Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sri Kanchi Mutt at Tiruvannamalai

The recent addition of the branch of this mutt at Tiruvannamalai the ancient Mokshapuri is a welcome feature. When I visited this place today the young brahmacharis of the vedapatashala were busy reciting their lessons and one young student came forward to show deeparadhanai to Mahaperiyava’s photo here.
There are rooms for stay for devotees I believe
The mutt is located on the girivalam path opposite the Simha theertham next to the Gnana Lalithambikai temple
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The Gnana Lalithambikai temple and Old age home next door
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A view of the Majestic Arunachaleshwara hill from the mutt

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Sri Sundareshananda Sabhai- Tiruvannamalai

This temple is connected with the adhishtanams of two saints Sri Sandrananda Bodhendra saraswathi of the Kanchi peetam 46 th guru (Click here to see the blog on this swamiji) and Sri Hari ji
How to Reach:
The temple is situated in the North Iyyankulam street in the Iyyankulam agraharam in front of the Annamalaiyar temple adjacent to the Housing of the chariots of the Annamalaiyar temple. The temple is known as Sunderesananda sabhai Shivan koil locally . it is in a narrow lane to the right.
The Iyyankulam is seen at the end of the lane
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Story and Legends:
Sri Hariji who has his jeeva samadhi here is credited with many miracles here.He was instrumental in curing the Arcot Nawab of illness and was granted many perquisites by the grateful nawab including land etc which are sadly now lost for the temple.
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As you enter you see the Brindavanam of Sri Sandrananda Bodhendra Saraswathi-the 46 th Peetadhipathi  of the Kanchi mutt and next to this is the jeeva samadhi of Sri Hariji IMG_0052
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IMG_0055The main temple behind is a small structure a room with three sannidhis Meenakshi amman on the left, The Sundareshwarar in the middle, and murugan on the left. There  is a Vinayagar in front of the ambal sannidhi and there is a Dakshinamurthy inside on the right wall.
The temple is very small and well maintained by Sri Raju the priest
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The story of how this adhishtanam was discovered as published in the Kanchi mutt Calendar 2013kanchi2013x1 (2)

Adhishtanam of Sri Sandrananda Bodhendra Saraswathi-the 46 th Peetadhipathi at Tiruvannamalai

Today I had the good fortune of visiting the adhishtanam of the 46 th guru petadhipathi of kanchi  Sri Sandrananda Bodhendra Saraswathi at Tiruvannamalai
Given below is the extract from Kamakoti.org

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Sri Sandranandabhodhendra Saraswati : He was the son of Surya. His former name was Somadeva and he spent a great part of his early life in attending on his Guru and predecessor Paramasiva I. He was the author of Katha-Sarit Sagara. He was presented with a palanquin wrought with pearls by King Bhoja of Dhara. He attained mukti at Arunachala Kshetra on Arriavasya in the month of Ashada of the cyclic year Esvara (1098 AD).
The story of how this adhishtanam was found is published in the calendar of the Kanchi mutt 2013 reproduced belowkanchi2013x1 (2)
With the above information and Google maps as help I first visited the Kanchi mutt Tiruvannamalai and then came to this temple.
How to reach:
The Adhishtanam is situated in the North Iyyankulam street in the Iyyankulam agraharam in front of the Anamalaiyar temple adjacent to the Housing of the chariots of the Annamalaiyar temple. The temple is known as Sunderesa sabhai Shivan koil locally . it is in a narrow lane to the right.
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As you enter the temple you can see adhishtanam of the acharya with a Brindavanam and statues of nagasIMG_0052IMG_0053
To the left of this adhishtanam is also the Jeevasamadhi of Sri.Hari swamiji a yoga purusha, who spent his time in this temple and entered jeeva Samadhi here. Sri Hariji is credited with performing many miracles here. He had  realised the greatness of this adhishtanam and gave instructions for his brindavanam to be built alongside. This is seen as a  closed structure in the picture below
IMG_0056 A bliss filed morning darshan followed.