18. Swamigal reaches Thiruvannamalai

Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

Sesha Arunachala!


O, Lord! I cannot live away in separation from thee any longer,
I survive only by reciting and singing of thy exploits.
Ye knows the thirst of my soul, the ache of my heart
Therefore come and save me!

From Athwambadi, Swamigal reached Thiruvannamalai and fulfilled his mother’s last wish. One has to remember what Swami’s mother declared before her death: She called Swami close to her and sat up and patting him on his chest repeated thrice the following slokas:

Sathsangathve Nissangathvam,

Nissangathve Nirmohathwam,

Nirmohathve Nicchala thathwam,

Nicchala thathve Jeevan Mukthi”

Darsanath Aprasathace,

Jananaath Kamalalaye,

Kasiyanthu Maranam,

Mukthi Smaranaath Arunachale.”

Swami was thrilled to arrive at the Holy place. Swami was 19 years old then. He left Kanchipuram in the year 1889 and reached Thiruvannamalai (Kanchipuram-Thiruvannamalai 120kms) in the same year. For 40 years till he attained Maha Samadhi in the year 1929, Swami did not leave Thiruvannamalai.


Swami did not have any place of his own to stay, at Thiruvannamalai. He never slept the nights. The residents of the town held him in great respect. Watching his ways, his habits, many realized He was a great saint. The awe and respect for him increased. Scholars, illiterates, the young and the old, men, women and children, and people from all walks of life, regarded Swamigal as a divine incarnation.

Many consider that there are two Lingas in Thiruvannamalai:

One was Lord Arunachala, and the other Avathar Shri Seshadri Swamigal.

Swamigal was an Avathara Purusha with immense powers.

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