WHO WAS SRI VEERABRAHMENDRA SWAMI?.....

         Man is the supreme being in God’s creation. He has always endeavored to get into the higher spiritual realms, his ultimate goal being realization of God and salvation or ‘Mukti’.

         India is a large and ancient country with the natural boundaries of the Himalayas and the sea. It is a land of saints, Rushis, Seers, Godmen, Yogis, Mahatmas, Hermits, Avadhootas, Parivrajakacharyas, and Paramahamsas. Sri Madvirat Pothuluru Veerabrahmendra Swami was one of such great Seers. He belonged to Kandimallayapalle of Kadapa (Cuddapah) District in Andhra Pradesh.

PLACE OF BIRTH:

         Sri Veerabrahmendra Swami was born of pious couple, Paripoornayya Acharya and Prakruthamba, in the first decade of the 17th century at the hermitage of ATRI MUNI on the bank of River Saraswathi in Uttar Pradesh State while they were returning home in their village from a pilgrimage to Varanasi.

CHILDHOOD:

         Sri Veerabrahmendra was adopted by the Papaghni Peetham of the then Mysore State (present Karnataka) in his first year. He stayed there till his twelth year and then proceeded on a tour of various places in the country after Upanayana Samskaram i.e., wearing the sacred thread.

PENANCE AND PROPHECY:

         On his tour, he visited many sacred places and shrines and performed serve penance at Hariharapuram (Harihara). Then he went to Banaganapalle in Kurnool District, Andhra Pradesh. Here he started writing the book “KALAGNANAM (Sandhra Sindhu Vedam)”, literally ‘Knowledge of time’ full of prophecies and spiritual teachings as a cowherd in the house of Garimireddi Atchamma. He lived here for about 20 years.

MARRIAGE:

         Sri Veerabrahmendra Swami left Banaganapalle and reached Kandimallayapalle in Kadapa (Cuddapah) District. He worked as a sculptor, carpenter and blocksmith for his livelihood and married a pious woman Govindamma, the daughter of Kotayyacharyulu of Peddakomarla.

         During his stay at Kandimallyapalle, he selected Siddayya, a muslim, and Kakkayya, a harijan, as his main disciples an imparted spiritual knowledge to one all, irrespective of caste, creed, sex, religion and region. Besides, he also taught the scriptures to the Muslin rulers of that period (Nawabs) and persuaded them to respect all the other religions.

ENTERING THE DIVINE BODY:

         It was written in the book Kalagnanam that he was in the human body till the completion of his austerities at Hariharapuram and then entered the divine body. The Swami performed many miracles while he was on a visit to the different parts of South India.

VISITS TO HOLY PLACES:

         Sri Veerabrahmendra Swami visited a number of sacred places, shrines and religious centers, such as Srisailam, Tirupathi, Virupksham, Pushpagiri, Srirangam etc., and spread spiritual knowledge, striking a new path for the future generations.

ATTAINING SIDDHI:

         Sri Veerabrahmendra Swami attained ‘Sajeeva Samaadhi’ (living Samaadhi) by entering his grave alive in the last decade of the 17th century A.D. after leading a saintly life for about 90 years at his Matam in the village of Kandimallyapalle of Kadapa (Cuddapah) District.