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Category Archives: Siddhars

Mayandi Swamigal – Madurai

Sri Mayandi Swamigal
Mayandi Swamigal was born in 1858 in Kattikuklam, a village about 40 km from Madurai on the route to Rameswaram. He was born due to the boon granted by Maha Siddha Purushar Soottukkol Ramalinga Swamigal to his parents Pitchai Velar and Kooththayi Ammal. Even as a child he revealed divine qualities; many times snakes used to roll over his body and spread their hoods over his head. As any other child he also went to school and helped his parents in making earthen pots. He read the writings of Siddha Purushas, available in the palm leaves in his house, and through constant japam and meditaton he attained Ashta Siddhis. He also visited Madurai Meenakshi Temple many times.


Disturbed by the religious practices at his young age itself, his parents got him married to a relative, Meenakshi. Mayandi got one daughter, Meenakshi, and one son, Ganapathy. With this his family life came to an end. When Chellappa Swamigal, a disciple of Soottukkol Ramalinga Swamigal, came to his village, Mayandi became his disciple and took sanyasa. Though his family members did not permit, he left his home. He traveled to many holy places, and realized Nirvikalpa Samadhi at the Pothihai Hills in the south. Later he served his guru, Chellappa Swamigal, for some time. When his guru attained Mahasamadhi, Mayandi Swamigal finally settled in Thirukkoodal Malai in Thirupparankundram.
Mayandi Swamigal has done yeoman service to spread bhakthi among the people of this region. During one of his visits to Madurai, Irulappa Konar prayed to him for a long life, in spite of the prediction of a shorter life of 26 years. Irulappa Konar is the only son of Karuppana Konar who was one of afew wealthy persons in Madurai.

Mayandi Swamigal took Irulappa Konar to Karuppanendal at Kattikulam. There Swamigal laid himself down for 48 days and underwent the death sufferings of Irulappa Konar. Thus Swamigal saved him from early death. From that moment onwards Irualappa Konar became an ardent devotee of Swamigal. He spent all his wealth in the services of Swamigal. He built temples (one such temple is the Dhandapani Temple at the top of Thirukkoodal Malai) , Samadhis for other Siddha Purushas, Mandapams, etc. at Thirukkoodal Malai under the instructions of Swamigal. He also got the vision of Kasi Kshetram at Karuppanendal through the grace of Swamigal.


Mayandi Swamigal celebrated all the important festivals in Thirupparankundram and other places by establishing mandapams at various places. He nominated local hereditary trustees for each mandapam. He himself conducted the one month long Navaneedha Perumal utsav every year during Tamil Adi Month, by taking the deity in different vahanas from Thirukkoodal Malai and upto Manamadurai though many villages.

Because of His grace many families were benefited in terms of wealth, children, etc. He also helped many devotees attain Mukthi.

Once He was traveling in a train to Manamadurai. Since he was not having ticket, the ticket examiner, an English man, got him down at some intermediate point by pulling the emergency chain. But the train could not be restarted, though nothing was wrong in the engine. After all the passengers prayed to Him, He got into the train. Then only the train could be started. This was reported by all dailies the next day, and the Railways made it free for all sanyasis to travel up to Rameswaram.


Swamigal has also built many temples in different villages, and unearthed a Siva temple in a village called Marnadu. After establishing bhakthi cult among common people He attained Mahasamadhi in 1930.
His Jeevasamadhi is at the foot-hill of Thirukkoodal Malai. This temple is maintained by the hereditary Trustees belonging to Irulappa Konar’s family. At the temple daily annadanam to about 60 sanyasis, and many annual festivals as established by Mayandi Swamigal are going on. At present thiruppani is going on to replace the 100 years old delapidated brick structure of Dhandapani Temple by a granite structure as per the written instruction of Swamigal.




Poondi Mahan

About Mahan

Sri Poondi Swamigal


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According to the Hindu Scriptures, the last and the best state in the spiritual development is the “Brahmisthith” state. Adi Sankara says, in that state, the seeker who is known as “Brahmavarishtan” emerges like a child or a madman or sometimes a man possessed by an evil spirit. It is very rare to find an Avadootha in the form containing all the characteristics mentioned in the scriptures. Moreover it is even rare to see a saint like “Poondi Swamigal” whom all his contemporary saints and jnanis praised as Samraat’.

“We are all like bulbs but Poondi Swamigal is like a transmitter.  Unless the switch is on there, the bulbs will not burn giving light”.  These words were uttered not less a person than the Kanchi Periawal Sri Chandrasekara Saraswathi Swamigal who has been revered and worshipped by thousands of his devotees as God incarnation.  The Periawal usually felt very happy if someone mentioned the name of ‘Poondi Swami’.  Not only that, he once said, he himself often sought the darshan of Sri Poondi Swamigal.  Sri Gnanananda Swami, when asked his opinion about Poondi Swami said, “He is the top of all tops.”  Manymore enlightened people like Sri Sankarananda Swami, Sri  Poornananda Swami (Salem), Sri Pada Swami(Brindavan) had the darshan of Sri Poondi Swamigal.

Sri Poondi Swami was seen wandering like a mad man in 1955 in the village called Kalasapakkam some 20 Kms away from Tiruvannamalai , His gigantic figure and his majestic walk gave him the appearance of an army man.  In the beginning he was seen near Kakkankarai Pillaiyar Temple in Kalasapakkkam, sometimes in a ruined mosque, or in the Drowpathiamman temple, under the shadow of a tree and along the roadside.

Sri Swami used to wear a long thick woolen shirt down to his knees.  Never did he remove it. If the shirt got worn out or torn, he would not remove it but he wore a new shirt on it if anyone gave a new one.  The shirt pocket was always filled with cigarette covers, dust papers, cigarette bits etc.  He did not demand anything from anyone, food and water too!  If offered by somebody he did never touch them but the people would try to open his mouth to feed them. He would not do anything himself using his hands.  If anyone put cigarette into his mouth and lit it, he would smoke cigarette, otherwise not.  He would not talk to anyone voluntarily.  As he did not take bath for several days, his hair was found plighted.  His body became dirty with flies sitting on it always.

He did not mind anything.  If he started moving, he would walk several miles continuously without stopping anywhere.  If he sat somewhere, he would not get up from that place for days together.  When would he move or sit ?  Nobody knew anything. Nobody knew his original name and address. Nothing about his parentage or profession was known. Why was he wandering?  Noone knew answers to such queries.  No one saw him chanting mantras or doing pooja or giving upadesa.

At first, the villagers thought of him as a madman. A strange incident revealed his greatness and they began to respect him as a saint.  Near Kalasapakkam, a river called Seyyaru is flowing.  The swami was seen often sitting on the riverbed for weeks together without moving.  Even the scorching sun did not trouble him.  It is very difficult to walk on the sands during midday.  But, he enjoyed sitting there in the hot sun as if he were seated on some cushion in the cool moonlit night.  Once the river was flooded with sudden rainwater, it is quite normal to see the river with floods and the next moment it becomes dry.  During one such occasion the swami was sitting there fully immersed in the sand heaps.  The villagers saw a part of his tuft on the sands.  They began to dig him out of the sand. He walked out as if nothing had happened.  This incident revealed his greatness as a great siddha purusha or saint like person.  Soon, the news about his greatness started spreading everywhere.  This incident gave the swamy, the nick name “Attru Swamigal” or river swamy.

After this miraculous happening, the villagers built a thatched shed for the swami near the cremation ground.  The swami was staying there mostly during the next three years.

In 1959, he moved out and started sitting on the pouch of a house in Poondi. Until his ‘Samadhi’in 1978 he never moved out of this pouch.  The swami is a typical example of what ‘sastras’ call the Ajakaravastha’ state.

If some offering of food put into his mouth, he ate or drank them gladly. If the offering was placed on his palms, he would never eat it. Never did he give such offerings to others.  All offerings piled up occupying the major portion of the pail. Therefore, he was lifted and kept on the opposite pail in the same house.

Later the owner of the house vacated the house and allowed the swami to stay there permanently.  The swami never stepped into the house or out of the house.  The adjoining room, soon filled with offerings.  No foul odour came out of the room.  The fruits became dry.

If anyone requested the swami to go to bed and kept him in the lying position saying, “Swami, it is time to go to bed,” he would gladly do so, so also his waking condition!  Moreover, the morning ablutions like answering the nature’s call were all done by the devotees as if they were taking care of a child. If anyone spoke to him, he would respond.  His response was usually short.  His response was usually in the same manner by which the questioner spoke.  If the question was asked in a humble way, he would give his reply in a  kind way. If the question was asked with great reverence and devotion, he would reply to them majestically in a few words.  The mind of a jeevanmukta is like a mirror reflecting the thoughts of those who approach him.  The sastras say so.  The swami behaved like a typical example of what Ramana Maharashi said about the condition of a Jnani.  Moreover, what ‘Avadootha Gita’ and ‘Ashtavakra Gita’, describe the characteristic condition of the ‘Ajakaravasta’ state could be directly noticed in the form of Poondi Swami.  One who is always remaining in the  brahman, finds himself in all the existing things both animate and inanimate things.   There is nothing apart from him.  He dwells in every existing thing.  This condition is called the perfect saithanya state. There is yet another state of seeing everything as void.  What else can be said about Poondi Swami?

His appearance and his physical form looked like a jnani who was ready to give’ jnana prasadam’ to his devotees.  He was ready to share what he had stored up as jnana.  His court was kept open always.  Anyone could approach him at anytime for anything. There was no need for any intermediary between the swami and the devotee. Directly anyone could approach him.  No recommendation was necessary.  No hurdles or barricade were kept separating the swami form the devotees.

It is not possible to collect the data regarding the number of devotees who approached him and the experiences of those who were fortunate to receive his grace.

Once, Sri Sai Baba was talking about his guru:  “I have rendered my service heartily to my guru for more than 12 years. I have formed strict rules and conditions to myself as my duty, which was normally difficult to adopt. My guru never moved out of his sitting position for any need, to clear his bowels also!  In that state, he did not know whether he had a mind and a body.  He ate his food there and cleared his bowels there itself. In the same posture he answered all natures’ call.  I did everything for him; feeding, bathing and cleaning his body and changing his clothes!  All  I did gladly.

Sri Poondi Swami’s childlike behavior reminds us of the unmindful characteristic state of Sri Sai Baba’s guru. Poondi Swami had great reverence for Sai Baba.  When a Sai devotee showed the Swami a photo of Sai Baba, Poondi Swami expressed his love for him: “Oh! Sai Baba! A kind-hearted soul !  Worship him!”.

Three days before attaining his Samadhi, Sri Poondi Swami said to his ardent devotee Sri Subramaniam that he had done everything, completed all his work in the north, and informed everybody about his decision to stay permanently in Poondi itself.  After two days Sri Swami said again to Subramaniam that he had informed all the 18 Siddha Purushas about his end.

The next day on 3rd  November 1978, till 9 a.m the swami looked normal but suddenly his breathing slowed down.  In another 15 minutes, the swami shed his body peacefully.  Till then there was no sign of showers but suddenly the clouds gathered from all directions and there was a heavy downpour of rains continuously for three days.  His body could not be interred because of heavy rains.  But the news spread and the devotees from far and near came there to offer their final obeisance to their sadguru.

Sri Swami’s body was interred next to the pail where he used to stay for years together till his Samadhi.  The body was kept there for 3days for darshan.  There was no sign of decaying in the body or any four odour.  There was no sign of stiffening in his body. There was some divine peace emanating from it.

In 1974, I had an opportunity (the writer of this article) to get Dhiksha for a month in his presence.  Even after that I had his darshans on several occasions, 30 miles area around Tiruvannamalai is described as the Arunachala Dejomandala where a jeevan-muktha is found always in physical form according to puranas. Sri Ramana Maharashi quoted this statement from some ancient scriptures who is he present jeevanmuktha today in physical form in Arunachala Dejomandala?

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Chidambara Swamigal – Velachery, Chennai.

Approximately 150 years ago a saint by name Srimad Chidambara periya swamigal (original name – veerasamy) was born in a village named ariyambakkam near trichy to a rich couples of munniyappan and periyanayaki. His guru was kulandaivel. He had utmost bliss from Lord Shiva and when he reached Sri Dhandeswarar Temple in vedsineni [now Velachery] he realized the fact that is it had some repairing to be done.

When he was worrying as to how he could give the laborers for their work to be done in the temple the order from Lord Shiva came that the “Give the Udhi” ( Vibhudi as it is called ) and to the surprise of everybody the Udhi changed into the salary which the laborers deserve.

One day when Srimad Chidambara periya swamigal was roaming around at night he saw a group of thieves and the thieves hide themselves in a tree when they saw the saint and they were able to come only after they got the order from the saint to come out. By the grace of Lord Shiva Srimad Chidambara periya swamigal was able to complete the repairing work in Sri Dhandeswarar Temple in Velachery.

Just when he thought he could go around to other Shiva Temples too for Dharshan a serpent stopped him from going out of the temple. When he tried to go out of the temple by other gate the same serpent stopped him again. Therefore he realized that he had some important assignment to complete in velachery and thereafter he continued to stay in this temple..

The benefits that the people of Velachery got by the grace of Srimad Chidambara periya swamigal was great and he made each and every people who came to him happy by removing all their problems. Realizing the fact that he is going to leave this body and reach the ultimate spiritual stage of Mukthi   soon, he chose a place and made all the arrangements even though the British Government which existed at that point of time considered it as a crime, However srimad Chidambara periya swamigal decided to enter in to samadhi state alive.

On December 4th 1858 Srimad Chidambara periya swamigal came to the place where a small pit was dug up for his Mukthi. He consoled the people around him who cried and blessed them. He then sat on the asana and after a few minutes around 9:45 AM when the doctors checked him they declared that he has left his body but people still believe that he is still living and that by his grace so many problems were solved.

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