Acharya Madhwas father was
Nadillaya Narayana Bhatta, his mother was Vedavati. The couple had desired a son for a
long time. They prayed to God and performed many rituals. At last, their prayers were
answered: a son was born who not only enlivened his home but enlightened the whole
Acharya Madhwa was born on the tenth day of the bright half of the month of Ashwayuja
in the Saka year Vilambi (1238 A.D.). It was Vijayadashami day. The child was named
The child, who was growing well, was very good-looking. "His mother lucky to
have such a nice child," people would say. They were struck by his outward appearance
but could not comprehend his inner self. Sometime the childs pranks would baffle the
parents who wondered, "This child not like others." A memorable eve could be
Vasudeva was then three years old. His parents had taken him to a function in nearby
Nidiyur. In then midst of the celebration Vasudeva suddenly disappeared. Nobody knew where
I had gone and the tearful parents began a vigorous search. Somebody in a street said:
"We saw a small child going towards Kodavoor temple." Some one else said they
saw a three-year-old child crossing the fields and going towards the Bannanje temple.
Nadillaya and others rushed to both the places but could not find the child there. They
then came to nearby Udupi and arrived at their favourite temple of Ananteshwara. What a
surprise! Vasudeva was standing before the Shivalinga there with folded hands.
There were tears of joy. The Nadillaya couples were ardent worshippers of Ananteshwara
and they found their child in His graceful presence! Vasudeva stood there smiling.
"Dear Vasudeva, how did you come so far alone? How did you find the way?" asked
the father. The child replied:
"Father, I did not come alone. First, I went to Kanangi (Kodavoor) and saw
Shankaranarayana. From there I went to see Mahalingeshwara of Taleku (Bannanje).
Then I came here and saw Chandramoulishwara. I saw Narayana in this
Shivalinga. God was with me throughout the journey. God was my companion and
showed me the way."
What he told the Muslim king which he was in his thirties and what I uttered as a child
of three were the same: "We have arrived because Gods grace." Can one ever
be imbued with qualities not nourished in childhood Yes, this cannot be easily understood
by anyone. He pursues the only path shown by God. It was a child born show the divine path
to the people.