Periyakulam: April 17-18, 2017

Jagadgurus at Periyakulam

Sri Mahasannidhanam and Sri Sannidhanam arrived at Periyakulam in the evening of April 17, 2017. Sri O Panneerselvam, former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, offered his pranams and welcomed the Jagadgurus with Poornakumbha. The Jagadgurus graced the public function organised at the Pravachana Mandiram of the Sringeri Shankara Math in Periyakulam. Dhuli Pada Puja was performed by Sri Shashidharan, Dharmadhikari of the Sringeri Shankara Math in Periyakulam. After Veda Ghosha and prayer (Ajnana-dhvaanta-vidhvamsi – the Guru Dhayanam composed by Sri Mahasannidhanam on His Guru), citations in Sanskrit and Tamil welcoming the Jagadgurus were read and submitted. Sri O Paneerselvam speaking on the occasion said that it is fortunate for the people of Tamil Nadu that the Jagadgurus have undertaken a Vijaya Yatra for Dharma Prachara at this juncture, that happens to be the birth centenary year of Sri Mahasannidhanam’s Guru.

CEO of Sringeri Math Sri VR Gowrishankar speaking on the occasion said that the Sringeri Jagadgurus graces small towns and villages, including those that are in close proximity, only because of the devotion of the people residing in such places. He thankfully acknowledged Sri O Panneerselvam and family for having been of great help to the devotees in organising the camp at Periyakulam.

As part of the birth centenary celebrations of the 35th Acharya of the Peetham (Jagadguru Sri Abhinava Vidyatirtha Mahaswamiji), the Vidyatirtha Foundation of Chennai had conducted competitions such as quiz on topics related to Sanatana Dharma, shloka recitation, etc.


Sri Sannidhanam in His Anugraha Bhashanam said that the human body has been designed in such a way so as to engage in Dharma, service of the needy and service of God – शरीरम् आद्यं खलु धर्मसाधनम्. Sri Sannidhanam also stated that just as water gains the whitish and sweet nature of milk when mixed with milk, so too does the sincere disciple who serves the Guru get bestowed with the Guru’s grace and knowledge.

Sri Mahasannidhanam in His Anugraha Bhashanam said that just as we observe miraculous deeds in Avataras like those of Sri Rama and Sri Krishna, we can also observe such deeds in the Avatara of Sri Adi Shankara Bhagavatpada. Sri Mahasannidhanam quoted a number of incidents including incidents such as the Kanakadhara Stotra and shower of golden gooseberries, changing the course of the river for the comfort of Mother Aryamba, controlling the floods in the river Narmada using His kamandalu, and his profound debates with Mandana Mishra and Veda Vyasa. The Upadeshas that Bhagavatpada has given us, such as “shed your ego”, “remember God”, “help others in accordance to your capacity”, “be associated with noble people” are neither incomprehensible nor undoable. They are all oriented eventually towards crossing this ocean of Samsara.



In the morning, the Jagadgurus visited the temple of Sri Bala Subrahmanya Swamy and had Darshan. The Jagadgurus gave Darshan at the Pravachana Mandiram to devotees. At 5:30 in the evening, the Jagadgurus started towards Melmangalam.