Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Sri Bhuvarahaswamy temple Srimushnam a Divya desam-Adhishtanam of the 37 th Sankaracharya of the Kamakoti peetam SriVIDHYAGHANENDRA SARASWATHI(758-788 AD)

Very close to Vriddachalam is Srimushnam a place where there is a divyadesam temple dedicated to Varaha avataram of Sri Vishnu. The temple is famous for being a swayumbhu murthy with the reputation of saving vehicles. I saw a lot of repaired vehicles being parked here for puja before being put into use.
How to reach:
Srimushnam is about 20 kms from Vriddachalam . Proceed on the road to Pennadam and Andimadam take a left turn at the first bifurcation and at a place called vannankudikadu take a left to Srimushnam, the route is easy to find.
You can also come from Sethiathopu near neyveli on NH 45C and take a right at thimmasamudram to reach Srimushnam
Legends of the temple:
The lord here is swayumbhu and is formed from a single large black stone saligrama. The lord is facing west and his face (Boar) is turned upwards and facing south.
His consort ambujavalli thayar was born nearby in Neyveli and as per her wishes the utsavamurthy is having a human face.
The swami here is swayamvyukhta in the idol, the pond behind the temple in front of the Shiva temple
the holy pond

Swayamvyuktha perumal is in the pond also

and also in the huge Banyan tree in front of the pond.

  Please do not miss these during your visit
The is also a story that says that the moorthy is actually a meteorite. The bhattar was explaining that there is a huge crater behind the perumal statue and the saligramam mala adorning the perumal also was svayamvyaktha. The saligramas are all covered with chakra and conch symbols it seems

The bhattar sells a unique laddoo made of the roots of the grass and lots of sugar tastes as ravaladdu. It costs 10 rs each

The temple was under patronage of the Hoysala kings and has exquisite stone sculptures which reverberate musically . The pillars are a marvel carved from a single block of granite and having 3 different sections with many sculpturesIMG_0146 IMG_0135 IMG_0136 IMG_0137 IMG_0138 IMG_0139 IMG_0143 IMG_0144 IMG_0145

As the Kanchi muttCalender lists this temple where the Adhishtanam of the 37 th Sankaracharya of the Kamakoti peetam  SriVIDHYAGHANENDRA SARASWATHI(758-788 AD) I had the oppurtunity to revisit and see this brindavanam. The Brindavanam is situated in the northern side of the outer praharam close to the wall of the main temple inner praharam. Nobody in the temple was aware of it though. they said its been there from many years
(Extract from

Sri Vidyaghanendra Saraswati III: He was the son of Balachandra. His former name was Suryanarayana. He attained mukti at Srimushnam, where he had gone on a pilgrimage on Krishna Dwitiya in the month of Pushya of the cyclic year Prabhava (795 AD).

The Brindavanam from the western side

view from the northern side

view from the western side

from the Kanchi mutt calender 2018

37. Sri Vidyaghanendra Saraswati
758 - 788 A.D.
आचाय  - 37 - िवाघनदेिशकः
बालचसतु ः ··· ीिवाघनदेिशकः ॥ ७२ ॥
पः ··· ौढिनयमी ॥ ७३ ॥
एष ··· िशं देव ॥
Son of Bālacandrasuta named Sūryanārāyaṇa, Śră
Vidyāghanadeśika was the disciple of Śră Cidānanda.
The preceptor Śră Vidyāghana, mastering the
Śrăvidyā held the responsibilities of the preceptor
despite the atrocities of Turuṣkas for thirty years.
The staunch adherent of asceticism, he reached
the highest state of Bliss on the second day of the
black fortnight in the month of Puṣya in the year
This preceptor Vidyāghana, searching a worthy
disciple to adorn the seat of the păṭha, reached
Cidambaram where he handed over the
responsibilities of governing (the Maṭha) to
Dhăraśaṅkarendra and attained siddhi there itself.
His preceptor-ship was for thirty years.

After visiting this temple please do visit the Neelishwar shiva temple which is right behind the Varahaswamy temple
for more details visit my blog on that temple at