Saturday, April 29, 2017

Kanchi Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal offering Harathi to Adi Shankara in Kalady!

Kanchi Pudhu Periyava showing Harathi to Adi Shankara at Kalady in Kerala on the eve of Shankara Jayanthi on April 28th, 2017! A big picture of Kanchi Mahaperiyava is seen in the background.

Thanks a ton to Shri Vasant Raj for this beautiful video.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Pudhu Periyava's Guruvayur/Kalady/Kolhapur Yatra from 27 April to 2 May 2017!

HH Pujyashri Jayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamigal will reach Cochin on Apr 27, 2017 and proceed to Guruvayur.

Programme on Apr 28.- Samarpanam of Golden Flute and Golden Peacock feather bunch to Lord Guruvayurappan.
Apr 29. - Ramanathpuram veda patashala, Palakkad.
Apr 30. Kumbhabhishekam at Kalpati, Kerala. 
Noon - inauguration of procession from Kaladi Stupi on the occassion of Sankara Jayanthi.
Apr 30. - 5pm depart to Bhopal
May 01. - 11am - His Holiness will bless the Adi Shankara Jayanti Samaroh being organized by the Government of Madhya Pradesh 
May 01 - evening - Kolhapur (Maharashtra)
17.00hrs. Golden Palanquin to be donated with HH's blessings by the Kolhapur devotees to Goddess Mahalaxmi.
May 02. Morning abhishekam at Temple.
Evening - His Holiness will return to Shrimatam camp at Thoraipakkam, Madras.

HH Pujyashri Jayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamigal visited Sri Adi Shankara Janma Kshetra in Kalady, Kerala on April 28th, 2017. His Holiness visited the Adi Shankara Keerti Sthamba Mandapam and performed pujas to the Sri Adi Shankaracharya.

About the Keerthi Sthamba at Kalady!

With the benign blessings of Their Holinesses Pujyasri Shankaracharya Swamiji, a Keerthi Sthamba Mandapam has been consecrated at Kalady, the birth place of Sri Adi Sankara. The Keerthi Sthambam is an imposing 8-storey structure. A pair of elephant statues stand at the entrance. Inside the Sthambam is the Paduka Mandapam, where the Padukas of Sri Adi Sankara have been consecrated and regular worship is offered. One can climb the spiral staircase inside the mandapam and see the paintings and statues on the walls, depicting important episodes from the life of Sri Adi Sankara.

Sankara Jayanthi is celebrated every year on the Vaisaka Shukla Panchami day. In May 2003, special celebrations were held here to mark the 2510th birth anniversary of Adi Sankara, the golden jubilee of Pujyasri Jayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamiji's Peetarohanam and the silver jubilee celebrations of Adi Sankara Keerthi Sthambam. As part of the celebrations, a procession led by Their Holinesses Pujyasri Jayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamiji and Pujyasri Sankara Vijayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamiji was taken out from Angamally to Kalady.

Thanks to Shri Vanjari Shankar and for the lovely pictures.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Pudhu Periyava Chithirai Avittam pooja at the home of Srividhya Krishna!

Avittam is the birthstar of HH Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal, also referred to fondly as Pudhu Periyava. Srividhya Krishna says this Photo was given by HH Himself to her husband on his recent visit to Kanchi! What a beautiful picture and alankaram from the pooja done at her home in Portland in the US on April 21, 2017!

While so many people in the world celebrate the monthly Anusham birthstar of Kanchi Mahaperiyava, they are just a handful of people who celebrate the Avittam birthstar of Pudhu Periyava. May many people join the likes of Srividhya Krishna!

A blessed Guruvaram Day to Everyone!


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Kanchi Mahaperiyava had identified Muthuswami Dikshitar's house in Thiruvarur!

If it wasn’t for these three prolific composers/singers, Carnatic music today would not have been so popular.  Aiming to restore the original identity of Thiruvarur – the birthplace of the Trinity of Carnatic music and 18th century composers  – Thyagaraja, Muthuswami Dikshitar and Syama Sastri -  and putting it on the global tourism map, popular Carnatic singer Geetha Rajashekar and S. Swaminathan, president of Shri Kanchi Kamakotipeeta Karnataka Sangeetha Mumoorthigal Seva Samithi. have embarked on an ambitious task of refurbishing the houses where Thyagraja and Syama Sastri had lived and also promote a musical trail - the first and unique one in the country. The Kanchi Paramacharya HH Chandrasekarendra Saraswati Swamigal (also referred to as Mahaperiyava) who identified the spot, had reconstructed Muthuswami Dikshitar’s house but as this is in a dilapidated condition, the house will be rebuilt.

Perhaps, when the project materialises by next year 2018, it could rival the places that became famous due to Ludwig Van Beethoven, Johann Sebastian Bach or Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. “We may require about Rs. 40 to 45 lakh for the entire project and we will convert them into tourist spot. Carnatic music singers and lovers could visit the houses or sing at the samadhi of the outstanding trio,” says Ms Geetha, who is also convener of the festival committee. Realising the potential of Thiruvarur,  the administrative headquarters of Thiruvarur district about 319 km from here, Ms Geetha Rajashekar, who is vice president of BJP Art & Culture Cell, informed that Union urban development minister M. Venkaiah Naidu responded positively to her request to take steps to develop Thiruvarur as a heritage town under Prasad or Hriday schemes. She also urged him to initiate measures to release a commemorative postal stamp on the 250th birth anniversary of Sri Thyagaraja.

According to Mr Swaminathan, not many are aware that Thiruvarur had produced the Trinity of Carnatic music. The present efforts would go a long way in popularising their rich contribution. “They had composed several thousands of songs in Sanskrit, Telugu and Tamil and had performed at several places. These would also be highlighted,” he said and added that to the Carnatic music world Thiruvarur is as sacred as Ramjanma Bhoomi in Ayodhya for Hindus. All the three houses are under the control of the Kanchi mutt.

 “We have also planned a theme park for the 250th birth anniversary of the Sadguru and it shall have a state-of-art auditorium, a Trinity museum, a big library housing both the books and video collection of the immortal composers besides a Trinity Arch. We also want to start a school of music. We need atleast three to five acres land to raise the infrastructure and build roads. Once this is done, the entire place will develop,” adds Ms Geetha Rajashekar. Besides her, Deccan Moorthy is also involved in refurbishing the houses.Kanchi acharyas

In the picture Kanchi Shankaracharyas, HH Sri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal and HH Sri Vijayendra Saraswati Swamigal grace the inaugural of Saint Thyagaraja’s 250th Jayanthi celebration in Madras on April 24th, 2017.

Source: Deccan Chronicle

Monday, April 24, 2017

Sringeri Acharya Vidushekara Bharati's Coimbatore Pattinapravesham!

Tanjore Subramanian says he was blessed to be part of a team that rendered Namasankeerthanam during Pattinapravesam 'Entering the City' of His Holiness Sringeri Shankaracharya Vidushekara Bharati in Coimbatore on April 24th, 2017 during Their Vijaya Yatra of Tamil Nadu. Thanks a ton to him and to Kicha Kasi for the second picture.

What beautiful pictures.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Bala Periyava pictures at Thiruppugazh Meet in Madras on April 22nd 2017!

HH Vijayendra Saraswati Swamigal at Thiruppugazh Guru Samarppana Isai vazhipadu, today April 22nd, 2017 at Hema Malini Kalyana Mandapam in Madras.

Thanks a ton to Kalamalini Sundararajan and to Thiruppugazh Anbargal facebook group for these lovely pictures!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

New and rare pictures of Mahaperiyava, Pudhu Periyava and Bala Periyava!

Thanks to Sudhan Kalidas for Kanchi Mahaperiyava's rare picture and to Shri Vasant Raj for the beautiful pictures of HH Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal and HH Vijayendra Saraswati Swamigal in Badrinath. Pudhu Periyava is seen doing abhishekam to Shivalingam in Grishneshwar Jyothilingam temple in Maharashtra. Thanks to Shri Subramanian Swamy for the beautiful picture with Bala Periyava taken at Kanchi Matam on April 18th, 2017.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Anusham and Tamil New Year pictures --- April 14 2017!

Colorful and beautiful alankarams made by the kids of Portland in Oregon, US!

Portland children doing Anusham Pooja!

Here is an exquisite treat of Kanchi Mahaperiyava's Anusham star and Tamil New year Pooja, both of which fell on April 14th, 2017. These alankarams have been done by Mahaswamigal devotees in Sage of Kanchi Sok group in Facebook, all over the world.

From Dubai to Canada to Delhi!

Very sorry if I missed out anybody's pictures by mistake. And sorry again for not mentioning the devotee's names here as there are too many photos. But Portland children's poojas have been mentioned in the caption of the two pictures.

Hope you all like this Treat like I did!