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Abbur’s famed shrine

In the vicinity of the Kanva reservoir, six km from Channapatna, is a tiny village Abbur, which is famous for its monastery and a gurukula.

They were founded in the early 16th century by a much revered mystic saint Brahmanya Tirtha to spread the message of Dwaitha philosophy propounded by Madhwacharya in the 13th century. The annual aradhana of Abbur shrine is held in Vaishaka Masa (May-June).

Linked with the history of Vijayanagar dynasty, Abbur has an ancient Mutt housing the shrines (Brindavana) of Brahmanya Tirtha and Vyasatirtha. Beside the main Brindavana is the idol of Anjaneya, worshipped by Vyasarajaru. The seer of Abbur, Brahmanya Tirtha, is known to be the first guru of Vyasatirtha who took a sanyasa deeksha (monkhood) at the Abbur Mutt.

Vyasatirtha or Vyasarajaru was the rajaguru (royal preceptor) of Krishnadevaraya. Also the place, originally called Appiyar, once ruled by Cholas, became Abbur under Jagadevaraya, during the reign of Krishnadevaraya.
 
About two km from Abbur is a cave hill known as Purshothama tirthara guhe where the Vidyaguru of Abbur saint, Purushothama tirtha is believed to have performed penance. Channapatna’s  popular picnic spot and the taluk’s major irrigation source Kanva reservoir is three km from Purushothama tirthara guhe.    

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