The Honourable Shankaracharya Sringeri Shri Sachidananda Swamigal, bestowed with Shrimat Paramhans.
We received your letter and have understood the gravity of the matter. We have noted that the cavalry of the Maratha king attacked Sringeri and beat the Brahmins but other people removed the idol of the Goddess Sharda Ammanavaru (Mother) and also looted the valuables belonging to the Sringeri Math. We have also noted that four disciples belonging to the Sringeri Math had to take shelter at Karkala and that the idol of Shringeri Sharda Ammanavaru was consecrated in ancient times, and if this idol has to be consecrated again, the support of the government is needed. The reconsecration of the deity will be performed along with mass feeding by the requisite amount provided by the Government.“People who have sinned against such a holy place are sure to suffer the consequences of their misdeeds at no distant date in this Kali age in accordance with the Sanskrit verse: “Hasadbhih kriyate karma rudadbhir-anubhuyate” (People do evil deeds smilingly but suffer the consequences crying).”
The Asaf of the city has been ordered to get a palanquin made for the Math and pay 200 rahathis in cash and 200 rahathis for paddy for the consecration of the idol of Sri Sharada Ammanavauru and carry out appropriate measures for the consecration of the idol of the Ammanavaru idol. He shall send me a report immediately.
We are sending a heavy sari (worked in gold) and a blouse piece for the Goddess Sharada Ammanavaru, and a pair of shawls for you. Please write on receiving them. An order is sent to the Asaf of the town to deal with the problems of the Math. Contact him.
The letter was written by Tippu Sultan to Sringeri Jagadguru in 1791 in Kannada.