Recently, we visited Nava Brindavana located on a small mound-like island, east of the Anegondi village on the banks of Tungabhadra river. Anegundi village is about 8 km from Gangavathi, a taluk in Koppal district of Karnataka, India.
The nava Brindavan island is a very sacred place, for it houses the nine tombs of the prominent Madhava Saints who attained Jeeva Samadhi. These saints were successors of Swami Madhvacharya and predecessors of Sri Raghavendra. Sri Padmanabha Thirtha, the first direct disciple of Madhwacharya, was the first saint to take samadhi here in 1324. He was followed by Sri Raghuvaryar, Sri Kaveendra Thirtha, Sri Vageesha Thirtha, Sri Vyasaraja Sri Srinivasa Thirtha, Sri Rama Thirtha, Sri Sudheendra Thirtha, (the deeksha guru of Raghavendra swamy) and Sri Govinda Odayaru.
Since the Navbrindavan is right in the middle of river Tungabhadra, one has to take a boat from Anegundi to reach here. A refreshing dip in the icy cold waters of the Tungabadra here gave us a perfect start to the visit.
Apart from the Brindavanas of the Madhava saints, we also found three ancient shrines dedicated to Lord Anjaneya, Lord Ranganatha and Avatarara Anjaneya.
A reference to this region is found in the Kishkinda Kanda of the Epic Ramayana. It is said that this is the place where Lord Rama and Anjaneya met each other for the first time.
The guide also pointed out to one of the hills called Anjanadri where Anjenaya was born. This island is also the place where Prahalada meditated on Lord Narayana.
Once on the island, be prepared to walk through the rocky terrain for about 700 metres to reach the main site of Brindavans and the ancient shrines. Also remember to carry drinking water because nothing is available at the spot.
The Good news is that recently, a compassionate family has started a vegetarian restaurant called ‘Sri Tulsi Garden’ where delicious food is served on banana leaves. As we enter Anegundi, Tulsi Garden can be seen bang opposite Raghavendra Swamy Mutt.
We feel very blessed to have visited this holy place where the divine steps have treaded!
Faculty- Art of Living