Friday, June 25, 2010

Visit to Aadichapuram kanchi mutt run school

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During April 2009 we had gone on a visit to Mannargudi and spent the afternoon in Aadichapuram at the Shri sastha trust building close to the  Sankara mutt’s School , There is  a school run by the mutt functioning in a new  renovated premise. There are lots of regular activities conducted here. Next door is the Shri Sastha trust building which is also blessed by the periyavas and functions in unison with the Sankara madam

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kumbak4 041           Dr.& Mrs.Kalyanaraman visiting the school blessing the children
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The compound where Shri Jayendra saraswathy’s upanayanam was conducted in his poorvashrama

The Sivan Koil in Aadichapuram , below is a view of the gopuram

View of the Krishna temple aadichapuram as seen from the Sankara School gate

Photo of all three Perivas

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Adhishtanam at Elayathangudi

Close to Pudukottai near Karaikudi is Elayathangudi (Vidiathangugi). It is the home of the nattukottai chettiar Community. There are plenty of lakes and ponds with a huge siva temple . This area houses the adhishtanam and vedapatashalai of the Kanchi mutt slaiyathangudi1
The Ganesh temple before reaching the Adhishtanam and patasalai
Sri Sudarsana Mahadevendra Saraswati : Son of Seshadri Sastri of Madhyarjuna was known as Mahalingam prior to his sanyasa. He toured extensively and attained siddhi at Ilaiyattangudi on Amavasya in the month of Phalguna of the cyclic year Virodhi (1891 AD).His pontificate was for 40 years. A Temple has been built by the Nattukottai Chettiars on his samadhi.
(Actuallythis periyava is also  related to our mahaperiyava in his poorvashrama. ) ref:



Adhishtanams at Kalavai

This small town in Arcot near Vellore  on the Chennai Bangalore highway is the place of the Adhistanams of two acharyas preceding Mahaperiyava. After you cross Ranipet look for a small road to the left leading to Arani before Arcot. The road leads to Tindivanam. At about 20 kms  in between is kalavai. Take the first right turn inside kalavai after the petrol bunk there is a huge pond on the left and the Kanchi mutt is on the right IMG_0066 IMG_0063 IMG_0064 IMG_0065
Recent homam at Kalavai 26/may/2010    click here for   The homam at Kalavai details
    For the Adhishtanam pictures please see the link below from of kalavai adhishtanam)
Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati VII :
He was the son of Sitarama Sastri. This Acharya's poorvasrama name was Swaminatha. He was a native of Udayambakkam. He attained mukti at Kalavai in the year 1907 on Krishna Ashtami in the month of Magha of the cyclic year Parabhava (1907 AD). SNC00015_thumb[4]
Sri Mahadevendra Saraswati V:
He was the son of Narasimha Sastri and Lakshmi and was known as Lakshmi Narasimha prior to sanyasa. He occupied the Peetha for seven days only and attained mukti at Kalavai on Sukla Prathama in the month of Phalguna of the cyclic year Parabhava (1907 AD). 

Adhishtanam of the Kanchi seers Sri Bhagavan nama Bodhendra saraswathi the 59 th Acharya of the Kanchi mutt at Govindapuram

  The Govindapuram Adhishtanam
As you leave Mayavaram and proceed towards Kumbakonam near  Aaduthurai is the Kanchi madam close to the Cauvery where the Adhishtanam of Shri Bodhendra saraswathi is seen. There is a huge Hanuman idol consecrated and the Adhishtanam has been recently rebuilt. The Adhishtanam was apparently reclaimed by the untiring efforts of Sri sadguru Swamigal of Marudhanallur a great soul in the 17 century. He with the support of  the Mahratta kings  diverted the Kaveri away from this area and spend many hours crawling on the hot sand listening intently and found the Adhishtanam from the ,”RAMA NAMA’ still emanating from the same.he built a brindavanam . Incidentally this structure was found during the re excavation and consecration done a few years ago by the Kanchi mutt pontiffs
59.Sri Bhagavan nama Bodhendra Saraswathi : He was born in Mandana Mishra Agraharam at Kanchi as the son of one Kesava Panduranga. Bodhendra's former name was Purushottama. His Guru Sri Vishwadikendra Atmabodhendra Saraswathi apparently asked Panduranga,’ who is the child?’ for this Panduranga replied ,’Ours”so the Guru asked him if he would donate the child to the mutt and the parents consented. The child Purushottama grew up with parents and the mutt visiting daily and learning from his guru and was formally ordained as a sanyasi and anointed as the Kanchi mutt peetadhipathi by his guru. Bodhendra built an Adhishtanam for his guru at Vadavambalam (click here to  visit vadavambalam Shri VISWATHIKENDRA Atmabodhendra Saraswathi the 58 th Acharya of the Kanchi mutt Adhishtanam )  It was Shri Bhagavan nama Bodhendra who stressed the efficacy of devotion, nama sankeerthanam as a means to liberation in Kali yuga as it does not need anushtanam, purification,time, place or rules to follow this path. He therefore undertook the great task of Nama Siddhartha, or establishing the supreme efficacy of reciting the names of Bhagavan in many of his writings, chiefly in Namamrta Rasayana and Namamrta Rasodaya. His mission of Nama Siddhartha was pursued with equal vigor by Sridhara Venkatesa, or Ayyaval of Tiruvisainallur a contemporary  and by Shri Sadguru Swamiji of Marudhanallur in the next century. It was the Nama Siddhartha of Bodhendra that was ultimately responsible for the evolution of Bhajana Sampradaya as an institution in the religious life of the Hindu community in South India. 

Bodhendra performed Tatanka Pratistha at Jambukeswaram and while returning to Kanchi he attained videha mukti ( Jeeva Samadhi) at Govindapuram on Full Moon day in the month of Proshtapada of the cyclic year Prajotpatti (1692 AD). His pontificate was for 54 years. It is said the spiritual presence of Bodhendra still abides at his Adhishtanam at Govindapuram. It is said that in the calm silence of the night a melodious voice uttering Rama Nama is heard rising from subdued tones to a crescendo, and then fading into silence again.
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single stemmed coconut tree with two separate branchings at the top in front of the Govindapuram Adhishtanam

Vadavambalam Adhishtanam of Shri VISWATHIKENDRA Atmabodhendra Saraswati the 58 th Acharya of the Kanchi mutt

Among the many wonders brought to light by the Paramacharya himself of Kanchi many years ago this Adhishtanam of his parama guru was brought to light by this Mahan in a very desolate area .Thankfully with the blessings of the present acharyas the place is being re built and is a very popular pilgrimage spot for the followers of the Kanchi mutt
Vadavambalam Adhishtanam Vizhupuram district
From the  NH 45 when you take the road to you take the road to Kumbakonam. Tanjore   panrutti and Neyveli  from the toll booth (NH 45A) at the 15 th Km you will come across the four road junction it is known as the Koliyanur Koot road. You can reach this junction from Vizhupuram also by taking the left road at the old hospital inside Vizhupuram  or from Pondy from the Thavalakuppam to Vizhupuram road  . Proceed towards Panrutti and after 4 kms once you cross the bridge you can see the road to Vadavambalam on the left this is after the road to Poovarasankuppam, there are a lot of signboards put up now(This was taken when I visited again today on 14/8/16).
You can reach it from Panrutti also.DSC06049 it is a small village road likely to be missed if you are not careful. Turn left there and in less than a  kilometer you will see the Kanchi mutt Adhishtanam.( These are the pics of the old structure It has been re built on 20/10/16)
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This is the Adhishtanam of Shri Atma Bodendra the 58 th Acharya (who was  the guru of Shri Bodhendra of Govindapuram).    

58.Sri Atma Bodhendra Saraswati : He was a native of Vriddhachalam, and son of one Viswamakhi. His pre-sanyasa name was Visvesvara. He toured extensively and stayed at Benares for a long time. He wrote a Bhasya on the Sri Rudram. It was Atma Bodha that directed Sadasiva Brahmendra to write the Gururatna Malika. He attained mukti on the banks of the river South Pinakini, known in Tamil as Then Pennai on Krishna Ashtami in the month of Tula of the cyclic year Eswara (1638 AD).His pontificate was for 52 years
(above courtesy the Kanchimutt website
The Adhishtanam is looked after by Shri Rajashekara Sharma  a young graduate of the mutts patashalai and can be contacted on phone :04146-236410 cell:09442068232
( you can see him doing pooja in the photo above)

(The Aradhanai of this periva falls on 30/10/10 to be held at the Adhishtanam premises itself)
I visited the place on 31-10-10 and saw that there was a gala celebration on the previous day


I have since my last visit been to this adhishtanams many times over the last 5 years and been blessed. Here is a video of the nithya puja on 9/8/15.The young priest at work can be seen here


Today  14/08/2016 my wife and I visited this Adhishtanam and were blessed .DSC06050
Today 25/09/16 I had the opportunity to visit again. There is re construction of the place in full swing. Full kudos to the people who are carrying out this great task
Today I received the following message
ARADHANAI ON 22.10.2016

I received the following pictures from the organisers on 22/10/16 when the kumbabishekam and aradhanai were performed. If you watch the homam closely you can see Mahaperiyava himself is blessing the event,Please do visit and get his blessings


I had darshan on 20/11/2016  here are a few pics of the adhishtanam







Adhishtanams in Thiruvotriyur chennai

The adhishtanams in Tiruvotriyur ( 55 th and 61 st acharyas)
Last Sunday 20/06/10 I had an oppurtunity to visit the Thiruvotriyur temple in Chennai. The Thyagaraja sannidhi , Vaduvudaiamman and the thataka prathistai sannidhi were enchanting. Adi shankara is believed to have camped here and was responsible for stopping human sacrifices and codified the practices to be followed in the temple. There is a ancient stone building next to the temple on the south side where we can find his statue with two sishyas. This building is now under the custody of the Kanchi kamakoti mutt and functions as the kanchi mutt office. It also houses the adhishtanam( Jeeva Samadhi) of the 61 st pontiff, shri Mahadevendra saraswathy III. This day happened to be the aradhanai for the swamiji and I was fortunate to have witnessed the same and received prasadams.

61st Sri Mahadevendra Saraswati III: He was previously known as Narayana. He was a great yogi. It was during his pontificate that Atma Bodha wrote his commentary Susama on the Gururatna Malika. He attained mukti at Tiruvottiyur, now a part of Chennai on Sukla Navami in the month of Jyesta of the cyclic year Krothana (1746 ,AD).This is also a jeeva samadhi. His pontificate was for 42 years

A stones throw from this area is the Sankaracharya colony a colony of devotees of the mutt.( this is about 1/2 a km from the vadivudaiamman koil  bus stand, and tiruvottriyur railway station),  Situated in the entrance of  this colony is the adhishtanam of 
55 th pontiff Sri Chandrchuda III: He was a native of Asmachala near manimuktha river in south Arcot district. He was the son of Purari and Shrimati. his former name was arunagiri. He was a dravida brahmin and he died in the year swabhanu, mina shukla ekadasi .(In the year 1524 A.D). His pontificate was for 17 years
Today 25/7/10 being the day of Vyasa puja We had the occasion to visit the adhishtanam in the morning. Mr Seshadri the caretaker ( he is an engineer working in a private company but does service here to personally take care of the adhistanam daily with utmost reverence) was kind enough to show us around the place. He informed us this is a jeeva samadhi.  In the year 1524 A.D.I could take a few photos of the Adhishtanam with his kind permission

( View of the Brindavanam  complex inside the colony)

( A stone tablet in Telugu and grantham language which speaks of the brindavanam)

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On 29/4/12 is the aradhanai of 61st  Acharya Sri Mahadevendra Saraswati III: at the tiruvotriyur Sankara madam . Please attend if possible to obtain the grace of theguru

Adhishtanams in the Kanchi mutt

The Adhishtanams inside the Kanchi mutt: ( 2 nd,3 rd and 68 th acharyas)
Sri Suresvaracharya :

Sri Sureswaracharya was the most learned and aged of Sri Bhagavatpada's disciples. He was a native of Mahishmati. He was known as Mandana Mishra before He was initiated into the ascetic order by Sri Sankara Bhagavatpada. History of how Sri Sankara had a long debate with Sri Mandanat Mishra on various topics in the poorva mimamsa and in Advaita Vedanta, and how Sri Mandana Mishra was defeated in arguments and how he was given sanyasai and taken along with Him by the great Acharya, is recorded in most biographies of Sankara. After a long and eventful career and having been the author of the Vaathika on Sankara's Brhadaranyopanishad Bhashya and having authored the famous philosophical treatise known as Naishkarmya-Sidhi, Sri Sureswaracharya shook off his mortal remains at Kanchi, the southern Mokshapuri, on Sukla Ekadasi of Jyestha in the Cyclic Year Bhava (407 B.C). The presence of a street till recently under the name of Mandana Misra Agraharam, and the presence of a stone icon of Sri Sureswaracharya inside the Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Sankaracharya Math (which is in daily worship) confirm the connection of Sri Sureswaracharya with Kanchi Sankar Math and his videha mukthi at Kanchi.

The 3 rd Pontiff Sri Sarvagnatmendra Saraswathy (407-364 BC)
This Pontiff was anointed as succesor by Adi Shankara himself. His Adhishtanam is right next to the Adhishtanam of Sri Sureshwaracharya in the Mutt premises itself 

Sri Sarvajnatman : After having conquered the leaders of many heretic sects prevalent in many parts of India, Sri Sankara Bhagavatpada reached Kanchi, the southern Mokshapuri to spend the evening years of His life in that holy city. One of the famous incidents of Sri Sankara's stay at Kanchi is his Sarvajna Peethahoranam or ascending the seat of Omniscience. On knowing about this, scholars from various parts of the Tamil regions gathered at Kanchi to witness the grand event. Among those, a band of scholars from Brahmadesam and its neighbourhood had a debate with the Acharya on Deva bedha, Moorthybedha, etc. By his clear exposition of the Advaita doctrine, the Acharya silenced their arguments. After the successful ascending of the Sarvajna Peetha, Sri Sankara was attracted by a boy of 7 summers to be very precious. He sent word for the parents of the boy. They came with their son and bowed before Sri Sankara. Then the great Acharya expressed His wish to nominate the little boy as his successor to the Kanchi Peetha. The parents greatly rejoiced and agreed to the Acharya's proposal. Thereafter the Acharya initiated the boy Into sanyasa asrama, gave him the deeksha name of Sarvajnatman. The Bala Sanyasi was put under the care of Sri Sureveswaracharya. Sri Sarvajnatman presided over the Sri Kanchi Sankaracharya Math for a long number of years. He wrote a lucid summary or rather a further commentary on Sri Sankara's Sutra Bashya. Sri Sarvajnatman's commentary is known as The Samkshepa Sareeraka. It is also said that He is the author of a poetical thesis called Sarvajna Vilasa. The Samkshapa Sareeraka of Sri Sarvajnatman contains 1267 verses couched in verses of elegance and easy style. After an eventful and glorious career Sri Sarvajnatman attained videha mukthi in Kanchi on the 14th day of the dark fortnight (Vaishaka Krishna Chaturdasi) of the cyclic year Nala (364 BC).

The 68th Pontiff His Holiness Sri Chandrasekharendra SaraswatiSwamigal
Sri Swaminathan (born at Villupuram on 20th May 1894 -Anuradha Star) was taken to Kalavai in his 13th year, when he was studying at Tindivanam, to be initiated into ascetic order and ordained as the 68th Acharya of the Kanchi Kamakoti Math. He was given the Sanyasa name Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati. He was affectionately called "Mahaswamigal" and "Walking God". He adorned the Peetam from February 13, 1907. True to the tradition of the Peetam set by Adi Sankara, Mahaswamigal travelled throughout the country by foot or by the traditional palanquin. He also stood by the national sentiments in discarding "foreign cloth" (He immersed them in water instead of setting fire) and started wearing Khadi. He set the trend to create Trusts for achieving the objectives of the Peetham. His foremost concern was preservation of the Vedas, tradition and dharma. He advocated simplicity, shunned pomp, ostentation and extravagance. His exposition of Vedanta, sastras and the dharmic duties attracted scholars and laymen alike, from far and wide, for it has always been rich in values and simple in understanding. Great humorist he had the keen acumen to relate root words of all the languages to Sanskrit highlighting its greatness. He attained moksha at Kancheepuram on 8th January 1994 (Dhanur, Krishna Dwadasi) in his Centenary 001