(429th Birthday celebrated as Varahanti Utsava in Mantralaya)

Date : March 20, 2024


Dear Devotees : Namaskara.

| Sri MannMoolaRamastu Mannmathe Moolamahasamsthhaana Mantralaya Sri Rayaramathe||


429th Birthday celebrated as Varahanti Utsava in Mantralaya  is described in Mantralaya(1082)  .


On March 16, 2024 we celebrated our 429th Birthday which is celebrated as Varahanti Utsava in Mantralaya.

Sri Raghavendra Swamy comes from a special family called Gautam Gotra, known for being very pure and holy. Many people from this family have gone to heaven, and many have found Moksha, or liberation.

In this family, there was a man named Sri Krishna Bhat, who was very clever and talented. He was also really good at playing the Veena, a musical instrument. People called him Veena Krishna Bhat. Because he was so talented, the king of Vijayanagar Empire, named Krishnadevaraya, invited him to his palace and gave him lots of support.

Following in the footsteps of his illustrious father, Sri Kanakachala Bhat, and his son, Sri Thimanna Bhatt, continued the legacy of musical excellence. However, as the wheels of fate turned, the Vijayanagar Empire met its decline. In the face of adversity, Thimmanna Bhatt, accompanied by his wife Gopikamma, sought refuge in the tranquil town of Kumbakonam, under the benevolent guidance of SudheendraTheerthru, a revered saint.

Thimmanna Bhattaru and his beloved wife, Gopikamma, found solace and joy in the simple pleasures of life. Their days were adorned with acts of kindness and righteousness, as they immersed themselves in the noble pursuit of doing good deeds. Their hearts overflowed with love and gratitude for the two precious gifts bestowed upon them by the divine: a daughter named Venkatamba and a son named Gururaja. However, the couple yearned for another child to complete their family.
With unwavering faith and devotion, Thimmanna Bhattaru and Gopikamma embarked on a sacred journey of meditation and prayer to God Sri Hari, seeking his divine blessings. Every day, without fail, they immersed themselves in meditation, their souls entwined in a blissful communion with the divine.
Determined to express their devotion in a tangible form, the couple embarked on a pilgrimage to Tirupati, where they offered their humble service to God Sri Srinivasa. Their hearts brimming with love and devotion, they poured their prayers and hopes into each sacred offering.
Pleased by the sincerity and steadfast devotion of Thimmanna Bhattaru and Gopikamma, God Sri Srinivasa appeared to them in a divine dream. God Srinivas Devaru’s radiant form exuded boundless grace and compassion as he spoke words of profound blessing and revelation. "You are truly blessed," God said. "My devotee, Sri Prahalad, who has incarnated as Sri Vyasa Rajaru, will be born unto you. He shall be a beacon of guidance and protection for those who follow the path of devotion to me. Take care of him, for he is destined for greatness."

Overwhelmed with joy and gratitude, Thimmanna Bhattaru and Gopikamma embraced the divine decree with reverence and love. They awaited the arrival of their blessed child, knowing that their family was destined for a divine purpose, guided by the grace of God Sri Hari.

As the days passed and Gopikamba's pregnancy progressed, her cravings took on a unique and sacred nature, reflecting the extraordinary essence of the child growing within her. While most expectant mothers yearned for sweet indulgences and tangy fruits, Gopikamba's desires were guided by a divine force, leading her towards the color saffron—a hue symbolizing purity and spirituality.In a display of utmost devotion, Gopikamba found herself drawn to the sacred practice of Bhiksha, a tradition followed by sages and ascetics. This revered ritual involved partaking only of food received as alms from households known for their adherence to righteous conduct and virtuous living. Gopikamba's heart longed to prepare meals from these blessed offerings, imbued with the sanctity of Sadachar—the path of righteousness.But her cravings did not end there. In a display of profound spirituality, Gopikamba found herself yearning for something even more sacred. She desired to consume soil and murtika—a humble yet deeply symbolic gesture that spoke to her profound connection with the earth and the divine. Each morsel she ate became a sacrament, nourishing not just her body, but also her soul, as she awaited the arrival of her blessed child.

Little did she know, this preference hinted at the future attire of her unborn child—a saintly figure cloaked in the sacred hue of saffron robes.

But it wasn't just her cravings that set Gopikamba apart. Her heart yearned for something more profound—her ears longing to listen in the soothing melodies of Holy Scriptures. Each recitation filled her soul with a sense of peace and reverence, foretelling the greatness that awaited her newborn.

As Gopikamba's pregnancy progressed, the villagers couldn't help but notice the divine aura that surrounded her, a testament to the miraculous journey unfolding within her womb. And amidst the whispers of anticipation, the stage was set for the arrival of a child destined for greatness—a child who would grow to become none other than the revered saint, Sri Raghavendra Swamy.a joyous occasion unfolded as Thimmanna Bhatt and his beloved wife, Gopikamba, welcomed their blessed child into the world. This divine gift, born unto them, was none other than Rayaru himself, destined to be a beacon of light and wisdom for generations to come.

In honor of the divine blessings bestowed upon them, the newborn was lovingly named Venkatanatha, a testament to his sacred origins as the boon of Lord Venkateshwara himself. As the infant Venkatanatha graced the world with his presence, an ethereal radiance and brightness enveloped his tiny form, captivating all who beheld him.

On March 16th, 2024, the atmosphere in Mantralaya brimmed with joy and divine grace as Sri SubhudendraTeertharu guided the celebration of the 429th Birthday, also known as Varahanti, with profound reverence and devotion.

Following tradition, a pristine cloth, known as Vastra, arrived from Tirumala, symbolizing the blessings of God Srinivasa. TTD officials, filled with devotion, carried this sacred Vastra on their heads, transporting it to Mantralaya. Sri SubhudendraTeertharu, amidst the chanting of Vedic hymns, the melodies of classical instruments, the soul-stirring tunes of Hari Dasa songs, and the mesmerizing movements of devotional dance, welcomed the procession with deep reverence.With utmost devotion, Sri SubhudendraTeertharu adorned the Vastra with a garland before placing it upon his head, his inner soul resonating with the divine names of Sri Hari and Raghavendra Swamy. With great care, he carried the blessed Vastra to the sanctum of Sri Rayara Brindavana, offering it to Sri Rayaru with Mangaluaruti, a ritual of auspicious invocation. Witnessing this sacred scene, tears of devotion flowed freely, both among those present at Mantralaya and those witnessing the event online. The profound significance of this divine offering left hearts deeply touched and souls uplifted, as the celebration of Sri Rayaru's Varahanti filled the atmosphere with divine bliss and sanctity.

Following the musical offerings, a multitude of musicians known as Nadahara filled the air with the melodious strains of various devotional songs, captivating the hearts of the large gathering assembled.

As the divine atmosphere enveloped the surroundings, the solemn ritual of Pada Pooja for Sri Prahalad Rayaru commenced, accompanied by an air of reverence and devotion. The presence of Goddess Manchalema added to the divine splendor of the occasion, as she smiled with happiness, adorned in resplendent sarees and ornate jewelry.

With utmost devotion, Sri SubhudendraTeertharu offered heartfelt prayers to Sri Prahalad Rayaru, seeking his divine blessings and guidance. Following this, the grand event of Maha Samsthana Pooja for Moola Ramadevaru unfolded, marking the culmination of the sacred celebrations.

The sacred idol, meticulously crafted and worshipped by Lord Brahma himself, stood as a testament to the divine lineage passed down through the generations—from God Rama and Krishna to Madhwacharayaru, Jayatheertharu, Sri Raghavendra Swamy, and all the revered Swamijis of the Rayara Mutt. Each successive guardian of this sacred legacy had nurtured and preserved the divine tradition, ensuring its sanctity and significance for all eternity.

As the day drew to a close, the festivities continued with evening cultural programs, filling the atmosphere with joy and celebration. Artists showcased their talents through music, dance, and various cultural performances, delighting the gathered devotees with their vibrant displays.

As night fell, the event came to a close with the Maha Mangalarti, a special ritual praying Sri Raghavendra Swamy. With lamps shining bright and hearts full of devotion, people gathered to pray and thank the holy saint.

The chants of hymns and the sweet melodies of devotional songs filled the air, creating an atmosphere of divine bliss and sanctity. As the Maha Mangalarti reached its crescendo, devotees bowed their heads in reverence, their souls uplifted by the divine presence of Sri Raghavendra Swamy.

In that special moment, with the flickering lights and the echoes of prayers surrounding them, devotees felt calm and content, their hearts touched by the blessings of Sri Raghavendra Swamy. As they offered their last prayers, they carried with them the divine grace and blessings, treasuring the memories of the meaningful celebration for a long time.

Sri Hari is immensely grateful for granting us His precious diamond, Sri Rayaru, to bless us for many years to come.We are all sheltered by the divine protection of Sri Raghavendra Swamy, shielding us from negativity, sorrow, and bad karma, while guiding us to walk the path of righteousness.

The devotion towards Sri Raghavendrateertharu is the ultimate truth and is the most simple and effective way to reach Sri Hari  - "NAMBI KETTAVARILLAVO EE GURUGALA"! “Those who have complete faith in this Guru will never be disappointed.”