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Heritage and History
Shiroor Math is one of the eight original Udupi Maths (Ashta-Maths) established by Saint Madwacharya. In 1766 AD, (naLa-naama samvathsara), on the day of "magha-shukla-panchami," the pontiff of Shiroor Math (ಶಿರೂರು ಮಠ) at the time HH Lakshmi Manohara Theertha, established a separate Math exclusively for the followers of "shukla yajurvEda,"; under the aegis of the Shiroor, at a place called ‘Hunasi-Hole’ (pronounced hunasee hoLay; ಹುಣಸೀ ಹೊಳೆ); the Shiroor pontiff ordained a devotee and a scholar by name Venkateshacharya and installed him as the pontiff for the new Math under the name "Maadhava Theertha." Hunasi-Hole’ is in today's Kalburgi district (Gulbarga district) – Surapura Taluk, and continues to be a center for Kanva school of thought and philosophy.
The Brindavana of the HH the Maadhava Theertha, was constructed in the village Buddinni in AD 1810, since at the time, it is said that HH the Maadhava Theertha was persecuted and had sought refuge at Buddinni.
The saint-sage HH Madhava Theertha is said to appear in the form of "Sesha-Swarupa" (or in the sacred serpentine form) in the dreams of devotees who are blessed; very rarely does the sage appear in dreams in a human form. It is said that the sage once appeared in a human form to a Muslim youth and blessed him; the youth converted as a Hindu, and became a devotee of HH the Madhava Theertha, and was well-known later as "RamaDas" (see the picture below).
The main celebrations of the math using the Hindu calendar are: Yagnavalkya Jayanthi, Chaitra Shudha Chaturthi, and Sri Madhwa Jayanthi. At the time of establishment, the Hunasi-Hole Math was meant to be a primary center for research and studentship, and learning of the Dvaita philosophy under the shukla yajurveda -system.
At the site of the Buddinni Brindavana and the co-located Hanuman Deity, there have been renovations and improvements recently, because of the efforts of volunteers from the surrounding villages, and donations from the area residents, and devotee-families. The place has also been renovated, guest rooms have been constructed by philanthropic contribution of sri Karichedu Joshi Sreenivasacharya, Bellary. The Hanuman idol was reinstated which in the vyasa pratishta style, with mudra on the body and bell on the tail, which was specially carved at ananthashayanagudi, Hampi, which was reinstated by Dr. Karichedu Joshi Hanumanthachar son of late sri Karichedu joshi sreenivasachar in the memory of his late father. Because of the efforts of the local volunteer-committee, led by Mr. Raghavendra Rao Alabanur, the Math is transforming into a pilgrimage and a religious center which the Brindavana and the Hanuman Temple richly deserve to be.Thousands of shukla yajurvedis worship the brindavana and the hanuman. An aradhane (yearly function)is conducted in the month of April every year. Thousands of devotees participate in the function.Due to efforts of the present swamiji Sri. VidhyaBhaskara Theertha, buddinni has become an important center of pilgrimage.
- Buddinni is a common village name in the region, at least three settlements in the Raichur District are named Buddinni.
- maadhwa maTagaLu (ಮಾದ್ವ ಮಠಗಳು) by Dr. Krishna KolharaKulkarni, published by BhagyaLakshmi Prakashana, Bangalore, India.
- A Brindavana is a Samadhi or a sacred tomb that is erected at the site of the final burial of a Swamiji, to remind the society and the further generations, of the Swamiji's teachings, and propagate the swamiji's enlightened wisdom (upadesha) through public debates and discourses, and also through poojas, worship, and festivals etc., conducted at the Brindavana. In Sanskrit, "Vrinda" is a group or a part of a society, and "Avana " means protection, that is spiritual protection in context. Thus a Vrindavana / Brindavana is built for the protection of the society in general.
- Information received via E-mails from the administrator and the Swamiji at the Shiroor Math in Paryaya as of 2010.
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