Friday, June 25, 2010

Visit to Aadichapuram kanchi mutt run school

  kumbak4 064 Aadichapuram Ayanar koil
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

Interior of the Sri sastha trust buildingkumbak4 026
A class in progress kumbak4 035
kumbak4 041           Dr.& Mrs.Kalyanaraman visiting the school blessing the children
  happy students kumbak4 042

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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:



From the Kanchi mutt calender 2018


Adhishtanams at Kalavai 66th and 67 th acharyas of the Kanchi mut

Kalavai Adhishtanams:
This small town in Arcot near Vellore  on the Chennai Bangalore highway is the place of the Adhishtanams of two Acharyas preceding Maha periyava. 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 Saraswathi 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 Saraswathi 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 Shukla Prathama in the month of Phalguna of the cyclic year Parabhava (1907 AD).
From Kanchi mutt calendar 2018

kalavai Today 19/oct/2018 I could have darshan with family and was blessed . A young  patasalai student took me around and explained the importance to me.It seems  after Mahaperiyava attained siddhi ,in a few weeks time, a tulasi plant sprouted here between the Adhishtanams of the senior  periyavas on a grinding stone.When it was plucked out it re appeared and Shri Mahaperiyava appeared in a bhakta’s dream and informed he has appeared in the form of the Thulasi plant and wants to rest herein company of his guru and parmaguru so it should not be tampered with! It is now seen taken care of with utmost reverenceIMG-20181019-WA0036

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
from the kanchi calender 2018
59. Sri Bhagavannama Bhodhendra Saraswati
1638 - 1692 A.D.
आचाय - 59 - ीभगवामबोधेाः
ीिवािधक ··· मात ्॥ ११८ ॥
ीकाीमनुिवय ··· नीरिधः ॥ ११९ ॥
ीमडननाि ··· बोधाया ॥ १२० ॥
आचायमु ··· धााये ॥ १२१ ॥
जोि ··· बोधसाामीियवान ्॥ १२२ ॥
बोधेा ··· िवकाशः ॥
This preceptor (Śră Bhagavannāma Bodhendra)
under the directions of Śră Viśvādhika came to
south; while staying in the house of Jagannātha
Kavi, son Śră Lakṣmădhara at Jagannātha pini on
the shores of Eastern Sea. he sanctified by enjoining
expiatory acts based on bhakti to the Brahmin
woman polluted/molested by a mleccha.
May preceptor sage Bodhendra entering into Kāñci
and embellishing the preceptor-ship, erecting an
elaborate path of devotion for the emancipation
of all in the Universe by writing excellent works
highlighting the concepts (of Bhakti), he who
bestowed eloquence even to a dumb child, the
ocean with devotees as waves, shine well.
Born of Keśavapāṇduraṅga, an eminent scholar
of Kaṇvaśākhā, residing in the small village called
Maṇḍana near Kāñci, the virtuous devotee, noble
(great) in guiding people resorted to him to the
path of bhakti, adorned the seat of the great
Preceptor, Śră Śaṅkara, under the directions of Śră
He carried out preceptor-ship ably in the Maṭha
for fifty-four years and remained in Kāmakoṭi Păṭha
highlighting Advaita through lectures/discourses,
the ocean of courage, attained his own non-dual
abode in the Śalivaha era 1614.
Śră Bhagavannāma Bodhendra reached the empire
of enlightenment near Madhyārjuna Kṣetra on the
full-moon day of the month of Bhādrapāda in the
year Prajotpatti.
That this revered preceptor also known as Yogăndra
travelled to Rāmeśvaram and on his return attained
siddhi at Govindapuram near Madhyārjuna is a
well--known fact.

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 muttVadavambalam 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



from the Kanchi calender 2018

58. Sri Atma Bhodhendra Saraswati
1586 - 1638 A.D.
आचाय - 58 - िवािधकाबोधेः
वृाचल ··· आसीत ्॥ ११५ ॥
िवािध ··· िकममेयम ्॥ ११६ ॥
ापाशत ··· चूडामिणम ्॥ ११७ ॥
अयं च ··· वेिदतम ्॥
Viśveśvara was the son of Viśvamakhindra;
resorting to the fact of Paraśivārya, known as
Navaśaṅkara from the first preceptor toured all
places successfully, from Setu (Rāmeśvaram) to
Sătāgiri (Himalayas).
Since he possessed intellect more than anyone in
the Universe, men of wisdom call him Viśvādhika
and Navaśaṅkara. His erudition in composing
works such as Rudra bhāṣya is beyond words -
The preceptor Viśvādhikendra carrying out
the responsibilities of preceptor for fifty-two
years, (later) handing over the responsibilities
to Bodhendrārya, and proceeding in southern
direction reached eternal abode, meditating on
Lord Śiva with the crescent moon in the crown, on
the banks of river Garuḍa
on the eighth day of the black fortnight in the
month of Tulā of the year Ăśvara.
This preceptor Śră Navaśaṅkara residing on the
banks of river Tridaśa was revered by eminent
men, departed in the southern direction and
attained siddhi on the banks of river Garuḍa after
handing over the responsibilities to the disciple Śră
Bhagavannāma Bodhendra.

last Wednesday 23/05/2018 I was traveling in the area and came to  vadavambalam by about 1 pm  after visiting Thiruvahindipuram. I expected the door to be closed and mentally was prepared to do a pradakshinam and hand over some money to the old man sitting outside. I was traveling with full family including my inlays. It was nothing short of a miracle that as we parked our car Sri. Rajashekara Sharma the priest parked his bike and welcomed us. It seems he was going out of town and wanted to do an early pooja before leaving and it was our divine fortune that the vadavambalam Perima graced us with his great mercy and gave us darshanam and we were all thrilled.

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 the
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)

DSCN1815 (The Brindavanam inside the enclosure)
From theKanchi calensder 2018

55. Sri Chandrachudendra Saraswati
1507 - 1524 A.D.
आचाय - 55 - अणिगिरचचूडेः
मधुिरत ··· चचूडेनामा ॥ १०८ ॥
इं ···ोितिष॥ १०९ ॥
अयं गतः ॥
Heaps of merits embodied as the son of Purāri and
Śrămati of the town Aśmaśālapura on the banks of
the sweet river Maṇimukta, Aruṇagiri governed the
preceptor-ship of the Păṭha surrounded by the four
oceans as preceptor candracūḍa.
Sri Kṛṣṇapremi’s edition
Thus having imparted the teachings to me, the
insignificant disciple and guiding me through various
aspects pertaining to the Păṭha, the preceptor
who remained in the Păṭha for sixteen years and
attained siddhi in a moment, he merged in the
Supreme Effulgence (of the nature) Saccitsukha
devoid of calamities, on the eleventh day of the
bright fortnight early morning of the month of
Măna of the year Svabhānu at Kañci.
Polakam Rāmaśāstri edition
Thus having imparted the teachings to me, the
insignificant among disciples and guiding me
through all aspects relating to the Păṭha, the
preceptor who stayed at the Maṭha for only six
years at siddhi in a moment, he merged in the
Eternal Bliss, the Supreme Effulgence, devoid of
calamities at the dawn of eleventh day of bright
fortnight of the Mārgaśărṣa month in the year
Āṅgărasa at Kañci.
This preceptor attained siddhi at Kañci.
Thus the text Puṇyaślokamañjarī along with
Laghuvṛtti authored by Śră Sarvajñasadhāśiva
Bodhendra, the fifty-sixth preceptor and disciple
of His holiness Jagadguru Śră Candracūḍendra
Pūjyapāda of Śră Kāñci Kāmakoṭi Păṭha.
पुयोकमिरपिरिशम ्
Appendix to Puṇyaślokamañjarī
आबोधेिविनिमतम ्
ीमदाबोधेसरती िवरिचतः थमभागः

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