Madhva Navami – Madhwanavami

Madhwa Navami, or Madhvanavami, is an auspicious day dedicated to Madhvacharya, the great religious reformer and commentator on the Brahma Sutras and the Upanishads. In 2015, the date of Madhwa Navami is January 28. It is observed on 9th day of the Shukla Paksha in Magha Month and Madhvacharya is the exponent of the Dwaita School of philosophy also known as Sad Vaishnavism – Vishnu or Narayana is the Supreme Being. Madhwanavami Means Avatarasamapti Denotsavam of Sri Guru Madhwacharya.

According to the philosophy of Madhvacharya, Lord Vishnu (Hari) is the Supreme Being and resides in Vaikunta with his consort Shri Lakshmi. The world we see is real and the difference is true. Vishnu is the only independent reality. All living and non living beings are dependent on Vishnu. Souls and world are dependent on Vishnu and is separate from Vishnu. Bhakthi is the only means of attaining Moksha.
Writing on the teachings of Madhvacharya, Swami Sivananda Says
Renunciation, devotion and direct cognition of the Lord through meditation lead to the attainment of salvation. The aspirant should equip himself with the study of the Vedas, control of the senses, dispassion and perfect self-surrender, if he wants to have the vision of the Lord. These are some of the important teachings of Madhvacharya, the renowned exponent of the dualistic school of philosophy.
Madhwa Navami is an important festival at the Sri Ananteshwara Temple in Udupi in Karnataka. Pujas, rituals and chariot procession are held in Udupi on the day.