H.H SHRIMATH VARDENDRA THIRTHA SWAMIJI

H.H Shrimath Vardendra Thirtha Swamiji


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H.H SHRIMATH VARADENDRA THIRTHA


SWAMIJI


Sri Varadendra Thirtha Swamiji ascended the


Dharma Peeta of Shree Kashi Math Samsthan


after his Guru Sri Bhuvanendra Thirtha Attained


Mukti in Bhatkal. He was an expert in the


Shastras. He studied the Vedas and Shastras in


Kashi (Varanasi) for a decade. Goddess


Saraswathi (the Goddess of knowledge) inspired


Varadendra Thirtha to acquire the knowledge of


Sri Vedavyasa, the poetic sentiment of Valmiki


(the great composer of the epic Ramayana) and


the nature of Kalidas (one of the greatest poets).


Varadendra Swamiji also learnt the philosophy of


Poorna Prajna (Madhwacharya).


Varadendra Thirtha would not rest after worship


and engage in other activities. He said, “It is


better to be aware about what is going on in the


physical world. Don’t waste your precious and


invaluable time. We eat and wander like animals,


yet we must learn how to live our lives in this


world and be industrious”. He lived to the


maximum of his potential. He used to read


English newspapers for the news of the world.


Once he read anything he would never forget it.


He did research in Ayurveda and personally


manufactured Ayurvedic Medicines. He cured


patients with asthma and rheumatism. One Soira


Bhatt, who also cured many diseases, learnt the


practice of medicine from Swamiji. Swamiji was a


patron of fine arts. He was knowledgeable about


music and sound and played the Veena


instrument. He was an ardent lover of children


and used to teach poor children.


Swami Varadendra Thirtha had a tremendous


fascination with modern engineering and an


abiding interest in mechanical gadgets and their


repair. He would open any new machine and look


at its innards. Once Swamiji had even repaired


the telegraph machine when it was not working!


An English administrator came to know about


Swamiji and his repair of the telegraph machine.


He prostrated to Swamiji and said, “You have


supernatural knowledge”. Swamiji also knew


photography and how to develop pictures.


Everyone in the Math helped Swami Varadendra


Thirtha in the various activities. He was proficient


in astrology and mathematics. He knew the Vedas


and started schools in the temples of Basrur,


Manjeshwar and Karkal. He was well versed in


many languages such as Sanskrit, Malayalam,


Konkani, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Urdu


and Japanese. His library included a collection of


books in all languages. He composed books in


Sanskrit and knew how to print them. After the


night worship, He would bind the sacred books of


the Math. He printed the Sthothras and


distributed it to all at no cost so that people


could study and recite the Sthothras. Swamiji


renovated many temples and initiated disciples to


facilitate their salvation. He used to get up early


in the morning to do the worship of the Lord


three times a day.


Varadendra Thirtha knew all the Vedic scriptures


and practiced religious rites, meditation and


worship of the Lord. He decorated the Lord with


ornaments and many types of flowers. He


performed the Shodasha Upachara Pooja (sixteen


types of worship) and this worship was received


happily by Lord Sri Vyasa and Raghupati. Swami


Varadendra Thirtha experienced visions of Lord


Vyasa. After the naivedya with six types of food,


milk and ghee, He would distribute Thirtha and


Gandha Akshata Prasad to all disciples. Only then


he would take Bhiksha. He exhibited skill in


composing Shlokas in Nagahandha ( read


alternately from left to right to left and so on, like


the body of a snake), Chakra Bandba(read along


the circumference of a circle) and Mala Bandha


(read from the petals of flowers on which letters


were written in a particular manner).


One Brahmin at that time stated that the Math


belonged to him and he went to the court of law.


He requested Swamiji to pray so that he (the


Brahmin) would win the case! Swamiji replied


that the truth alone would win, smiled and gave


him Thirtha andGandha Prasad . In any case


Swamiji won the court case. The Brahmin


however continued to stay in the Math and our


kind Swamiji looked after him.


One day when Varadendra Thirtha had a high


fever, the doctor asked Swamiji to rest and not to


take a bath. Saying that the temperature was for


the body and that there was no connection with


the soul, Varadendra went for a bath. Again the


doctor examined Him and the temperature was


still very high. The worried doctor could only say,


Swamiji, only You are the knower of truth and


the king of knowledge”.


Once, Varadendra Thirtha went to


Anantashayana. Guru visited Lord Padmanabha


there and worshipped the Lord. When the people


of Cochin heard about Swamiji’s arrival to


Anantashayana, they rushed there to seek


Swamiji’s blessings. The king of Cochin had great


regard and respect for Swamiji as He had once


performed the Sahasra Kumbhabhisheka


(abhishek/holy bath of images of God using


Sahasra/one thousand kumbha/pots) to the Lord


in the king’s palace. He sent a letter of request to


Varadendra Thirtha to visit Cochin. The disciples


got everything ready when they heard that


Swamiji was coming to Cochin. The king


welcomed Him with all respects and offered gold,


Peetamber (silk clothes) and requested Swamiji


to visit them again.


Then Swamiji and entourage that included many


disciples left for Rameshwaram. They say that


visiting Rameshwaram itself is a great blessing


and a path to liberation. They visited Sri


Mushanam Varaha Kshetra and gave charity to


the poor and helpless. Then they went to


Srirangam (Near Tiruchirappalli, on a small island


between branches of the rivers Kaveri and


Coleroon, stands Srirangam – the most revered


of the 108 pilgrimage shrines of Visnu, and the


largest temple complex in all of India). They call


this place Bhu Vaikunta (heaven on earth). There


is no doubt that one will attain salvation if one


takes a holy bath in the Kaveri river and gets the


darshan of Lord Ranganatha with faith and


devotion. Swamiji was happy and stayed there for


a long time. He praised, “Sri Ranga! Saviour of


devotees, You are the Lord Vittal in Pandari (a


great pilgrim centre in Maharastra, India).


Goddess Ganga flowed from Your feet and She is


flowing as Goddess Kaveri in Srirangam”.


Varadendra Thirtha offered His physical body to


serve the Lord. His body became weak from


exhaution. He had diabetes and had a boil on his


back. Even though suffering from pain He always


smiled. He realized that His end was near. He


wanted to select a Brahmin boy for the


Parampara. After a search they found a boy from


a good Cochin family. The boy’s horoscope was


excellent for his taking Sanyas. Swamiji initiated


him and called him SRI SUKRATHINDRA THIRTHA


at Thiruchirapalli. After the Shishya Sweekar


ceremony, both the Swamijis went to Bantwal and


stayed in the Bantwal Shri Kashi Math.


The disciples in Bantwal used Ayurvedic medicine


for treatment of Swamiji and the boil was cured.


Varadendra and Sukrathindra Thirtha stayed in


Bantwal for three years. Then Swamiji sent his


Shishya to Cochin for education. Varadendra


Thirtha then went to live on the bank of Bana


Ganga, Bombay. He stayed in the Walkeshwar


Shri Kashi Math in the presence of the Vrindavan


of Shrimath Madhavendra Thirtha Swamiji.


Swamiji was always absorbed in deep meditation


and chanted the name of Lord Narayana till the


very end. Varadendra Thirtha left His body on


Wednesday June 24, 1914 A.D. His Vrindavan


was constructed next to Madhavendra Thirtha’s


in Walkeshwar Shri Kashi Math, Bombay.


The young Shishya Shrimath Sukrathindra


Swamiji was greatly distressed and confused


when he received the sad news in Cochin.


Shishya Swamiji rushed to Walkeshwar and stood


in front of His Guru’s Vrindavan. Swami


Sukrathindra Thirtha shed tears with deep


sorrow. Thinking of his Guru, He praised Him in


his mind. Shishya Sukrathindra felt that he was


not fortunate enough to stay with his Guru for a


longer period, having lived with and learnt under


Guru Sri Varadendra Thirtha for only three years.


It was all God’s wishes. One who visits and


worships the Vrindavan of Sri Varadendra Swamiji


is said to get rid of their sins. One who


prostrates the Vrandavans of Madhavendra and


Varadendra (At Walkeshwar Shri Kashi Math), will


be rid of all their past and future sins.