27th May 2018.
The Thiruppugah Ashram is on the Valli malai about 1 KM from Sri Murugan Temple. While descending on the Jain’s cave route few meter from the temple, the path splits in to two of which one leads towards Ashram. The Ashram was founded by Sri Sachidananda Swamigal. The Ashram complex consists of Sri Pongi amman Sannadhi with a boulder, Thiruppugazh Swamigal’s Statue with a mandapam, Sri-la-Sri Thiruppugazh Swamigal’s jeevasamadhi cave, Ganesha giri with two Vinayagars, Kumaritheertham aka ‘Suryan kaana Sunai”, Saravana Poigai, Thirumalgireeswarar sannadhi and the place where Sri Valli had taken bath after applying turmeric paste.
The centre Mandapam with Sri-la-Sri Sachidananda Swamigal statue was constructed during 1952, through public fund, after he attained Samadhi in the year 1950. The Statue was unveiled on the on 12th gurupooja day. Devotees regularly reciting the thiruppugazh in the cave jeeva Samadhi of Sri-la-Sri Sachidananda Swamigal. The brief history of Sri-la-Sri Sachidananda Swamigal is as follows..
Swamiji as Ardhanari was born to Chidambaram and Lakshmi in the year 1870 at Bhavani in Erode Dist. He married twice, wives and children passed away. Like this he faced lot of sad accidents in his life. He travelled to places all over India. Even though he didn’t got the formal education, learned to read and write, especially the Thiruppugazh composed by Arunagirinathar. Finally he came to Ramanashram at Thiruvannamalai and got spiritual enlightenment through Sri Ramana maharishi. Sri Shesadri Swamigal directed him to go to Vallai Malai. While he was in the Hill a small girl sang ‘veera nokkiyam’ a verse from Thiruppugazh and Swamigal was very happy to hear that and she disappeared after. Swamigal named her as “Pongi” amman also called as Sri Valli and constructed small shrine with her statue. He almost spend 38 years in the hill and attained jeevasamadhi in the year 1950. He used to say ‘the truth you are seeking is already within you”.
Thirumalgireeswarar sannadhi on the hill top
The entrance to the cave
Thiruppugazh Swamigal’s Statue with a mandapam,
jeeva Samadhi of Sri-la-Sri Sachidananda Swamigal
Ganeshagiri ( the hill looks like elephant faced God Ganesha )
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