Sree Raghavendra is the renowned saint whose fame is spread all over the world. People rich or poor, without discrimanation of caste or creed, worship him and get their desires fulfilled as he is Kamadhenu and Kalpakavruksha.
Sree Raghavendra Swami was born to Thimmanna Bhatta and Gopikamba on thursday on sukla navami day of phalguna month in the year 1595 at Bhuvanagiri near Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu. Sree Raghavendra swami’s original name is Venkatanatha, as he was born with the blessings of Tirupathi Venkatachalapathi. Venkatanatha had an elder brother named Gururaja and an elder sister named Venkatamba.
On dwithiya day of sravana krishna paksha in the year 1671, he attained jeeva samathi at Manchale village. Before entering, He gave a soulful speech to the crowd of thousands of people gathered. The important messages He told are “Right thinking and right living are more important. Every action in our life is a puja to Lord. Every second in our life is precious. Worshiping God is our highest duty. Miracles are to be performed with yoga, siddhi, gnana and shasthras to show only the greatness of God and the wonderful powers that one can attain with His grace. Devotion to God should not be blind faith. We should accept Lord’s supremacy wholeheartedly”.
In treta yuga, the stones which had been sanctified by Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshmana’s fottsteps, were used for constructing the brindhavana. He had advised his disciples to arrange slabs around Him once the japamala rolling by fingers in the hand stops. He started reciting the pranava manthra and slipped into deep samadhi. When the japamala rolling stopped, as per His instructions, the desciples arranged slabs upto His head and placed a copper box containing 1200 Lakshmi Narayana saligramas which were brought from Gandaki river in Nepal. They placed the covering slab over it and filled it with earth. This day is celebrated each year as Sree Raghavendra swami aradhana.
It is believed that he would live for 76 years physically on this earth, another 300 years in the brindavana through His literary works and another 400 years in the brindavana without physical form, for helping the mankind and save them from miseries and troubles.