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Śrī Padmanābha Tīrtha
Tenure : 1278 – 1285
Ārādhana : Kārtika kṛṣṇa caturdaśī
Location : Navabṛndavana, Ānegundi
Charama Shloka :
ಶ್ರೀಮಧ್ವಸಂಸೇವನಲಬ್ಧಶುದ್ಧವಿದ್ಯಾ ಸುಧಾಂಭೋನಿಧಯೋಽಮಲಾ ಯೇ | ಕೃಪಾಲವಃ ಪಂಕಜನಾಭತೀರ್ಥಾಃ ಕೃಪಾಲವಸ್ಯಾನ್ಮಯಿ ನಿತ್ಯಮೇಷಾಂ ||
श्रीमध्वसंसेवनलब्धशुद्धविद्या सुधांभोनिधयोऽमला ये | कृपालवः पंकजनाभतीर्थाः कृपालवस्यान्मयि नित्यमेषाम् ||
śrīmadhvasaṃsevanalabdhaśuddhavidyā sudhāmbhonidhayo’malā ye | kṛpālavaḥ paṅkajanābhatīrthāḥ kṛpālavasyānmayi nityameṣām ||
About Śrī Padmanābha Tīrtha
Śrī Padmanābha Tīrtha was ordained the successor to the Piṭha by Acharya Madhwa himself. Śrī Padmanābha Tīrtha was the first of four direct Śiṣyās to occupy the Pīṭhathe other three being Śrī Narahari Tīrtha, Śrī Mādhava Tīrtha and Śrī Akṣŏbhya Tīrtha. Śrī Padmanābha Tīrtha’s Pūrvāśrama Nāma was Śobhana Bhaṭṭa. He seems to have been a very reputed scholar in the court of king Gaṇapati Devā belonging to the Kakatiya dynasty that ruled the northern parts of the current Andhra state. Traditional records speak very high of his vast learning effusively with titles Variśṭa Sammata, Tārkika Śirŏmaṇi, Vidvat Timingila, as well as unflinching quest for true knowledge – Śuddhavidyā Sudhāmbho Nidhayo Amalaye.
We understand from tradition that Ācārya Madhva on his way back from his first visit to Badarikāśrama participated in a great vidvat sadas (vedic conference) attended by leading scholars that were experts on the various facets of Indian philosophy. This seems to have taken place at Rajamahendravaram situated on the banks of river Godavari. Śobhana Bhaṭṭa was enthralled and captivated watching Ācārya Madhva’s concise and convincing response to the array of trenchant questions from the scholars far and wide on the philosophical playground, becomes Ācārya’s disciple and accompanies him to Udupi
After pursuing further adhyayana with Ācārya, coupled with penance, mental cogitation, and devotion, he obtained Ācārya Madhva’s grace i.e with Śṛtya, Matya, Sadbhaktya, Viraktya, Nitya Sevaya and was ordained to the fourth order, Sanyāsāśrama, with the appellation Śrī Padmanābha Tīrtha. Fortunate to have listened to the Ācārya, the saint started composing expositions on several of Ācārya Madhva’s works and was respected as one of the Prācīna Ṭīkākārās – Ādau Tadbhāva Pūrvakam – earliest of the commentators.
Śrī Padmanābha Tīrtha took over as the successor of the lineage after the disappearance of Ācārya Madhva, representing the consolidated population that accepted Ācārya’s Vedānta during his visits around the country. Shortly after, he ordained one of his direct disciples to the fourth order with appellation Śrī Lakṣmidhara Tīrtha who undertook a visit to the northern part of the country for propagation. The lineage sustained by this saint has continued to date and is called as the Śrīpādaraja Maṭha and is based out of Mul̤abāgilu, Kolar.
The saint handed over reins of the Paramparā to Śrī Narahari Tīrtha, ordained to the fourth order by Ācārya Madhva, and attained Haripāda. His Vṛndāvana is the first one of the nine to have been consecrated in the isolated islet on river Tuṅgabhadra in Anegondi.