Shri Vagisha Teertha(14th century) was a great madhwa saint who succeeded Shri Kavindra Teertha and become the pontiff of Shri Uttaradi Matha. His birth name was Raghunathacharya. He was born in an orthodox family, and it is believed that he was born and brought up in a small village at Karnataka. He has got good knowledge in all the divine texts, Vedas, Upanishads and proficient in various languages. He has got wisdom, knowledge, courage and boldness and was a sincere devotee of Lord Vishnu.
He travelled throughout India and propagated the philosophy of Dvaitha. He attained Samadhi at Nava Brindavana along with eight other holy saints. His successor was Sri Ramachandra Teertha.
Navabrindavana is located nearby Anegundi and the holy river Tungabhadra.
He got great bhakti towards the great guru Sri Madhwacharya and worshipped Lord Rama and Lord Krishna regularly. Since from his childhood days, he will used to worship the god’s idols at his home, and perform puja and abhishekham to the divine idols. From his younger age itself, he was a kind hearted boy, who respects elders and others in a proper manner, and was brought up in a disciplined manner. He will used to have his food only after performing puja to the deities, and got great attachment on Lord Rama, and chanted his mantra “JAI SRI RAM” continuously.
He also done lot of charitable activities like providing food to the poor and feeding the cows, and educated the poor children without seeing their caste. Through his great spiritual powers, he also removed the diseases of the people, and cultivated the bhakti spirit. Due to his noble act, he was liked by the people, and they gave much respect to him.
Let us worship the great saint and be blessed.
“OM SRI VAGISA TEERTHARE NAMAHA”
“JAI SRI RAM”
“OM SRI GURU MADHWACHARYARE NAMAHA”