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Tiruvidaimarudur (1963 and 2023)
Tiruvidaimarudur (Madhyarjuna kshetram) on the banks of river Kaveri in Tamilnadu is the seat of Sri Mahalingeswara and Sri Brihat Sundasra Kuchambika. Madhyarjunam is so called as it is located between two other famous Siva kshetras connected with Arjuna tree: the first is Mallikarjunam (Srisailam) in Andhra Pradesh, to the north, and the second is Putarjunam (Tiruppudaimardur) in Ambasamudram near Tirulelveli in south.
As per the accounts in Sankara Vijayam and Guruvamsa Kavyam, we find that in accordance with the wishes of the public here, Sri Adi Sankara Bhagavatpada, who had arrived here with his disciples for Darshan, prayed to Sri Mahalinga Swami; Sri Parameswara then appeared from the Mulasthana Siva Linga and showed Abhaya Hastam (hand gesture of fearlessness); a thundering sound was heard saying three times ‘Satyam Advaitam’ (Advaita is Real). The relevant verse in Guruvamsa Kavyam is:

तं पूजयित्वाऽनुचरैः सभायां पप्रच्छ तत्त्वं किमिहेत
ि योगी । दृश्याकृतिप्रोच्चभुजोऽथ सत्यमद्वैतमेवेत्यवदत्त्रिरीशः ॥

“The great Yogi, Sri Sankara Bhagavatpada, offered Puja along with his disciples to Sri Mahalingeswara and asked Sri Siva, “Which is Truth?” Siva appeared in person from the Lingam and said “Satyam Advaitam Eva” (Advaita alone is Real) thrice loudly with raised arm.”

Jagadguru Sri Sri Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi Swamigal (68th Acharya of Kanchi Mutt) of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham used to come here from nearby Kumbakonam and camp, and perform Pujas during Pushya Snana Mahotsavam, which is a celebrated event in this kshetra. Following the authority cited above, a sculpture has been installed in the Srimatham building in Tiruvidaimarudur, depicting this event relating to Sri Adi Sankaracharya and Sri Mahalinga Swami. This sculpture can be seen in the upper part of the structure below the stone Vimanam here. The representation in stone of Sri Adi Sankaracharya standing in prayerful pose with his Dandam is indeed worth seeing.

This sculpture was conceived and ordered by Jagadguru Sri Sri Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi Swamigal (68th Acharya of Kanchi Mutt) and installed by him on 4th December 1963. Sri Adi Sankaracharya’s Padukas in marble were also set up in the building at that time. Archana was performed using 108 shawls and chanting 108 selected Advaita declarations from Sri Adi Sankaracharya’s Bhashyas (commentaries) and his other works. These 108 shawls were then disbursed in honour of scholars studying Sri Adi Sankaracharya’s Bhashyas.

This year 2023, December 2nd marks the 60th anniversary (same lunar year) and with the blessing of Sri Sri Sri Vijayendra Saraswati Swamigal, 70th Acharya of Kanchi Mutt and the blessings of Sri Maha Tirupurasundari Samedha Chandramouleeswara Swamigal, similar kind of program is getting planned. While the details are being worked out, there is plan to bring 108+ Veda Scholars again and do the archana. This will be a celebration of “advaitham” the only “sathyam”.

If you have time in December please plan to visit and take part in the event – We have the company of great scholars and listen to the 108 vedantic versus selected by Maha Periyava himself. As Viveka Chudamani illustrates, this is a rare opportunity.

We are also seeking sponsors for each of the scholars.

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Please contact the below persons to know more about how you can support this program.

1. Sayee Krishnan Natarajan - (203)-517-8225
2. Lakshmi Natarajan (a.k.a Muthu Lakshmi) - (203)-858-7995