His Holiness Sri Sugunendra Swamiji arrives in Sydney.
Madhwa Navami celebrations were performed.
Swamiji started his visits to devotees’ houses. He performed various poojas at devotees’ requests in their homes. After a short visit to Melbourne, Swamiji returned to Sydney for a stay of 2 weeks. During this short period of time, Swamiji along with other ardent devotees acquired a rental place to establish 9th overseas branch under the banner Puttige Mutt, Udupi. The location of the priest house was set up in Toongabbie, NSW. Very quickly the word got spread around the city of Sydney and gained support from his devotees.
Swamiji gave his consent to the rental property and did not waste any time. Immediately, preparations were in place to get the priest house set up.
Swamiji performed the traditional punyaha Vachana, griha pravesh at the new premises.
This day was marked as the auspicious day in the calendar of Puttige Mutt, Sydney branch. A procession was held to bring the deities into the newly acquired rental property. Sri Raghavendra Swamiji’s idol was the first one to arrive along with other idols. Swamiji continues to visit devotees’ houses to render poojas, Gita discourses and bless his devotees.
Swamiji also visited the residence of Smt Nagaveni and Sri Vasudev Bade Talav for Thottilu pooje in the evening, when the couple agreed to donate Sri Udupi Krishna idol to the priests’ house. After the Gita pravachanam and serving of prasada, Sri Krishna was then taken in a procession at night while chanting Sri Vishnu Sahasranamam. Everyone present was frenzied at what was happening.
In the early hours of this day, Swamiji consecrated the idol of Sri Krishna, and installed it in the Altar. Those who attended this morning ritual only know the divine atmosphere encompassed the priests’ house. Then Swamiji left for India.
Here we go, since this day, the priests’ house has been fully occupied with activities of various kinds, as per the tradition of Madhwa Sampradaya. Children and adults both alike, take part on Thursday evenings reciting Sri Raghavendra Swami devotional slokas, songs, Parayane etc, to name. Over the weekends, children are taught Gita chanting, Bhajans etc.
Irrespective of nos, everyone is invited to partake in prasada at all times. So far, the devotees numbering in hundreds have celebrated the Aradhana of Guru Raghavendra with vigour and devotion. Samoohika Sri Satyanarayana Pooja, Sri Lakshmi Pooja during Deepavali have also been conducted on a large scale.
Shri Sugunendra Theertha Swamiji spiritual ambassador with ancient wisdom and modern outlook His Holiness Shri Shri Shri Sugunendra Theertha Swamiji, of Jagadguru Sri Madhwaachaarya Moola Mahaa Samsthaanam, Shri Puthige Matha, Udupi, India, was predestined at the age of 12 as the 30th Pontiff of the 750 years old illustrious and everlasting Indian Vedic traditional lineage of Jagadguru Sri Madhvacharya, the founder of the famous vedic philosophy of Dvaita.
Birth and childhood:
His Holiness Shri Sugunendra tirtha Swamiji prior to ascetic life(poorvarshrama) was known as Hayavadana Acharya. He was born on 15th September 1961(Bhadrapada masa shukla paksha shasti, Vishaka nakshatra) to a very pious and devout couple Smt Kamalamma and Sri Govinda Acharya in a small village called Maniyur, Udupi District. His parents were ardent devotees of Lord Krishna, hailing from a traditional orthodox Taulava brahmin family they always instilled in him great characters like honesty, compassion, love and mutual respect, other moral and human values to Hayavadana.
He was admitted to Kemundelu Government school by his parents for primary basic education, right from his early childhood days Hayavadana always had a very sharp intellect, keen to learn new things, add values to all the work he does not to accept anything blindfolded but at the sametime respect elders. He had shown deep interest towards devotion (bhakti), spirituality(adhyatma) and was averse to mundane things. His sacred thread ceremony was performed at the age of five by his parents following as per the scriptures.