Generally there is koorma peeta for brindavanas everywhere and there is an exception which you can see in Tanjavur Rayara Brindavana
There is a “Sarpa-Peeta Brindavana” of Sri. Raghavendra swamy, situated near Vaduvuru, on bank of river Cauvery, 5KM away from Thanjavur. Tamilnadu.
It was consecrated during rule of last Nayak king of Thanjavur, Vijayaraghava Nayaka (son of Raghunatha Nayaka), just before the start of Maratha rule.
This is the place where Rayaru did 12 years of deep penance after sanyasi sweekara. After Rayaru left to propagate the Madhwa philosophy, The King Nayak faced so many problems and he wished Rayaru presence in his kingdom.
Just after the Brindavana pravesha of Sri. Raghavendra Swamy at Mantralaya , the king had a dream in which Guru Rayaru appeared in his dream and wish to have his Brindavana at a place where he took his Sanyasashrama to bless the people.
The king was told that ” I would come in the form of Sarpam (Snake) and I will show you the spot to establish the temple” by Rayaru and things happened in the same way. He recognized the spot and engraved Sarpa’s image and installed Sarpa-Peetha at that place as a remarkable mark where Guru Rayaru took his Sanyasashrama .
It was the place where the title of “Sri Ragavendra Theertha” was given to guru by his Guru Sri Sudheendhra theertharu and he handed over the responsibilities of the Vidya Matha to Sri Raghavendra Tirtharu.
As instructed by Rayaru, there is no ceiling over Brindavana. Rayaru wished the brindavan should be open to Nature. The pooja Krama followed here is based on the pooja karma of a sanyasi.
Unlike any other Mrithika brindavanas, There is no Mrithika consecrated in this brindavana during prathistapana as Rayaru himself wished to live here through his brindavana.
The temple priests give Mantrakshathe with Mrithika(Soil from the land where Rayaru lived) to the devotees
It is believed that This powerful peetha can cure all doshas related to planet Raghu and Kethu in ones life.
How to Reach Vadavaru (Vadavaru Karai):
Thanjavur: From Thanjavur Old Bus Stand about 5 Kms. No bus facility. Walking through fields partitions. Autos only can ply.
SRI RAGHAVENDRA SWAMY BRUNDAVANAM
VADAVARU BANK, THANJAVUR
BUS ROUTE: THANJAVUR OLD BUSSTAND TO BOODHALUR (VIA KALIMEDU)
NO. 27, SERIES
STAGE NAME: BRINDAVANAM
Official website : http://www.tanjorerayarabrindavana.org/about.html
BUS ROUTE: THANJAVUR OLD BUSSTAND TO BOODHALUR (VIA KALIMEDU) (Bus no 27)