Guru-parampara: The List of 32, Part 24

BY: ROCANA DASA - 26.9 2018

Biographies of the Sampradaya Acaryas

Vidyanidhi (Vidyadhiraja Tirtha):

The next Sampradaya Acarya in the line for whom Jaya Tirtha Charan dasa provides a biographical sketch is Vidyanidhi, who is 13th on the List of 32. However, the author comments in some detail on the anomalies surrounding the order of disciplic succession at this point, and particularly with respect to Jnanasindhu and Dayanidhi. Relevant quotes on that material are included above in our comparisons of the various early iterations of the guru-parampara list.

With respect to the details of Vidyanidhi's life and pastimes as a great Acarya, very little information is given. Vidyanidhi was a brahmacari, a direct disciple of Jaya Tirtha, and a successor in Madhva's Pitha for some period of time, the details of which are disputed. No other specifics are given, except that he had "seniority in his learning and devotional understandings".


Rajendra Tirtha is 14th on the guru-parampara List of 32. Like Vidyanidhi, very little information is provided about Rajendra's life and preaching pastimes, so there are no real points of comparison to be made in that regard. In the biographical sketch, Jaya Tirtha Charan dasa describes various issues and disputes associated with the recording of the guru-parampara at this point in history:

"Rajendra was his first disciple and their relationship was always very close. There is one story which tells of how the guru parampara divided at that time. Vidyadhiraja Tirtha was extremely sick so he sent word to Rajendra to come immediately, but he did not arrive in time. The Guru, feeling his life passing, ordained another disciple to guarantee that he would have a successor. This devotee's name was Kavindra Tirtha. Some say he called Kavindra due to a need for the preaching to spread, but one cannot guess the reasons why - a pure Vaisnava acts only to satisfy the Lord, that much we can ascertain. The line coming from Rajendra Tirtha is now represented by Vyasatirtha and Gosale Mutts and that line still continues.

The other line (that from Kavindra Tirtha) continued on to Vagisa and Ramacandra Tirtha, but at the time of Ramacandra there again was some heavy disagreement that apparently nearly stopped the line at that time. Inevitably it caused a split and now those lines come down via his two disciples, Vibudhendra Tirtha of Raghavendra Swami Mutt and Vidyanidhi Tirtha of Uttaradi Mutt."