The coronation of the cosmos
Birth of Sri Raghavendra Teertha



The capital of Tanjavur was in a celebratory mood, Guru Sri Sudheendrateertha graced the royal court followed by Venkata and bestowed upon him the name 'Sri Raghavendrateertha Sripaadangalavaru'. A grand abhisheka was held to coronate Sri Raghavendra Teertha into the kingdom of vedanta. People thanked their stars to have witnessed this Godly ceremony.

Salvation for Saraswati



Having satisfied her duties as an honourable wife, Saraswati wished to depart from this world to the heavenly adobe. Sri Guru Raghavendra blessed her with salvation.

Tides of trouble at Tanjavur



After the passing of Guru Sri Sudheendrateertha, Guru Sri Raghavendra Swamy occupied the seat of the holy mutt. In his reign, Tanjavur experienced a massive famine. People suffered from the shortage of food, fodder, milk and even water. The selfless Guru Raghavendra distributed everything that the mutt had to take care of its people.

As years passed, Tanjavur witnessed one of the worst famines in history, the mutt too ran short of resources. Guru Raghavendra then went to the granary, took the last few grains of rice and inscribed the powerful Beejakshara on them. In a matter of four days, the granary was miraculously refilled. The people hailed the Guru.

An offering to one of the fiercest Chiranjeevis



Guru Sri Raghavendra conducted yagnas and yaagas for begetting rains, Lord Varuna was pleased and it rained after twelve long, dry monsoons. Elated by the much awaited showers, the King awarded an exotic ornament to the Guru when he was in the middle of a yaaga (holy fire ritual), the Guru right away offered the ornament to fire.
As the Guru was about to offer the Ornament to fire much to the dismay of the King and the crowd that had gathered, Lord Parashurama appeared in his usual form of fire and received it. After the yaaga, the ornament was returned to the King without a single mark on it, the King touched the holy feet of Guru Sri Raghavendra Teertha.

The holy Shankodaka



One day, a brahmin fell on the lotus feet of the Guru and asked him to be cleansed since people called him impure. Guru Sri Raghavendra took the holy water of Shankodaka and sprinkled on him to purify him. When people came to the Guru and enquired about the purity of the holy Shankodaka, the guru asked a someone to get a black cloth and sprinkled some Shankodaka on it. Like before, the cloth took its original color of white. People realized the sanctity of Shankodaka.

In the playful mood of Sri Krishna



Guru’s Digvijaya entourage reached Udupi. Rendering the divine Veena in the sanctum sanctorum, Guru Sri Raghavendra chanted the name of Lord Sri Krishna. So pleased was Little Krishna with Guru’s devotion that he danced and pranced in ecstasy. Guru asked Lord Sri Krishna to protect one and within days, the Goddess of wisdom Saraswati commanded Guru to compose some holy scriptures in Udupi. Adhering to the words of the Goddess, Guru Raghavendra resided in Udupi to compose some important scriptures.

In the shade of the Guru



Guru Raghavendra proceeded to Pandarapura from Udupi. On the way, the entourage enters a wasteland. Much to the shock of everybody, a Dwaarapalaka (Door keeper) rushes and falls at the feet of the Guru and cries, "My pregnant wife is about to deliver, she is in Labour — you are my only light..."
Asking him not to fear, the Guru sprinkles some holy water which takes the form of a little creek. The people gather water from the creek and feed it to the Mother-to-be.

The Guru then flung the saffron shawl that he was wearing up the sky and it spreads like a roof offering the womenfolk shade to help them deliver the baby. A baby boy was born as all people started chanting the name of the Guru in awe.

Of Gods and Lords of Maratha



Guru Sri Raghavendra reached Pandarapura and straightaway went to visit Panduranga Vitthala. Even before the Guru could play the Veena to Lord Vitthala, he heard mellifluous Veena being played —
It’s Brahmarshi NaradaMuni, the divinest of sages! Guru Raghavendra prostrated to him and in the land of Pandarapura itself, he finishes the translation of the holy Bhagavatha Purana.

When Chatrapati Shivaji was blessed

Guru Sri Raghavendra then travels across the Maratha Kingdom to reach Kollapur where Emperor Shivaji requests Guru Raghavendra for a blessing. Praising Shivaji Maharaja for protecting Hindus, the Guru blesses him saying, "May dharma eternally reside in you."

Digvijaya Vijapura



Holy water at the Lotus feet

The Digvijaya then enters the Bahamani kingdom of Bijapura. Owing to lack of ground water and scorching sun, an old, parched Brahmin was lying on the road almost unconscious.
Seeing him, the Guru gets emotional and uses his Danda (the holy staff) to tap the ground saying,
"Come oh! Mother Bhageerathi..." A small spout of water comes alive and with it, the old man too regains his senses. Prostrating to the Guru, the old man sings praises and walked away.

The victory march goes on...

In Bijapura, the Guru holds a lot of discourses and debates.
He wins over a lot of scholars, Adil Shah hails him as the Jagadguru (The Guru of the world).
The Digvijaya entourage proceeds further as the Guru blesses the land of Bijapura.

The Lord of Tirumala and the Tulasi Garland



The Digvijaya entourage then proceeds to the holy land of Tirupati. Guru Sri Raghavendra not only enjoys the sight of Lord Srinivasa but also conducts a pooja to Lord Srinivasa alone in the night. He sings the glories of Lord and heartily prays to him. The pleased Lord Srinivasa himself appears and adorns a Tulasi Garland around the Guru’s neck. The Guru’s joy knew no bounds.

Reviving Shishya Guruvenkata

Guru Sri Raghavendra teertha was residing in a village named Ramapura. A righteous man named Guruvenkata was serving the Guru. He got married to a bride from the same village and on the day of the marriage itself, Guruvenkata passed away. The young bride helplessly wept in front of the Guru to revive his life. Placing his hand on Guruvenkata’s heart and remembering the almighty, he chanted a mantra as sprinkling some water on the lifeless body. With the blessing of the Guru, Guruvenkata came back to life and the couple counted their blessings.

The Vedabhyasa and the Shishyas



After the Grand Digvijaya Yatra, the entourage returned back to Kumbhakonam and composed the commentary on the holy vedas called the Vedabhasyas. Scriptures from around the world were collected and the disciples categorized them.
The Guru would recite the commentary (The true meaning) and the pupils would write it down. Guru Sri Raghavendra completed this monumental scriptural work and composed eight more scriptures. Years rolled on and the time had come to begin another Digvijaya Yatra.