The Empire

Sri Madhva continued his demolition of the other philosophies of the day and firmly established his Tattvavada. Many scholars were defeated. Around this time, some of his opponents stole his collection of scriptures. Sri Madhva contacted the King of Kumble (Kasaragod) and had him catch the culprits and return his treasure. During the same time, Trivikrama Pandita, the court pandit of the King famously debated with Sri Madhva for several days. He finally accepted defeat and became a disciple. He composed many great Dvaita works such as the Tattvadeepika. He also composed the famous Vayu Stuti in praise of the three avatars of Vayu viz Hanuman, Bhima and Madhva.

Sri Trivikrama Panditacharya was also one of Sri Madhva’s favorite disciples. On his request, Sri Madhva composed his magnum opus, the Anu Vyakhyana. It is believed that Sri Madhva narrated the four parts of this work simultaneously to four different disciples, who scripted it down on palm leaves.

Sri Madhva also gave Sanyasa to his younger brother (of his early life). He named him Vishnu Tirtha and he went on to become the head of what is now known as Sode Matha and also the Subramanya Matha.  Sri Vishnu Tirtha, along with 7 others viz Hrushikesha Tirtha, Narahari Tirtha, Janardana Tirtha, Upendra Tirtha, Vamana Tirtha, Rama Tirtha and Adhokshaja Tirtha were made in-charge of worshipping the Krishna idol at Udupi. The baton of worship would pass once every two months. It was only 200 years later that Sri Vadiraja Swamy of the Sode matha changed this frequency to once in two years and established the grand Paryaya festival to mark this transition from one matha to the other.

Towards the final phase of his journey, Sri Madhva wrote several other works for the benefit of his followers. Krishnamruta Maharnava was composed to highlight the greatness of Vishnu and his worship. He composed the Karma Nirnaya to bring out the philosophical angle to Karma Yoga. He also renovated several temples around Udupi and ensured proper worship was conducted. Many of these were Shiva temples and Sri Madhva ensured that Shiva worship also happened in the correct way.

After having spent 79 years thus, Sri Madhva returned back to Badari to stay with Sri Veda Vyasa. His empire, the Madhva institutions, the Krishna temple, the philosophy he revealed all still thrive and flourish.

Thus the great Sri Madhvacharya graced the people of India and the world.

One Response to “The Empire”

  1. padmanabharao Says:

    I HAVE A SMALL POINT TO POST. AS FAR I KNOW KARMA NIRNAYA WAS COMPOSED BY THE ACHARYA TO REFUDIATE MIMAMSAKAS WHO ONLY BELIEVE IN KARMA AND NOT IN POOJA OR BHAKTI. KARMA YOGA IS DIFFERENT. IS IT NOT?


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