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Manthralayam for that healing touch
The benevolence of Sri Raghavendraswamy has been felt by thousands of devotees. ARCOT EASWARAN cites a :fewinstances here.

Adorned with sandal paste for Raghavendra

Aradhana.

Poojyaya Raghavendraya Sathya Dharma Ratha Yacha Bajatham Kalpavrukshaya Namatham Kamadenuve. (The worship of Sri Raghavendraswamy, who is the embodiment of Sathya and Dharma (Truth and Righteousness), bestows whatever boon one aspires like Kalpavruksha, the Celestial Tree, and Kamadhenu, the Celestial Cow. Incessant chanting of this hynm is a panacea for all ills and problems in life, especially in this age of tension Also, chanting of "Om Sri Raghavendraya N amaha," helps irrnnensely.) IT WAS by force of circumstances that Shankukarna, who was serving Brahma Deva, was ordained to rmnifest in this world, through all the four yugas, as a staunch devotee of Sriman Narayana. In Kritha yuga he was born as Bhakta Prahalada, in Kali yuga he is said to have reincarnated as Vyasaraja ofVijayanagar and there after, Sri Raghavendra Swamy. Sri Raghavendra Swamy was born in 1601 A.D. at Bhuvanagiri (Tamil N adu), by the benign
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(700 years) full of miracles and healing powers for the welfare of hmnanity. Sri Raghavendraswamy was invited to attend a fimction.. The meaning is "Residing in Manthra1aya. A royal Prince was bitten by a cobra and died irmnediately. When Venkatacharya was crowned as Saint Raghavendraswamy. using a grinding s1ab. tendering his sincere apology. He will respond to your call" This is absolutely true. Grace of Lord Venkateswara. His 331st Aradhana was celebrated on August 24. particu1arly in the U.htm&da . even though they were extremely poor. where many Kannada devotees reside. He ruled the Vedic Samrajya from 1624 to 1671. who smeared it on their bodies. And they comp1ained of a burning sensation all over. He again invoked Lord Vanma and made a paste. he had the venom extracted by the same snake and the Prince recovered.S.. Saraswathy. A devotee. exp1ained that he was inadvertently reciting Agni Stothram. which had a cooling effect on everyone. who met with an accident.com/thehindu/thscrip/print. unable to withstand the pangs of separation committed suicide. when all the p1anets were in exahed and auspicious houses. mentally. bestowing a long divine life. When Swami was told about this. By His divine powers. Mango juice 2/5 .. in his house. as the saint was known. Sri Parima1acharya has given darshan to many in India and abroad.com/thehindu/thscrip/print. Venkatacharya.hindu.pl?file=2002101801350500.20/11/2011 www. when lakhs of devotees thronged Manthra1ayam and the hundreds ofBrindavans in India and abroad.hindu. The Swami. got married to Saraswathyand the two were leading a happy life. also got another lease of life.. A famous couplet in Kannada goes like this: Manthralayadilluruva Karedallige Baruva.. The paste was given to all the guests. while grinding. It was Swami's practice to recite Vedic Mantras. Raghunatha Rao arranged a special puja for Sri Raghavendraswamy www. Swami sent her to heaven While touring Kumbakonam. with his wife and son The head of the family requested him to make sandalwood paste.htm&da .pl?file=2002101801350500. Also they had implicit faith in God.

3/5 . After a few days.hindu.20/11/2011 www. A furious N awab threatened to kill him ifhe did not read. After sprinkling water. and asked him to make it grow into a plant. This miracle is incorporated in the Suprabhatam of Sri Raghavendraswamy. who was passing by. Manthralayam. Guruji asked him to hand over Manchala village. Swami planted it in the soil and sprinkled holy water on it. He took meat on a silver plate covered with a silk cloth and offered it. The Swami offered it to God and placed it in the Yaga Kundam The Badshah was nruch annoyed and expressed his feeling. After meditation. . a cow-herd boy prostrated before him The Swami blessed him and advised him to pray at the time of adversities. the Nawab decided to test him He told his Dewan to take him to Guruii. Invoking Sri Moola Rama. Some unscrupulous and mischievous boys wanted to test the Swami. On his route. In Sirasangi. which has come to be known as Manthralayam It is at this holy place that Bhakta Prahlada performed a great yaga. When Sri Guru Rayar was proceeding to Adoni. Venkanna. the king made him the Dewan of Adoni. Swami asked his disciples to remove the silk cloth revealing fruits.. stopped and asked Venkanna to read a message from the neighbouring King. bringing it back to life. presented a rare gem-studded golden necklace.com/thehindu/thscrip/print. The illiterate boy expressed his inability to read. Out of profound regard for Sri Raghavendraswamy. The miraculous healing powers of Sri Raghavendraswamy spread fur and wide.where devotees www. The N awab fen at Swami's feet soliciting his person Also he requested the Swami to ask for any favour or gift.. The dead wood started sprouting. After learning about the miraculous powers of Swami.hindu.. He should get up when the command was given by them The drama was enacted and wailing :friends asked Swami to revive the boy. a gentle man with an intention to test his powers.htm&da . The understanding was that he should not get up when Swami sprinkled water and asked him to rise. Swami simply said that his life span was over and hence nothing could be done. the Swami sprinkled holy padhodhaka water on the child. in Sanskrit. He was indeed dead and did not awaken when the mocking gang asked him to. was prepared in a 1arge vessel and kept in the kitchen His only child fen into the vessel and drowned.pl?file=2002101801350500. throng. retrieved the chain in the same condition and gave it back.pl?file=2002101801350500. As there was very good news in the message.htm&da .com/thehindu/thscrip/print. one of them lay down pretending to be dead fully covered by a white cloth. gave him a wooden rod covered with steel caps at both ends. the Badshah of Bijapur. The Swami put his hand in the fire.. the N awab of Adoni. he read the entire text.. Venkanna earnestly prayed to Sri Raghavendraswamy to save him Most surprisingly.

a Muslim. When the servant went inside. His very affectionate devotee. who suffered a massive heart attack. When the Revenue officials were unable to comply with this order. 4/5 . An ardent devotee. Sri Raghavendraswamy stood before him and said in Kannada. George and ManthraJayam All the priests in the Math were much annoyed. Guruji appeared in the dream of the chief priest and told him that as Prahaladha. The Saint was visible and audible only to Munroe who received Manthraksha. The Collector went back and wrote an order in favour of the Math and the village. and it opened on its own He had sprinkled water from the front door up to the Puja room. When they showed him a picture of Sri Raghavendraswamy. This order is still preserved in Fort St.K. while entering.pl?file=2002101801350500. That night. by which time the construction of the Brindavan was completed. " When Sir Thomas Munroe was the Collector of Bellary in 1800. he narrated the incident about the "stranger". had this experience. because in spite of their long and sincere service. painted a picture of Sri www. B. Appannacharya. From inside. The devotee reached the Math at 1 p.. Swami appeared before his devotee who had just completed the Sri Satyanarayana Puia and gave her manthrakshe.htm&da . Varma. Sir Thomas Munroe visited the Math for investigation He removed his hat and shoes and entered the sacred precincts.. A sorrow-stricken Appannacharya could not complete an important sloka.com/thehindu/thscrip/print. Crestfallen he was about to retreat when an old priest asked him to come inside. another 600 years. who questioned the significance of Thursday fasting. he could not see the "stranger" and was shocked to :find the Puia room open When the family members returned.hindu. "Sakshi Hayatsothruhi. with the caption "Manchali Adorn Taluka". Incidentally. One morning. "Dhari bidu". was made to realise its importance and he is now a steadfast devotee. and was given up for dead is said to have been revived by Swami who blessed him in person In another instance. except their servant.com/thehindu/thscrip/print. which was locked. the distributor had helped generously in the construction of Brindavans all over the country and Swami had sanctified his house. The devotee had darshan and received the prasadam It was only after he came out did he learn that he had just been involved in a miracle because a person he met outside said that he had the keys to the locked door and it was none other than Swami who had blessed him And in several cases Swami has blessed childless couples with progeny. A famous :fihn distributor in Chitradurga. he said that it was that very person who came there. Sri Raghavendra-swamy asked his followers to construct a Brindavan around him.m and the doors were locked. He went towards the Puja room. a sceptic person. was late in reaching ManthraJaya. he did not give them darshan. In 1671.hindu. at ManthraJayam He sat there playing on the veena and sang "Jndhu Enege Sri Govindha" in Bhairavi invoking Lord Krislma to dance before him He then controlled his breath and a Brindavan was constructed around him. Sri Raghavendraswamy emerged from the Brindavan and conversed with him for sometime. placing 300 Vislmu Saligramas over his head...20/11/2011 www. It is believed that he is alive inside the Brindavan. about the resumption of endowment. perfonning miracles. who was mopping the floor. This notification was published in the Madras Government Gazette in Chapter XI and page 213. the Swami prompted him with the words. A devotee in Bangalore had the unique experience of Swami receiving him at the Math.htm&da .S. all his family members were away. meaning "make way". the Madras Government ordered him to procure the entire income from the Math and ManthraJaya village. with holy water. he and Munroe were class-mates in Kritha Yuga and he was destined to perform this noble deed of solving the Math's problem Hence the unique privilege.pl?file=2002101801350500. the famous artist of Karnataka.

hindu. paying homage to Swami to whom we shall pray fur world peace.. As it was very late in the night.htm&da .. the eyes were in place looking radiant.com/thehindu/thscrip/print. The ring was later fuund among the valuables in the steel locker. © Copyright 2000 . Sri Raghavendraswamy appeared in his dream and told him that he himselfwould complete the picture by painting the eyes.hindu. except fur the eyes. where certainly the writer did not put it.pl?file=2002101801350500. in a sitting posture and writing on pahn leaves. recently.htm&da . 1.20/11/2011 www. Raghavendraswamy.pl?file=2002101801350500. The life span of Sri Raghavendraswamy is 700 years. of which 400 years have been completed and more than 300 Brindavans installed in India and abroad.. Yesudas gave a nrusic perfunnance at Manthralaya. Chennai This writer himselfhas benefited from the kindness of Swami A ring which had the embossed figure of Swami was lost and an intensive search did not bring it to surface. The painting was ahnost complete. One of them is at the Rayar Math in Saligramam.2009 The Hindu www.com/thehindu/thscrip/print. singing songs on Him.. When the artist woke up in the morning. he was nruch tired and fell asleep by the side of the photograph. Guruji transcends caste and religion All are equal to him K. Copies of the precious picture were printed at Bangalore and were all quickly sold. 5/5 .