Mahayogi Ayya( 19th century) was born in a village at Kanyakumari, and was very pious and holy at his younger age itself. Due to his spiritual thirst, at his teenage he came to Thiruvannamalai and sat down in a cave and done severe meditation for several years without having proper food and sleep. He was a disciple of Swami Ayya Vaikundar, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, and he followed the footsteps of his guru. Similar to his guru, he also contained great spiritual powers, and healed the diseases of his devotees, and made them to realize their inner soul, and insisted them to do meditation and yoga.
He used to take only a small quantity of food which was offered by his disciples. In course of time, Ayya used have just a cup of milk in a day.
After some time, due to his greatness, he was visited by large number of people at the cave. He used to offer the sacred ash of Lord Shiva, and asked the people to chant the “OM NAMAH SHIVAYA” mantra and asked them to drink it after mixing it with water. By drinking the holy water, people were got relieved from their sins, diseases and mental illness. Gradually his name and fame has spread, and people began coming searching for him from faraway places also.
Ayya was against caste discrimination and equally treated everyone, and showed much affection and love on the people.
Let us worship the great saint and be blessed.
“OM SRI MAHAYOGI AYYA NAMAHA”
“OM SRI AYYA VAIKUNDARE NAMAHA”
“OM NAMAH SHIVAYA”