Thursday, June 24, 2010

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.
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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.