About the Book
Sri Vadiraja, the great Madhva saint is considered as one of the luminaries of Indian
theism. He wrote a dozen original works and several commentaries in Sanskrit,
Kannada and TuIu. He was the sixteenth acharya of the Sode math, one of
the eight established by Sri Madhvacharya in Udupi. Rukminisa Vijaya written by Sri Vadiraja is
an epitome of Srimad Bhagavatam.
Consisting of over 1200 verses spread through 19 can- tos,
this work is a poetic marvel describing the events leading to the union of Rukmini and Lord Krishna. Sri Vadiraja
expounds the Dvaita philosophy in Yuktimalika
About the Author
Theertha Prabandha written by Vadiraja in
Sanskrit is a unique travelogue in which the renowned saint describes the great
pilgrim centres, holy rivers, and sacred mountains and offer worship to the
pre- siding deities of the shrines he visited. The graphic account of the holy
places, the impressive style the author employs and devotional mood that
pervades every line, make Theertha Prabandha an outstanding book of its genre. Sri Vadiraja’s deep knowledge of India’s spiritual unity and
his great reverence for Mother Nature are truly reflected in this classic work.
The translator Sri S.K. Achar
has written a number of books on Madhva philosophy in
Kannada and English. After his retirement from Syndicate Bank as an officer,
Sri Achar is actively involved in the propagation of sanatana dharma and popularization of Haridasa
according to Jayateertha, an apostle of the Dvaita system is the Supreme attatchment
to the Lord on a complete understanding of his greatness and supremacy to the
love of one’s own self and possessions and which remains unshaken in the face
of innumerable difficulties. It flows uninterruptedly. This kind of devotion
The Haridasas of Karnataka who followed the Dvaita
tradition in letter and spirit through their songs, poems and philosophical
treatises were trendsetters in the South Indian bhakti
movement. Like the Alvars who sang the Infinite Glory
of Lord Vishnu in their devotional hymns, these divine bards spread God’s glory
through their compositions in chaste Kannada. They were literally the servitors
of God and enjoyed their proximity to Him. To these galaxy
of illustrious saints belong Purandaradasa, Kanakadasa, Vaikunthadasa, Vyasaraja and Vadiraja.
Sri Vadiraja who lived during the fifteenth century was an
outstanding scholar and eminent hymnist. An author of a dozen original works
and of several commentaries in Sanskrit, Kannada and Tulu, Sri Vadiraja was a doughty champion of Madhva
system of philosophy, whose Yuktimallika, Rukminisa Vijaya, and Dasavatara Stotra are the classic
example of his erudition, mastery over Madhva
philosophy and his unswerving devotion to Sri Hari.
Theertha Prabandha, composed by Sri Vadiraja,
is a remarkable work in which he descrbes the
well-known pilgrim centers of our country. The book
can be considered one of the earliest pilgrim guides extant today. He gives an
intimate account of each shrine he visited and the Presiding Deity consecrated
there. The book is virtually a Bharat Darsan of an
illustrious seersaint five hundred years ago.
We are happy to present this masterpiece of a
travelogue written by Sri Vadiraja, translated into
English by Sri S. K.Achar.
After reading repeatedly and explaining the contents of Holy Ramayana
and Mahabharata written by the great freedom fighter, brilliant administrator, Bharatha Ratna late. Sri Charavarhti Rajagopalacharya and published by the Bharatiya
Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai, to my
children I felt immensely happy. I was so deeply impressed by this great work,
and sincerely felt that I too should do something for our younger generation.
Accordingly I decided to translate some of the small books in Sanskrit to
Kannada and English to benefit the community after my retirement from the
translating Yathiraja Vadiraja’s
original Sanskrit work. “Tirtha Prabandha”
to Kannada and English, I approached holy Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams for their
help and guidance to publish the book. I am glad that with the holy blessing of
Tirumala Venkatesha Prabhu the book is now available to the readers in
different parts of the country in Kannada and English.
connection, I express my profound sense of gratitude to the Swamiji
of Ashta Mutts Udupi for
his valuable blessings, messages and guidance, Prof. U.L. Achar,
M.A.B.T. who corrected the manuscript totally enhancing their quality and
utility to the readers, Dr. P. Krishnaiah, I.A.S.,
Former Executive Officer, Dr. N.S. Ramamurthy, Former Editor and all the
members of the staff of T.T.D. connected with the publication of the book.
Let other rich temples of the holy Bharat also emulate
the holy T.T. Devasthanams, and promote the
publication of the holy religious books useful to the Society to enlighten our
younger generation and grow as good citizens.
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