VIDYARANYARU

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VIDYARANYARU

His patriotism and purity was responsible in building the last Indian empire which resisted the foreign invasions.    Born in 1268, Madhava was a witness to the attacks by Mallik Kafur on the south Indian temples.    His blood boiled on hearing the uncivilized conduct of the invaders.     He started a severe penance by living only on water and air to invoke the grace of the goddess.     He became saint Vidyaranya and guided Hakka and Bukka to lay the foundation for the great Vijayanagar Empire.

Once the empire became strong, he renounced his position as Prime Minister and took over as peetaadhipati of Sringeri Mutt.      He attained Mahasamadhi in 1386.

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