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Moksha Deepam lit in Manimantapam Precincts
Trustees arranged for lighting Mokshadeepam in the Manimantapam precincts on 21st June 2013, in memory of those pilgrims who lost their lives in the recent Himalayan tragedy on the Himalayas itself, praying for peace for their souls.
Koti Archana to Mahaperiyava's Padukas
With the fullest anugrahams of HH Mahaperiyava, the MANIMANTAPAM built in deep veneration of HH Mahaperiyava at Orrikkai village near Kanchipuram has been attracting lots and lots of devotees.
This engineering marvel built solely on rocks and granite stones symbolising ancient temple architecture is a visual treat to the eyes just as devotees unambiguously feel the spiritual vibrations of HH Mahaperiyava.
All of us are aware of how HH Mahaperiyava - an embodiment of Sanathana Dharma - had travelled thousands and thousands of kilometers across our country on foot. His last padayatra concluded when he was 9O years of age.
As a humble obeisance to His Holy Lotus Feet, HH Mahaperiyava's Paduka (adorned in a golden kavacham) was consecrated on 28.01.2011 at this Manimantapam and nithya pooja being performed reverentially.
To seek lokakshemam and continued anugrahams of HH Mahaperiyava, it is the earnest wish of SSSMM trust to conduct a koti archana to this Holy Paduka starting from 14.4.2013 (Tamil New Year Day – Vijaya varusham). Reciting one (HH Mahaperiyava) Ashtothram for each sankalpam, the aim is a minimum of one Lakh of Sankalpams.
All are invited to be part of this holy event and get the divine blessings of HH Mahapeiyava for themselves and their family.
Donation for each Sankalpam is Rs.150/-. Bank transfer to SSSMM Trust account at Karur Vysya Bank is available. Details are available in the attached Sankalpam form. Please download the attached Sankalpam form and email it to the trust at manimantapam at manimantapam.org or sssmmtrust at gmail.com. If you would like to donate online, minimum amount is Rs.501/-.
Click here to download the Sankalpam form
Two new Trustees inducted into the SSSMM Trust
Mr.S.Narayanaswamy, President of the Sri Ratnagiriiswarar temple in Besant Nagar,Chennai and Dr. V. Kamakoti, Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, I.I.T. Madras,Chennai joined on Oct 02,2012, as members of the Sri Sri Sri Mahalakshmi Mathrubutheswarar (SSSMM) Trust, which is in charge of the Satabdhi Manimantapam in Orikkai, near Kancheepuram, built in honour of the Centenarian Sage of Kanchi, Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Swamiji, by devotees of the Sage across the world who included Bharat Ratna M. S. Subbulakshmiji and T.Sadasivam of 'Kalki'. Following are the other members of this Trust:
Mr.V.Sankar, Secretary, South Indian Education Society, Mumbai,
TTD TV to telecast highlights on March 12th 2011
Tirumala Tirupati Devastanam's Sri Venkateswara Bhakthi Channel will repeat telecast the highlights of the Paduka Mantapam Kumbhabhishekam on 12th March 2011 at 9pm IST. Devotees who don't have the channel on their TV can watch it at the same time online at www.svbcttd.com
Sri Sankara TV to telecast live
Sri Sankara TV will telecast live the Kumbhabhishekam of the Paduka Mantapam at Orirukkai on Jan 28th 2011 starting at 8.00am. It can also be watched live on their website www.srisankaratv.net
His Holiness to inaugurate sculpting of Granite idol of Mahaperiyava
Work is soon set to begin on sculpting the Granite idol of Mahaperiyava to be installed in the sanctum sanctorum. His Holiness Sri Sri Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal will inaugurate it at the auspicious time of 12 noon on 11 December in Sri Ganapathy Sthapathy's Pattarai in Kancheepuram.
Special homams in Orirukkai site until Kumbhabhishekam
As a prelude to the Kumbhabhishekam, it is planned to conduct special homams on a regular basis to invoke the blessings of Sri Maha Periyava on certain days at the Manimantapam site in Orirukkai.
The program for the next three months are given below: We seek a broadbased participation by devotees in this endeavour. The costs involved are given below.
Annadanam on any of the above days will cost Rs.3000/-. This programme sheet shall be updated on quarterly basis. If you are donating online, please mention the date and event you would like to sponsor in the comments section.
July 3, 2009 - Brahmarandram function in Orirukkai
Brahmarandram, an Agama ceremony to close the threadlike hole running from the ceiling of the Mulastanam of the 100 feet tall Vimanam to its summit, was celebrated in a grand manner with PujyaSri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal gracing the occasion. Many Adhyapakas and Vidhyarthis from VedaPataSalas around Tamilnadu were present on the premises. Lunch was served to al present. Live webcast was also arranged for people to view it over the internet. Click here to view the video highlights.
June 13, 2008 - Audio CD on Paramacharya released in Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai
SSSMM Trustee Sri K.R. Atmanathan, long-time Secretary of late (BharatRatna) M.S.Subbulakshmi and T.Sadasivam of "Kalki" released an Audio CD of songs on Paramacharya by the Sathur Sisters Smt. Lalitha Santhanam and Smt. Bhuvana Rajagopalan. The CD consists of 14 songs and the last song is on the Manimantapam coming up in Orirukkai. The CD was released in a function at Narada Gana Sabha nd the first CD was presented to Neyveli Sri. R. Santhanagoplalan and Dr. R.Ganesh, Maharajapuram Santhanam's disciple received the second. Sri.K.S.Raghunathan (HMV Raghu) who recorded the songs was the special speaker on the occassion. The function was well attended and the new CD was also well received by the gathered crowd. The Sathur sisters are daughters of the famous Sangeetha Vidwan Sathur A.G.Subramania Iyer. Smt. Visalakshi Natarajan who has composed all the songs in this CD and has also composed over 100 songs soaked in Bhakti on MahaPeriyava has come to Chennai from Malaysia to be present at the Release function. The Sathur sisters have decided to donate the proceeds of the CD to the SSSMM Trust for the Manimantapam project. The 13 songs are in Ragas Nattai, Kuntalavarali, Kedaram, Hindolam, Simhendra Madhyamam, Mohanam, Sarumathi, Vasantha, Abheri, Charukesi, Kaapi, Bhagesri, and Sindhu Bhairavi .The 14th song on the Mani Mandapam as conceived by the composer is in RagaMalika. For details on purchasing the CDs, please click here
May 2006 - All India Radio to broadcast serial on Paramacharya
The All India Radio, Chennai, has produced a "13 episode serial" in Tamil titled 'ORIRUKKAIYIL OLIR MANTAPAM' - The Mantapam aglow in Orirukkai, just 4 km on the Uttiramerur Road from Kancheepuram bus stand on the northern Bank of the River Paalaar in Orirukkai village.
The Programmes are scheduled to be broadcast every Saturday for a duration of 30 minutes each on Chennai 'A' (416.7 M) from May 13, 2006, a day before the Vaisaka Anusham which is Kanchi Maha Periyaval Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Swamigal's 113th Jayanthi Day upto and inclusive of Saturday August 5, 2006.
This programme is an attempt to highlight the wonderful facets of the Sage of Kanchi in relation to Indian Philosophy and the Sage's genuine and sincere concerns about humanity as a whole. This prestigious programme is purposefully broadcast to project the Satabdhi Mani Mantapam that is coming up in Orirukkai village in the Divine Honour of the great Sage. It comprises of subject matter pertaining to that specific episode, scripts penned by scholars and writers like Prof. L. Janakiraman, T.K.Aswin Kumar, Kilambur Sankara Subramanian of Kalaimagal, Sriram of Manjari, Tiruppur Krishnan of Amudasurabhi and skits scripted by actor-dramatist Srihari have been performed by some of our leading drama artistes. Songs and hymns from scriptures in Tamil and Sanskrit for this programme have been rendered by following eminent Carnatic musicians:- Dr. Balamurali Krishna, Sudha Raghunathan, Sowmya, Gayathri Girish, P. Unnikrishnan, Sriram Parthasarathy, Vijayalakshmi Venugopal as also M.S. Subbulakshmi.
The wonderful aspect of this programme is that it carries the voice cut of the great Sage Himself. Sanatana Dharma, Bhakti, Karma, Temple Worship, Vigraha Aradana,Temple Architecture, Currency of Dharma, Advaita, Guru-Acharya concepts, Vedas, Puranas, "The Sage of Kanchi and other faiths" and "the service of His Holiness to Humanity" are the subjects covered in these 13 episodes. Music for these episodes has been composed by T.K. Jayaraman, son of the illustrious Mridanga Vidwan Sangeetha Kalanidhi T.K. Murthy. The producer of this programme is Ramaswamy Sudarsan, Programme Executive of AIR.
The aim of this programme is two fold: projecting the noble ideals, yeoman service and everything sacred that the Sage stood for by His Precept and Practice and incidentally highlighting the architectural marvel in Orirukkai, silently springing up in Honour the Centenarian Sage. Please stay tuned to any of the following stations of all India Radio, every Saturday (8.30 a.m. to 9.00 a.m.) from May 13 to August 5, 2006. Chennai, Coimbatore, Tiruchi, Madurai, Tirunelveli, Pondicherry Tuticorin, Karaikal, Ooty and Nagercoil.
December 2005 - A RARE YEGNA !
Sangamam of Chisel - Hammer rhythm and melody of Veda chanting for the welfare of entire humanity
Sri Kanchi Maha Periyaval Mani Mantapam Project in Orirukkai Village near Kanchipuram is nearing the final stages of its first phase and with the Divine Grace of Sri Kanchi Maha Periyaval the Kumbhabhishekam of the Garbhagraham is planned towards the early part of the year 2007; centenary year of the Peetarohanam of our Sri Maha Periyaval.
At the request of Sri S.M. Ganapathy Sthapathi, Sri Kanchi Maha Periyaval had blessed the continuous chanting of Vedas when Sri Sthapathi was entrusted with the sculpting of Sahasra Lingam for the Allahabad Triveni temple in 1970s. That humble devotee Sri Pradosham Mama, whose dream project is this Mani Mantapam for Sri Maha Periyaval genuinely yearned to have continuous chanting of Vedas during sculpting of Sri Maha Periyaval Mani Mantapam. With the Divine Grace of Sri Maha Periyaval we are planning for the unbroken chanting of Vedas commencing from 28th December 2005 till the auspicious day of Kumbhabhishekam (approximately 350 - 400 days) - Incidentally 28.12.2005 is a rare triple combination of HIS Aradhana, Anusham Nakshatram & the Holy Pradosham.
The details are as under:
June 13 2004 - Pezha Sthapanam and Vachakkal Muhurtham at Manimantapam site
"Pezhastapanam" (pezha is petti-box) was performed in Orirukkai on June 13, strictly in accordance with the rules detailed in Agama Sastras, for the Paduka Mantapam. Even though given a very short notice, Pujyasri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal made it to the spot an hour ahead of schedule from Madras and guided in the ceremonies to be performed. A fine silver box with 25 inner rectangular silver 'dubbas', with Navaratnams, Dhanyams, Pratimas in gold of elephant, rishbha, soolam etc,etc was 'downed' in the Easaanya dik of the Paduka Mantapam by His Holiness to the accompaniment of Nadaswaram, Vedic chants and Thevaram by an Oduvar at the appointed Muhurtam and then the established ceremonies in respect of the four Pillars constituting the Vachakkal of the Mantapam were also performed by His Holiness with cheerful enthusiasm. The Stapatiyar was duly honoured on the occasion by His Holiness. The Stapatiyar says this ceremony ensures the Sannidhyam of the deity of the Moolastanam - i.e. our Mahaswami.
June 2 2004 - Kanchi Mahaswami's 111th Jayanthi
The 111th Jayanthi of MahaPeriyava-Vaikasi Anusham-falling on June2,2004 will be celebrated in Orirukkai in the site of the Satabdhi Mani Mantapam with Ganapati Homam,Ayushya Homam,Avahanti Homam and Sri Sooktha Homam by Vedic Pandits under the direct,personal guidance of Brahmasri T.S.Krishnamurthy Sastrigal(of Thethiyur).Sri Krishna Yajur Veda Jata Parayanam by six Vedic Pandits will be held on this sacred site from June2,'04 for over 15days to mark the 111th Jayanthi celebrations of Maha Periyava.All are welcome.
May 2004 - His Holiness Sri Jayendra Saraswati Swami's Initiative
To speed up the progress of the project and to ensure
that the Kumbhabhishekam of the Paduka Mantapam is
performed by 2007, the centenary year of MahaPeriyava
ascending the Peetam, Their Holiness Sri Jayendra Saraswati and
Sri Vijayendra Saraswai Swamigal have decided to
involve the Mutt actively in the SSSMM Trust.
HH Sri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal visited the project site in Orirukkai on May 15 2004 to see for Himself the progress made so far and discussed details with Padmashri SM Ganapathy Stapatiyar.
October 5 2003 - Benefit Recitals in the USA
By the infinite Grace of the Centenarian Sage of Kanchi and with the spontaneous and cheerful cooperation of the volunteers of the Kanchi Kamakoti Seva Foundation and the Sankara Academy of Music and Arts (SAMA), Maryland, USA, the benefit recital by Violin Chakravarti, PadmaBhushan Dr L. Subramaniam in aid of the Manimantapam project, went as scheduled in the University of Maryland Auditorium at College Park on the evening of Vijaya Dasami day. Supported by Mahesh Krishnamoorthy on Mridangam, and S. Ganesh Kumar on Kanjira, with a brief but lively spell of Konnakkol thrown in between by Sri T.H. Subash Chandran (Ghatam), the Violin Maestro held the entire discerning audience spellbound for nearly three hours. His deep devotion to the Sage of Kanchi and his unqualified dedication to the sacred cause of Mahaswami's Satabdhi Manimantapam in Orirukkai were evident throughout his star performance.
Sri. Venkat Gopalan, Treasurer, KKSF, Maryland Chapter, welcomed the gathering and Prof. D. Sundararaman introduced the artistes. Dr. R.Chandramouli, Dr.Prasad Sarma and Prof.D.Sundararaman rendered the prayer. Sri K. Vedamurthy, Trustee, SSSMM Trust, talked about the Manimantapam project and said that even a single dollar contribution from every devotee was invaluable, stressing that sincere prayers for the completion of the project was more important. Sri S.K.Singh, Sri Chandramouli, Sri Prasad Sarma, Sri R.S.Venkatachalam and Sri Rama Rau honoured the artistes and Sri Vedamurthy on the occasion.
On the same day, a benefit recital 'Samarpanam' in aid of the Manimantapam project, by light music group Surabhee was organised by devotees led by Sri. Ashok Subramaniam in San Jose, California.
September 12 2003 - Kumbabishekham of Orirukkai Pillayar temple
Lord Vigneshwara, Pillayar in Tamil, for children and adults alike, is the first of the Hindu Pantheon of Gods about whom Kanchi Mahaswami has discoursed most interestingly, running to several pages in Vol 1 of Deivathin Kural.
Orirukkai Pillayar, is a deity for whom Kanchi Mahaswami never missed to break coconuts whenever He went by that small temple. Residents of the village, Stapatis working for the Manimantapam, and the SSSMM Trust jointly built a bigger and beautiful temple just a few yards behind the original place - Padmashri S. M. Ganapathy Stapati did it - you will have darshan of the famous Shodasha Ganapathy - His 16 images when you go around this new temple situated at the entry of the Satabdhi Manimantapam on its North. The auspicious Kumbabishekam of this temple was performed in a fitting manner on the early morning of Friday the 12th of Sept, 2003 in the august presence of His Holiness Sri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal before a large gathering of devotees.
His Holiness chose on this occasion to bless Sri K. R. Athmanathan, SSSMM Trust, with a garland. Then the revered Swamigal went around the Manimantapam site in the company of Sri S.M. Ganapathy Stapati and spent quite some time near the mammoth foundation work that has been completed for the Paduka Mantapam and blessed the Stapatis and the devotees gathered there. The Trustees pray, Sankara Vinayaka - that is the new name given to this old Orirukkai Pillayar - bless with requisite funds to consecrate the Paduka Mantapam.
August 16 2003 - Violin Maestro Dr L.Subramaniam's benefit concert
Dr. L. Subramaniam, India's violinist, "The Paganini of Indian Classical music", "The God of Indian Violin" is the serenity of an Indian musician combined with the magnetism of a western "star". Constantly propelled from Singapore to Paris, from Delhi to Los Angeles, he has conquered every audience with the elegance and virtuosity of his style. His career as a childhood prodigy brought him into contact with the greatest musicians and he soon imposed himself as a master of the violin. At a very young age, he was honoured with the title "Violin Chakravarthy" (emperor of the violin).
Dr. L. Subramaniam has graciously consented to give benefit concerts in the USA in aid of the Kanchi Mahaswami Manimantapam project. On October 5, 2003 he will be performing at the University of Maryland - Performing Arts Centre. Click here for further details of the concert. To read more on Dr. L. Subramaniam, please visit www.indianviolin.com
June 28 2003 - Madhuram Madhuram - His Holiness Sri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal's appeal
His Holiness Pujya Sri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam blessed the Sankara
Nethralaya in Nungambakkam, Chennai with a visit on June 28, 2003 to preside over their
celebrations of the 110th Jayanthi of Pujya Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Swamigal.
Dr. S.S. Badrinath, Director, Sankara Nethralaya, visited the Manimantapam construction site in April 2003, and was inspired to write in the Visitor Book - " Immense peace and happiness prevailing here due to absolute dedication of the Artisans indicates just one thing - The Guiding Spirit of the Maha Swami is the one which is providing the utmost dedication and devotion prevailing among those involved in the Project. We are fortunate to have seen the beginning of ' a thing of beauty and eternal grace of the future' "
Jan 15 2003 - Surprise Visit of His Holiness Sri Vijayendra Saraswati Swamigal
His Holiness Sri Sri Sri Vijayendra Saraswati Swamigal made a surprise visit early in the morning on Makara Sankaranti to the Manimantapam Construction site in Orirukkai accompanied by only a devotee from Orirukkai. Since it was Pongal day, the Stapathis were away and none of the Trustees were available, but His Holiness went around the entire site on His own and was happy with the progress of the project since His last visit.
30 Dec 2002 - Ninth Aaradhanai of Kanchi Mahaswami
For the trustees, the year 2002 had a happy ending in Orirukkai village. On the 30th Dec Aradhana for Maha Periyava was performed with four Agnihotris taking part in it. Early in the morning the Trustees prayed at the Brindavan for the success of the event and the pooja bell from the Chandramouleeswara pooja was heard which was a good omen. On 31st Dec (which happened to be Anusham - the birth star of the Mahaswami), Ganapathy Homam, Rudra Trisathi Homam, Sri Suktha Homam, Sudarsana Homam, Navagraha Homam etc. were performed and the whole atmosphere was quite serene and charged with divinity. The next day morning the Trust received a cheque for Rs.50000/- from a lady devotee of our Maha Periyava from Chennai and so there was a welcome beginning to the year 2003 too.
3rd September 2002
Former President R. Venkataraman presided over the public meeting on the occasion of T. Sadasivam's 101st birthday at the Venkata Auditorium, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in Mylapore, Chennai, to pay homage to Sadasivam and recall his kindness, benevolence and affection. On this occasion, friends and admirers of T. Sadasivam, collected an amount of Rs 23 Lakhs and presented it to the SSSMM trust for the Manimantapam project. During his last years, T. Sadasivam was deeply involved in this project to build a Satabdhi Manimantapam in honour of Maha Periyava.
12th August 2002The Bhoomi Pooja for installing the Padhuka Mandapam, which will contain the Sacred Sandals of Sri Sri Sri Maha Periyava was completed. The various pillars and sculptures which will decorate the Padhuka Mandapam have already been constructed and will be installed at the designated site soon.
9 June 1997Work at the site in Orirukkai commenced presence of Smt.M.S.Subbulakshmi and Sri.T.Sadasivam of "Kalki", with the Auspicious Ceremony "Sankusthapanam ", performed according to the agama Sastras.
1989Sri Sri Sri Mahalakshmi Mathrubutheswarar Trust (SSSMM Trust) is formed with seven Trustees who will be responsible for the construction of the Manimantapam to commomerate Kanchi Mahaswami's Hundred Years of Spiritual Guidance.