Nanjeer was one of the pillar of Our Sri Vaishnavism after the period of our Emperumanar. In Periya Thirumudivu it is mentioned that Nanjeer was born in Thirunarayanapuram / Melkote in Mel nadu of those days and present day Karnataka .
In Aiyram Padi Guruprampara his place of birth is not mentioned, it is said he was residing in a place known as Gangorai. In fact one of my well wisher told his birth place is near Shimoga and still his statue is there in Madhava Mutt there , But let us not get confussed. His year of Birth is is also not known . Nanjeers original name was Madhvachariyar , he was expert in veda shastra so he was also known as Vedanthi. He was an expert in adwaitha . Before our beloved Emperumanar left for heavenly abode he called his Successor Parasar Bhattar and told him In Mel Nadu there is person known as Vedanthi , please bring him into our fold. This is was one of the few instruction left by Emperumanar before he attained Paramapadam. We all known in Our Yathirajar's life he has brought the great Adwatihi of those time Yagyamoorthi in to our fold by defeating him in debate . He also named him Arulalaemperumanar.We presume due to the old age of Udayavar he did not undertake the task of bringing Vedanthi into our fold, hence he instructed Parasa Bhattar to this task. As instructed by Grand Master Bhattar travelled to Melnadu. He was accompanied by his Shishyas and he travelled in Palquin .On seeing this Locals adviced that if you go with pomp and show you cannot meet vedanthi. .Vedanthi was a very rich man ,every day he used to feed the people( I presume that Like our Kuresar he was also a wealthy man and feed the poor people). So next day Parasara Bhattar went as simple person into the Thirumaligai of Vedanthi,All other went to the place where the food was being served, but our Bhattar walked to the place where Vedanthi was sitting. On seeing Bhattar coming towards him vedanthi asked why he is coming here,Bhattar replied he has come for Bheekasha, Vedanthi told if it is for bheekasha he should go to place where food is being served. Then bhattar replied he has not come for that Bheeksha , vedanthi was perplexed and asked if not that Bheeksha then what Bheeksha he wants.This was the word Bhattar was waiting for, he immediately told he wants Tharka Bheeksha. Then Immediately Vedanthi Asked are you the Parasara Bhattar from srirangam.( Vedanthi and Bhattar had heard about each other). Then for nine continous days the debate took place, then on the tenth day Vedanthi Agreed the Vaishta Advaitha is the best and he surrendered at the feet of Parasara Bhattar. Then Bhattar did the Pancha Samaskaram and he returned to Srirangam. Vedanthi continued to live in Melkote and served food to the people as usual . Vedanthi had two wifes , once he was was not there and both his wifes refused to serve the food to poor Brahmins , when he came to know of this , he became very sad and decided to take Sanyasa. . He sold all his property and divided them into three shares, two shares he gave it to his two wifes. Then the third one he carried it , so that he can give it to his Guru Bhattar. Enroute he met Anandaalwan the disciple of Emperumanar, He chidded him for taking sanyasa.then he blessed vedanthi. Then Vedanthi reached Srirangam and postrated his Guru Bhattar, On seeing Vedanthi in Sanayasa Kollam , Bhattar told " NAM JEER VANTHAR " and embressed him.( Generally Vaishnava Sanyasi's are known as "JEER" From that day Vedanthi was called "NANJEER" I am not going further deep about NANJEER’s life . If any mistake pray excuse. Now I take you for a visual treat of this place and it is also the same place where the debate took place between him and Parasara Bhattar. But unfortunately it is in shambles and dilapidated condition. I went on 19th October 2008 , but I understood that a Trust was there and due to some problem the management of the Sannidhi is now with Government, but the abhimanis have planned to have the Sannidhi rebuilt and restore its old glory. I was told in another 3 / 4 days the Bhoomi Pooja for Restoration work. His Sannidhi needs your attention.
Anybody desirous of contributing for this kainkaryam please contact :
Sri U Ve.Rangarajan,Nanjeer Sannadhi Veedhi,Melkote:571431. Cell:9448334450
Here are few Pictures which I took.
Nanjeer Sannidhi Aradhakar and caretaker Sri Rangarajan Swamy
The Mantapam where the Debate took place between Nanjeer and Parasara Bhattar
NanJeer - Moolavar
Nam piLLai – Moolavar
The Usthava Moorthy of Nanjeer, Nam piLLai and Aradhanai Moorthy Sri & Bhoo Devi Sametha Srinivasa at Vanamamalai Mutt- Melkote for daily aradhanai and safe custody.