How To Reach:
The shortest way from Chennai is to take the Bangalore highway and turn into Ranipet and Old Bangalore road.Near the MGM resorts take a right turn towards Ponnai and in about 10 kms you will reach the road to Katharikuppam. On the right turn after the bus stand of Katharikuppam All sign boards are in Tamil. Proceed for about 6 kms and you will reach the Meenakshi Sundareshwarar temple on your left where the Pontiff is said to have merged with the Shivalingam.
Legends and Stories:
Sri Satchidghanendra Saraswati : Known as Seshaya in his poorvasrama, he belonged to a village on the bank of the Gadilam river. He was the son of Sridhar Pandita. Like his predecessor, he relinquished his pontificate to his successor and wandered about the environs of Kanchi as an "Avadhuta". After wandering for over thirty-two years, he disappeared into a. temple near Kanchi and it is said that his mortal frame got transformed into a Linga, now identified with Meenakshi Sundareshwarar temple at Katharikuppam on Shukla Prathama in the month of Margashirsha of the cyclic the cyclic year Khara (272 AD).
History of thekamakoti peetam(web link to theKamakoti peetam's website history of the mutt).
The temple priest Sridhar a very honest and simple soul narrated that actually there was another Brindavanam inside a snake pit nearby( near the temple pond), after Deiva prashnam the jeeva Samadhi of a sanyasi was found there and that Brindavanam which has since been re built revealed that the pujya guru of that Swamiji was infact the Kanchi pontiff who had merged with the Linga inside the temple
The name and Identity of this Swamiji is not known yet.
The pond in front had very little water earlier and once many years ago after Mahaperiyava bathed here it started raining heavily and the pond was filled up in no time. There is also a Murugann temple built nearby by Sri.Rajappa (see below to know about this great soul)on the other side of the pond
The temple itself is very small but the vibrations you receive are something you have to experience to believe
As you enter the main gate you see the banner on the door and a plaque on the wall about the Adhishtanam
The inner Chamber is a small room with the Ambal facing South and the Shivalingam facing East in their enclosures
Both the Shivalingam and the Meenakshi Ambal are small in size but the ambience is electrifying. In front of the Shivalingam a pair of Padukas have been installed recently.There was also a sculpture of a Saint?, A siddhar? and hanuman
Inside the sanctum next to the Meenakshi sannidhi there is an Anjeneya whos has been installed by Shri Vyasathirtha of the Vijayanagara fame this Anjeneya is unique in that it is usually in profile with right hand raised in benediction with a bell on the tail encircling the head and a dagger on the waist.
The outside prahara has small koshta vigrahas like Ganapathy, Dakshinamurthy, Durga and Brahma. There is also a Bhairava, and a navagraha sannidhi. There is also a nagar and a statue of Shiva sitting
For further help Contact the priest Sri Sridharan Cell:8489637744
I had the opportunity to re visit this beautiful place on 3/8/16 where I happened to meet Shri .Rajappa and his wife , Shri Rajappa retired from a very senior position in L&T and has taken upon himself singlehandedly to renovate this temple and others too.He is following strict simple Vedic principles and will be conducting aradhanai on 25 DEC this year. In his company more electrifying facts were revealed about this place. it seems places where Yatis and Siddhars are present there will be a huge population of athi trees and Parasa trees with white erukkai I literally saw these in profusion all around. He also revealed how many people meditating here have had profound positive experiences and positive things have happened. It was endearing to note the utmost humility he was narrating these details and all the trials and tribulations he underwent and how all this was with divine direction he was successful so far especially with the whole village behind him.. He has now taken the lead to re build a Kamakshi Ekambranathar temple nearby and start a Veda patashala there. both he and his wife have built a house there and spend a lot of time getting the work done and enjoying bliss, We were fortunate to have met him and shared a superb time getting to know of the importance of this place and also the wonderful lavish meal his wife served us with in a jiffy. It was all very satisfying both to the soul as well as the palate!! doubly blessed
From the Kanchi mutt calender 2018
13. Sri Satchidghanendra Saraswati
235 - 272 A.D.
आचाय - 13 - सिनेः
Then, the preceptor Śră Cidghana, having governed
or held the responsibilities of Ācārya Păṭha for thirtyseven
years, placed his disciple Śră Vidyāghana,
who was known as Śră Nāyana in Pūrvāśrama
before initiation, in the Maṭha; adhering to ascetic
principles, wandering like a child, he vanished in
the divine form of Ăśvara.
Śră Sacchidānanda, named Ąeṣa (before initiation),
son of Ąrădhrapaṇḍita, born on the banks of river
Garuḍa, disciple of Preceptor Candraąekahara
having enjoyed the bliss through spiritual practices
for sixty-nine years, and at the end of life entered
into the Ąivaliṅga - Kāyādhirohaneąvara.
The great preceptor, the transcendental,
immaculate attained the supreme state devoid of
pains, beyond everything, imperishable and infinite
on the first day of the dark fortnight in the month of
Mārgaąărṣa in the year Khara.