|Sir Thomas Munroe's descendants at Mantrayala mutt. twitter.com/bhakt4eve|
|Sri Ragavendra Swamiji and Sir Thomas Munroe.|
A great pilgrimage site, it is being visited by thousands of devotees every day from across the breadth and length of India. There are fine lodging facilities available there close to the Samadhi. It was in this blessed place the great enigmatic British administrator Thomas Munroe received Manthraksha (god's blessing) from the great saint, indeed a rare privilege. The interesting news is the British officer's descendants (5th generation) visited this holy place on 29th and 30 July 2018, 218 years after Munroe's time. They took the blessings of one of the greatest saints of India Sri Raghavendra Swamiji (affectionately referred to as Rayaru). It is indeed surprising the ladies and men wore traditional Indian dress; the women wearing Sarees, flowers and Kumkum and were inside the holy premises barefoot. (Photo credit Sri Rajaraman). It is in the same premises Thomas Munroe had a sort of apparition from the holy saint with respect to Mutt lands.
|Munroe's descendants at mantrayala. vasantp.blogspot.com|
This notification regarding the Raghavendra Mutt lands was published in the Madras Government Gazette - Chapter XI, page 213, with the caption "Manchali Adoni Taluka". This order is still preserved in Fort St. George, Chennai and Mantralayam.
In 1819, Sir Thomas Munroe became the Governor of Madras Presidency and introduced the famous the 'Ryotwari system that eliminated the exploitation of tillers by the merciless landlords.
Sri Raghavendra Swamiji, it is believed, would continue to live for 700 years after his Jeeva Samadhi and thousands of devotees and people worshiping him at the samadhi mention about his miracles and mystic power.
When India was under the company rule and later under the direct Crown administration, there were, indeed, countless British administrators who had a soft corner for the Indian natives. Many of them worked hard and gave no room to corruption and under-handed dealings. Among them, Sir Thomas Monroe was a humane and effective administrator. Glory and fame came to him as he chose the dharmic path. A Karma Yogi to the core. Please refer to my early post on Thomas Manroe: https://navrangindia.blogspot.com/2016/08/dynamic-administrator-sir-thomas-munro.html.