Monday, June 23, 2014

Adhishtanam of the 12 th Kanchi acharya Shri Sivanandendra Chidghanendra Saraswati at Vriddhachalam

Adhishtanam of  the 12 th Kanchi acharya Shri Shivanandendra Chidghanendra Saraswathi has recently been discovered in the premises of the  Vriddhagireeshwarar temple at Vriddhachalam (click here to see my blog on this temple) as per details in the Kanchi mutt calendar 2014. The Annamalaiyar lingam in the northwest corner next to the Kamakshi sannidhi  situated in the Second praharam of the Shiva temple complex is where this acharya attained Jeeva samadhi.This lingam alone has a gopuram among a host of other lingams here like kasi Vishweshwarar and Chandramoulishwarar. The Sanctum has enough space for pradakshinam on the outside and is certainly an important structure. The local priests were not aware of the adhishtanam when I enquired with them . The mutt calender says this acharyas Jayanthi will be celebrated grandly in Feb 2015.

 (Below are details from the Kamakoti peetam website acharya parampara)

Sri Sivanandendra Chidghanendra Saraswati : He was a Karnataka Brahmin and the son of one Ujjvala Bhatta. His poorvasrama name was Iswara Vatu. His predilections were towards Sivaadvaita. He attained mukti at Vrjddhachala on Sukla Dasami in the month of Jyestha of the cyclic year Virodhikrit (172 AD).

The pic below is a carving from one of the pillars which I believe depicts the acharya .

A new pic of the adhishtanam which I re visited last Sunday