Shankaralinga Bhagavan: He is said to be the third incarnation of chidambara of murugodu. He is commanly called by the bhaktas as "APPA"(In kannada it means father) . He belongs to all the three pantha's:
His guru "Dattaraja yogindra" is commanly called by the bhaktas as "AJJA"(In kannada it means grandfather) . He met his guru in R.Nullenur which is a historical place. The name originated from the great Shivasharana 'Nuliya Chandayya', lived in 12th Century. You can find "Dattaraja Yogindra" and "Nuliya Chandayya's" Samadhis here. Now "Dattashrama" is there in the memory of Dattaraja Yogidra who was the 'Guru' of Shankaralinga Bhagavan.
He got the "HOLY CAP" of "Bhramhachaitanya maharaj" from his another guru "UDDHAVA CHIDGHANA".
He chanted the "HANUMAN BHUJANGA STOTRA" for 48 days and got upadesha from another great guru "SHANKARA BAHGAVAN".
He got the "THURYAVASTE" in "BHARAMASAGAR". He then built his ashrama in kommaranahalli,harihar taluk DAVANGERE. His samadhi is still enshrined there.
He did meditation(tapas) for many years in Anjaneya temple in BHARAMASAGARA,chitradurga dist. He spent most of his childhood in that village.
He gave rama taraka upadesha to all his beloved bhaktas. My grandfather BHEEM RAO lost his mother when he was just an infant, he actually spent his childhood days with this great guru(Lucky person). He use to tell me all his experience with appa(I will use this word from now onwards instead of shankaralinga bhagavan) and also his miracles .Along with the "rama taraka" upadesha he even got sacred "GAYATRI UPADESHA" from him.
VENKATACHALAYYA: He is one of the avadhutas I have ever met. His native was SAKHARAYA PATTANA, near chikmaglur. He is also a devotee of appa. I will post his videos in the video section.
H.H.CHANDRSHEKHARA BHARATI PARAMAHAMSA:
Chandrashekhara Bharati Swaminah was born to pious parents in sringeri on Ashvayuja Shukla Ekadashi (the eleventh day of the bright fortnight in the month of Ashwayuja) in the Hindu lunar year Nandana (corresponding to October 16, 1892). His father was Gopala Sastri and mother, Lakshmamma. He was the last of 12 children born to this couple and the only one who survived past infancy. A notable feature of his life was that his birth, upanayanam,sanyasa and videha mukti(death), all happened on Sundays.
The childhood days of Narasimha Sastri (as he was named by his parents) were passed in Sringeri. He was an introvert and had little attraction for the objects of the world. He was lodged in the house of Srikanta Sastri, the then administrator of the Sringeri matha. His parents performed the Choodakarma (a rite performed as one of the sixteen samskaras that enables one to go to school). He was then sent to the local Anglo-vernacular school run by the government.
His Bramhopadesha was performed when he was eight. He was regular in the performance of Sandhyavandanam three times a day, andAgnikarya, twice a day.
Narasimha, after his twelfth year, changed over to Sadvidya Sanjivini pathashala,in Sringeri under the express wishes of Sri Sachidananda Shivanhinava Narasimha Bharati Swaminah, the then head of the matha. The Swami kept a close watch over the progress of his ward.
The then Acharya of the Shringeri matha had established in 1910 an institution of higher Vedantic BHARATIYA GIRVANA PROUDA VIDYA VARDHINI SHALA training- in Banglore. Narasimha Sastri was chosen to be a disciple at that institution. Narasimha Sastri moved to Bangalore in 1911 with his parents and plunged into his studies. Mahamahopadhyaya Vellore Subrahmanya Sastri and Mimamsa Shiromani Vaidyanatha Sastri taught him Purva mimamsa by texts such as the Bhatta Dipika. Mahamahopadhyaya Virupaksha Sastri taught him Vedanta. Even in Bangalore there was no change in Narasimha's inwardness.
In 1912, Acharya Sacchidananda Shivabhinava Narasimha Bharati Swaminah decided to name Narasimha Sastri as his successor to the Sharada Peetham. A devotee, Rama Sastri, was entrusted with the task of personally carrying the Acharya's letter carrying the naming of his successor to the Peetham to Krishnaraja wodeyar, Maharaja of Mysore. Before Narasimha could arrive in Sringeri, the Acharya had attained Videha mukti. So, on April 7, 1912, Narasimha Sastri was initiated into Sannyasa by Sri Satyananda Sarasvati Mahaswami and given the Yoga patha of Chandrashekhara Bharati. He received the saffron robes, the sacred staff and the kamandalu (water pot) from the Mahaswami. He was thus ordained in the dashanami tradition of SHRI ADI SHANKARACHARYA.
In 1916, the Kumbhabhishekam (consecration) of the Sharada Temple in SRINGERI was performed by Chandrashekhara Bharati Mahaswami. In 1924, he left Sringeri on his first Digvijayam (tour). He first reached Mysore and consecrated a temple at the house of his Guru. It was named Abhinava Shankaralaya. Then, from Mysore, the Mahaswami proceeded to Satyamangalam via Nanjangud and Chamarajanagar. He then toured the southern parts of the Tamil country including Thirunalveli and Kanyakumari. He then toured Thiruvananthapuram and kaladi in travencore. At Kaladi, in 1927 he established a Vedanta Pathashala (an institution for higher studies in Vedanta). He then returned to Sringeri after visiting a few more places in Karnataka and Travencore.
After returning to Sringeri, the Mahaswami assumed the Avadhuta Sthiti (the state of being an Avadhuta). He was absorbed in the inward bliss of the ATMA. To enable himself to spend more time in meditation and contemplation of the Self, he named a successor to the Peetham: a boy named Srinivasa Sastri. On May 22, 1931, he initiated Srinivasa Sastri into Sannyasa and gave him the Yoga patha of Abhinava vidyateertha. In 1938, he undertook a yatra (pilgrimage) to Bangalore, Mysore and Kaladi. After returning to Sringeri, he resumed his classes on vedanta and wrote thought-provoking and erudite articles in Asthikamathasanjeevini,a journal published by the Matha. He granted interviews to genuine seekers and gave darshan to the public.
After 1945, the Mahaswami gradually withdrew from all activities. However, his fame had spread far and wide. On August 24, 1954, the first President of India,Dr.Rajendra Prasad, visited Sringeri to pay homage to the Jagadguru.The President, a pious man having deep faith in the Hindhu Scriptures, discussed with the Mahaswami on Dharma and other allied subjects.
On September 26, 1954 (the day of the Mahalaya Amavasya festival), the Mahaswami took a bath in the Tunga River, which ran in Sringeri. Afterwards, he sat in padmashan posture and attained Videha mukti on the banks of the river. His body was discovered floating in the river. His assistant Ramaswami jumped in the water and with the help of Kehavachari brought the body to the shore. The Jagadguru's body was then interred by Sri Abhinava vidyateertha , his successor to the Sharada Peetham. His body was buried beside his Guru's samadhi (shrine) and a samadhi was constructed for him. A SHIVA LINGA was consecrated over it. It is worshipped today and is called Sri Chandrashekhara Bharati Linga. After the videha mukti of Sri Abhinava Vidyatirtha Mahaswami, another shrine was constructed and the Mahaswami was buried there beside Chandrashekhara Bharati Mahaswami's shrine.
Shri Brahma Chaitanya (Gondavalekar Maharaj), (Marathi, श्री ब्रह्मचैतन्य गोंदावलेकर महाराज) born on 'Maagha Shuddha Dwadashi' (माघ शु. द्वादशी) (refer to Hindu Calendar for details of Shuddha and Dwadashi) of 'Shake 1766' (शके १७६६) (refer to Shalivahana calendar for details of shake) (year 1845) in Gondavale (also spelled as Gondawale) Budruk, Taluka Maan, District Satara.
A Hindu saint who resided in the taluka of Maan at Gondavale Budruk in Satara District of Maharashtra in India, approximately 40 miles (or 64 kilometers) from Satara on the Satara–Pandharpur Road. His pre-sainthood name was Ganapati (गणु). Brahma Chaitanya was a devotee of the Hindu god Rama and signed his name as Brahma Chaitanya Ramdasi.
He left his home in search of a spiritual 'Guru' when he was just 9 years old. After knowing his whereabouts, his father brought him back from Kolhapur. He got married when he was 11 years old, and again left home in search of a 'Guru'. He went to Yehalegaon in Nanded district and became a disciple of Shri Tukamai. Shri Tukamai gave him the nickname of Brahmachaitanya.
He spent a lifetime teaching the importance of peace with oneself over the material creature comforts alone. He advocated the continued remembrance of GOD as a means of happiness, contentment and peace. Family life is not incompatible with the attainment of ultimate peace. One does not have to be a sage living outside the social bounds. It is how one leads one's life that will determine the self. Key to the ultimate peace is in the regularity of prayers to Rama without expecting anything in return. With unrestricted love and in total faith should be the way in which one ought to say the revered name.
He showed path of devotion of Lord Rama to thousands of devotees in Maharashtra, Karnataka and parts of North India. Most of the devotees were from the middle class income group. He discouraged people from bad habits, bad behaviour, etc. He made extensive use of 'Pravachans', 'Bhajans', Vaidik Anushthans etc. for encouraging people to follow the path of devotion. He taught people to achieve perfect balance between prapancha and paramartha by doing extensive nama japa. He taught people the Mantra ' Shri Ram Jay Ram Jay Jay Ram'. ।।श्रीराम जयराम जय जय राम।।. This Mantra has 13 letters (Alphabets in Marathi language). Each letter has its own meaning and Shri Maharaj has written 13 different 'Abhangas' on each of this letter. "||श्रीराम म्हणा मुखी राम म्हणा मुखी। तेणे सर्व सुखी होशील तू||". Shri Maharaj says that this Mantra was given by Lord Shri Ram to his wife Sita. Shri Maharaj says that this Mantra implies that Lord Shri Ram is our Teacher and is in our heart and takes care for all of us. Shri Maharaj believes that each and everything that happens in our life is as per the will of Lord Shri Ram. Shri Maharaj has opened the meaning of this Mantra and says that we should always be in the Mantra.
As per the teachings of Shri Maharaj, the one who always stays and repeats this Mantra, will be always happy and satisfied in the whole life and this is the Truth.
After the death of his first wife, he married a girl who was blind since birth. He helped the poor, those suffering from drought. He taught Gorakshan, Annadan, Nama japa, Bhajans, Teertha yatras.
He took samadhi on Margashirsh Vadya Dashmi of shake 1835 (22 December 1913) in Gondavale.
The life of Brahma Chaitanya is described in detail in the book The Saint of Gondawale by Prof. K V Belsare.
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