His Holiness Sri Bharati Tirtha Swamigal, the 36th Jagadguru Sankaracharya of Sringeri Sarada Peetham, concluded His three-day visit to Rameswaram on Thursday May 18th, 2017. The Peetham has ecclesiastical jurisdiction over Sri Ramanathaswamy temple in Rameswaram.
The Shankaracharya, who is on a ‘Vijaya Yatra’ of the State of Tamil Nadu since May 2, arrived on the island on Tuesday to a warm welcome.
He was accompanied by the 37th Sringeri Shankaracharya HH Sri Vidhushekhara Bharati Swamigal. Priests and temple authorities, led by Raja N Kumaran Sethupathy, temple thakkar, S. Selvaraj, Joint Commissioner, Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department, and K. Mayilvahanan, assistant divisional engineer of the temple, received the pontiffs with poornakumbham as They entered the island at Kaattupillayarkoil.
The Senior Jagadguru performed abishekam to Sri Ramanathaswamy at the sanctum sanctorum and aradhana to Ambal Paravathavardhini on Wednesday May 17th, 2017.
On Thursday morning, the HH Vidushekara Bharati Swamigal performed special puja at Dhanushkodi and took a holy dip in the sea. In the evening, They offered darshan to devotees in Ramanathapuram before proceeding to Aruppukottai.
The Jagadguru is visiting the temple after six years. He last visited the temple during His previous ‘Vijaya Yatra’ in 2011, Mr. L. Narayanan, manager of Sringeri Mutt, said.
The Shankaracharya, who had graced the kumbabhishekams of Sri Ramanathaswamy temple in 1975 and 2001, did not attend the Maha Kumbabhishekam performed on January 20, 2016, after a disagreement with temple authorities over the date of the ceremony, Mr. Narayanan said.
The Karnataka-based Sringeri Peetham built two rajagopurams at the southern and northern entrances of Ramanathaswamy temple, fulfilling a long-cherished dream of devotees.
The Peetham had also built a granite Mangala Gopuram in front of Amman sannadhi.
Source: The Hindu.