Today, We had an excellent opportunity to visit one of the unidentified brindavana in Tamilnadu, which is located at Karuvalur(38 kms from Coimbatore) on the banks of koushika river(It is completely dried now 😦 ). It is believed that this brindavana belongs to one of the 24 disciples of Sri Vyasarayaru.
The same koushika river flows near Bellathi brindavana.
This brindavana is located inside a demolished temple which is believed to be Sri Venugopala swamy temple(1700 years old). Moola murthy idols are missing. One can visit uthsava murthy at nearby local temple(Mariamman temple).
Front view of temple:
We could see multiple Hanumantha carvings in pillars throughout the temple.
There is a separate hanumantha temple nearby to this place which is taken care by people from that area.
Let’s hope that we will get to know details of this brindavana very soon!
As per the famous sloka, There is a unique brindavana (Kamadhenu kalpavruksha sahitha Raghavendra Theertharu) located at Kannankurichi, Salem, Tamilnadu
This is one of the brindavanas installed after 2000’s. I am very much familiar to this place as our native is Salem. This mutt was just 1 km from our home. I still remember the brindavana Prathistapana day. It was such a grand function with Swamijis presence, Vidhyabhushan Kacheri etc. Thousand of devotees took part on the prathistapana day.
Apart from Rayaru brindavana, one can also have dharshan of Yoga Lakshmi Narasimma Devaru, Dhanvanthri devaru and Hanumantha devaru on either sides of brindavana
Kannakurichi is a small place located around 7 kms from Salem town and Ample bus facilities are available from Bus stand and Railway station
Nithya Nagar 3rd Street,
Kannangurichi, Salem 636 008
Everyone is aware of the place Manthralaya as it is associated with Rayaru. Bhuvanagiri , A small town near Chidamabaram, Tamilnadu is the birth place of our beloved gurugalu Rayaru.
Our beloved Raayaru was born in Manmatha Naama Samvatsara, Phalguna masa, sukla paksha Sapthami (Thursday, Mrigashira Nakshathra) in the year 1595 at Bhuvanagiri near Chidambaram in Tamilnadu.
Born in Bhuvanagiri, venkanna(rayaru poorvashrama name) spent his earlier days for paata in Kumbakona and His ashrama sweekara has happened in Vaduvur near Thanjavur. In the history of Rayaru, We can see a significant period of time Rayaru lived in Tamilnadu.
The places where he lived is still exists today and his home in Bhuvanagiri has been transformed into a Raghavendra Swamy Matha.
Bhuvanagiri is near Chidambaram and it is around 7 kilometers from the Chidambaram town. There are plenty of buses and taxis from Chidambaram to Bhuvanagiri
Bhuvanagiri today is a small panchayat town in Cuddalore district. The Ragavendra SwamyTemple is located at 4th Patti street and it is ten minutes walk from the Bhuvanagiri busstand..
Generally there is koorma peeta for brindavanas everywhere and there is an exception which you can see in Tanjavur Rayara Brindavana
There is a “Sarpa-Peeta Brindavana” of Sri. Raghavendra swamy, situated near Vaduvuru, on bank of river Cauvery, 5KM away from Thanjavur. Tamilnadu.
It was consecrated during rule of last Nayak king of Thanjavur, Vijayaraghava Nayaka (son of Raghunatha Nayaka), just before the start of Maratha rule.
This is the place where Rayaru did 12 years of deep penance after sanyasi sweekara. After Rayaru left to propagate the Madhwa philosophy, The King Nayak faced so many problems and he wished Rayaru presence in his kingdom.
Just after the Brindavana pravesha of Sri. Raghavendra Swamy at Mantralaya , the king had a dream in which Guru Rayaru appeared in his dream and wish to have his Brindavana at a place where he took his Sanyasashrama to bless the people.
The king was told that ” I would come in the form of Sarpam (Snake) and I will show you the spot to establish the temple” by Rayaru and things happened in the same way. He recognized the spot and engraved Sarpa’s image and installed Sarpa-Peetha at that place as a remarkable mark where Guru Rayaru took his Sanyasashrama .
It was the place where the title of “Sri Ragavendra Theertha” was given to guru by his Guru Sri Sudheendhra theertharu and he handed over the responsibilities of the Vidya Matha to Sri Raghavendra Tirtharu.
As instructed by Rayaru, there is no ceiling over Brindavana. Rayaru wished the brindavan should be open to Nature. The pooja Krama followed here is based on the pooja karma of a sanyasi.
Unlike any other Mrithika brindavanas, There is no Mrithika consecrated in this brindavana during prathistapana as Rayaru himself wished to live here through his brindavana.
The temple priests give Mantrakshathe with Mrithika(Soil from the land where Rayaru lived) to the devotees
It is believed that This powerful peetha can cure all doshas related to planet Raghu and Kethu in ones life.
How to Reach Vadavaru (Vadavaru Karai):
Thanjavur: From Thanjavur Old Bus Stand about 5 Kms. No bus facility. Walking through fields partitions. Autos only can ply.
SRI RAGHAVENDRA SWAMY BRUNDAVANAM
VADAVARU BANK, THANJAVUR
BUS ROUTE: THANJAVUR OLD BUSSTAND TO BOODHALUR (VIA KALIMEDU)
NO. 27, SERIES
STAGE NAME: BRINDAVANAM
Official website : http://www.tanjorerayarabrindavana.org/about.html
BUS ROUTE: THANJAVUR OLD BUSSTAND TO BOODHALUR (VIA KALIMEDU) (Bus no 27)
Edit: I am adding more brindavana details. Sorry for missing few in my first update. Thanks to Sri B.Sarvothaman for bringing this through a comment and enlightening me!
I have tried to compile the Moola brindavanas situated in Tamilnadu. I will keep on updating the information as and when available. I have attached three different maps spanning 90% of brindavanas in the same region.
Guru: Sri Raghu varya theertharu
Sishyaru: Sri Raghupathi Theertharu and Sri Vedavyasa theertharu
His Tippanis are called as “Bhavabodha”. That is why he is called as Bhavabodhakararu
Shri Raghuttama Teertharu entered Brindavana in 1595 AD on the day of Vaikunta Ekadashi( Pushya Shudda Ekadashi)
The Moola Brindavana of Shri Shri 1008 Shri Raghuttama Teertharu is located at Manampoondi near Tirukoilur the banks of river South Pinakini (Penna) which is in Villupuram District of present Tamilnadu. This place is also known as “Pancha Krishnaranya Kshetra
Manampoondi is a small village located located between Tiruvanamalai and Tirukoilur. Manampoondi is 36 K.ms away from Tiruvannamalai. It is at a distance of 2 Kms from Tirukoilur.
Sri Sri Raghuthamma Swamy Moola Brindavana,
Manmpoondi (Tirukoilur) – 605759,
Phone : 04153 – 24690
Sri Sathya Natha Theertharu(Veera cholapuram)
|| satyanAthaguruH pAtu yo dhIro navacandrikAm .
navAmR^itagadAtIrthatANDavAni vyacIkL^ipat ||
His Aradhana falls on Margasirsha shudha Ekadhasi (On Mokshadha Ekadhasi day, also Gita Jayanthi)
Guru: Sri Sathya nidhi Theertharu
Sishyaru : Sri Sathya Abhinava theertharu
His moola brindavana is located at Veera Cholapuram is on the banks of river South Pennar. It is approximately 10 kms from Thirukovilur. Those who visit Raghuttama theerthara brindava, Can also plan this place as it is nearby.
Sri V. Vadirajan
Veercholapura – 605 755
Kodangal, Tamil Nadu