bhebbar at EROLS.COM
Wed Jun 16 21:55:37 EDT 1999
Dear Mr. Fleming:
The deity HayagrIva is important in the MAdhva-VaiShNava
SampradAya. Let me list a few things about HayagrIva in our
1. HayagrIva is the upa-ArAdhya devatA (secondary presiding
deity) of the Sode MaTha of UDupi. VAdirAja TIrtha (1480-1600),
the charismatic 20th abbott of the Sode MaTha was a great
worshipper of HayagrIva. If you go to UDupi you will be able
to obtain several present-day popular prints of VAdirAja TIrtha
doing naivedya to HayagrIva. As regards, viewing the idol
itself it is not possible on account of ritual purity.
VAdirAja TIrtha's brindAvana (cenotaph) is at Sode, North Kanara
2. HayagrIva is an important deity connected with RAghavendra
TIrtha (1596-1671), the charsmatic 7th abbott of the RAyara
MaTha located at MantrAlaya, Kurnool Distt, A.P. At the end of
his entering his cenotaph alive (sajIvabrindAvanapravesha) it is
said that HayagrIva gave darshana to his dear friend
3. Across the TungabhadrA river from MantrAlaya is a
udbhavamUrti of a unique deity called PaNchamukhI Anjaneya. Tho'
the main face of the deity is HanumAn, HayagrIva is one of
the other faces. Both HanumAn and HayagrIva are associated with
high Vedic learning. Popular prints of PanchamukhI also should
be availible at MantrAlaya.
4. "HayagrIva" is the name of a sweet delicacy prepared with
lentils, jaggery and ghee which is a brand name dish of the
MAdhvas. No major MADhva religious or social event is complete
without the "HayagrIva" dish. It is called "HayagrIva maDDI" by
5. If you come across a any gentleman named "HayagrIvAcArya",
"Hayavadana Rao" etc. Without a doubt he is a MAdhva. In
fact, the current principal of the main MAdhva VidyApItha in
Bangalore is a gentleman named Hayavadana Puranik.
I hope this together with info that the others have already
given you will help. If you need more info or clarification,
please don't hesitate to ask. Good luck.
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