By: Shreyas Devaraj
In Pudukkottai there is a famous landmark called “Adhistanam” where the mortal remains of Sadasiva Brahman II remain. A judge in a Travancore court, he learned that he had to give capital punishment to an innocent person and he was helpless. He walked out of the courtroom and became a Sanyasin. He traveled all over the country and attained Samadhi at Pudukkottai. His “Adhistanam” attracts people of all creeds and castes and is a vibrant Samadhi.
Rallapalli Ananta Krishna Sharma
A well-known Telugu scholar, he was working for the Maharaja of Mysore. He has translated Sri Narasimha Swamiji’s works on Sai Baba into Telugu. His greatest achievement was editing the copper inscriptions of “Annamaiah” found in Tirumalai Devasthanam. His children, Phani Shayi was a Professor of Psychology and former Principal of National College, Bangalore, and Professor Laxman was a Professor of English at Venkateshwara University, Tirupati and they are all great musical composers.
Sri Rangapriya Mahadesikan
Popularly known as Varadadeshika Charya was a scholar in Sanskrit, English, Kannada, and Hindi, and was a Professor of Sanskrit known to thousands of students all over the world. His discourses and spiritual attainment are memorable. He was a devotee of Sai Baba and has several books to his credit. When he attained Maha Samadhi, his mortal remains reverberated “Narayana, Narayana, Narayana” for hours together. His Samadhi at Hedathale village (Nanjangud) is vibrant with Namasmaran.
Mother Nanjanagoodu Tirumalamba
She is the first major woman writer in Kannada who advocated the women’s self. She argues for social space for women. Tirumalamba was against the confinement of women within the four walls of the house. She opposed child marriage, the tonsure of widows, dowry, and ostentatious expenditures, especially at weddings. Love, affection, patience, and sacrifice were some of the very important qualities she talked about. These are the key qualities she gives to her protagonists both in the prose and poetry she wrote.