Raghavendra Swamy Mutt, Shenbakkam – History
This place is famous for more than 800 years. This place is fortunate to get the foot prints of various holy Madhava Saints. History has it that on his way from Rameswaram during the 13th century, Sri Madhwacharya stayed at Shenbakkam and wrote a Grantha (commentary) on Sri Vishnu Sahashra Namam. He is supposed to have visited this place when he toured many pilgrim places in South India between 1256 and 1259. A renowned philosopher, he was the first to treat all Hindu scriptures equally and give all of them equal importance. While philosophers before him distinguished between Vedas and Upanishads, he treated them as one. He was the first philosopher to formulate a philosophical interpretation of the Rig Veda.
Sri Vyasaraja, the previous incarnation of Sri Raghavendra installed a Sanjeeviraya Hanuman Idol here. This is one of his 732 Vyasa Pradhishta Hanuman. He too stayed on here and made arrangements for the pooja of the Hanuman idol. Kalyyuga Kalpatharu / Kamdhenu Mantralaya Sri Raghavendra Swamiji stayed in this place for 14 days and did pooja of the holy saints. Raghavendra Swamy (1591-1671) is believed to have acquired a high level of scholarship on reading Kambalur Ramachandra Theertha’s Granthas.
Interestingly, Kambalur was a disciple of Vijendra Theertha of Kumbakonam who in turn was a disciple of Vyasa Raja. Sripathi Theertha, tenth in the order of descendants of Madhwacharya, stayed at Shenbakkam for Chathurmasyam and attained Brindavanastha in 1612. His disciple Kambalur Ramachandra Theertha (1575-1635) too entered Brindavana here. Apart from them, several other Madhwa saints choose to enter Brindavana.
When the devotees of Sri Guru Raghavendra wanted to establish a Mrithika Brindavanam for the saint, they decided to install it in the vicinity of the above eight Moola Brindavanams in order to renovate and popularize them among the followers of the Dwaita philosophy. The Mrithika Brindavanam was consecrated in June 1991 in what is today known as the Nava Brindavanam Complex. The 334th Aradhana celebrations of Sri Guru Raghavendra are to be held in the complex on August 21.