Commemorative volume on Sri Raghavendra Swamy
‘Peetathipathi’ releases the special book in Mantralayam
The ‘Peetathipathi’ of the Sri Raghavendra Swamy Math Sri Subudhendra Theertha on Sunday released the special commemorative volume Sri Raghavendra Swamy: The Living Saint of Mantralayam brought out by The Hindu.
Complimenting The Hindu Group of Publications for bringing out the special volume on Sri Raghavendra Swamy, Sri Subudhendra Theertha praised The Hindu for maintaining integrity and etching a prime place for itself in the world of media. He said that The Hindu is the ‘Bheeshma’ among newspapers, and whatever appeared as news in it is “taken as a gospel of truth by everybody.”
“The Hindu’s rich contribution toward promoting socio-religious aspects and accurate coverage of political and international events is worth emulating,” the Swamiji remarked.
He added, “If one has to master himself in the world of literature and English, he or she should read The Hindu, which has maintained high standards in the world of journalism since its inception, and will continue this legacy in the future.”
Sri Subudhendra Theertha said that by bringing out the special volume on Sri Raghavendra Swamy the paper has done yeoman service to society.
He praised the editorial team for producing the commemorative volume with well-researched articles, rare photographs and high quality printing.
The volume was released at a valedictory function on the occasion of the threeday birth centenary celebrations of the previous ‘Peetathipathi’ Sri Sujayeendra Theertha, considered the architect of the present Sri Raghavendra Swamy Math after it was devastated by floods in the Tungabhadra river in 2009.
Members of the Dasasahitya Project of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams recited the entire volume of the ‘Srihari Kathamrutha Sara’ penned by the legendary Haridasa Sri Jagannatha Dasa for six hours non-stop, on the math premises, on the occasion.
Sri Subudhendra Theertha complimented members of the Bhajan Mandal for it. The Living Saint of Mantralayam is a rich tribute to the sage Sri Raghavendra Swamy, and to the holy town of Mantralayam, a standing testimony to one of the greatest religious scholars India has produced. The temple offers hope to millions of believers and holds out the promise of relief and salvation to devotees of Sri Raghavendra Swamy.
The scholar, guru and saint Sri Raghavendra Swamy is known for his clear and vivid commentary on the Upanishads; his interpretations of the works of Sri Madhvacharya, Sri Teekacharya and Vyasaraja are considered impeccable. The volume contains some rare photographs of the ‘brindavana’ of the sage, and also includes a detailed interview with Sri Subudhendra Theertha, outlining the math’s future plans.
Prominent among those present at the event were the math’s regional heads of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh T. Ravi and S.D.T. Rao respectively; C. Vijayarama Raju, assistant manager in Vishakapatnam; Sri Raja Giriacharya, the ‘purvashrama’ father of the present ‘Peethathipathi’; Sri Suyumendra Acharya; L.R.D. Gowtham Acharya; and Anantacharya.
Sri Subudhendra Theertha taking a look at the volume on Sri Raghavendra Swamy and, right, the cover of the book.