Monday, October 29, 2012


Sonda is small little village in the Sirsi taluk of Uttara Kannada district situated at a distance of around 450km from Bangalore and 20km from Sirsi. It is mostly known as a pilgrimage center due to the presence of three prominent Mutts: the Swarnavalli Mutt, the Vadiraj Mutt and the Jain Mutt. These attract hundreds of pilgrims mostly through out the year. The green surroundings, typical to the Malnad area of Sonda and Sirsi add to the serenity of these places of religious importance. 

Shri Vadiraja Theertha was great saint, ascetic, prolific writer and poet, equally well versed in Sanskrit and Kannada, who has left a very deep imprint on Madhva society. Sri Vadiraja Theertha is unique amongst all Madhva saints for many reasons. Shri Vadiraja Theertha was also the first ascetic who after a long life of 120 years, decided his own time of dropping the mortal connection - entered the Vrundavana and left for heavenly life at his own choice of time and place.
The place is about 25 km from Sirsi on the way to Swarnavalli Mutt, on the banks of Shalmala river. 
The place is well developed though access road is not so good. When we reached there, it was 1pm when the day's pooja, prasadam are over, as everything finishes by 12 noon. It's a serene, quiet place, guest houses are there and rooms were also available.
We spent only an around looking at natural beauty of the place and returned to Swarnavalli Mutt.
Monday 22 Oct 2012

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