Guru Sri Raghavendra arrived at Adoni and Diwan Venkanna welcomed the Guru
and worshipped him with all his heart. Adoni’s king Siddi Masood Khan also
came to visit the Guru but, with a skeptical mind.
He carried with him flesh and liquor on a plate covered with a silkened cloth. The Guru got to know about Khan’s thoughts and before taking the cloth off, holy water was sprinkled on it by the Guru.
Khan was craftily smiling within and when the cloth was opened, the liquor had transformed itself to milk and the flesh had become fruits and flowers. Khan was spellbound. With a drop of tear in his eyes, he apologetically laid his head on the lotus feet of the Guru.
King Siddi Masood Khan regretted his sly act, he wanted to ward off the sin by donating a piece of his kingdom to the Mutt.
Diwan Venkanna informed about this to the Guru.
"On the banks of Tungabhadra stands the holy land of Mantralaya, I would not want any piece of land but for that..." says the Guru.
King Khan had already donated the land to a merchant, he gets it back and with all his heart, donates it to Guru Sri Raghavendra.
Guru Sri Raghavendra invites Diwan Venkanna and indicates that this will be his
final resting place.
As days pass, the Guru calls upon Venkanna again and says, "This very stone shall be used to construct my final resting place, the Brindavana."
Venkanna enquired the Guru about the auspiciousness of the stone to which the Guru says, " In Tretayuga, Lord Sri Rama rested on this stone for a while, This stone is equal to Saligrama (the holy stone from the himalayas). Before that, this was the place where I, as Prahlada conducted yagnas. In Dwapara yuga, this is the land on which I, as Bahleeka was undefeated during the great Mahabharata war. This piece of stone in this holy land blessed by Rama and Krishna is the most auspicious..."
Bowing down to the visions of the Guru, Venkanna initiates the construction of the Brindavana.
Much before deciding to enter the Brindavana, the Guru had observed a long penance at the Panchamukhi Mountains. Through the act of intense penance, the Guru happens to meet Lord Hanuman with four more faces , that of — Hayagreeva, Narasimha, Garuda and Varaaha. After having sighted this rare spectacle, the Guru returns to Mantralaya.
One day, the guru called his beloved ones and stated that as per the resolution, he will have to reach the culmination of his avatar in the ensuing year. Hearing this, people were drowned in grief, they started questioning themselves — some could not believe that the Guru would not be seen in the physical form. The Guru asked everyone to pacify themselves and respect the decision of Gods and ancestors. He asked everyone to remain calm.
Like how Guru Sudheendra teertha was commanded, Guru Sri Raghavendra too was commanded by Sri Moolarama to proclaim one of his pupils as the successor of the throne of wisdom. Sri Guru Raghavendra teertha initiated one of his pupils into asceticism and called him 'Sri Yogeendra Teertha'.
In the period of Chaturmasya, Guru Sri Raghavendra invokes Sri
Mantraalayambike, the Goddess of Mantralaya. When the Goddess asks him to
ask for anything he wants, the Guru says that , "Oh! Mother, I need to spend the
next Seven hundred years here to take care of my devotees, to make them
flourish. I need your blessings." The Goddess with a resplendent smile says, "Thathaasthu..." and disappears.
It was announced that on an auspicious Friday of Shalivahana Shaka’s 1563rd
Virodhinamaka Samvatsara (August of 1671) , one of the holiest sages of the
Kaliyuga, Sri Guru Raghavendra teertha would enter the sanctum of Brindavana.
The religious world slipped into a sorrowful mood, the Guru blessed people with
holy rice (Mantrakshate) as he pronounced that it is the will of God.
On the day he entered Brindavana, he took a holy dip in Tungabhadra River dressed in saffron clothes amidst the chanting of Vedic mantras and addressed the humungous gathering of noblemen and common people saying, "I will live in the Brindavana for seven hundred more years and be visible to every true devotee..."
Before entering the Brindavana, the Guru was in penance at the village of Bichchale.
Appannacharya was an earnest disciple of the Guru at Bichchale.
Appannacharya was traveling when the Guru entered the Brindaavana; on
learning about it after his return, Appannacharya rushed to the Brindavana in
sadness and sat down to compose Slokas which could not be completed.
Pleased by Acharya’s devotion, Guru Sri Raghavendra completed the Sloka. Though Appannacharya could not see the Guru, he felt touched to hear Guru’s voice.
Guru Sri Vaadiraajateertha headed Mantralaya Mutt from CE 1728 to CE 1750. He had the prowess to compose divine poems and render them with elan. Towards the end of every recitation, a miracle occurred. The Brindavana too swayed to the renditions of Guru Vaadiraaja, people were mesmerized.
Sri Vijayadasa was a Haridasa who sang glories of Lord Srihari. He arrived at Mantralaya for a sighting of Guru Sri Raghavendra. Impressed by his songs, Guru Sri Raghavendra appeared in front of him and blessed him. Vijayadasa spread the story of Guru Sri Raghavendra to the whole world.
It was 1820, about a hundred and fifty years after the Guru had entered the
Brindavana. A British collection officer called Sir Thomas Munro visited
Mantralaya to procure the income of Mantralaya. After having heard the
miraculous stories of the Guru from people, Munro wanted to test it himself and
paid a visit to the precincts of the Brindavana. Guru Sri Raghavendra not only
appeared in front of Munro but also blessed him with Mantraakshate. Munro
bowed to the Guru.
Even to this very day, Guru Sri Raghavendra resides in Mantralaya and appears in
front of true devotees who have submitted themselves to the supreme force.
Even today, the Guru guides people towards the path of righteousness, purity and prosperity in the form of Kamadhenu and Kalpavruksha.