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Gopalaswamy Sanjaathan DhuRmathaDwantha BhaskaraaM|
Uddanda Ramachandryaakhya GuruM Vandhe NirantharaM
Sri Ramachandra Theertharu took sanyasa ashrama from Sri Gopalaswamy teertharu of SriPadaraja Mutt parampare in 1620 AD. He is famous for his tapo sakthi, yoga sakthi, and mantra sakthi. He is samakaaleenaru (contemporary) of Mantraalya prabhu Sri Raayaru, Sri VidhyaaDeesha Teertharu, and Sri KrishnaDwaipaayana Teertharu. Sri Ramachandra Theertharu did extensive sanchara in the state of Andhra. He made Penugonda as his working capital, and has helped the chieftain of Penugonda in performing his political duties.
Sri Ramachandra theertharu for his daily ahnika, in the early morning used to go to Brahma saraovara at the top of Brahmagiri hill. Since the entire hill is having the amsha of Sri Pranadevaru, Srigalu used to sit on the plantain leaf and by his yoga sakthi use to fly to the top of the hill. Whenever he used to go out of the mutt (for ahnika or biksha or for other rites) he used is dhanda to protect the samsthana box (which contained the deities) after doing abhimantrana for vigil. Due to this reason he was called as Uddanda Ramachandra theertha.
He gave Ashrama to Raghunatha Teertharu, and on Phalguna bagula sapthami of 1645AD, he entered brindavana at Penugonda. His Brindavana is in the middle of Mango garden and very close to Bangalore Hyderabad national highway, 2 km before the Penugonda town.
Penugonda also has the moola Vrundaavana of Sri LakshmiKantha Theertharu (of Sripadaraja Mutt), Sri Kambaalooru Ramachandra Teertharu (of Vyasaraja Mutt), and Sri Vedavyaasa Teertharu (the direct Shishyaru of Sri Raghootthamaru of Uttaradi Mutt). In Penugonda town, Sri Sripadarajaru has installed one pranadevara murthy. Also, in Penugonda Sri Vyasarajaru has stayed for more than a year, and out of the 700 odd pranadevara prathistapana done by him, it is believed that close to 365 pranadevaru is in Penugonda alone.
I would like to thank my good friend Seshadri Radhavendra Rao for providing information on Uddanda Ramachandra Teertharu.