B.A. B.L., High Court Vakil (Madras) -  residing at Coimbatore.
      AUTHOR oF DHRUVA'S PENANCE, GOVARDHANESHA VILASA, (SANSKRIT DRAMAS) DWADASA STOTRAM COMMENTARY,etc etc etc

      1909 First Edition Pages 99-102.

      I QUOTE:

      " In this connection, it may not be unimportant
      to mention a tradition, though it is not referred to 
      in Madhva Vijia. The Southern most Taluq of the
      Coimbatore District is known as Udamalpet. The Anamalai Hills extend a great deal into this Taluq. Going about twelve miles from Udamalpet, one reaches
      a range of fairly high hills with a river flowing at
      the foot thereof. The spot presents a lovely picturesque scenery. The descent of crystal water from rock to rock, and the soft gurgle of sporting waters hardly disturbs the serene solitude of the hermit's seclusion.

      On one side, is the rising mountain stretching
      out longitudinally, as far as eye can see. At the
      foot of it, is the river, nestling, as it were, by its base, and flowing parallel to the mountain. Not a grain of sand or mud floats in the water to disturb its clearness.

      It is all rock, the bed and banks. On the banks of the river, opposite the hill, there is a shrine sacred to the Trinity, the Trimurthies of the Hindu Pantheon, Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva. It is even now a favourite resort of the neighbouring country, on all auspicious occasions. Pilgrims are numerous who visit the shrine for discharging all kinds of vows.

      In the middle of this river, a large flat rock
      rests on three boulders, forming a natural bridge, and allowing a free flow of the current underneath. The rock is sufficiently spacious to accommodate at least a hundred persons sitting down for a dinner. Tradition calls this by the name of " Madhvarayan Parai" meaning the rock of Madhvaraya. They add that
      Sri Madhva travelled to Trevandram by crossing
      the river (which is fordable easily at any point)
      and threading the footpaths of the hills leading
      to the State of Travancore. This mountain forms
      in fact the boundary between the modern British India and the said Native State. It is not therefore improbable that Sri Madhva took this particular route on his way to the temple of Ananta Sayana. It is likely that he spent sometime in the mantap of the sacred Thrimoorthi shrine, and that during his sojourn, he spent long hours sitting on the rock bearing his name, and making tapas (meditative prayers) after his bath. One explanation, that is sometimes gussed is, that Sri Madhva set this rock on the Tripod-like stones, and hence it bears his name. But this feat was performed, not here, but in the Mysore Province, at a place known as Ambu Theertha near Kalasa village. Balehunur Taluq, 13° 14' L., 75° 26' E., on the right bank of Bhadra. (This rock contains an inscription to this effect,- No. 79 Kadur District, Mudgere). Thus, this guess about the origin of Madhvarayan Parai is made in ignorance or the Ambu
      Theertha rock whose inscription contains convincing
      proof of the episode. But there is no ground to
      reject the tradition that Sri Madhva honoured
      this spot by a stay of some duration. Dilapidated and
      broken statues and images of great size, with the ruins of edifices, testify to the existence of a large village or temple, once, close to this shrine. Hence, it is not at a1l unlikely that Sri Madhva bent his holy steps in this direction, attracted as much by the short cut it offered to reach Ananta Sayana, as by the charming solitude and seclusion of the neighbourhood. Sri Madhva would have loved to look at the lofty scenery of the hills, enjoy the inviting seclusion, take his daybreak baths in the crystal springs, do tapas in peaceful solitudes under the shelter of stupendous stones, a scenery calculated to throw a spell on any person of introspective leanings and habits, and peculiarly attractive to one of Sri Madhva's bent of mind as a retirement (Asramam) of Rishis. 

      The conjecture that he passed through what is
      Coimbatore District now, receives some support and
      corroooration from the circumstance that an idol
      of Sri Madhva was an object of worship in one of
      the temples of a village called Pala Tholuvu near the
      Uttukuli Railway Station of this District. This
      village had many flourshing temples including one
      dedicated to Hanuman. 

      UNQUOTE.

      I am not a scholar - far far from it. Since there was this interesting discussion, I took it up to refer to the book in the internet.
       

      S.Ravindranath
      Coimbatore
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      0422-2432223


      On Sunday, November 5, 2017, 7:17:22 PM GMT+5:30, naps rao napsrao@... [SUMADHWASEVA] <SUMADHWASEVA@...> wrote:


       

      Friends,
      I have the book of Sri C M Padmanabhacharya 1983 edition, published by the family.
      The location of the placing of the Boulder by Acharya Madhva is near Ambutirtha near Kalasa in Karnataka on the river Thunga. There is also an inscription on the rock which says: Sri Madhvacharyena yekahasthena sthapithaa shilaa.
      People who quote others for authority should not misquote them and give wrong information for scoring brownie points.
      NAPSRao 

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      On Thu, Nov 2, 2017 at 1:06 PM, santhana krishnan santhanaplastic@... [SUMADHWASEVA] <SUMADHWASEVA@...> wrote:
       

       I have seen in the  Govt museum  @ Coimbatore Lot of stone idols Archeological Importance unearthed from ,Madvarayapuram ,a place near  Coimbatore.
          Dr Santhana krishnan

      On Nov 1, 2017 9:52 PM, "Sarvothaman sarvothaman@... [SUMADHWASEVA]" <SUMADHWASEVA@.... in> wrote:
       

      Coimbatore district has the Madhwarayan Rock on which Srimad Acharyaru sat and did Tapas, after positioning the mighty rock between the
      two streams of water falling from Thirumurthy Water falls. Details are available in the earliest English biography of Srimad Acharyaru by Sri
      CM Padmanabha Achar.
           Now in the same district ,near Karamadai, in Belladi village, a Brindavan
      with abundant carvings relating to Krishna stands discovered and reported
      in Indian Express.
          Karamadai Vishnu temple has the Sthala Purana identical to that of Udupi
      Anantheswara temple



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