During this time Vidyanagar was ruled by King Narasimha but was actually controlled by King Krishnadeva Raya. Vidyanagar in those days was a seat of higher learning where scholars of different sects gathered and held debates.
Shri Shankaracharya, Vidyateerthji, representing the Kevaladvaita Vad of Adi Shankaracharya was on one side and Shri Madhavacharya, Vyasteerthji, representing various Vaishnava sects and philosophies was on the other side. Vidyateerthji wanted to establish the supremacy of Mayavad as the highest theory of Sanatan Dharma. He puzzled Vyasteerthji with his complicated arguments that Vyasteerthji could not refute.
When Shri Vallabhacharya heard about the defeat of Shri Vyasateerthji, he sent a disciple, Kamandalu, with a message to the King, that he would take part in the debate. Shri Vallabhacharya debated and rejected the theory of Mayavad as supreme and propounded a new doctrine of Shuddhatvait Brahma Vad with Shri Krishna as the Supreme Brahma. Discussions continued for 28 long days. Shri Vallabha logically and precisely proved his own arguments on the basis of Vedas, Srimad Bhagvad Geetam, Brahma Sutras, and Srimad Bhagwat, leaving Vidyateerth and other scholars totally speechless. King Krishnadeva Raya declared Shri Vallabhacharya as the winner in the debate, and the philosophy propounded by him as “Suddhadvaita”.
Then, Shri Vyasteerthji proclaimed the King’s decision in honoring Shri Vallabhacharya by Kanakabhishek ceremony and giving him titles such as JAGADGURU, SRIMAD ACHARYA, and MAHAPRABHU. From Vidyanagar, he started his journey towards different places in South India, which were of religious and academic importance.
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