Sri Gayathri Devi

Sri Gayathri Devi

Mother of Vedas - GAYATRI DEVI

When Sri Gayatri , with the Maha Meru (Sri Chakra), was to be consecrated, Swamigal wondered where She ought to be taken on Her first visit. Incidentally, a doctor from the Apollo Hospitals called to invite Swamigal for his birthday celebrations at the Mookambikai temple in Kollur, Karnataka. Sri Gayatri's prime pilgrim centre is Mookambikai.

Considering the doctor's call a divine message, Swamigal accepted his invitation. At that time, he had just bought an Innova car, which he would use for the karikolam, to transport the idols to be consecrated.

A couple of days before the day of the travel, the rear seats were removed to check the accommodation of the deity in the space. However, once She was placed inside, they could not remove Her! The Swamigal said She was like an obstinate, yet beloved child refusing to get off , and seemed ready to travel. Not wanting to leave Her in a vehicle all night, Swamigal was forced to travel the same night. It was the month of Karthigai, when the Lord of Fire is venerated by lighting lamps all through the month.

Halfway through their journey, the doctor called to say that his birthday celebration had been cancelled. Having begun the journey, Swamigal decided to anyway proceed to Kollur. About 50 kms. before Bangalore, a name board "Siva Ganga Peedam" caught his attention. He stopped the vehicle, alighted and found a pumpkin-seller with just 5 pumpkins left for sale. Swamigal bought all of them and enquired about the name board. The pumpkin seller offered to show him the location of the peedam. They went to the Siva Ganga peedam and Swamigal was astounded to find that it was indeed a Sharada peedam. The first homam for the Danvantri idol had been performed at a Sharada peedam in Pondicherry in 2005! Was this a coincidence – or was it a play of cosmic forces?

Swamigal now began to worry about the karikolam. 'By Her own wish, Sri Gayatri managed to come to Lord Siva here, but how am I going to get the karikolam done in this lonely place at this late hour?' However, he lit the traditional Karthigai lamps and performed the aarthi.

Soon after the aarthi, a line of cars drove in, attracted by the Karthigai lights in the vehicle and the magnificence of the Gayatri idol. Each person in the visiting cars generously donated Rs. 1000/-. Verily it was divine grace chalking this programme all the way through. Swamigal then proceeded to the Sri Ramachandra Math near Gokarna. He waited there for three hours before the pontiff gave him an audience and welcomed Sri Gayatri with the poornakhumbam. During this unexpected wait, Swamigal received the message that Sri Gayatri was enchanted by the recitation of the Vedas at the nearby Vedapatashala. He also received another message that he must perform a Samashti upanayanam at his peedam and the abhishekam to Sri Gayatri for that day must be performed by one of the boys who had received the initiation.

After meeting the pontiff , it was too late to travel back, and Swamigal had to stay at the Mutt . He learned the following day that there had been an accident on the route he was to have travelled! The delay was indeed providential!

Lord Rama's footsteps are found here, and He is known to have performed the Gayatri pooja and the navaavarna pooja at this very spot. The navaavarna pooja is a complex pooja performed to propitiate the powers of the Sri Chakra.

Swamigal was delighted to find that both the Sri Gayatri idol and the Sri Chakra herein were identical to the ones he had brought with him. Any wonder then that Sri Gayatri and the Sri Chakra directed him here!?

Proceeding to the Mookambika temple, he reached there after 9 p.m., yet he was able to get darshan of Sri Saraswati not just once but five times.


When Sri Gayatri returned to Walajapet after karikolam and was awaiting installation, a couple invited Swamigal to their son's upanayanam, which was meant to be held elsewhere. He requested them to place their invitation at the lotus feet of Sri Gayatri. When he read the invitation, he realised that the upanayanam was on the same day as the consecration of Sri Gayatri. He then invited the child to perform the abishekam for Sri Gayatri after he was initiated at the upanayanam. Since then, every year, on the Gayatri installation day or on one day during that month, he conducts a samashti upanayanam, and one of the newly initiated boys conducts the abhishekam for Sri Gayatri on that day.

At the Sri Ramachandra Mutt, Swamigal had witnessed the modhaka abhishekam. That inspired him to invite 108 brahmins from Gokarna to Walajapet to perform the athirudra homam.

An important message that he wishes to acknowledge is that those who cannot learn the Vedas can learn the Gayatri mantra and they will get the blessings as having read the Vedas itself. Vedas are not only for Brahmins: every Hindu is entitled to study the Vedas. An analogy he gives is related to a library. Can it be dictated that only the librarian can read the books there?

When Swamigal narrates this story, his palpable awe, the immediacy and his wonder at how things finally culminated shine through, close to six years after the event.

Sri Gayathri Devi (8.00a.m to 10.00a.m)

List of Seva
Per Day
Homa Seva(10.00a.m-1.00p.m)
Abisheka Seva
Vasthira Seva
Flower Seva
Neivedhyam Seva
Pooja - Doopa - Deepa Seva

  1. Sri Athri Magarishi Paadam
  2. Sri Nava Kannigaigal
  3. Sri Anushya Devi (Aththi Tree)
  4. Sri Sridi Surya Baba
  5. Sri Medha Dakshinamoorthy
  6. Sri Vallalar (Ramalinga Adigalar)
  7. Naga Kanni
  8. Parents Temple
  9. Sri Kuzhandhai Ananda Maha Swamigal
  10. Sri Seshadri Swamigal
  11. Sri Suriya-Chandran
  12. Sri Bala Murugan
  13. Sri Lord Buddha
  14. Sri Mahan Gurunanak
  15. Sri Ramana Maharishi
  16. Sri Veera Brahmam Garu
  17. Sri Mahaveer
  18. Vana devatha
  19. Sri Paal Muneeswarar
  20. Sri Golden Shridi Sai Baba
  21. Sri Kanchi Maha Periyavar
  22. Sri Ragavendrar
  23. Sri Sthala Virutcham - Punnai Tree
  24. Baba Dhuni
  25. Tulasi Maadam(Brindhavanam)
  26. Sri Vinayagar danvantri
  27. Sri Danvantri vinayagar
  28. Sri Kaala Chakram
  29. Peedam Flag
  30. Sri Mahishasuramardhini - (8 Feet)
  31. Jana akarshana yantra peedam
  32. Pancha Deepam
  33. Sri Vasavi Kannika Parameswari
  34. Sri Karthaveeryarjunar
  35. Sri Ashta Naaga Garudan
  36. Sri Paadha Asthi Mandapam
  37. Sri Danvantri Perumal- (8 Feet)
  38. Sri Sudarsana Azhwar
  39. Sri Bala Ranganathar
  40. Sri Pattabhisheka Ramar - (7 Feet)
  41. Goddess Gajalakshmi
  42. Sri Arogya Lakshmi
  43. Dhana akarshana yantra peedam
  44. Sri Sathya Narayana Perumal
  45. Sri Lakshmi Narasimhar
  46. Sri Kurma Perumal
  47. Sri Vani Saraswathi
  48. 468 Siddhars - (form of siva Lingams)
  49. Swarna Annapoorani
  50. Sri Karthikai Kumaran
  51. Karthigai Pengal
  52. Sri Gayathri Devi
  53. Sri Maha Meru
  54. Sri Lakshmi Hyagrivar
  55. Sri Vedanta Desikar
  56. Sri Dattatreya
  57. Sri Manikandan/Sri Iyyappan
  58. Sri Raghu-Kethu
  59. Lakshmi Kuberar
  60. Swarna Akarshana Bhairavar/Sorna kala Bairavar
  61. Sri Maragadheswarar
  62. Sri Maragadhambikai
  63. Ashta bhairavar
  64. Ashta Kaala Bairavar
  65. Sri Vasthu Bhagavan
  66. Ashtadik paalakar
  67. Pancha Bhoothangal
  68. Shri Avtar Baba
  69. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsar
  70. Sri Agasthiyar
  71. Sri kalyana srinivasar
  72. Sri kamadhenu
  73. Sri Sanjeevi Anjaneyar 9 Feet
  74. Navagraha anjaneyar
  75. Sri Chendhura Anjaneyar
  76. Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi
  77. Sri Bharath Matha
  78. Athi Tree (Anjeer) (Anushya Devi)
  79. Sri Muralidhara Swamigal Parents Temple
  80. Sri Soorya Chandran
  81. Sri Buddha Piran
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