|The presence of the mighty Himalayas
in the north and the perennial rivers flowing south are responsible for the
profound, innate spirituality in the Bharatavarsha, thus opine our elders. The
landscape of Juzzuru village of Krishna District in A.P shares much of the same
characteristics, albeit in a smaller scale. The “Swayambhu Narasimha” cave
in the north, different streams flowing southwards in the east and west
directions and the holy Krishna in the south have lent a spiritual touch to the
village, consecrating it. Many a holy men have sojourned at this place in their
quest for The Truth.
In this age of kali, where the dharmas enjoined upon us by the scriptures are
seldom practised, the Suraneni jamindars, in the middle of the eighteenth
century have invited the pious descendents of the Madduri dynasty to purify
this land. Thus the Madduris arrived at this village, bringing along with them
a union of tradition and devotion.
It is said that yagnas form the essence of the Veda and the inner essence of
Trimurthis. The Vedas themselves announced that yagna is a form of Lord Vishnu
and Vishnu himself is a form of yagna (YagnovaiVishnuhu VishnurvaiYagnam).
The Major requisites of a yagna are fire, mantra, ritual (Kriya) where
they symbolize Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu respectively. Therefore a ritual such
as “AgniChayana” embodies the aspect of Trimurthis.
The then learned scholars of Madduri Dynasty, recognizing the importance of
performance of such rituals in keeping up the peace and prosperity of
Bharatavarsha, started them in their own backyards and lands granted to them by
the rulers. The flame burns even today with Brahmasri vedamurthy sri Madduri
Venkata Subhramanya Somayaajulu gaaru in the seventh generation and
|Madduri Yagna Narayana Somayaajulu
gaaru in the eighth generation and Madduri SuryaNarayana Somayaajulu gaaru,
Madduri Rajeswara Somayaajulu gaaru and Madduri Venkateswara Somayaajulu gaaru
in the present ninth generation, all of them performing yagnas at the same
Among the last three, Sri Madduri Venkateswara yaajulu garu has diligently
performed almost all the possible rituals enjoined to us by The Vedas in his
own humble way. It seems as if that the “yagna purusha” himself has
chosen sri yaajulu garu as his representative which is evident in the number of
yagnas he has performed, an unprecedented number in the last 500 years. Even
now at the age of 83, he daily performs the “Nithyaagnihotra” at his residence
in which he performed 30 of his 47 yagnas each of which requires conscientious
and scrupulous attention to every little detail. His son, YagnaNarayana Saastri
is the incharge of his daily rituals. He even named his grand son after a kratuvu
Yet, with the passage of the time, it seems such faith and practice will most
probably decline in the future generations. The performance of yagnas and
yaagaas in the near future seems unlikely. Hence, the determination of sri
Yaajulu to keep this flame alive. The performance of yagnas at such a larger
scale, at a place and collectively for so many generations is something too
precious to lose with the passage of time. Whenever this problem was thought
upon by sri Yaajulu gaaru the solution always flashed in his mind in the divine
form of trimurthyaamaka sri Dattatreya Swamy” . Hence he planned for
constructing a temple in the pious land where he had performed a lion’s share
of his karmas.
When such a thought was in passing, inadvertently, he was graced by the
blessings of His Holiness, Jagadguru, The DattaPeethadhipathi, Sri Sri Sri
Ganapathi Sacchidananda Swamiji himself, who summoned him to his presence and
encouraged him to carry on the pious work. Thereon the plans of sri yaajulu
gaaru took upon a concrete shape.
Whenever vedic rituals are performed The Vedas have ordained a specific number
and shape for each of the constituents of the yagna. The Yagna is performed
upon sacred altars built based on specific model or shape suitable to the
yagna. Among such forms, the construction of altar in the form of Garuda (Garudachayana)
is quite significant. Sastras rule that such an altar on which yagna has been
performed is graced by the presence of relevant yagna Devatas in their
subtle forms and hence it is holy. Further such a place is forbidden for a
grihasta to live, rather it is to be looked upon as a deity in itself and hence
is to be worshipped.
Therefore the entire area of Juzzuru on which the descendents of madduri have
been performing yagnas is to be used to construct a temple for Sri Dattatreya,
himself a form of yagna trimurthi, such an order was passed by sri
Swamiji. With the blessings of such Holy men, the construction of temple of Yagna
Dattatreya, to be found nowhere else in India, is proceeding at a
rapid pace. While the construction of aalayam of Dattatreya is the prima forte,
work is on to also establish murthis of Sri Gnana Saraswathi and Sri Santaana
VenuGopala Swami. The Temple is designed to grace the devotees, whoever
performs sevas archaanas etc.., with not only the due results but also with the
meritof performing a yagna.
Hence, the onus falls on the kind devotees to help to complete the construction
and the pratishta as well as to develop and to permanently maintain
the complex here.
In addition to all this, since this Kshetram has been a VedaKshetram
for many a generation, it is also planned to construct a VedaPaathashaala
and a SaastraPaathashaala and extend other social activities as well.
Such activities are very much necessary to preserve the Vedic order of life for
the future. Hence we request all the magnanimous devotees to kindly extend
their helping hand to all these projects.