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Sri Madhwacharya's Own Pajaka Kshetra

Pajaka, has the birth place of Sri Madhwacharya, situated seven miles south-east of Udupi Kunjaru hill, near Pajaka a famous Durga Temple on its top. This hill is also known as `Durga betta'. On its four sides are four holy teerthas or tanks created by Lord Parashurama. On the eastern side is Parasu Teertha, on the southern side is Dhanus Teertha, on the west is Gada Teertha and on the north is Bana Teertha. Taking bath in these teerthas is considered to wash out all the sins. This place bears many marks associated with the child-hood incidents of Sri Acharya.

Once Sri Acharya had gone up to the Durga hill. Hearing his mother calling him, he jumped back to his house in one hop and the place where he hopped still bears the mark of his feet. On this very spot Sri Vadiraja Teertha installed an idol of Sri Madhwacharya. Next to this temple is `Moodu Matha' the ancestral house of  Sri Madhwacharya. By its side is a tank called Vasudeva Teertha, built by Sri Acharya for the sake of his mother. The spot where Sri Acharya handed over tamarind seeds instead of money to his father's creditor, the place where he crushed a demon in the form of a snake, the spot where he made a dry stick sprout and blossom in order to convince his father about his superhuman powers to establish a new philosophy - all these are reminiscent of Sri Acharya's boyhood deeds. This holy spot, which is the birth place of the founder of dwaita philosophy is indeed a holy place of pilgrimage to all devotees.

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