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Bateshwar Dham

About 70 km from Agra near Bah, there is dham called Bateshwar. It is said that the Chardham Yatra is only complete if you visit Bateshwar Dham.

The name Bateshwar is derived from the main Bateshwarnath Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva (Bateshwarnath Mahadev). As per the mythology and legends, here under a marvelous Banyan tree (Bat in Sanskrit), lord Shiva took rest for some time under that tree which stile standing at that place, the place known as Bat-Ishwar; the banyan lord.

Bateshwar Temples 70 km from Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India on the banks of River Yamuna.

The name Bateshwar is derived from the main Bateshwarnath Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva (Bateshwarnath Mahadev). As per the mythology and legends, here under a marvelous Banyan tree (Bat in Sanskrit), lord Shiva took rest for some time under that tree which stile standing at that place, the place known as Bat-Ishwar; the banyan lord.
Bateshwar Temples 70 km from Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

Bateshwar is regarded as the Paternal home of Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna’s father Vasudeva was actually from Bateshwar.

Since ages Bateshwar remained a renowned religious centre both for Hindu and Jain communities. In the epic Mahabharat Bateshwar is supposed to be referred as Shouripur a city of king Suresaine. It is known for 101 Shiv Temples built by Raja Badan Singh Bhadauria on a dam on the banks of Yamuna. Shaouripur, near Bateshwar, which is the birthplace of the 22nd Tirthankar of Jain faith, Lord Neminath. Each year the region hosts a cattle fair in October and November. The commercial livestock event is also of significance to Hindus, who make pilgrimage to the river Yamuna in honor of Lord Shiva.

Bateshwar has long been celebrated for its annual fair, believed to have been a fixture since time immemorial given the significance of Shauripur/Bateshwar in Hindu mythology. Although the origins of this ancient fair are religious, and of immense importance in the Hindu religious calendar, the fair is also of great commercial value [1] and is renowned as the 2nd largest animal fair in the country (Sonepur in Bihar being the largest).

Bateshwar is the ancestral village of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.


Experience: Bateshwar is like a mini Kashi and people conduct cremation on the banks of Yamuna Nadhi. Bateshwar, the main shrine, on meditating there, one feels that the person is in a very big and powerful dhaam.

He is taken to a no mind state in no time. Very ancient, and almost on top of Yamuna, Bateshwar is much ancient than myths. Yet, it is unpolluted and the originality remains.

Navagraha Temple in Guwahati, Assam

The Navagraha Temple is found on the top of Chitrasal Hill (or Navagraha Hill), in Guwahati city, Assam, India. The speciality of the temple is that it is a big domed hall with nine shivalingams symbolising 9 planets. Enshrined in this temple are nine Shivalingams, representing the nine Celestial bodies, each covered with a colored garment symbolic of each of the celestial bodies, with a Shivaligam in the centre symbolising the Sun. The Navagraha temple was built by Ahom King Rajeswar Singha in the late 18th century. It has been renovated in recent times during the late 1923-45.

Guruji Sundar in the future intends to build a similar temple. It is one of Guruji’s cherished dream projects

Navagraha Temple


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

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.

Guruji at Assam

Guruji at Madan Kamdev temple ruins at Assam

Guruji Sundar at Assam

Guruji at Kamakya temple

The message which Guruji gives is metaphorical.. that of love and peace.

Guruji Sundar Message

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.

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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