05. About Guru Mahadev and Kavi Mani Ashram
Om Sri Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae
My Guru’s Ashram, is situated 6 kms away from Nagercoil. It is situated in a small village called ‘Theroor’ (with a big lake, and birds’ sanctuary).
Theroor is 2 kms away from the famous Trinity Temple (Sthanu- Mal- Iyan i.e. Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva) at Suchindram (13 kms from Kanyakumari.)
The Trinity temple is known for its huge idol of Lord Anjeneya, (18 feet high!). The annual Ratham (temple-chariot) festival (in the month of December) is celebrated for about 10 days, is very famous.
The village of Theroor is surrounded by lush Paddy fields, flourishing coconut groves and picturesque hills. In the year 1956, the Government had established the Kavimani Memorial Library, (which has a collection of over 10,000 books in religion, philosophy, spirituality, medicine and arts.)
About the Kavimani Ashram:
The Ashram is named after the great poet, Kavimani Desika Vinayagam Pillai, (Professor of Tamil in South Travancore University, Thiruvananthapuram and Grand father of my Guru) as, “Kavi Mani Illam” or “Kavi Mani Ashram”.
All devotees of Kerala and Tamil Nadu call my Master as “GURU MAHADEV”. He was 70 years old when I met him first time. He was a Sri Vidhya Upasaka as well as a Hanuman Upasaka – A Self-Realized Great Spiritual Guru!
The ashram holds a small piece of land measuring 2000 sq.ft. A temple for Azagia Manavazha Ganapathi and a Sathsang hall were built two hundred years ago.
Guru Mahadev ordained me, to build a new temple for Sri Vidhya Hanuman just opposite to the Ganapathi temple. As per his guidance, I built it over a period of six months, from August 1990 to February 1991.
The Pradishta of Sri Vidhya Hanuman was celebrated on the 4th of February 1991 (on the day of the Hastham star). Annadhana was performed. Around 1500 people were fed.
His Jeeva Samadhi Shrine was built near the Ganapathi temple, exactly opposite to the Hanuman temple, on the Poornima day of August 1997.
Saturday is an auspicious day for Lord Hanuman (Maruthi). At the ‘Kavi Mani Ashram’ more than five hundred people would gather that day to seek the Grace of Sri Vidhya Hanuman (Maruthi).
One cannot discriminate Hanuman (Maruthi) and Guru Mahadev!
*** Guru Mahadev was the Medium of Hanuman and
Sri Raja Rajeswari Ambal. ***
On Saturday evenings, Bhajans on Lord Rama would be sung, and Hanuman would appear in Guru Mahadev’s Sthula Sareera and bless all the devotees gathered there.
Abhisekam, Alangaram (Vada-Mala, Tulsi-Mala), and Aradhana would be performed on Sri Vidhya Hanuman (Maruthi).