01. Kanchipuram

Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae


Kanchipuram


Kanchipuram, a small temple-town, 67 kms away from Chennai, TamilNadu, is also known as Thondai Mandalam. The rivers Palar (Payaswini), and South Pennaiar (Dakshina Pinakini), course through the town.

The Kanchi Kshetra (holy abode) is one of the seven Kshetras, which confer spiritual liberation. Kanchipuram is extolled in the puranas (scriptures), as Brahmapuram and Dharmakshetram.

Kanchi, is the abode of Maha Tripura Sundari, Sri Kamakshi Devi (Sri Chakra Raja Devata-Sri Chakra Peetam of Para Shakthi). Sri Ekambaranathar (Lord Shiva) and Sri Varadaraja Perumal (Lord Vishnu) also reside here. Sri Kamakoti Peetam forms the Bindhu Sthana (focal or central point) of Kanchipuram.

The ancient SathGuru Sri Sankara Bhagavad Pada Swami established the tradition of Sri Vidya Upasana, for the welfare of humanity in Kanchipuram. He taught many disciples the secrets of the Sri Vidya, which formed the basis to instil the concept of Advaita in the minds of the people. He laid down certain principles for the worship of Goddess Kamakshi. He gathered around 30 devotees with their families, from the banks of the holy Narmada. They were staunch followers of Manava Oham. They systematically pursued the Kriya Yoga of Sri Kamakshi Devi.

Avathara Purushas, Yogis, Jnanis, and Siddhas (Divine incarnations), flocked to dwell here. Kanchi was a Sathyalokam (the land of Truth), Vaikuntham (Heaven), and Kailasam (Shiva’s abode).


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