Continued from Part 1
Journey towards Venisomapuram:
An aparoksha jnaani / devataamshasambhootaru knows best the saatwik land where the saints roamed and resided. Just as Shri Raghavendra swamiji chose Mantralaya, the place where Shri Raama roamed and rested during treta yuga, Ieji Acharya knew that the great Chyavana Rishi had previously setup his ashram to perform austerities at the holy banks of Tungabhadra river which was called as Venisomapuram(40 kms from Gadwal and 12 kms from Ieji). There is a small village by the name Chyaga doni (which was earlier known as Chyavana doni meaning boat of Chyavana) nearby since Chyavana Rishi used to visit Venisomapuram through this place. Also, there are many stone quarries in the shape of the karaveni(a form of plait) in and around the area, and hence it is called as Venisomapuram where previously Chyavana Rishi had established his Ashram. Shri Ieji Acharya made a formal request to Gadwal King and the King gave away the entire surrounding area without blinking his eyes as bhoo daanam to Shri Ieji Acharya. Such was the respect that Ieji Acharya commanded over the King Somabhoopala. After the avatara samaapti of Shri Gopaladasaru, his three brothers who were also Haridasas – Shree Daasappadaasa, Shree Sheenappadaasa and Shree Rangappadasa accompanied Shri Ieji Acharya at Venisomapuram through which haridasa vimarshes and krutis used to be authored over the years that followed.
Consecration of Rukmini Satyabhama Sameta Santaana Venugopala Krishna idol at Venisomapuram:
Through the years, Shri Ieji Acharya was invited to many places nearby to propagate the tenets of Madhwa Philosophy. One such place was Valluru situated 42 kms from Venisomapuram. Shri Ieji Acharya was residing in the house of shanubhoga of that place. During the stay, acharya had a vision (Swapna soochane) from Lord Krishna stating that there is an idol of himself beneath the lake bed of Valluru which needs consecration at Venisomapuram and the consequences of installing and praying with devotion of such a Santaana Venugopala Krishna Idol shall yield progeny (santaana praapti) to the desirous. Since acharya had not beget a son yet, he only deemed apt that it is the will of the lord for the consecration of the idol. Upon excavating the lake bed the following day, acharya was astonished to find that the idol was according to the techniques of shilpashastra i.e., Lord Krishna’s legs were intertwined with Right foot of the Lord in front of his Left foot. Acharya saw the idol and he immediately determined that the Idol of the Lord in his vision was opposite to the one found. Acharya kept the Shilpashastra sammata Lord Krishna’s idol in shanubhoga’s house and proceeded with the day’s ritualistic austerities. The same night, Acharya had another vision from Lord Krishna stating that there is another idol even more beneath the presently excavated idol. Acharya and his followers took to excavating the same the following day and true to Lord’s words, the scintillating idol of Lord Shri Santaana Venugopala Krishna was found. This idol was completely against the principles of sculpting (Shilpashaastra viruddha) as the Lord’s feet were intertwined with Left foot in front of the Right foot and hence Acharya’s memories from the vision he had dreamt the previous night was proven outright. Upon the request of the Valluru villagers and the shanubhoga, the previously excavated idol (Shilpashaastra sammata idol) was installed at Valluru itself.
Shri Ieji Acharya brought the shilpashaastra virruddha idol of Shri Santaana Venugopalakrishna to Venisomapuram, constructed a temple with the help of King Somabhoopala and consecrated the same on the auspicious Vaishakha Shuddha Dashami. Shri Ieji Acharya also installed a mruttika brundavanam of Mantralaya Shri Raghavendra Teertharu during the temple consecration ceremonies. The installation of Santaana Venugopala Krishna at Venisomapuram served as a preface for acharya to continue his lineage by having a son, Ieji Gopalakrishnacharya who was none other than an incarnation of Shri Gopaladaasaru(Ganeshaamsha sambhootaru). He grew up to be a nityaagnihotri as well.
Sankalpa of 18 Brahmasutra-Anuvyakhyana-NyaayaSudhamangalamahotsavas :
There are three Runas(three debts) that one needs to fulfil before completing life on earth i.e., Deva Runa, Rishi Runa, Pitru Runa. Shri Ieji Acharya by means of Daily spiritual austerities, Nityaagnihotra, Japatapaanushthaana & Pooja fulfilled the Deva Runa. Shri Santaana Venugopala Krishna ordained Shri Ieji Acharya through a vision (Swapna soochana) to complete 18 Nyaaya Sudha mangalas at the lotus feet of Tirumala Shrinivasa. Nyaaya Sudha is a masterpiece sub-commentary composed by Shri Jayateertha to the commentary of Shri Madhwacharya’s Anuvyakhyana for the Brahmasutras. Disseminating this sacred knowledge to the inquisitive students is considered as fulfilling the Rishi runa thereby acting as prologue to the Pitru runa. Shri Ieji Acharya used to visit Shri Tirumala Shrinivasa Sannidhanam to complete Nyaaya Sudha mangala once in every three years during Adhika Maasa Brahmotsavam.
Adavi Acharya Shishya Sweekara :
During the same time, Shri Jayateertha Acharya ( Adavi Acharya ) from Savanoor samsthana, Sirihatta/Siddapur village had set out in search of a Yogya Guru for Advanced studies in shaastras. He had performed seva to Mantralaya Shri Raghavendra Teertharu regarding the same. Shri Raghavendra Teertharu apprised through Swapna soochane that Shri Ieji Venkataramacharya of Venisomapuram was a great scholar who was well versed in 4 Shaastras and hence Shri Jayateerthacharya ( Adavi acharya ) sets out to Venisomapuram to seek patronage under Shri Ieji Venkataramacharya for higher studies.
Adavi Acharya is later renowned as Shri Vishnu Teertha of Madinooru after Sanyaasa sweekara. He is instrumental in Madhwa circles in propagating the Dwaita Philosophy to it’s pinnacle. He has also composed majestic works such as Shodashi, Chaturdashi and many harinaama sankeertanas as well.
to be continued… Part 3