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Mahaan Sri Subramania Sastrigal Yatheendraal

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Mahaan's Life is full of Glittering Events that everyone of us should know and learn !

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Sparkles in the Mahaan's Life

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Sri Paramachariar

"Encyclopedia of Knowledge"

Sri Paramachariar’s Close Association with Sri Subramania Sastrigal

 Siddhamalli Subramania Sastrigal who  later became to be known as Sri Subramania Yatheendraal, was born in April1868 at Siddhamalli. His father was Sri Kothandarama Iyer, who owned 35 Velis of wet land and dry lands. Their ancestors were brought up from Kerala in 16th Century.  Sri Subramania Sastrigal's Guruparampara is from Sri Abhirama Bhattar. Born in Koundinya Gothram, Sastrigal lost his father at the age of 10 and started his vedic education in sastras etc from Brammasri Mannargudy Raju Sastrigal, the Authority on Vedas, who was also awarded with Mahamahopadya Award by then British Government.

 Sri Subramania Sastrigal became the disciple of Kanchi Maha Periavaa and was included as teacher to teach Yajur Veda to Sri Kanchi Periavaa in the year 1911 at Mahendramangalam. From that day onwards he was closely associated with Kamakoti Mutt and became a Scholar.  He was with the Maha Periava for almost a year, spending his money for the development of the Mutt. Mahaswami of Kanchi Mutt deputed Sri Subramania Sastrigal to Benares(Kasi) to attend the Vidwad Sadas organised by the Kasi Maharaja. Sastrigal went to Kasi and partricipated in the Sadas.He was awarded Medals and Shawls and Gold coins by the King of Kasi.A grand reception was accorded on behalf of the Mutt at Madras Central. Sastrigal put all the awards at the Lotus Feet of Mahaperiavaa and got His Blessings.

In the Pujya Sri Mahaswami Divya Charitram in the chapter.."Yatra to Kumbakonam for Mahamagam during the "Navarathri at Tanjore... Peetam established by Sri Adi Sankara was born into this world, it is said in this Charitram that ..

Sri Paramachaariar, accepting the invitatiion of Landlord "KUNNIYUR SAMBASIVA IYER", His Holiness stayed in Kunniyur for some time.  Then he travelled around "Siddhamali", Alangadu, Pattukottai, Aranthangi and came to Avudayar Koil in July 1922.  During this time, Mirasdar(landlord)from SIDDHAMALI---SUBRAMANIA IYER(Sastrigal), stayed with Swamigal and served the mutt. 

Such is the fame attached to this beautiful village called "Siddhamalli" and Shri Subramania Sastrigal, on whom this article is written about. His internal life was so intense, holy and great  that it is no surprise that Shri Maha Periavaa Paramachariar used to call him as "Library"or "Encyclopedia of Knowledge". 

During the pre-independence during the late 19th and early 20th century, the Sanskrit Scholars were honoured with the title "MahaMahopadyaya".  Mannargudi Thyagaraja Makhin alais "Shri Raju Sastrigal" was the first person to receive the title.  Later, a doyen among Tamil Scholars and pioneer in editing Tamil Classics from manuscripts also acheived the title. 

The title "Vedabhasyaratnam" was offered to the scholars who qualified in the dharmasastras by the Kanchi Kamakotti Pitam.  This is a sanskrit monastry, which fosters Vedic and Sastriac studies.  The title " Sastraratnakaram" was allotted to the person having  an exceptionally good qualification.  Few  of the names are mentioned here, who were honoured with this title, The persons are Tiruvisanallur Venkatasubba Sastrigal, K. Balasubramania Sastrigal and Thiruvaiyaru Balakrishna Sastrigal.  The Vedantic Scholars were entitled with "Atmavidyabhusanam" and Injikollai Jagadisvara Sastrigal and Varahur Annasami Sastrigal got this title.  The best promoter of Vendanta used to get the title "Bhasyabhavajna" and the proud achiever of this title were Varahur Venkatarama Sastrigal and Varahur Kalyanasundara Sastrigal.  The title "Panditaraja" was given to the person who regularly attends the "Sadas" organised by the Maharaja of Cochin and who gets recognised by one and all as great scholars.  It should be mentioned here that  our "Shri Subramania Sastrigal" and one Balasubramania Sastrigal were the proud owners of this great title. What an achievement indeed for their scholarly knowledge!

Again, Sri Subramania Sastrigal's close association with the Maha Periavaa can be recounted once too oftern...It is said that in one incident in 1929, when Sri Maha Periavaa of Kanchi was camping at Madras, HH used to give Lectures. By his side Subramania Sastrigal(Yatheendraal) was standing. Immediately Periyavaa asked Sastrigal to continue the UPANYASAM and went inside for Japas. Subramania Sastrigal then started at length, giving Lectures on behalf of Periavaa!! All the devotees were happy. After 45 minutes, Mahaperiavaa came to the Dais and it was to the surprise of all the people gathered there that His Holiness was also listening to the SPEECH given by Subramania Sastrigal. Then Maha Periyavaa started Upanyasam!! This is the Gift given by MAHA PERIVAA to our YATHEENDRAAL OF SIDDHAMALLI

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SAMADEESWARAR OF SIDDHAMALLI

SIDDHAMALLI ADAINTHAR CHITHAM THELINTHAAR! SHASTIYIL DARISANAM SARVA PAPA NASANAM!

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Adishtanam of Siddhamalli Periyavaa