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Category Archives: Jeeva Samadhi

Hatiram Baba – Tirupati

As the story goes, a long, long time ago, a holy man from Nagaur in Rajasthan came to Tirupati. One sight of the Lord was enough to make him an ardent devotee of the Lord and he decided to stay on, setting up an ashram right outside the temple. Well, his devotion to the Lord was so complete, and so real, that the Lord himself came to play dice with him every night! One night, the game continued longer than usual, and the Lord suddenly realized that the temple would open soon, and he hurried away, leaving behind one of his necklaces in a hurry. As soon as the doors of the temple opened, the priests noticed the missing necklace, and instituted a search. Meanwhile, the sage too realized that the Lord had left his ornament behind, and he rushed to the temple to return it. He was caught at the door with the necklace in his hands, and was immediately condemned as a criminal. He was confined to house arrest while the matter was taken to the king. Some accounts refer to the king as Krishnadevaraya, while others refer to a Nawab, so there is no confirmation. Anyway, the king must have had his doubts, for he ordered that the sage’s room be filled with sugarcane, and deemed that the sage eat every bit of it before morning if he wanted the king to believe his story! The mound of sugarcane was too huge for him to even contemplate eating, and he instead prayed to the Lord for deliverance. In the darkness of the night, there suddenly appeared in the room, a huge white elephant, with sandal marks on his forehead, who chomped on the sugarcane, finished it in a matter of moments, and then bellowed and charged his way of the house, startling everyone around! No one could imagine how an elephant could enter the house, let alone get inside the room without any of the guards being alerted, and the king was forced to concede that the Lord had indeed appeared himself, to vouch for his devotee. Thus was the sage vindicated, and henceforth, he was called ‘Hathiram Baba’ – Hathi for elephant, and Ram for the name of Rama which he uttered at all times! It is said that the temple accounts were turned over to him, and it is he who is responsible for the financial system followed for a long time at the temple. Again, I was unable to find any corroboration for this. However, it is a fact that the mahants belonging to the Hathiram Baba Math were responsible for the management of the temple from 1843 to 1933, when the TTD was formed and the administration handed over.

The Hathiram Baba math still stands at its original location, right outside the temple. If you stand outside the temple, facing it, on your left, you can see some old houses at a raised level. These are all part of the Math, and include, apart from the original house, some temples, accommodation for pilgrims, and even a marriage hall! You can approach this area through steps on the left of the temple, behind a huge board announcing the various sevas that can be performed at the temple.

The ancient house is just that – maintained almost as it must have been once upon a time. There is a small shrine to Lord Rama, the same idols brought here by Hathiramji. There is also a shrine to the Dashavatars – the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu. However, the most interesting thing here are the thousand shaligrams worshipped by Hathiramji. Shaligrams or Saligrams are stones found in the river Gandaki. These are considered sacred, and believed to represent Lord Vishnu. According to Wikipedia,

The Shilas ( Ammonite fossils) are worshipped as manifestations of Vishnu Himself, identifiable from other stones by special markings, believed to resemble Vishnu’s paraphernalia such as  mace,  conch, lotus and  disc(Chakra).  Narasimhadeva, varahadeva and Vamanadeva are popular forms of worship. They are either black, red, or mixed in colour and are usually kept closed in a box and are only brought out for daily worship (puja). The Shilas are usually hereditary and are passed down through many generations, never being purchased or sold.”

There are a thousand such small stones, most of them black, in the Hathiramji Math at Tirumala, and is the main attraction for pilgrims. That these are fossils is clear to anyone, but it also seems quite natural that they are likened to the conch, discus, etc. in an attempt to preserve them! Unfortunately, this attempt at preservation only succeeds in keeping such interesting relics under lock and key, untouched by anyone!

The most interesting thing in the ashram, at least to me, was the presence of some old paintings of the Lord playing dice with Hathiramji. The museum had a copy, and mentioned that the oldest such painting was at the ashram, which is what pushed me to make a visit! Replicas of this scene are all over Tirumala, but I had never noticed them before…. There is one right near the entrance to the temple too…next to the Seva board I told you about, earlier. Here is one such at the temple of Venugopalaswamy…..

The temple of Venugopalaswamy, a form of Lord Krishna, is another place of interest related to Hathiram Baba. This temple enshrines a marble idol of Krishna with a flute, standing next to a cow – an idol consecrated by Hathiram Baba, or so the story goes.


Here are the boards which give information about this temple. Unfortunately, all these boards are in Hindi, but for those you who can’t read it, it only says what I have already mentioned about the saint.

More interesting is the fact that his Samadhi, believed to be his Jeeva Samadhi (which means that he is believed to be alive, but deep in meditation in his self imposed tomb) lies at the same place. This was a fact I was unaware of, otherwise I would surely have taken more photos of the place. As it is, the most interesting thing in the place turned out to be the shops selling wooden articles, and we had a wonderful time going through them. However, the shopkeepers were wise to tourists, so the prices were rather steep and we restricted ourselves to window shopping! The darkening rain clouds encouraged us to move, and we hurried on…..

Location: Venugoplaswamy temple is located on the route to Papavinsam. Buses are available at regular intervals from Tirumala. This can also be combined with a visit to Papavinasam, and Akasaganga. A jeep to these three places costs about Rs.50 per person, or Rs. 300 for the full jeep. Hiring a jeep for visiting all the places on Tirumala costs about Rs.500
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PadagaChery – Ramalinga Swamigal

Padagachery Sri Ramalinga swamigal:

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Padagachery Sri Ramalinga swamigal (NOT the Vallalar Ramalinga Swamigal) is a great saint who lived (1876-1949) here. He was born in Coimbatore and stayed on here to renovate old temples and built new ones with aid from philanthropists. The significance of Sri Padagachery Swamigal was felt and put on record by none other than His Holiness Jagath Guru Sri Chandrasekarendhra Saraswathi Swamigal of Kanchi mutt.

He was known for feeding the poor and animals. He used to do Bairava Pooja. During one of his Bairava poojas, he asked to put 108 leaves first and serve food. Then from different directions, 108 dogs came, took the prasad and vanished. People couldn’t recognise from where they came and to where they vanished. After that only devotees were served.

The stick he had used and the Kamandalam are present in the mutt here.
Outside the sanctum on the river bank stands a Rudraksham tree (beeds) and it’s a beautiful serene atmosphere.

His Samadhi is interestingly situated near Chennai Thiruvotriyur Vadivudai Amman temple

Durvasa Rishi Ashram at Mathura

In the river banks of Mathura, amidst great serenity on the Newly completed Delhi Highway from Mathura, there is Durvasa Rishi Ashram, otherwise called as Gadi Baba Ashram.


Sage Durvasa had come to Vrindavan. The gopis venerated Him and sought His blessings. They found that He was very hungry. They prepared food for him with great joyfulness and happiness. Carrying all this, they made their way to where the Sage was, and found Him on the other side of the River Yamuna. The river was in spate. And the Great Sage was waiting…

They ran to Lord Krishna and told Him the story. We have all this food, the Sage is waiting for it on the other side of the river… and this great Sage was well known for His quick temper. Please help us O Saviour!!!

Krishna gracefully smiled asked them go to the river and bow down to Yamuna matha and tell her this… We have all this food for Sage Durvasa and He is hungry. Please help us. Krishna, the real Brahmachari has sent us, O Yamuna let us pass. The gopis look at each other in bewilderment, each remembering that not only was Lord Krishna married but to a lot of wives… !!! But out of their bhakthi they sought to go to river Yamuna. They bade their way to the banks of the river and bow down and prayed to Yamuna matha. They told the words of Lord Krishna And Lo….The river magically split in to two halves and there was a clean pathway straight to the waiting hungry Sage. The gopis were relieved and quickly crossed over to the other side.

With great devotion and love they offered to the Sage. He ate with lot of heart. After eating heartfully the contented sage relaxed totally and was really very happy for gopis’ devotion…

One of the gopis suddenly realizes that the river is in full spate again. With fear, the gopis told the Sage about the spate of Yamuna matha, and with devotion asked how to get back to the other shore. He gracefully smiled and told the gopis to go to Yamuna matha and bow down and tell her this…. We need your help Yamuna Matha. We have to go to the other shore. Durvasa, the sage who never ate, has sent us. o Yamuna let us pass. The gopis are once again bewildered, but since a sage of the stature of Durvasa had told them, they thought that he should have told for a reason… They bade their way once again to the river banks and with love and veneration towards Yamuna matha.. They told the words of Durvasa Rishi and Lo… The river magically split once again. The gopis crossed the river without any trouble.

The spot where Durvasa rishi stayed became his ashrama… and Gadi baba, a famous saint attained jeeva samadhi ages later.

Lord Krishna the yogi who was in kingship was a lotus flower, no karmas touched Him and so was Durvasa Rishi the Maharaja of Rishis. No karma touched him either.

The bustling Yamuna mata is utterly still near the Durvasa Ashram as if bowing before the great Sage, the avtar of Lord Shiva.

Durvasa Rishi’s presence hovers around the ashram and silently graces us with tranquility, as Gadi baba fills our chakras with intense energy.






Gadi Baba’s jeeva samadhi in front of Durvasa Rishi’s alive statue

Vasai – near Mumbai – The ancient Tirtha Sthala

History of Vasai

The history of Bassein dates back to Treta Yuga. Bassein (or Vasai or Oppire or Orparak or Shorparag or Shurparaka as it was called from time to time) was established by Bhagawan Parashuram. Bhagvan Parsuram established Vimaleshwar Mandir and Vimala Sarovara. He established the 64 yoginis in and around Vasai, since the yoginis were considered to be the devotees of His mother Goddess Renuka. He also established 108 Teertha Kundas or Pushkarinis in Vasai. This is quoted in the Holy Edict Skanda Purana and Padma Purana (Lotus Purana ).

Shamedis came as expert singers to Shurparak (Bassein) during the Buddha era 1500 BC from the remote areas of Orissa, then called as Utkala. During the Buddhist rule, their following of Vedic Dharma was loosened. At the advent of Adya Shankaracharya in Nirmal around 497 BC, the Buddhist Monks were defeated in the debates and returned to the Vedic Fold. Hinduism in the Samedis returned and they started strict following of the Vedic Dharma. They regarded Adi Sankara Jagadguru as their cardinal preacher. This is quoted in Holy Text Siva Leela Amrut.

Purna, the disciple of Gautama Buddha, belonged to “Vasai” i.e. earlier “Shoorparak”, and he preached in the Eastern India. Even after the advent of Sankaracharya, some Buddhists were left who used to criticize the Vedic Philosophy. Thus the King Jalauk of Kalinga took the then Jagat Guru Shankaracharya of Eastern India, i.e. H.H. Shankaracharya of Puri, to Shurparaga. He was 5th Shankaracharya of Puri named Swami Vidyaranya. His Holiness Swami Vidyaranya defeated remaining Buddhist Monks from Karla Caves, Mahad Caves, Kaneri Caves, and Shruparak and strongly revived the Vedic Dharma. Dur to old age and at the earnest prayers of the local Shamedis and Bhandaris Jagad Guru Shankaracharya Vidyaranya Swami of Puri Peetham took Mahasamadhi at the Nirmal Vimaleshwar Mandir in 404 BC on the dark 11th day of Kartik. Emperor Jalauk (son of Ashoka) built a big Samadhi Mandir according to the Orissa architecture.

Later during the Vijaya Yatra the grand disciple of Swami Vidyaranya, named Swami Padmanabha Tirtha, the 7th Jagadguru Sankara charya of Puri Govardhan Peetham arrived in Vasai during the “Vijaya Yatra” . His Holiness stayed here for some months and later attracted to this Holy Place decided to reside eternally at this place of his grand Guru.

Thus Swami Padmanadha Tirtha Shankaracharya, who was devotee of Lord Vallabha (thus He was also called Vallabha Swami) (i.e. Krishna achieved Mahasamadhi at Vasai in 373 BC on a hillock next to the Nirmal hillock. A temple devoted to Lord Krishna in front of His Samadhi by the then Kashmiri Brahmin community who used to reside in Nirmal, brought by Raja Jalauk, from the area around Shankaracharya Parbat, Sri Nagar (Jammu and Kashmir).

Later this place was visited by 38 th Shrimad Jagadguru Shankaracharya Swami Shivananda Saraswati of Puri Govardhan Peetham during the rule of the Satvahan Kings.

During the times of Raja Bhimdev of Puri, in order to solve the religious difference in between the Kshatriyas, the 106 th Jagadguru Shankaracharya Swami Sukhabodha Tirtha arrived in Vasai during the 13th century AD.

This Holy place was visited by Swami Vidyaranya, the 13th Shankaracharya of Sringeri Sharada Peetham in the 15th century. His samadhi is located at Hampi, Karnataka.

During 1543, Portuguese started their rule in Bassein and started destruction of various cultural places in Vasai. The temple of Padmanabha Swami which was located at the hillock place now called “Nirmal Naka” was destroyed. The Brahmins, Shamedis and Bhandaris who regarded Jagadguru Shankarachrya as their Holy Guru were sad at this ill act and they brought the stones of the samadhi of Padmanabha Swami and placed them in front left hand side of Vidyaranya Swami Samadhi Mandir. During this period, 200 religious places were destroyed by foreigners in Bassein. The atrocities of the Portuguese were on rise .At the request of the Citizens of Vasai Chimaji Appa Peshwa attacked Portuguese at Vasai and conquered Vasai in the 18th Century AD.

He requested the guidance of monk – Swami Vidya Shankara Bharati who was the 8th generation of the institution of Karvir- Sankeshwar (this is the institution established in the 16th century in Sankeshwar, Karnataka). He was the disciple of Jagadguru Shankaracharya.

At the guidance of Swami Vidya Shancara Bharati, Chimaji Appa renovated, in the Orissa Architecture, the Samadhi Mandir of Swami Vidyaranya and Swami Padmanabha Tirtha, the 5th and 7th Shankaracharya of Puri Peetham,.

This place due to atrocities of Portuguese rulers were devoid of Brahmins. Under the guidance of Swami Vidya Shankara Bharati, Chimaji Appa Peshwa, in consultations with Peshwa Bajirao, appointed 1 Konkanastha Chitpavan Brahmin, 1 Karhade Brahmin, 1 Devrukhe Brahmin and 4-5 Shukla Yajurvedi Gujrathi Brahmins in this region. Thus there were only 7-8 houses of Brahmins in whole Sopara region. Later Swami Vidya Shankara Bharathi went back to Sankeshwar and attained samadhi on the banks of River Hiranyakeshi.

In 1926, Swami Bharati Krishna Tirtha, the 143rd Jagadguru Shankaracharya of Puri Govardhan Peetham was received with warm welcome in a specially reserved train at Nala Sopara station.

The Jagadguru Swagat Samiti was presided by a well known Shamedi Shri Vaze. Jagadguru had the Holy bath in the Vimaleshwar Sarovar then had Darshan of the Shri Sureshwar Mandir, Shri Vimaleshwar Mandir, and the two Samadhis of the previous Shankaracharyas viz. Swami Vidyaranya and Swami Padanabha Tirtha of the Puri Govardhan Peetham. This time Jagadguru addressed a large gathering of Shamedis. A big Yajnya was organized to commemorate this event. Again the same Puri Shankaracharya Swami Bharati Krishna Teerth visited Shurparak in the 1950s. This time also there were huge gatherings which were hosted by Swami Nityananda of Ganeshpuri. This time also Shamedis extended great efforts in organizing the event.

Ishwarpuri (Sandipani Samadhi)

Ishwapuri Ashram is located at Chandip Village situated on Shirshad Vajreshwari Raod, Spacial about this is you can find samadhi of Guru Sandipani ( Guru of Krishna, Balram and Sudama), A shiv Temple is also located at this place, some basic facility is available for this mountainous nature.
Tungareshwar Mountain
Tungareshwar Mountain
Way to Ishwarpuri

Way to Ishwarpuri

samadhi sthaan of rishi sandipaani
samadhi sthaan of rishi sandipaani
samadhi of Rishi Sandipani
samadhi of Rishi Sandipani
words in his samadhi shrine
samadhi sthaan of rishi sandipaani – words in his samadhi shrine
shiva temple ishwarpuri
shiva temple ishwarpuri
shiva temple ishwarpuri

shiva temple ishwarpuri


Also courtesy: wikipedia

Banganga – Walkeshwar – Jeeva Samadhi and Swayambhu Lingam in Mumbai


This is the swayambhu lingam at the highest point in Mumbai, Walkeshwar.


Legend has it that Hindu god, Ram paused at that spot on his way from Ayodhya to Lanka in pursuit of the demon king, Ravana who had kidnapped his wife, Sita. Then Lord Rama was advised to worship Shiv linga and he is said to have constructed the original linga of sand, after getting tired of waiting for his brother, Lakshman to bring an idol. The name is etymologically derived from the Sanskrit word for an idol made of sand — Valuka Iswar, an Avatar of Shiva.
As the story progresses, later when Ram was thirsty, as there was no fresh water readily available (only sea water), he shot an arrow and brought Ganges over here. Hence Bana (arrow in Sanskrit) Ganges. The water that feeds the tank stems from an underground spring at that spot, despite its proximity to the sea.


The temple and the attached fresh water Banganga Tank were built in 1127 AD by Lakshman Prabhu, a Gaud Saraswat Brahmin minister in the court of Silhara dynasty Kings who ruled Thane, and the islands of Mumbai during 810 to 1240 AD. The temple was destroyed by the Portuguese during their reign over Mumbai (Portuguese Bom Bahia) in the 16th century. It was rebuilt due to the generosity of Mumbai businessman and philanthropist, Rama Kamath, another Gaud Saraswat Brahmin (known in British records as ‘Kamati’) in 1715. The main temple has been substantially reconstructed and many smaller temples have come up around the Banganga Tank. By 1860, the temple started attracting greater crowds and 10 to 20 other temples had come up around it and 50 dharamshalas.

Even today the temple itself and much of the property in the complex belongs to the Gaud Saraswat Brahmin Temple Trust.
The temple is generally busy every month only during the full moon, and at Amavasya (new moon).

Jeeva Samadhi

Walkeshwar also has the jeeva samadhi of Madhavendra Tirtha of the Madhva lineage, in Kashi Math.

He entered samadhi live around 300 years ago.

Madhavendra Tirtha Swami

Madhavendra Tirtha Swami

Cemetary at Banganga

the Dashnami Goswami Akhada, or the Banganga Goswami cemetery, as it is more popularly known. This is no ordinary cemetery where all and sundry are cremated (as is the case with all Hindu deaths), but this is a special area reserved for those who have taken the vows of Sanyas (renunciation) – Sanyasis as we know them. Of course, the more popular Sanyasis are those who are the pontiffs of the various mutts in India, but there are others who have lived the life of normal householders, but have taken the path of renunciation later in life. There are innumerous samadhis of sannyasins in this cemetary, but the main place in the heart of the cemetary is the Jeeva Samadhi(live tomb) of the founder of this cemetary.

Noted samadhis of recent saints include Nisargadatta Maharaj, Ranjit Maharaj amongst many others.

Jeeva Samadhi



Sivaprakasa Deepikai – Printed and published by Gangadhara Desika Swamigal

Sivaprakasa Deepikai

Sivaprakasadeepikai – Download PDF EBOOK



Gangadhara Navalar Swamigal

During 1899 Desika Gangadhara Navalar Swamigal printed and published songs devoted towards Mylapore Kapaleeswarar. Attached is the rare book in pdf format.

Kapaleeswarar ratha used to move only after swamigal completed singing of His songs towards Lord Shiva.

Before that the ratha would not budge.

Swamigal got proper permission from British Government to enter in to jeeva samadhi during 1930 at Harrington Road 6th Avenue, Chetpet.


Swaminatha Swami Adhishtanam at Ilayanaar Velur

Ilaysanaar velur near Kanchipuram hosts the famous and ancient Subramaniya swamigal temple. In it is also the adhistanam (Jeeva Samadhi) of Swaminatha Swami.

Praying to a saint in Jeeva Samadhi and meditating near his shrine, you can feel his powerful presence.

Kuzhandaivel swamigal jeeva samadhi temple Alandur

The Jeeva Samadhi of Kuzhandaivel Swamigal, Alandur, Chennai is re emerging. The temple once demolished is being rebuilt by devotees and local residents. We are planning to install swami statue and shivalingam on chitra


paurnami 3/may/2015 between 5 AM to 6 AM.

Invite: KVS2015

All are invited.

Kaila devi, Rajasthan

Kaila Devi Temple is a temple dedicated to twin Goddess Kaila devi and Chamunda devi situated 23 km from Karauli and 37 km from Gangapur City in the Rajasthan state in India. The temple is located on the banks of the Kalisil River, a tributary of the Banas River in the hills of Trikut, 2 km to the north-west of Kaila village.

KEDAR Gufa Temple


This is the original temple of Kaila Devi. This place is near the jungle of the Ranthambore. This is 3km far from the town. Devotees can walk there for the darshan. This also hosts the jeeva samadhi of Kedar Giri Maharaj who installed the temple.

The kedar gufa is really very divine and ancient. For a true seeker is always loved here by the saint.

Kabisthalam – Thathuvaraya Yogi Jeeva Samadhi Temple


The history of this temple is no-where recorded in any forms like stone culverts, papers, books etc. I am told by my father and my father told by my grand father and my grand father told by my great grand father and so on. This tradition of passing the story to their descendants is called as “Karna Parambarai” (in Tamil). Now I am happy to share this story with you all.


Kabisthalam Village – Papanasam Taluk – Thanjavur District – Tamil Nadu – India
Situated between Cauvery River in the North and Kollidam River (Coleroon in English) in the south

Subramaniyar, Valli, Theivanai,
Bairavar, Manickavasagar, Somas Kandar
Dakshana Moorhty, Lingothbavar (Thiruvannamalai), Navgraha, Nandi

Earlier Consecrations:


Around 250 years ago, a group of yogis (Siddhars in Tamil) were passing by Kabisthalam on their pilgrimage. One of the yogis in that group, named Thathuvaraya Swamigal, noticed a Shiva Lingam lying in an open field without any proper maintenance. On seeing the beauty and elegance of the lingam, something struck his mind that he is destined to build a temple for Lord Shiva on that place. He understood that it is his purpose of life in this world. He decided and he stayed in Kabisthalam. He did not pursue his travel from thereon.

Challenges in building:

Show stopper. He was not belonging to any descents of a King’s lineage (as temples were built only by kings in olden days) and also he was not having any money. As you all know, in those days, pilgrims are those who had given up every materialistic thing in life including money. With his own will power and with His power, he started building the temple.

The mystery is that he paid off the worker’s wages daily without any debt. No one knew where he had got the money from.

Located in the lush greenery of Cauvery delta, the nearest mountain to get stones for the construction is 75 km away. 75 is a mammoth number with no proper means of transportation in those days. With all these hurdles, he managed to get the stones by bullock carts and by other feasible means and he successfully built the temple. He also bought some lands for the temple which can be leased to the local farmers so that a constant income is flowing in for doing poojas and also for maintenance.
Temple’s Features:

Built on the rules of Aahama Vithi (Rules for building temple)
Facing East
One water tank in front of the temple, one well inside at the centre of the temple for doing Abhishekam (Bathing Ceremonies), one well at the back of the temple. This is one unique feature. Not many temples are built like this.
Jeeva Samadhi:

With his life’s mission getting accomplished by God’s will, Thathuvaraya Swamigal stayed in Kabisthalam even after that and he did not leave. He said he will attain Jeeva Samadhi on this day and on this time. For administrative purposes, he handed over the temple to our family. He requested with the villagers to bury him at a particular place and not inside the temple. His Samadhi is now called as “ Samadhi Temple ”

This is the full history of our family temple. om namasivaya !


ravichandran kumbakonam


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