Sri Raghavendra Swamy was born in 1595 to Gopikamba and Thimanna Bhatta. The great saint was the incarnation of Prahalada, the son of Hiranyakaship and the great bhakta of Sri Maha Vishnu, who was born in the Mrighashirsha Nakshatra at Buvanagiri, Tamilnadu.
After serving the world and the Lord all his life, Sri Raghavendra Swamy attained Jeeva Samadhi in 1671. This happened in Krishna Paksha’s Dwitiya in the month of Shravana. The Brindavana which houses samadhi is located at Raghavendra Mutt in Mantralayam, Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh, and is visited by hundreds and thousands of devotees every year. The day of his Samadhi is celebrated as the name of Sri Raghavendra Swamy Aradhana.
Sri Raghavendra Swamy shloka of two lines is as follows:
“Poojyaaya Raaghavendraaya Satya Dharma Rathaayacha Bhajataam Kalpa Vrukshaaya Namathaam Kaamadhenave”
2021 Mantralayam Raghavendra Mutt Aradhana Schedule:
August 21st Saturday – Dwajarohanam, Pradhanotsavam, Lakshmi Puja, Dhayanotsavam, Prabha Utsavam.
August 22nd Sunday – Sakotsavam, Rajitha Mantapotsavam.
August 23rd, Monday – Sri Guru Raghavendra Swamy Purvaradhana, Simha Vahana Seva.
August 24th, Tuesday – Madhya Aradhana, Visesha Phala Panchamrutha Abhishekam, Puspha Alankarana Seva, Gaja- Rajatha-Swarna Rathotsavam.
August 25th, Wednesday – Sri Guru Raghavendra Swamy Uttara Aradhana, Maharathotsavam.
August 26th Thursday – Sri Sugnana Teerthula Aradhana, Aswa Vahanaotsavam.
August 27th Friday – Sarva Samaropanotsavam, Sri Guru Raghavendra Swamy Maharathotsavam.
In all Sri Raghavendra Temples, worldwide Aradhana will be performed from 23rd August to 25th August 2021.