Sri Bharati Tirtha

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Sri Bharati Tirtha MahaswaminaH
ಶ್ರೀ ಭಾರತೀ ತೀರ್ಥ ಮಹಾಸ್ವಾಮಿನ:
శ్రీ భారతి తీర్థ స్వామి
பாரதி தீர்த்த சுவாமிகள்
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ಜಗದ್ಗುರು ಶ್ರೀ ಭಾರತೀ ತೀರ್ಥ ಮಹಾಸ್ವಾಮಿನ:
Born Tangirala Sitarama Anjaneyulu
(1951-04-11) 11 April 1951 (age 64)
Machilipatnam, Madras State, India (now in Andhra Pradesh, India)
Titles/honours 36th and present Jagadguru of Sringeri Sharada Peetham
Guru Sri Abhinava Vidyatirtha Swaminah
Philosophy Advaita
Prominent Disciple(s) Sri Vidhushekhara Bharati mahaswamigal

भारती करुणापात्रं भारती पदभूषणम् ।

भारती पदमारूढं भारती तीर्थमाश्रये ॥

Sri Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha[1] (born, 11 April 1951 as Sri Tangirala SitaRamanjaneya Sastri Garu,parents - Sri Tangirala Venkateswara Avadhani,Srimathi Anantha Lakshmamma) is the Jagadguru and Shankaracharya of the Advaitic Sringeri Sharada Peetham.[2] Born in Machilipatnam in Krishna District of Andhra Pradesh to a pious Telugu Vaidiki Velanadu Brahmin couple, Shri Tangirala Venkateshwara Avadhani and Smt. Ananthalakshamma. Early education was at Narasaraopet, Guntur District, as parents moved there immediately after the birth of Swamiji. In 1966, he approached the then Sringeri Jagadguru Sri Abhinava Vidyatirtha Mahaswamiji as a bachelor at the age of 15 seeking his blessings and instruction in the sastras. The Sringeri Acharya Shri Abhinava Vidya Theertha Swaminah, who was then observing chaturmasya at Ujjain, granted tutelage to Sitarama Anjaneyulu who prostrated before him while the senior Acharya was returning after bath in the river Sipra. Sri Bharati attended a local school here. He excelled in his studies. Highly proficient in English and mathematics, he performed the duties of a brahmacharin meticulously. When he was 9 years old he got a chance to speak in Sanskrit in front of Sri Abhinava Vidyatheertha Mahaswamigalu. When he received his blessings, he felt a change in himself. This was a turning point in his life. In 1966 Sri Mahasannidhanam was observing chathurmasya in Ujjain. The thought of acharya attracted Sri Anjaneyalu. He left home, reached Ujjain and prostrated before Mahasannidhanam. From that day Sri Bharati learned shastras from him.

The Seer then appointed the boy as his successor on 11 November 1974. After initiation into Sanyasa, the young man meticulously followed the instructions of his Guru and impressed everyone with his knowledge and understanding of philosophy. Mahaswami[1] spent huge amount time on meditation and was called as Tapas Chakravarty.Sri Bharati became the Jagadguru on 19 October 1989 following the mahasamadhi of the erstwhile Jagadguru Abhinava Vidya Tirtha on 21 September 1989. His glories are boundless; yet His Holiness is very simple, humble and completely free from egotism. Thousands visit His abode every day to have His darshana and return as the recipients of immense grace. A compassionate glance from His most merciful eyes rends asunder even the greatest impediment to a joyful life. An erudite scholar, His Holiness has composed many a divine verse in praise of His Guru, the previous Gurus and various forms of God. His Holiness is also a versatile linguist. His discourses in chaste Sanskrit, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil and Hindi and have pulled people from far and near towards treading a virtuous life. An able administrator, His Holiness sees to it that the Math fulfills in letter and spirit the sacred purpose of sustenance and propagation of Sanatana Dharma, as set by its divine founder, Jagadguru Sri Adi Sankaracharya. It is, of course, a great blessing that this compassionate sage of highest spiritual order lives right amidst us as a spring of gushing grace where all can slake their disquiet and distress.<[3]> As per divine ordains, the Jagadguru, on January 23rd 2015, initiated Brahmachari Kuppa Venkateshwara Prasada Sharma into Sanyasa and anointed him as his successor under the monastic title of Sri Vidhushekhara Bharati.

Sri Bharati Tirta during a regional Shankaracharya Conference organized by himself


  1. ^ a b Jagadguru of Sringeri Sharada Peetham
  2. ^ Staff Correspondent (February 16, 2005). "Dharam Singh seeks divine intervention to solve naxal issue". The Hindu. p. 1. 
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Preceded by
Sri Abhinava Vidyatheertha Mahaswamigal
Jagadguru of Sringeri Sharada Peetham
Succeeded by
Sri Vidhushekhara Bharati