Com­mem­o­ra­tive vol­ume on Sri Raghavendra Swamy

‘Pee­tathipathi’ re­leases the spe­cial book in Mantralayam

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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.”

‘Yeo­man ser­vice’

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.

Non-stop recital

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.

Rare pho­to­graphs

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.

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