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77th SREE RAMANAVAMI NATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
28TH MARCH TO 27TH APRIL 2015
THE SPECIAL PANDAL
Govt. Junior College, Fort High School Grounds, Bengaluru – 18
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Pics courtesy: Sringeri Mutt website, Bhakti TV, Sri Sankara TV
Preserving the Oldest Unbroken Heritage of Sanatana Dharma
Today, on January 23, 2015, continuing this unbroken Guru-Shisya lineage that stretches directly back to Sri Adi Shankaracharya, the 36th Jagadguru Shankaracharya of Sringeri Sharada Peetham, Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji anointed His successor. In a traditional ceremony, the Jagadguru initiated Brahmachari Sri Kuppa Venkateshwara Prasada Sharma into Sannyasa and bestowed upon him the Yoga Patta (monastic name) of Sri Sri Vidhushekhara Bharati. More information in the Press Release below.
The Official Press Release:
Ceremonies related to the Shishya Sweekara of Dakshinamnaya Sri Sharada Peethadhipati, Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji commenced at Sringeri on 22nd January 2015.
At 8 am, the successor-designate, Brahmachari Kuppa Venkateshwara Prasada Sharma first had Darshan of the Jagadguru Mahaswamiji in Guru Nivas, Narasimha Vanam and offered Guru Vandanam. After receiving the Jagadguru’s blessings, the Brahmachari accompanied by Vedic Pundits proceeded to the northern banks of the Tunga and entered the temple of Goddess Sharadamba. Inside the temple, the Brahmachari participated in the Poornahuti of the Mahaganapati Homa held near the Shakti Ganapati shrine. He then had Darshan of Goddess Sharadamba. CEO & Administrator of the Peetham, Dr. V R Gowrishankar and senior devotees then accompanied the Brahmachari for Darshan at the temples of Sri Adi Shankaracharya, Sri Torana Ganapati, Sri Kodanda Rama
Swami, Malayala Brahma, Sri Sureshwaracharya, Sri Vageeshwari Vidyaranya, Sri Vriddha Narasimha Bharati Samadhi, Sri Janardana Swami (along with Sri Anjaneya and Sri Garuda), Sri Vidyashankara, Sri Balasubrahmanya Swamy and Sri Sakshi Ganapati (inside the Yagashala). He then returned to Narasimha Vanam and had Darshan at the Adhishtanam shrines of the 33rd Acharya, Jagadguru Sri Sacchidananda Shivabhinava Narasimha Bharati Mahaswamiji; the 34th Acharya, Jagadguru Sri Chandrashekhara Bharati Mahaswamiji and the 35th Acharya, Jagadguru Sri Abhinava Vidyatirtha Mahaswamiji.
The Brahamchari then performed Krichraacharana where he made offerings of Vastra, Hiranya, Dhaanya and Aajyam. The Brahmachari then performed the Ashta-Shraadha ceremony. Tis ceremony is performed to free oneself of the three debts towards the Devas, Rishis and Pitrus. As part of the ceremony, the Brahmachari made offerings to 18 Vaidika Brahmanas and sought their blessings. Te Brahmachari will spend the day in Upavaasa (fasting) and Jagarane (staying awake all night performing Japa and Parayana).
On 23rd January 2015, the Brahmachari will perform the Purusha Sookta Homa and Virajaa Homa early in the morning and then receive the Sannyasa Deeksha from Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji on the banks of the river Tunga. Devotees from all over the world have been pouring into Sringeri to witness this historic event.
Dakshinamnaya Sri Sharada Peethadhipati Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji has announced His Shishya Sweekara. The Jagadguru Mahaswamiji made the announcement, divinely inspired by Goddess Sharadamba in His Anugraha Bhashanam given during the culmination of the Silver Jubilee Celebrations of His Peetharohanam. The Jagadguru has chosen Brahmachari Kuppa Venkateshwara Prasada Sharma to be His Uttaradhikari – the successor-designate to the Dakshinamnaya Sri Sharada Peetham. The Jagadguru announced that the Shishya Sweekara ceremonies will take place on 22nd and 23rd January 2015 at Sringeri. The Jagadguru will initiate the Brahmachari into Sannyasa on 23rd January 2015.
Devotees all over the world have rejoiced at the announcement coming on the joyous occasion of the Silver Jubilee Celebrations of the Jagadguru’s Peetharohanam.
The present Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji, ascended the Throne of Transcendental wisdom at the Dakshinamnaya Sri Sharada Peetham, 25 years ago in 1989 and since then has been guiding thousands of devotees in the path of Dharma.
To commemorate the silver jubilee year of His accession to the Peetham, special functions along with Guru Vandanam are being conducted on the 3rd and 4th of January 2015 at Sri Math, Sringeri.
Uttaraadhikaari Kuppu Venkatesha Prasada Sharma (pic: AP News)
Left to right: Kuppa Venkateshwara prasada sharma with his parents Seeta naga lakshmi and Siva Subramanya Avadhani (pic: Deccan Chronicle)
Sri Bharati Thirtha Mahaswamigalu (in the background, is that the successor Sri Kuppa Venkatesha Prasad Sharma?!) (pic: The New Indian Express)
Sri Kuppa Venkateswara Prasada Sharma. (Photo: Sringeri Mutt website)
The Hindu reports:
Bharati Tirtha Swami of Sringeri Sharada Peetha has nominated Kuppa Venkateswara Prasada Sharma as his successor-designate. The seer announced this at a function in Sringeri recently.
The Shishya Sweekara ceremony will be held in Sringeri on January 22 and 23. Sharma will be initiated to ‘sanyasa’ on the second day.
Sharma was born in Tirupati in 1993 to Kuppa Shivasubrahmanya Avadhani and Seetha Nagalakshmi. At present, Sharma is the principal of TTD Veda Pathashala in Tirumala and project officer in Dharma Prachara Parishad of TTD. During his visit to Sringeri mutt in 2009, he had expressed his desire to study ‘shastras’ directly under Bharati Tirtha Swami.
Under his tutelage, he mastered Sanskrit and studied Tarka Shastra, said a release.
During his pravachana this evening, our poojya Jagadguru announced that he has, by the grace and approval of Goddess Sri Sharadamba, identified his successor and announced the successor’s name as Sri Kuppa Venkatesha Prasad Sharma (25 years). Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamji told that he was training his successor for the past 5-6 years. The Shishya Sweekara Parigraha kaaryakrama (to continue the Guru-Shishya Paramapare started by Sri Adi Shankaracharya) will be held on January 22nd and 23rd, 2015 at the Sri Math, Sringeri.
More pics (courtesy: Sringeri Mutt website)
Pics courtesy: Sringeri Mutt website, Bhakti TV, Sri Sankara TV
shruti smriti purANAnAm Alayam karuNAlayam
namAmi bhagavat pAda shankaram lOkashankaram
shankaram shankarAchAryam kEshavam bAdarAyaNam
sUtrabhAshya kritou vandE bhagavantau punah punah
Blessed is the Sishya ! Divine is the anugraha of Thaaye Sharadambe! Fortunate are we to witness this ceremony, the continuation of the great Guru-Sisya parampare!
List of Sringeri Dakshinamnaya Jagadgurus:
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