: ➤ Bhagavathi Siddhar Peetam


Sai Baba, Lord Vittal, Vishwamitrar and Sohusu Ganesha, Sri Maha Meru, Sadguru Gnananandar and Sri Kakasseri

Sai Baba

Once, a devotee brought a Shirdi Sai Baba idol made of marble to Swami and requested him to install the idol in the peetam. In contrast to Shirdi, where the sacred fire is always kept burning, here in the peetam the Baba idol was placed on top of the peetam's Ganges (water pump) just behind alongside Lord Nagaraja as per the divine order of Devi. By placing a cloth, putting a garland of Tulsi leaves on Baba and praying sincerely to Him, the faithful suffering from any infectious disease can be cured completely. All they need to do is eat a few tulsi leaves from the garland and drink the peetam wafer from the tap near Baba.

Lord Vittal

Adjacent to Baba's idol, an idol of Vittal is present. As per Swami, it represents Haridas who was a dose disciple of Sadguru Gnananandar. Once Swami had gone to Tiruchi at the invitation of a devotee Mr. Senthil. Mr. Senthil's father and his friend wanted to build a small temple for Lord Vithoba and Goddess Rukmai. His friend died all of a sudden before the completion of the temple. The idol which was to be installed had a crack and it was slightly damaged. So, another idol was ordered and installed as per the desire of his late friend. Swami had taken an idol of Lord Krishna along with him when he went there. After hearing Senthil's father's words, Swami asked him to keep the idol of Lord Krishna on the samadhi of his friend and asked him to give the slightly damaged idol of Vittal to him. He took that along with him and proceeded to Thirukkadaiyur. It was at this place that Haridas had been initiated and had become a Sanyasi many years ago when Gnananandar was alive. Later, Haridas was washed away by the Ganges and died. When the idol of Vithoba came to the peetam, Swami kept the sukshma sareeram (soul form) of Haridas in the idol which was installed near Saibaba as per the divine wish of Gnananandar.

Vishwamitrar and Sohusu Ganesha

Next to Vithoba's idol, a stone idol of Ganesha in a reclining posture (Sohusu Ganesha) was placed on top of the other water pump. On 2nd October 2002, Swami installed his own idol (known as Vishwamitra) in the place where earlier the idol of Ganesha in the reclining posture was there. On that day, starting from 7 am, siddhar Gayathri japam was chanted by devotees. The Ganesha stone idol was kept in the Padmavathi sannadhi. Later, since the idol of Padmavathi was in metal, he got a divine order from Gnanananda to place a metal idol of Ganesha in sleeping pose in its place. He had received divine instructions that the idol was in the trunk of the car. The metal idol was found and installed in the Padmavathi sannadhi on 8th November, 2002.

Sri Maha Meru

Swami installed a Maha Meru on January 8, 2000, which was about 150 kilos in weight and made up of five metals. This idol also came by itself in the trunk of Swami's car. On all full moon days, the doors of the Maha Meru sannadhi are kept open and abhishekam is done in the mornings with turmeric powder, milk, curd, honey, tender coconut water and sandal paste. A sweet preparation of rice with jaggery is offered as neivedyam and at the end it is distributed to all.

Sadguru Gnananandar and Sri Kakasseri

There is a big hall known as Sidh Jyothir Madam where on the left hand side, there is a rostrum for Kakasseri, wherein a jyothi remains unextinguished Anaiya dheepam. In the middle, there is a big stone idol of Sadguru Gnananandar who is present in sukshma sareeram (soul form). Swami related to his devotees the story behind the wonderful stone idol of Gnananandar. Once, as per the command of Gnananandar, Swami went to the Tirupathi Venkatachalapathi temple by bus from Madras. Enroute, the bus tire went flat and all the passengers were asked to disembark. Swami went to a nearby shop where they were making stone idols of various Gods. His eyes fell on an idol which was partially covered by mud. It was an idol of Gnananandar. He was very curious and asked the owner for details. The owner said that a long time back, a stranger came to him from Tapovanam and requested him to make an idol as per the photograph which he handed over. After that, the man did not turn up for a long time and the owner finally learnt that the man was no more. His sons did not want the idol. Swami expressed his desire to purchase the idol and the owner readily agreed.