vidyaranya swami

Raghavendra Hebbalalu hs_raghavendra at YAHOO.COM
Thu Nov 29 17:58:49 CST 2001

namaH sarvebhyaH,
        What you are referring to is in the
Vidyashankara temple. That is the temple after the
SharadAmba temple towards the river. This temple
revels in architectural splendor. Refer, the official website of the Sringeri
        I too have heard about the story of Sri
Vidyaranya doing 1000+ gAyatrI every day. But the
identity of shrI vidyAraNya and the mAdhava of the
sAyaNa-mAdhava brothers who wrote the veda-bhAShya, is
under debate. Maybe Vidyashankar can throw some light
on this.


--- "Naresh P. Cuntoor" <cuntoor at GLUE.UMD.EDU> wrote:
> Namaste,
> As I recall, the pillars that Sri Vaidya refers to
> are still there... Its
> in the temple to the right side, after the main
> (Sharadamba) temple
> but before the river, while walking from say, the
> administrator's office
> towards Narasimha vana.
> There are also a couple of interesting sculptures
> there. Within the pillar
> is a cavity that contains a stone.. The puzzling
> thing is the diameter or
> the stone is greater than the diameter of the cavity
> opening.. So how did
> the stone get in there?
> -Naresh
> On Thu, 29 Nov 2001, Vaidya Sundaram wrote:
> > Namaskaram.
> >  In a discourse about Sri Shankara's life (a set
> of 7 audio cassettes titled Sri Shankara Charitam
> available in Giri Traders in Madras), Sri Anantarama
> Dikshidhar mentioned that Vidyaranya swami built 12
> pillars in Sringeri such that the first day (or
> week?) of every month accoring to the panchangam,
> the sun shines on the pillar and not on any other
> day.
> >  My question to the list members is whether this
> is still available today and does anyone know about
> it? I have been to Sringeri a few times but never
> knew of this.
> > Any information on this would be appreciated.
> >  Apart from that, Sri Anantarama Dikshidhar also
> mentioned that Vidyaranya Swami used to do Gayathri
> japam (1000+ ??) every day and after the end of 12
> years of such constant tapas, Gayathri Devi Herself
> appeared to Vidyaranya Swami and gave Him several
> boons, and one of them was that He would be able to
> write the bhashya of all the vedic mantras etc.
> > bhava shankara desikame sharaNam
> > Vaidya.
> >
> >

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