Sri Vadiraja Teertha traditionally 1480 - 1600, a Haridasa, was a Shivalli Tulu Brahmin and native of the village of Hoovinakere, near Kumbhashi in Kundapura taluk, Udupi District in Karnataka state. His parents were Ramacharya and Gauri. He is considered the second highest saint in the Madhva hierarchy, next only to Srimad Ananda Tîrtha, even though his guru was Sri Vyasatirtha. He is regarded as an incarnation of Latavya and hence popularly known as "BHAVISAMEERA" which means Future Vaayu. He was not only a great poet but also very effective in the administration of the Udupi Matha system. He brought about many changes to the operational system of the Matha which by itself showed his high placing in the Madhva hierarchy.

He became a Sanyasi at the young age of 8. The pre-sanyasa name given to Sri Vadiraja was Bhuvaraha. He worshipped Lord Vishnu in the form of Hayagriva.

It was Sri Vadiraja Teertha who changed the Paryaya system of Udupi to two years from the earlier practice of 2 months. This extension of each individual Paryaya enabled the Swamis to travel far and wide and spread the message of Madhva tradition. Another of Sri Vadiraja Teertha's achievements is that he lived a life of 120 years and performed Lord Krishna's Paryaya at Udupi 5 times. He is the first Sanyasi who entered the Vrindavana alive after worshiping that for nearly 3 years. The second one who entered the same way is Sri Raghothama tiirtharu and later in 1680's Sri Raghavendra Swamy of Mantralaya entered Brindavana in a similar fashion.

In an age that knew great Sanskrit scholars and intellects, Sri Vadiraja Teertha who himself was a great scholar, was able to accommodate the needs of the less scholarly, taking the haridasa tradition to the masses by translating many important works into the Kannada language. He was able to explain sophisticated concepts in the form of simple stotras. .

Vadiraja Teertha used to offer daily prasadam to Lord Hayagriva by holding the prasadam on his head. Lord Hayagriva is said to appear in the form of a horse and eat the prasadam by kneeling on Vadiraja Teertha's shoulders.

Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vadirajatirtha

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