In the early 1980s two philanthropic devotees of Sri Raghavendra Swamy offered around two grounds of land at Venkateswara Nagar (West), Anakaputhur free of cost with specific request to construct a temple for Sri Raghavendra Swamy to benefit a large number of public living in and around the area. A Brindavana Prathishtapana committee was formed on 10 October, 1983 and the site donated was taken over by the entity in the name and style of “Sri Raghavendra Swamy Seva Trust, Anakaputhur, Chennai-70” and got the organization registered in December 1983. Shri V. Govindan and Shri S. Padhmanabhan, who were donors of the land were also part of the Trust formed.
From January 1984 onwards, Bhajans were conducted at the residence of LIC Ranga Rao, Pammal on every Thursday for early completion and prathishtapana of the Brindavana. Appeals were made soliciting donations for taking up the construction of the Brindavana by various means including conducting of Bhajans, Unchivathis at various parts of the city, newspaper advertisements, door to door collection from devotees, celebration of Sri Raghavendra Swamy Aradhana, conduct of fund raising cultural programmes, etc. With the help of innumerable devotees, donors, philanthropists and like-minded persons from India and abroad, the Shanku sthapana (foundation stone laying ceremony) was performed by His Holiness Sri Sri 1008 Sri Satyapramodha Theertha Sripadangalavaru, Pontiff of Sri Uttaradi Mutt on 03.05.1984. Construction work of brindavana at Anakaputhur village was started in March 1985 under the supervision of Shri R. Ramachandra Rao, and it took more than six years to complete the construction and get ready for the Prathishtapana. On 03 July 1991, the Prathishtapana of Sri Raghavendra Swamy Mrithika Brindavana at Anakaputhur was done by Sri Sri 1008 Sri Vijnananidhi Theertha Swamiji, Pontiff of Sri Sripadaraja Mutt, Mulubagulu. Still, many important works like flooring, kitchen work, fencing, electricity connection, front hall works, proper approach road to the brindavana etc. were pending completion.
With the untiring devotion and dedication of the management committee, the works were completed slowly one by one and a complete shape was attained in the next five years. The first Jeernodharana Ashtabandhana Kumbabisheka of the Brindhavana took place during the sixth year anniversary (Prathurbavothsava) in 1997.
Besides celebration of Aradhana of Sri Raghavendra Gurusarva Boumaru, Aradhanas of other madhwa munigalu, dasa sreshtargalu and other functions were celebrated at the Mutt in a grand and befitting manner, with the cooperation and help of volunteers, devotees and general public in the area. The miracles and events that took place in the life of ardent devotees and volunteers of the area in response to their prayers stand testimony to the graceful presence of Raghavendra Swamigalu at Anakaputhur Mrithika Brindavana, one of the 700 Brindavans where He decided to live and continue to shower His blessings on his devotees.
The glory of Brindavana at Anakaputhur has grown gradually day by day by the visits and conduct of Samasthana Poojas by various heads of Mutts all over the country viz. His Holiness Pontiffs of Sri Raghavendra Moola Brindavana, Manthralaya, Sri Sripadaraja Mutt, Mulubagulu, Sri Pejawara Adhokshaja Mutt, Udupi, Sri Vyasaraja Mutt, Sosale, Sri Uttaradi Mutt, Sri Madhava Theertha Mahasamasthana, Thambehalli, Sri Bhandaragare Mutt, Sri Athamara Mutt etc. to name a few. With the abundant anugraha of Rayaru, the name and fame of the Anakaputhur Mutt started spreading slowly all over the city, and around the world. Expansion of Brindavana took place based on the need and requirement of the devotees, to serve them better.
In the year 2007, a devotee donated six nuthana vighrahas of Sri Viswambara Vinayaka, Sri Durga, Sri Krishna, Sri Chathurbhuja Anjaneya, Sri Gajalakshmi and Sri Bharathi Devi and under the guidance and presence of Sri Sri 1008 Sri Vijnananidhi Theertha Swamiji, Pontiff of Sri Sripadaraja Mutt, Mulubagulu, these vigrahas were installed and Prathishtapana and Jeernodharana Ashtabandha Maha Kumbabisheka (second) were conducted on 07.07.2007.
In an unprecedented nature’s fury, Anakaputhur area drowned under the floods during December 2015. The Flood level at the Mutt premises was over 6 to 7 feet high, and there was a heavy loss to property and livestock of the mutt during the period. It took more than six months to recover to the old status with the help of devotees and other donors.
The twenty fifth year Prathurbavothsava (Silver Jubilee) was celebrated in a grand and befitting manner during 2016. In a week long celebration, special homas, bhajans, discourses, abisheka, alanka and poojas were conducted in the morning session, while in the evening session cultural programmes like dance, music concerts etc. were conducted by renowned artists.
This Brindavana stands in a serene and divine location, to facilitate devotees to pray, meditate in calm atmosphere and pursue their spiritual progress.
Journey of the Sri Raghavendra Swamy Seva Trust, Anakaputhur