Sri Raghavendra Swamy Mutt, Mantralayam27 May 2021
Sri Raghavendra Swamy, after taking up His Sanyasa was on a padha yatra across the country. During this period, He performed several miracles and saved a number of people from their miseries.
One day, a cowherd was stopped by the Sultan of that region and was asked to read a letter. The man, who was an illiterate was suddenly able to read out the note which had some very happy news for the King who made the cowherd his Diwan (Chief). The man thanked Sri Raghavendra Swamy profusely for His divine grace.
When Swamy was passing by a forest, he heard of a woman screaming due to forest fire. The Guru invoked Lord Varuna, the God of rains and stopped the wildfire. The woman was none other than Goddess Parvathi in the form of a village deity, Goddess Manchalamma, who asked Sri Raghavendra Swamy to remain at Her abode with His Brindavana.
The Guru sought a suitable barren land from the Diwan who had attained prosperity due to the Swamy’s blessings and he in turn requested the Sultan to allot suitable space to Sri Raghavendra Swamy’s Brindavana which is currently located at Mantralayam. By the supreme grace of the Acharya, the region is now prosperous and attracts lakhs of devotees every year to visit His Moola Brindavana where He was laid to rest.
It is said that “Rayaru” as He is fondly addressed remains at Mantralayam, takes a dip early in the morning every day at Tungabhadra River and offers His prayers to Lord Sri Rama, Lord Sri Krishna and Lord Venkataramana who is His family deity. The Mutt and the town is well managed under the supervision of Sri Raghavendra Swamy Mutt, Mantralayam and ably guided by the the present peetathipadhi (pontiff), HH Sri Subhudendra Theertha Swamiji.
Here’s a link about the birth place of Sri Raghavendra Swamy.
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