Sri Lakshmikantha Theertharu
Sri Lakshmikantha Theertha took Ashrama from Sri Rama Theertha and is Fifteenth saint from Madhwacharya. Below is his brief introduction.
Period – 1584-1594
Ashrama guru – Sri Rama Theertha
Ashrama Shishya – Sri Sripati Theertha
Aradhana – Sravana Shudha Saptami
Vrundavana Place – Penugonda, Andhra Pradesh.
Sri 1008 Sri Lakshmikantha Theertha took sanyasa from his predecessor Sri 1008 Sri Rama Theertha and ruled the great Vyasaraja Peeta for 10 years. Sri Lakshmikantha Theertha was known for his adherence to ascetic way of life (Sanyasa Ashrama) and generally was considered an ideal sanyasi during his times.
He was known to have spent considerable time in Penugonda taking care of more than 300 Sri Vyasaraja installed Hanuman idols. History tells us that he was a very good friend and worked closely with his contemporary peetadhipathi of Sri Sripadaraja Mutt Sri Udhandha Ramachandra Theertha. Sri Lakshmikantha Theertha entered Vrundavana to the lotus feet for Sri Narayana in the year 1594 AD Sravana Shudha Saptami at Penugonda, Ananthapur Dist, Andhra Pradesh.
This incidence took place long back (25-30Yrs back) when Bangalore-Guntakal Meter Gauge was converted into broad gauge at Penugonda near Vrundavana of Sri 1008 Lakshmikantha Theertha. Authorities without the knowledge of the presence of this Great Saint’s Vrundavana they laid the new Broad gauge track over his Vrundavana (of course before that they poured the mud to cover it).
Next day morning when they came for the spot, for their surprise they found that new track was completely broken & was in haphazard way. This incidence happened not just once, but 2-3 times. Then later on one fine night, one of the engineers saw this great saint Vrundavana & this was the reason why they had this trouble.
He gave sanyasa deekshe to his favorite student and rechristened him Sri 1008 Sri Sripati Theertha to continue the parampare of Sri Vyasaraja Mutt and entered Vrundavana at Penugonda, in Ananthapur District of Andhra Pradesh.
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ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀಕಾಂತಗುರುಂ ವಂದೇ ಲಕ್ಷಣಾರ್ಯಮಹಂ ಸದಾ
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lakShmIkAMtaguruM vaMdE lakShaNAryamahaM sadA
rakShitAn svEna kurvANaM lakShESAn bhikShukAnapi