Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae
ஸத்குரு ஶ்ரீ ராஜலிங்க ஸ்வாமிகள் துணை
बहुजन्मकृतात् पुण्याल्लभ्यतेऽसौ महागुरुः |
लब्ध्वाऽमुं न पुनर्याति शिष्यः संसारबन्धनम् ||
One gets such a Supreme Guru as a result of merits acquired in many births.
Having attained such a Guru,
the disciple never falls prey to bonds to Samsara; he is liberated forever…
(“Guru Gita”- 173)
On this auspicious day of 20th. February, 2012
when the birth of our Benevolent Master and Lord
Rajarishi Sathguru Sri Rajalinga Swamigal,
also marks the auspicious MahaShivarathri,
we offer our reverential love-filled Namaskaarams…
At the Divine Feet of His Holiness,
Mahaan and Sathguru Sri Rajalinga Swamigal
(Incarnation of our Gracious Lord Sri Dakshinamoorthy)
Shiva is the Divine Spark within us….
Shiva is our Guru
He, is the Holy Panchakshari….
Om Namah Shivaya…
Our Guru is the Jyothi of Arunachala!
Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae
Arunachala! Arunachala! Arunachala!
On 3rd. January, 2012, I had a dream.
I saw the Divine Countenance of Guruji, and I heard a Voice tell me:
“HE (Guruji), is Lord Sri Dakshinamoorthi…”
(-Vaishnavi, “Avathar Sri Seshadri Bhaktha Samaajam”)
Lord Sri Dakshinamurthy is portrayed as being in the yogic state of abstract meditation – and as a powerful form brimming with ever flowing bliss and supreme joy.
According to Maharshi Kardamshankara Jnanadeva, Lord Sri Dakshinamoorthy signifies the abstract or hidden power of the Absolute – as expressed in all Enlightened Masters!
Indian tradition accords a special reverence to the Guru or the Master.
Lord Sri Dakshinamurthy, in the Shaivite system of belief, is regarded as the ultimate Guru – the embodiment of knowledge and the destroyer of ignorance (as represented by the demon being crushed under the feet of the deity).
The Jnana Mudra is interpreted as:
the thumb denotes the God and the index finger denotes the man.
the other three fingers stand for the three congenital impurities of man – arrogance, illusion and bad deeds of the past births.
When man detaches himself from these impurities, he reaches God.
The Abhaya Mudra, is interpreted as His grace upon His students.
The rosary or the snake signifies Tantric knowledge.
The fire represents illumination, removing the darkness of ignorance.
His Holiness, Rajarishi Sathguru Sri Rajalinga Swamigal, our Guruji, was born in the year 1951. He was named “RAJALINGAM”, after the Lord Sri Rajalingam also known as Sri Rathnagirishwarar (Lord Shiva) at Ayyarmalai, Karur district, TamilNadu, India.
Please read an account of this beautiful temple:
The Shrine of Sri Rathnagirishwarar at Ayyarmalai is located 45 kms. from Trichy. (Its is 8 kms from Kulithalai and 40 kms from Manapparai in the Kulitalai-Manapparai road).
The temple is on a steep hill of 1178 feet height and has 1017 steps with a circumference of 4 kms in an are of 110 acres of land.
Ayyarmalai is one of the peaks of Mount Meru, and the Lingam here, is a Jyothir Lingam.
There are many resting mandapams, every 100 feet inside the temple premises. The formation of the Swayambu Lingam here is in the midst of 8 rocks, and the main Deity resides in the 9th rock. All these are revered as Navarathnas, or the nine gems of Shiva.
Very interestingly, during the Tamil month of Chithirai, (mid-April to mid-May), the sun rays fall on the Shivalinga through each of the the nine holes in front of the sanctum sanctorum. This is a unique phenomenon.
The temple holds great significance in that it finds its place as one of the 275 sacred Shiva temples glorified by the Thevara hymns (especially by Thirunaavukkarasar); and the first in the list of South of Cauvery temples.
On the first day of the tamil month of Karthikai, (mid-November to mid-December), the Lord offers a splendid Darshan to His devotees, wearing a priceless crown.
A notable feature of this temple is that the water for abishekam of the Lord is carried everyday from the Cauvery river 9 kilometers away, spanning the 1017 steps of the hill.
The main Deity has three names:
Sri Rathnagirishwarar/ Sri Rajalingam/ Thiru Valpokki
The Raja Lingam we know as Shiva Rathnagirishwarar is a Kingmaker!
If a king worships Lord Sri Rathnagirishwarar with deep devotion, he would be blessed to become an emperor. The worship of Lord Sri Rathnagirishwara Shiva helps one advance to the next level up the ladder of life.
Those yearning for advancement in their field, profession, job, career should most definitely benefit from the worship of Lord Sri Rajalingam or Sri Rathnagirishwarar!
Please read special features associated with this Temple:
Those who have no knowledge of their family deities (Kula Deivam) may adopt Lord Sri Rathnagirishwarar as their family deity.
Lord Sri Rajalingam has been worshipped by Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, Indra, Adisesha, Surya, Agni, Goddess Durga, the Saptha Kannigas (the Seven forms of Shakthis), and the sages Agathiar and Romasar.
The Saint Sri Sundharamoorthi Nayanar was blessed with wealth and gold by Lord Shiva, at this Sacred Shrine.
While going up the temple steps, the devotee breathes in the air from the herbal vegetation around, and are relieved from physical ailments such as asthma, blood pressure, chest pain, and joint pain. etc. This holistic experience is palpable even from a single trip! Those doing so often, are completely cured of these problems. Such miracles have been accounted by several devotees.
A majority of the devotees visit the Shrine for mental peace alone. A marked feature of worship in this Shrine is that meditation, penance and silent prayers are observed by devotees. This is a special Shiva temple for devotees seeking mental peace. Freedom from depression is attained by prayers to the Lord.
Another uniquely reported miracle here is that the unboiled milk used for abhishekam of the Lord never goes stale, and instead changes to fresh curd!
The snakes found here on the Hill of Ayyarmalai have no poison.
Once a crow happened to spill the milk brought by a true devotee and therefore was burnt to ashes. From then on, no crow flies on the hill above this particular height. There is also a mandapam called a ‘crow mandapam’, indicative of this incident!
Once, a devotee, by the name of Vaira Perumal of Kancheepuram vowed to offer his head to Lord Sri Rathnagirishwarar if he were to beget. He kept his promise, and his head was elevated to the peak of the mount while his feet stayed down. As a sacred offering to his devotion for the Lord, honey and coconut milk are offered as anointments for his head. The garlands offered to the Lord, are then offered to His dear devotee’s head!
Once the Navarathna crown(crown studded with nine gems) of King Aryarajan could not be found and he prayed to Lord Shiva. He came here and tried to fill a big bowl called Kopparai meant for storing the water for the Lord’s Abhishekam (anointments). Surprisingly it did not become full even after pouring the Cauvery water endlessly. The angry King took the sword and threw it on the Linga which began to bleed. The king reconciling from the fury fell at the feet of the Lord, who in turn pardoned him and also blessed the king with his lost crown. The scar is still visible on the Linga and that’s why the deity is called Vatpokki.
A million Salutations to His Sweet Lovely Divine Countenance which contains Pristine Love…
Guruji we Love You!
Our Devoted Namskaarams at Your Lotus Feet…
ஓம் ஸத்குரு ஶ்ரீ சேஷாத்ரி ஸ்வாமிகள் திருவடிக்கே