Pura Vidhatra Raghunatha Sevam Karishyamina Kushambu Binduna |
Vinirmita Satra Saritvara Vane Kushavatim Tam Pravadanti Surayah || 23 ||
(Third Sthabaka, Shri Guruparamparamutha)
Srashtikarta Brahmadeva created this river from the Kusha (Kind of Grass) point of his Kamandalu in the East with an intention to offer the service to Shri Ramadev in the future. Hence the scholars refer to this river as Kushavati.
Has the above fact really happened in the past? History says Yes. In the year Shri Shake 1931 Virodhi Samvatsara Ashwija Shukla Tryodashi Friday (02/10/2009), this virtuous river fulfilled its purpose. It is mentioned in the history of the Partagali Math that it was a unique memorable day.
The torrential rain began in the morning and the rain continued to rise by the afternoon. Kushavati was rushing to offer padaseva to Lord Shri Ramadeva. The water level of the river was rising every minute. Kushavati was coming to the forefront of Shri Ramadeva's footsteps, presiding over the command of Lord Brahmadeva. By the evening, the flood water had risen rapidly. Gradually Kushavati entered from the back side of the Math and signalled to the Math that she is entering into the Math. After half an hour, the rising water entered the sanctum sanctorum of Sri Ramadev and performed Padyapooja of Shri Ramadeva, on that day water level was more than 25 feet higher than the normal.
We don't know how many time this has happened since Math was founded in this place. But Shri Vidyadhiraja Teertha Swamiji was the first to witness the event on 2nd October 2009. The Guru Parampara poetry written above is not just a fairy tale, but a success story of the Creator's purpose for creation of this river.
If some miracle happens, then something must be of great importance in the field. That is the Seaside northeast of the same Kushavati River near the Math. That is why Vishwakarma created Sri Ramachandra, came out from the beneath the ground of Gokarna along with Sita Devi, Lakshmana and Hanuman and settled in this sacred place called Govithi, by directing this spot to Shri Ramachandra Teertha Swamiji, through Kamadhenu, as mentioned in the Shastra. What is this Govithi, Devabhumi, what is the architectural significance?
Some of the architectural rules for the construction of a sacred structure, such as a temple, are given in the Shastras. Such places symbolizes the divine presence.
The land which is low towards north, where the rain water naturally flows towards north gives wealth and preosperity. The low land to the east gives prosperity of children and grand children. The river Kushavati flows eastward to westward, turning northward near the Parthgali Math and from there flows northeastward. In Agama Shastra, this place is called Ishanya Plava and is described as Devabhumi, Govithi. (Muhurtamadhavi Chap. 1–5) That too the river which joins the sea nearby is of greater value. Thus this place is of great importance in all angles.
In 1646 AD when Shri Ramachandra Teerth Swamiji came to this place with the idol of Sri Rama as per the Divine Will, this was an isolated river in the middle of a mountain in the centre of the forest. From the gomaya found at this place it was realized that cattle were there at this place and they were coming here to drink water. Shri Ramachandra Teerth Swamiji installed the idol of Sri Ramachandra and built a Math and stayed here. During his exile, Lord Shri Rama seems to have been living on the banks of the Godavari river with Sita and Lakshmana at the ancient mythical Panchavati. In the same way it seems Lord Shri Rama stayed at this place.
From then onwards prosperity of the Math started. At far away place of Mangalore a Shakha Math was built in the year 1660. At Partagali except Deva Guru no others were staying. Thereafter the Sanyas Deeksa to the very first Shishya took place here. Shri Raghuchandra Teertha became Sanyasi and a Shakha Math came into existence at Ankola. Five days Rathotsava was initiated during the administration of Shri Raghuchandra Teerthsa Swamiji. Narayana Bhoot, who came here to ruin the Rathotsava, was arrested here on Rathabidi below the feet of Lord Maruti. Maths branches spread across India, starting from four branches to thirty-three. Over the course of the Math’s history a number of new temples emerged and about 250 such temples came under the religious administration of this Math.
This, day by day success story, of the Math went on. In the year 1915 Manmatha Samvatsara the Dedication of Golden Mantapa (Swarna Mantapa) to Lord Shri Rama Deva took place. This is an incident to be written in golden letters in the history of the Math. Partagali Math is a live example to prove that Vastu of a Deva Mandira takes important role in the prosperity of a Math. This will prosper further in future. It will not be an exaggeration if it is told that this Vastu gifted by Shri Ramadeva is the blessings of Almighty,