parents had to consent,and Vasudeva was initiated into sannyasa by saint
Achyutaprajna. He then came to be known as Poornaprajna.
He was then a boy of twelve. About forty days after he assumed sannyasa,
Vasudeva Pandita, an eminent interpreter of philosophy, and some others came to Udupi,
Achyutaprajna sent his young disciple to argue with them. The twelve- year-old boy easily
overcame the arguments of these stalwarts who could not answer him satisfactorily.
Achyutaprajna was filled with joy at the astounding knowledge and scholarship of the
boy. He installed Poornaprajna on the official seat of Vedanta and named him as
Anandatirtha. Madhwa was Poorna- prajnas religious name and
later he came to be renowned by the name.
From that time onwards Acharya Madhwas entire life was devoted to the propagation
of Vedic philosophy. He was not unnecessarily provoking others to arguments. But if
anybody came toengage him in philosophical debate he would successfully argue and defeat
them. Hundreds of arrogant scholars who came to challenge him had to go back with their
heads bowed in defect.