Sri Kulandai Ananda Swamigal was a great saint, and he was lived during the 17th century AD. He was considered as the son of Mata Meenakshi, a form of Parvati Devi. He was born in Samayanallur, near Madurai, and his parents were very holy and pious and were the devotees of Meenakshi, and he was born with the blessings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman. As per Meenakshi amman’s instructions, his parents were offered him to meenakshi amman temple.

The divine child was completely taken care of by Mata Meenakshi, and he lived by drinking the milk offered to the goddess for abhishekham. The child remained in the temple by eating the temple prasadam and milk.  Once the child was tested by the great king Tirumala Nayaka at Madurai, and he has asked the child to walk on the water of the holy tank. The child easily walked without any difficulty in the temple tank. By seeing that, the king was astonished and asked the divine child to apologize him.

After few years, Sri Kulandai Ananda Swamigal travelled to Kashi. In Kashi, he worshipped the Kashi Viswanath and Bhairav temples. He was believed to be an avatar of Trilanga Swami, who lived for more than hundred years and died at Kashi.   He meditated at kashi for a few months, and he then travelled to Mount Kaliash, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Nepal and to many other holy places. Throughout his pilgrimage, he was greatly honoured by the kings and the people and worshipped by them. He also met the great saint Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, and discussed with him about the spiritual matters.

He attained Samadhi in Sittalangudi near Madurai, and daily Pujas are being performed. One of the disciples of Swamiji was Mayamma, and her mahasamadhi is located in Salem.  She was also a great yogini similar to his guru, and done many miracles in the life of her devotees, and saved them from many problems in their life.

IMPORTANCE

He has done a lot of wonders in the life of his disciples, and cured their diseases and relived them from their sins, and given them a new life. He also cured the mental illness of his devotees, and invoked them in the spiritual path, and asked them to repeatedly chant the names and mantras of Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati.

He contained great knowledge, wisdom and was well versed in religious texts and vedas through the divine grace of Ma Meenakshi. He also shared his knowledge with his disciples. He has also given lot of lectures about Hinduism and on Mata Meenakshi. People were used to gather in front of him to eagerly listen to his divine lectures. Being the son of divine mother, Meenakshi, he has got the capability to do goodness to us.

Let us worship the great saint and be blessed.

“OM SRI KULANDAI ANANDA SWAMIGALE NAMAHA”

“OM MATA MEENAKSHI DEVIYE NAMAHA”

“OM NAMAH SHIVAYA”

WRITTEN BY

R.HARISHANKAR