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Sri Raghaveshwara Bharathi
Raghweshwara Bharathi guruji.JPG
Guru Shree Shree Raghavendra Bharati Swamiji, the 35th Pontiff Shri Ramachandrapura Mutt
Philosophy Advaita Vedanta

Raghaveshwara Bharathi (officially, Shree Shree Jagadguru Sri Shankaracharya Srimad Raghaveshwara Bharathi Swamiji), is the present pontiff (Guru) of Shri Ramachandrapura Mutt, Hosanagara in Shimoga district in the Indian state of Karnataka. He is the 36th pontiff of the mutt. He took sannyasa from Raghavendra Bharati, the previous pontiff, in April 1994. He is a follower of Advaita Vedanta.

Birth and childhood[edit]

Bharathi in his early days before taking initiation was known by the name Hareesha Sharma. He was born in the village called Chaduravalli in Sagara, Karnataka .[citation needed]

Education[edit]

He studied Vedantha, Yoga, Astrology and Sanskrit in Mysore.[citation needed]

Sannyasa and after[edit]

On 28 April 1999, Bharathi was made seer following the death of Raghavendra Bharathi.[citation needed]

Religious thought and social responsibility[edit]

He stresses the need to protect Vedic culture, and its activities along with other social activities.[citation needed]

One of the plans instituted by him in the Mutts is Musti Bikshe Yojana wherein each devotee keeps a fist full of rice daily as gift to the Mutt, and collectively later feeds the needy and hunger, as old age orphans, hostels for homeless or at the time of natural calamity, etc.[1][2]

He frequently conducts Rama Katha (Story of Rama) for the general public — a blend of discourse, dance, music and drawing — all that depict various incidents of Ramayana at various places.[3][4][5]

Eye hospital[edit]

He established the Bharathiya Nethra Chikitshalya in Mujangavu, Kumbla in Kasaragod dist, to cater the need of rural eye patients, criss-crossing the boundaries of religion in social service.[6]

Environmental concern[edit]

Bharathi led a protest march by environmentalists against mining in and around Kodachadri. For opposing mining activities, he has to face the ire of mining agencies.[7]

Under his Project Vanajeevana Yajna, thousands traditional and medicinal plants have been planted. Citizens are encouraged to plant at least five saplings every year under the project.[8]

Preservation of indigenous cows[edit]

Bharathi has campaigned for the preservation of indigenous cow breeds through a programme called "Kamadugha". On 22 April 2007, he led a nine-day Vishwa Go-Sammelan (World Cow Conference).[9]

Projects are on to start 108 goshalas, of which few are already started in Karnataka, Maharastra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu. This work is highly noted, as so far no institutions in India, govt or NGO's, had started the work. The Mutt has many breeds in its collection. Work is being done to preserve the same for future. Some rare breeds as Amrithmahal, Vechur, which count less than 100 in numbers, are protected here . He has been working stressing the need to promote products other than milk products, as Go-ark, medicines from cow, Doopa, etc.[10][11]

He also led and inspired the 108-day-long (30 September 2009 – 17 January 2010 ) 'Vishwa Mangala Gou Grama Yathra’ with the support of various saints and right-wing Hindu political organizations. The yathra covered the whole of India to highlight the importance of preservation and protection of cow with demands such as to declare cow as the national animal of India and to formulate laws to preserve various breeds of Indian cows. It ended with the one of the biggest mass signature campaign signed by over 83 million people across India calling for the end of cruelty to cow and to declare cow a national animal which is then submitted to President of India on 31 January 2010. An 18-member delegation which visited the President of India was led by Bharathi including yoga Guru Baba Ramdev, Pejavara Vishvesha Tirtha, many other senior saints and Shankaracharyas, religious leaders from Islam and Christianity, cow scientists, experts, organic farmers and leaders belonging to various organisations of the country.[citation needed]

Controversy[edit]

In 2010, four people were arrested when they attempted to defame him by making a fake CD using a lookalike. They were unhappy with his perceived affiliation to the Bharatiya Janata Party[12][13] There was also controversy concerning his organization taking charge of the Mahabaleshwara Temple in Gokarna, Uttara Kannada district. The Government of Karnataka was accused of transferring public property to a private body. There were reports of apparent rift between the former administrative powers and Bharathi. The High Court of Karnataka dismissed a petition objecting to the transfer.[14]

Honors[edit]

He declined the offer of an honorary doctorate from Gulbarga University in 2013.[15]

Notable disciples[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ramayana Mahasatra". 
  2. ^ "Musti Bhikshe". 
  3. ^ "Sri Raghaveshwara Bharathi swamiji of Jagadguru Shankaracharya Mahasamsthanam will give a religious discourse - Raamakatha at Shree Bharathi College, Nanthoor here from January 28 to February 1. Ramakatha is a unique blend of discourse, dance, music and drawing - all that depict various incidents of Ramayana and is aimed at giving a flavour of Valmiki Ramayana to the present generation. - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  4. ^ "Bangalore Today for Sept. 8". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 8 September 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Bangalore today". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 15 July 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Eye hospital inauguration". Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  7. ^ Special, Correspondent (17 August 2005). "Andolan seeks restoration of ban on mining at Ambargudda". Bangalore: The Hindu. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  8. ^ Hegde, Balakrishna (25 July 2003). "A green Venture". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Math prepares to host cow conference". 20 April 2007 (Chennai, India: The Hindu). 20 April 2007. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "NABARD has big plans for ‘Kasaragod dwarf'". Chennai, India: The Hindu News Paper. 30 May 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  11. ^ "Goushalas". Shree Ramachandrapura Math. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  12. ^ "This swami is no sex swami". Mid Day. 31 May 2010. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  13. ^ "Want to defame a Hindu Swamiji? Make a Sex Tape". One India. 31 May 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  14. ^ "HC rejects Gokarna Temple Case". One India Publications. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  15. ^ "Ramachandrapura Math Swamiji Declines Honorary Doctorate". Mangalorean.com. 
  16. ^ "Suresh Oberoi to return to small screen". The Times Of India. 4 February 2011. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 

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Thu, 09 Oct 2014 11:11:17 -0700

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Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:41:15 -0700

Bangalore: Raghaveshwara Bharathi, the pontiff of Hosanagar-based Ramachandrapura Mutt, was questioned for almost five hours at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) office on Tuesday. The pontiff, who appeared before the investigating officer ...
 
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Wed, 24 Sep 2014 13:12:25 -0700

A 47-year-old singer, who was allegedly raped and sexually harassed by Raghaveshwara Bharathi Swami of Ramachandrapura Math, has told the investigators that the seer sexually harassed her several times since October 2011. She has also made a ...
 
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Sat, 11 Oct 2014 18:30:00 -0700

BANGALORE: National Commission for Women (NCW) Chairperson Lalitha Kumaramangalam conducted an inquiry into allegations of sexual harassment by singer Premalatha Diwakar against Raghaveshwara Bharathi Swamiji of Ramachandrapura Mutt, ...
 
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Thu, 09 Oct 2014 17:45:00 -0700

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Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:50:04 -0700

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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:52:30 -0700

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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:41:15 -0700

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