H.H SHRIMATH BHUVANENDRA THIRTHA SWAMIJI

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H.H SHRIMATH BHUVANENDRA THIRTHA
SWAMIJI

Sri Bhuvanendra Thirtha was a great ascetic and

a renowned scholar. He was well built and

beautiful, with long arms, supernatural vision and

a broad forehead. He was a great scholar of

Agama Shastra, Jyotish Shastra, Ayurveda,

Mantra Shastra and Shilpa Shastra. One who

chants His name will be rewarded with health

and wealth. He was always serene and calm. He

offered everything to the Lord. He was a self-

respected honourable Yati and He protected

everyone. Prominent among who studied under

Him, such as Guna Bhat of Cochin, Subba Bhat of

Karkal and Krishna Bhat of Mangalore, became

famous Vaidiks. The famous Srinivas Bhat of

Ernakulam (Cochin) was a great devotee.

One Lakshmi Narayana, who protected the legacy

of Hari Katha, visited Swamiji. Bhuvanendra

Swamiji initiated and did Mudra Dharana, taught

him Madhwa Shastra and called him Das.

Lakshmi Narayana, who was smartha and

virtuous, became a poet, composed many songs

and performed the Hari Katha by the grace of

Swamiji.

Swamiji had achieved Vak Siddhi with the power

of his penance. He used to cure diseases. Once

when one Narasimha Bhat told Swamiji that he

always had miserable stomach pain Swamiji said,

“You will not have any pain from now on and you

will be happy”. He gave him Prasad. Narasimha

Bhat’s pain stopped completely.

Devotees of Manjeshwar told Bhuvanendra

Swamiji that Vasudendra Thirtha had buried

money in the earth. One wicked man said to

Swamiji, “You know the Mantra, discover it”.

Swamiji smiled, took one lemon, and chanted

some Mantra. The lemon disappeared. Swamiji

asked him to search for the hidden lemon. The

man could not find it. Swamiji then smiled and

showed the wicked man the place to dig where

he would find the treasure. When the man dug

and opened the treasure, instead of money, the

lemon bounced out.

Sri Bhuvanendra Swamiji knew the science of

Indian medicine (Ayurveda). He was very

intelligent and knowledgeable about medicinal

herbs. He prepared many varieties of Ayurvedic

medicines. He also knew the five types of

treatment in Ayurveda and used to cure sick

patients. Thus Swamiji popularly called as

“Abhinava Dhanvantari”

Shree Kashi Math Samsthan was a school of

Veda and was a dispensary for the sick during the

Reign of Sri Bhuvanendra Thirtha. Sri Swamiji

worshipped Dhanvantari. He built a temple for

Lord Dhanvantari in Cochin and arranged for a

priest for the daily Poojas. It is a great blessing

for Goud Saraswaths that this is the only one

temple of Lord Sri Dhanvantari in India.

Swamiji became famous as a great Visha Vaidya.

There were many Navayath Muslims living in

Bhatkal. They also became the devotees of

Swamiji. One Muslim had only one daughter and

she was bitten by a snake. Swamiji just reached

there when they were taking the body to the

burial ground. Looking at the suffering of the

parents, Swamiji also got depressed and asked

them to show the dead body. Swamiji removed

the poison by chanting sacred prayers. The

Muslims were amazed and offered kanike, placed

their heads at the feet of Guru and became great

disciples. Swamiji used the wealth from the

kanike to renovate the old Math in Bhatkal.

One rich old man Chardayya Prabhu prayed to

Guru to give him a Mantra Pinda (To eat a

cooked rice ball (pinda) given by a Swamiji or a

priest while chanting a sacred verse (mantra)

with faith. The power of the Mantra Pinda can

result in the birth of a son to a childless couple).

Bhuvanendra meditated on the form of Lord

Pradhyumna to produce one and gave that pinda

to Prabhu. Prabhu got a son by the grace of Sri

Hari and called the child Ram Prabhu.

There was a rich man Anantha Kamath of Karkal

whose children died as soon as they were born.

He told Bhuvanendra Swamiji about his anguish.

He gave the Mantra Pinda while chanting sacred

verses, and said, “Kamath, do not get worried,

you will get a son and your family will prosper”.

Anantha Kamath got a son in his old age and he

called him Subbharaya with love. Kamath then

spent his wealth for good causes. He offered

donations in the name of Guru. He built a school

and a Math in the name of Bhuvanendra Thirtha.

Bhuvanendra Swamiji left Karkal along with his

disciples to visit sacred places. He wanted to be

in Kashi as soon as he could. Pilgrimages help

pilgrims accomplish more due to satsang.

Swamiji used to give religious discourses while

traveling; one would become sinless by listenning

to these discourses. When they travelled, per

custom, they took a palanquin, flag, drum, kettle

drum and a conch. The mendicants, ascetics and

others who were free from attachments were

fortunate to join them along the course of the

pilgrimages.

It is true they say that Kashi is the mother of

knowledge. Men of learning, scholars and

knowers of Bramha Vidya welcomed Swamiji

when he reached Varanasi (Kashi). They

themselves wrote presentations, did salutations,

surrendered to Swamiji and said that they were

blessed. After staying there for a short time, he

returned to the South. He again visited many

pilgrim centres on the way. Swamiji had his holy

bath in Bana Ganga (Walkeshwar, Mumbai) and

stayed in the Kashi Math in the presence of the

Vrindavan of Madhavendra Thirtha. Swamiji then

went to live in the Basrur Shri Kashi Math at

Basrur, in the presence of the Vrindavan of

Keshavendra Thirtha.

He spent His whole life serving Sri Hari and Guru.

He said, “I will do my work, detached, to uplift

people in this world”. Swamiji worshipped three

times a day, studied and taught the scriptures.

Swamiji was always deep in thought, thinking

how to uplift the community for their happiness

and peace. Swamiji told them the world is unreal,

yet one must not be idle and waste time. One

must enjoy the beauty of life and improve their


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