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Avadhuta Parampara

A lineage of Sadhgurus dedicated to showing the path of Moksha

Gurus at Pudukottai Sri Bhuvaneshwari Amman temple are "Avadhutas", which means that they are beyond worldly affairs and teach people about their realisation of the true nature of the ultimate reality (Brahman) and self (Ātman) and utilizes their role as a Guru to show the path of moksha to others. 

Sri Sri Sri Judge Swamigal

Sri Sadashiva Brahmendra Saraswathy Avadhuta Swamigal, popularly referred to as Judge Swamigal was a great sanyasi hailing from the proud lineage of the avadhuta saints, who is a descendant of Lord Dattatreya. Having served as a Judge and disillusioned with the practice of meting out Justice merely on the basis of witness and circumstances, he renounced the worldly life and sought a Guru for a meaningful spiritual life. Sri Ramakrishna Swamiji of Kalahasti initiated him into the sanyasa and Judge Swamigal later became an Avadutha. He was committed to helping people on their journey to discovering their true selves and developing a deeper connection with Sri Bhuvenshwari Ambal. His preachings through meditation and mindfulness, helped people achieve a sense of inner peace and a closer connection with the divine. Many followers of Sri Judge Swamigal’s had the blessings of his benevolence and grace. Sri Swayampakasa Swamigal was one of his prominent disciples.

Sri Sri Sri Swayamprakasha Mahaswamigal

Sri Swayamprakasha Mahaswamigal’s purvashrama name was ‘Krishnamurthy’. Having worked in a Government department and being apathetic on the compulsion of marriage proposal, Swamigal briefly left to Kashi to become a ‘Sanyasi’. Krishnamurthy had to return back within a year due to his parents urge. However, his determination and vairagya yielded his mother’s permission of becoming a ‘Sanyasi’. Soon Krishnamurthy found his Guru in the form of ‘Judge Swamigal’ and got his sanyasa deeksha from him. Thereafter he became ‘Sri Swayam Prakasha Avadootha Swamigal’. Being in a complete trance of ‘Brahma Gnana’, Swamigal had performed many miracles around Senthamangalam. While on his spiritual journey to various shrines and at Badrinaryanam, Lord Dattatreya appeared in his dream and asked him to build a temple in Southern India, which became a reality at a hillock called ‘Dattagiri’ near Senthamangalam. MahaSwami followed the ‘Nivritti’ marga of Advaita Philosophy and was a spiritual guide to large number of his disciples. Many men, women and children during his times have been the recipients of his benediction and his grace even today continues to be a source of inspiration and guidance to many.


Sri Sri Sri Shantananda Mahaswamigal

Pujyashri Santhananda Saraswathi Swamigal was born as Subrahmanyam in Azhagapuri village, Madurai. He was the founder of the Bhuvaneswari Peetam in Pudukkottai, Tamil Nadu, India. In his early life, Subrahmanyam was drawn towards the Gandhian movement for Independence of India. He concentrated his activities on village uplift and amelioration of the lot of the poor. After being imprisoned in Alipore jail for his active involvement in Independence movement, he studied the teachings of Sri Ramkrishna and Swami Vivekananda. On his release, he went to Madurai and met Mayandi Yogi who initiated him in the Bhuvaneshwari Mantra. He was also advised to remain silent, to subsist on alms, and also not to stay at a place for long. While travelling in the Girnar Hill, Gujarat, Subrahmanyam heard a voice commanding him to go to Senthamangalam, where a Guru was waiting for him. He reached Sendamangalam and had the Darshan of Swami Swayamprakasha Swamigal. At once he realized that the Avadhuta he saw in a vision at Tirunelveli was none other than Swamiji and requested that he be accepted as a disciple. Swamiji gave his consent. He admitted Subrahmanyam to the Avadhuta order and gave him a new name ‘Santhananda’. On the advice of Swayamprakasha swamigal, Santhananda Swamigal undertook the renovation of the Samadhi of Judge Swamigal at Pudukkottai. This Samadhi was established by Swayamprakasa Swamigal in 1936. Santhananda renovated the Samadhi and a Kumbabhishekam was conducted in 1956. This is now known as Bhuvaneswari Avadootha Vidya Peetam.  The very embodiment of Prema, Sri Sri Swami Santhananda was the fountainhead of Hindu Dharma and Vedic principles.  His teachings focused on the importance of inner peace, meditation, and mindfulness. His delivered his messages about kindness to thousands of individuals from all over the world. Swamiji was also the author of many spiritual and advaita philosophies apart from his famous ‘Skandha Guru Kavacham’. Santhananda Swamiji had also established the famous ‘Skandashram’ at Skandagiri, Salem and ‘Om Sree Skandashram’ at Rajakilpakkam, Chennai.


Pujyashri Omkarananda Mahaswamigal was born in a Vaidika family Deeply rooted in tradition and culture, he adopted the Vedic lifestyle from an early age. An erudite scholar par excellence, he was a Ghanapati in his Purvashrama, well versed in both the Veda Purva Bhaga and Vedanta Shastra. His eloquence and mastery, both in Tamil and Sanskrit Scriptures, and his unassuming simplicity and compassionate approach touched the heart of thousands of devotees all around the world and also earned accolades and words of praise, from learned Pandits across the country. Swamiji took Sannyasa Diksha from Pujyashri Swami Chidbhavananda, the founder of the Sri Ramakrishna Tapovanam, Thirupparaithurai and studied Vedanta under Pujyashri Swami Paramarthananda, one of the foremost disciples of Pujyashri Swami Dayananda Saraswati, under whom he studied in depth the various Vedantic scriptures, in a traditional manner. Through his eloquent discourses, Pujyashri Swamiji drives home the deep insights, of the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads, in such a simple manner, that a common person can comprehend them, with ease. He expounds the essence of some of the sacred texts in Tamil, such as Thevaram, Thiruvachakam, Thirumandiram, Thayumanavar’s hymns, Bharatiyar’s songs and Thirukkural, in particular. All this made Pujyasri Swamiji an integral part of several thousands of families as their Mata, Pita and Guru. Swamiji after being appointed the peetathipathi of ‘Buvaneshwari Avathutha Vidya Peetham’; at Pudukkottai had conducted many yagam and rituals for spreading happiness and peace across the world. It was his sankalpam to construct a new temple for Matha Sri Bhuvaneshwari at ‘Judge Swamigal Adhistanam’ at Pudukkottai. Pujyasri Swamiji's Adhishtanam is consecrated in the Swami Chidbhavananda Ashram established by him in Vedapuri, Theni, Tamilnadu.


Sri Sri Sri Omkarananda Mahaswamigal

Sri Sri Sri Pranavananda Mahaswamigal, was born with the name, Shri Yajna Subramanian, to the divine couple VipraShri Nagarathna Dikshithar and MathuShri Sundara Kanchana. Shri Paramacharya of Kanchi Kamakoti peetham ordained that the five year old child be brought to him after conducting the Upanayanam ceremony. However, the circumstances underwent a change. : Shri Yajna Subramanian learnt Vedas for a while from his father Shri Nagarathna Dikshithar. Further, he was bestowed upon with Shri-Vidya Deeksha. From then onwards he has been consistently doing Shri Devi upasana. From the year 1980 till 1987 , Shri Yajna Subramanian comprehensively learnt Krishna Yajur Veda from Mettur Shri Rajagopala Ghanapathi. At the age of 18, on 17-11-1988 the young Yajna Subramanian took sanyasa deeksha as Sri Pranavananda Saraswati Avadhuta Swamiji. Sri Sri Sri Pranavananda Mahaswamigal is the current peedathipathi of ‘Buvaneshwari Avathutha Vidya Peetham’; at Pudukkottai, and those who seek his Darshan can visit him at the Pudukkottai Sri Bhuvaneshwari Amman Peetham, where he supervises many services, including the construction of the new Bhuvanehswari Peetham.

Sri Sri Sri Pranavananda Mahaswamigal

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