In Kerala, the Acharyas of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam were in the earlier days known as ”Kumbakonathu Samiyar Swamis of Kumbakonam town in Tamilnadu”.
In the year 1907 the great Savant whom we call with reverence as Mahaperiyava ascended the throne of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam as its 68th Peetadhipadhi under the titular name of Chandrashekara Saraswathi at the age of 13. At the age of 21 Swamigal took over the administration of the Mutt. He had visited several Palakkad Palghat Agraharams around the year 1929.
The Brahmins of my native village in Puducode reverentially remember that Mahaperiyava visited their native place and stayed there for two months, doing daily worship at the Annapurneswari temple there. (see Temple picture courtesy Smt Archana Ramaswamy)
It seems He conducted a Veda Sadas there and honoured the great Vedic Pundit Rama Sastrigal. The villagers have preserved a great photo of Mahaperiyava when He was in their village (see above picture).
Narrated by Shri Puducode Ramachander Iyer.
We all have seen the above picture of Swamigal doing pooja many times, but did we realize until now that Swamigal was doing pooja at the same Annapoorneswari Temple in Puducode in the year 1932?! :)))
Puducode is a village and gram panchayat in Palakkad Palghat district in the state of Kerala, The Sri Annapoorneswari temple is a Bhagavathy place of worship located at the junction of four streets: South, East, North, and West of Puducode agraharam (see picture of the lovely Agraharam there, pic courtesy bcmtouring.com). Each street is referred to as a village. The temple is believed to be one of the 108 Durga temples established by Parasurama. (source of this paragraph is Wiki.)