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Category Archives: Saint’s associated place

Gorakhnath Temple in Odisha

There is a very famous temple of Baba Gorakhnath in Jagatsinghpur district of Odisha. Legend says that the saint also visited this place and performed ‘Tapashya’ under a banyan tree. Gradually he was surrounded by white ant mound. In this place, the deity is worshiped by the name ‘Siddha Gorakhnath’. It is believed that he is the direct incarnation of Pashupati Nath, i.e., Lord Shiva. Many people suffering from snake bite are cured at this temple. The temple is situated on the way to Paradip. The temple is situated at a distance of about 1-2 Kilometers from Maa Sarala the local devotees were doing jangyas in every year. There is also a railway station available.many poor people or rich people arrange their marriage in the mandir.If the cow was suffering from some problem then the devotees pray for Gorakh and they got cured.

There is also a lizard living in this temple which was very old.

Pawapuri – The dhaam where Lord Mahavira attained Nirvana


Pawapuri was at this place that Lord Mahavira, the twenty fourth Tirthankar attained “Nirvana” or eternal salvation from the cycle of death and birth in the year 527 BC.

Pawapuri (Hindi: पावापुरी, Urdu: پوا پوری‎) or Pava is a holy site for Jains located in the Nalanda district in the Bihar state of Eastern India. It is located about thirty-eight kilometers from Rajgir and 101 kilometers from Patna, the capital of Bihar.

Temple in the spot where Mahavir attained Nirvana

Temple in the spot where Mahavir attained Nirvana

It marks the spot where the mortal remains of the Lord Mahavira was cremated.

Pawapuri is situated in Bihar, India and its proximity to the capital city, Patna makes it approachable to pilgrims and tourists alike. It is situated on the Patna-Ranchi road and can be approached either from Nawadah or Bihar Sharif.

During ancient times about 2600 year ago, Pawapuri was the part of Magadha Kingdom and was called “Madyama Pawa” or “Apawapuri”, Ajatshatru, the son of King Shrenik who was one of the greatest disciples of Lord Mahavira was the King of Magadh during the lifetime of Mahavir. During the reign of Ajatshatru King Hastipal was the King of Pawapuri. When Lord Mahavira came to Pawapuri he stayed in King Hastipal’s “Rajikshala”.

Around 5th Century BCE, Mahavira, the last of the twenty-four Tirthankara achieved Moksha or Nirvana. He was cremated at Pawapuri, also known as Apapuri (the sinless town). There was a great rush to collect his ashes, with the result that so much soil was removed from the place of his cremation that a pond was created.’

There are five main temples in Pawapuri – the Jal Mandir,the Gaon Mandir,the Samosaran,the New Samosaran and another temple built by Bibi Mehetab Kumari. Apart from these temples there is a Digamber Mandir near Jal mandir.


Sonagiri – The dhaam which Jain Theerthankara Chandraprabha Created

Sonagiri (Hindi: सोनागिरी) about 60 km from Gwalior, has scores of Jain temples of 9th & 10th century on little hills. This sacred place is popular among devotees & ascetic saints to practice for self-discipline, austerity and to attain Nirvana since the time of Chandraprabha (the 8th Teerthankar), five & half crores of ascetic saints have achieved Moksha from here.
In Hindi, Sonagiri means a mountain (‘giri’) of gold (‘sona’).


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

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



Maagaral Temple


This is the 7th Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam in Thondai Nadu. Thiruganasambadar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple.

Iraivan : Iraivan is called by 12 names different names and they are Sri Adaikalam  Thantha Nathar ( Parikara name), Sri Maham Vaazhvithavar, Sri Udumbeesar, Sri Paarathazhumbar, Sri Putridangondaar, Sri Nilaiyitta              Nathar, Sri Mangalangathavar, Sri Parinthukathavar, Sri Agastheesar,   Sri Abathsahayar, Sri Maakaraleeswarar, Sri Thaduthatkondavar.

Iraivi    : Sri ThirupuvanaNayagi, Sri BhuvanaNayagi.

Some of the important features of this temple are….

  1. The temple is facing east with a 5 tier Rajagopuram. Sthala Viruksham is lemon tree and theertham is Agni Theertham.
  2. The temple is about 1500 years old  and Iraivan gave dharshan to king Rajendra Chozhan in the form of golden Udumbu (உடும்பு  = a Monitor Lizard  ).
  3. The moolavar is like Udumbu tail. As per Gurukkal, Moolavar was made out of navapashanam  and worshiped by Agasthiyar.
  4. The two asuraras called Maaharan and Maalayan worshiped Lord Shiva of this temple.
  5. The moolavar Vimanam is of gajabirushtam type and the sanctum sanctorum is in the form of agazhi.
  6. Urchava moorthams are kept in the artha mandapam.
  7. In koshtam Vinayagar, Dhakshinamoorthy, Brahma  and Durgai.
  8. In the prakaram sannadhi for Aarumugaswamy ( sitting on peacock vahanam (Peacock’s face is on the right side, is an unusual one ), Adhikara Nandhi along with 63var, Valampuri Vinayagar, Mahavishnu, Valli Devasena samedha Subramaniyar, Ambal sannadhi, Arthanari Bairavar ( back side of Ambal sannadhi ), Murugan on white elephant ( story with picture is up loaded below ).
  9. After Murugan killed Surabadhman, he married Deivanai. On that occasion,  Indran asked Murugan to sit on his white elephant Iravatham in presence of Thirumal. Also it is be noted that elephant was his vahanam before Peacock.


  1. Ilayanarvelur – Kanchipuram – Perungkattur bus passes through this place Maakaral.
  2. Buses from Kanchipuram to Uthiramerur via Orikkai passes through this place Maakaral


  1. Shaunmuga Sundara Gurukkal may be contacted through his mobile 9444810396



A very lively and ancient temple which was filled with life energy. After 6 pm the space is totally different.

Jeeva Samadhi of Nagaraja Swamigal



This samadhi is unknown to the external world and is located in guindy within ABT showroom in GST road. The building which is adjacent to spic, guindy. The temple is completely different all together and when one enters, one is completely cut from the outer world and is transported to a different dimension of space.

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