Hundreds of devotees came together to rebuild and consecrate the Brindavana (tomb) of Madhwa saint Vyasaraja Tirtha after it was vandalized in search of treasure at Nava Brindavana Gadde near Hampi on Thursday by some miscreants.
Consecration of Brindavana of Madhwa Saint Vyasaraja Tirtha
Among the hundreds of devotees who participated in the rebuilding and consecration process were Subudhendra Tirtha of Mantralaya Raghavendra Swamy Mutt, Junior seer Vidyamanohara Tirtha Satyama Tirtha of Uttardi Mutt, Sosale Vyasaraja Mutt seer Vidyadheesha Tirtha, and Vishwesha Tirtha of Pejawar Adhokshaja Mutt, Udupi. Vyasaraja Tirtha was a saint of medieval period who is revered even today by many people.
For rebuilding the Brindavana, the devotees used all-natural ingredients like jaggery water, sand, lime, and the construction material used traditionally since hundreds of years in India. There was no use of concrete or cement. The work of reconstruction including the religious rituals started early morning at 6 am with more than 50 monks guiding the devotees.
Architect From Mumbai Supervised Reconstruction Process
Neeraj Kulkarni, an architect based in Mumbai supervised the reconstruction work. Kulkarni has studied monuments around Hampi and hence has good knowledge about the way such constructions were made in those days. This Brindavana or tomb of Sri Vyasaraja Tirtha is very important because it is one of the nine Brindavanas constructed at the Nava Brindavan Gadde or island on the banks of the River Tungabhadra.
The incidence of vandalization came to the fore when several devotees went to the Brindavana to perform rituals after the lunar eclipse. Many believe it to be planned destruction because this place can be reached only by boats.
Saint Vyasaraja Tirtha (1490-1539) was the royal spiritual teacher of famous Vijayanagara empire king, Sri Krishnadevaraya. He was also very famous as a Madhwa scholar and had several hundred disciples including Kanaka Dasa and Purandara Dasa. Also referred to as the previous avatar of Shri Raghavendra Swamy, Saint Vyasaraja Tirtha is credited with some important works that include Tarktandava, Nyayamritam, and Tatparya Chandrika.