traveling with his Preceptor, Venkatanatha was forced to take up the
challenge of a Tamil Grammarian in the literary contest at Madurai.
In the argument that followed, he defeated the arrogantTamil Pandit.
Elated pandits, along with his revered guru Sri Sudheendra yati,
conferred on him the Mahabhashyacharya a much coveted title. A
colourful feather to his cap! Then they went to Tanjore ruled by
Raghunatha Raya, a connoisseur of music and literature, and stayed
at his court for some time at his request.
again an opportunity sought him to display his superior mental
calibre and panditya prakarsha. In the contest entered into with
Yagna Narayana Dikshit, he defeated him after a protracted battle
that lasted for 18 days. Can there be any defeat for heavenly power?
He was awarded the honourable title Bhattacharya, and he was called
'Venkata Bhatta' thence onwards. A great honour! And yet another
miracle! And he was appointed as "asthana pandit" by the
great king. Venkata Bhatta returned to Bhuvanagiri - his home town
after conquest after conquest and lived a happy life with his
adorable wife Saraswati, and soon was blessed with a son, whom they