Thursday, March 30, 2017

"Orissa Government not protecting lands belonging to Puri Govardhan Mutt and Temples!", says Puri Shankaracharya!

Puri Shankaracharya Swami Nischalananda Saraswati on Thursday March 23rd, 2017, slammed the Orissa state government for failing to protect lands of Mutts, Temples and other religious institutions. His outburst coincided with the government forming a nine-member committee to probe alleged land usurpation in and around Swargadwar crematorium.

"Government never accorded due priority to temples and Mathas. Neglect of the government and collusion of government officials with land mafias resulted in the usurpation of hundreds of acres of land of Goverdhan Matha and properties of other temples", He said.

Gobardhan Mutt, the seat of the Shankaracharya of Puri, on Tuesday alleged that huge patches of land belonging to the Mutt have been illegally encroached upon and demanded the state government to evict the encroachers from the land.

The Mutt also alleged that several hotels and commercial buildings have been constructed over the land used as 'samadhi pithas' (burial ground) for Monks of the Mutt.

"Initially the Mutt had around 16 acres and 400 decimal of land in its name. But over the years only five acres are with the Mutt. Some hotel owners and businessmen in nexus with the government officers encroached upon large portion of the mutt's area and have constructed buildings. We have brought this to the notice of the authorities several times but no action is being taken," said Manoj Rath, spokesperson of the Mutt.

He said, despite Odisha high court's order to clear encroachment from two patches of land nothing has action has been taken. "There were also evidences that some patches of land were sold using forged documents and without taking permission of the mutt. But surprisingly the government is sitting over the matter," said Rath.

The Mutt also sought autonomous status from state government like other three Mutts of Shankaracharya in the country including Shringeri, Dwaraka and Badrinath.

"Unlike other three mutts of Shankaracharya, Gobardhan Peeth of Puri has been managed as per Jagannath Temple Act and Endowment Act. We demand the government to grant autonomous status to the Mutt," Rath added.


Source: Times of India

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Sringeri Swamigal recalls century old links between Sringeri Mutt and Madurai!

One could understand the relationship and connection of Sringeri Mutt with Madurai for over several hundred years, with the Mutt functioning from the Sannadhi Street of Sri Meenakashi Amman Temple, here in Madurai, said Sri Sringeri Mutt Pontiff Sri Bharati Tirtha Swamigal when He visited the Sringeri Mutt on the Madurai By-Pass Road on Monday March 27th 2017.

He spoke about the presence of the Sringeri Mutt for over hundreds of years and the previous Swamigals who gave discourses and Anugraha bhashanam from the Mutt. He also mentioned about the similarity of performing pooja to Lord Chandramouleeswarar in the temple as well in the Sringeri Mutt.

In the Anugraha Bhashanam, Sri Swamigal said that there must be always devotion, dedication in following one’s Guru’s (teacher’s) advice, which He had been maintaining. Similarly, Bharathi Tirtha Swamigal after introducing the Junior Pontiff HH Vidushekara Bharati Swamigal of the Sringeri Mutt, said, "The amount of respect, bhakthi and devotion which I have had showed towards my Guru has been reciprocated to me by the Junior Acharya (Sri Vidhushekara Swamigal); this shows the unity of Guru and Sishya”.

Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Swamigal that He had been camping in the Mutt in Madurai to perform Maha Rudram and Satha Chandi yagna and also to perform Sri Chandra Mouleeswara Pooja. He asked the people to always lead their lives in the path of right action and perform always Dharma.

In His discourse, the Junior Pontiff Sri Vidhushekara Swamigal said that it is the bounden duty of a student (sishya) to follow the advice of Gurus and perform duties (teacher). One should understand thoroughly what is being told in Shastras and should not give up merely by saying that they could not understand them, Sri Vidhushekhara Swamigal underlined.

According to the Mutt sources, from today (Tuesda March 28th) to April 2, both the Achayars perform Sri Chandra Mouleeswara Pooja in mornings at 7.30 and in evenings at 8. Paadha Poojas are held in mornings at 10 and the discourse and Anugraha Bhashanam will take place at 5 pm every day.

Secretary of the Sringeri Mutt Shri Sankaranarayanan and the Mutt’s incharge Shri Srinivasa Raghavan welcomed both the Sringeri Acharyas with Poorna Kumbham on Monday evening.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Vasantha Navarathri 2017 Drawings and Alankarams!

Vasantha Navarathri started on March 27th, 2017 and here are a few exquisite drawings and alankarams. The first beautiful drawing of Ambal and Kanchi Mahaswamigal is by Uma Somayajilu. The lovely second and the last alankarams have been done by Meena Kumar. The third alankaram of Bala from the top is from the home of Nurani Subramanian Srinivasan, so captivating it is. The incredible drawing of Rajashyamala, fourth from the top, is by Sowmya Subramanian!

Madurai Meenakshi Amman by Uma Somayajilu and Akhilandeshwari by Sowmya Subramanian in Their Regal Splendor for Vasantha Navarathri Day 2.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Ilayathangudi Periyava Aradhana pooja!

Lord Nandikeshwara watching the Vibhuti Holy Ash Abhishekam for Ilayathangudi Periyava during His Aradhana function yesterday March 27th, 2017, to sounds of Holy Rudram in the background!

Ilayathangudi Periyava is the 65th Shankaracharya of Kanchi HH Mahadevendra Saraswati Swamigal.

Thanks to Kicha Kasi for this lovely video.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Pradosham Magic by Shri Narayanan Bala!

அன்னையும் நீயே என்

தந்தையும் நீயே அருள்மிகு

குருவும் நீயே லோகமாதா

காமாக்ஷியும் நீயே.

என்னைக் கடைத்தேற்ற வந்தனை இவ்வுலகில்

கண்ணிருந்தும் குருடனானேன் காணவில்லை உன்னுருவம்

கைகளிருந்தும் தொழுதேனில்லை நின்பாத சரணம்

முந்தை வினையின் விளையாட்டோ அறிகிலேன் ஐயனே

கடைத்தேற வழியொன்று சொல்வாய் என் குருநாதா

அடைக்கலம் புகுந்தேன் ஆட்கொள்வாய் தெய்வமே

நின்பாத சரணம் பற்றி சொல்வேன் தினமும்

ஜய ஜய சங்கரா! ஹர ஹர சங்கரா!

This beautiful poem is also penned by the incredibly talented artist Shri Narayanan Bala! He has drawn Kanchi Mahaperiyava for today March 25th 2017's Shani Pradosham day.

Shankara. How beautiful is that drawing.
And how beautiful are his words.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

From Pollachi to Portland... --- Anusham Pooja from around the World!

Anusham pooja being done by Children in Portland, US.

Anusham Pooja done by Children in Portland, US.

These are some stunning pictures of Kanchi Mahaperiyava's birthstar Anusham pooja performed on March 18th, 2017, from around the World. I apologize that I am unable to mention the names of the devotees, as there are too many pictures. But I have not forgotten those Special Children from Portland in Oregon, US who themselves did the Pooja and they are mentioned in two pictures above.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Kanchi Acharyas release Hevilambi 2017 Tamil New Year Calendar!

Their Holinesses, the Shankaracharyas of Kanchi, released Sri Kamakshi Seva Samithi's 'Hevilambi' "ஹேவிளம்பி" Calendar!!

First and foremost, please find attached, the blessings of our Perivaas in the Srimukham. Very glad to inform that at Kanchipuram on 17th March 2017 on an Auspicious Friday, Pujya Sri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal and Pujya Sri Vijayendra Saraswathi Swamigal released the Hevilambi Calendar!

During various conversations with H.H. Pujya Sri Vijayendra Saraswathi Swamigal on the making of Hevilambi Calendar, the theme got evolved, which is "Shanmatha" and "Guru Bhakti".

The attached write-up is part of the Calendar (as shared by Kamakshi Seva Samithi KSS Trustee):

Pujya Sri Bala Periyava: "Can you make a one-page table indicating Shanmatha days in each month and also Sukhla Panchami day for Adi Sankara, Anusham day for Maha Periyava and Avittam day for Our Periyava?" "Also, the Aradhanai days of all our Parampara Gurus - each month?"

KSS Trustee: "If Periyava says, it should be possible".

The attached one-pager was created! This last page of the Calendar contains Aradhana dates of each Guru in each month. There is a page listing our Guru lineage in the sequence of the Guru-peetam to refer to (it was there last year too). The shanmatha dates are given monthwise.

On his next trip, Bala Periyava asked: "Can you add just one more page in the Calendar?" Only one page".

KSS trustee said, "Periyava knows how to add a page!".

H.H. said : "Two things to be added - 1. Writeup about Cauvery Pushkaram, which will happen in September ; and 2. Jayaghosha. A set of shlokas, recited when Sankaracharys embarks on Yatra, arrives at a venue, ascends Simhasana, during temple honours and Puja & Annadana."

KSS Trustee said reluctantly "will try". Then H.H. said, " Otherwise print this in a separate sheet and distribute along with the calendar!"

Now, JAYAGHOSHA is part of the calendar. And a brief writeup on Cauvery Pushkaram as well.

Blessed are the ones, to get a copy of this Holy Calendar, cherish & preserve this calendar forever!

Happy Tamil New Year "ஹேவிளம்பி"

Jaya Jaya Sankara! Hara Hara Sankara!!

Thanks to Shri Rangarajan of Kamakshi Seva Samithi and Shri Krishnamurthy Guruvayurappan of KKSF for sharing this with us.

Those interested to get this calendar, please send an email to Shri Rangarajan at, mentioning your name and home address.