August 14, 2017
After spending most of the day at Hampi, we came back to Anegundi. Our plan was to visit Navabrindavana while it was still light. Our home-stay owner assigned Thimma as our guide. Anegundi to Navabrindavana is approximately one kilometer and the path goes across the river. When the river's flowing, fully or partially, boats ferry people across the flowing waters. This season the river was dry, hardly any flowing water, we'll be able to walk the entire way, though we'l be wading through knee deep water.
We reached the river bank, stepped into the riverbed, passed by Sri Krishnadevraya's tomb, walked over sand mounds and reached the large rock bed on which was a small shrine dedicated to Suryanarayana,, the Sun god. Then we waded across a stream and reached another large rock bed with an interesting texture- wavy rocks of Tungabhadra. Then one more stream to wade across and we reached the island of Navabrindavana.. this is the western end. Beyond these rocks is the holy spot of tombs of nine Madhwa saints.
- Sri Padmanabha Teertha (direct disciple of Shri Madhvacharya)
- Sri Kavindra Teertha
- Sri Vageesha Teertha
- Sri Raghuvarya Teertha
- Sri Govinda Vodeyar
- Sri Vyasa Thirtha or Vyasaraja
- Sri Sudheendhra Thirtha
- Sri Srinivasa Thirtha
- Sri Rama Thirtha
The yellow board here says this is Sri Raghuvarya Teertha's Brindavana. Not all were labelled.
Sri Skrishnadevaraya's tomb. Also, on the left is a white structure- that's Chintamani temple, the place where Lord Rama performs penance after slaying the monkey king Wali.
Back at our home stay, we had a refreshing cup of tea. Our day was hectic and we were tired.. cool bath, early dinner and hit the sack ...ZZzzz.