Sri Kuzhandhai Ananda Maha Swamigal

Sri Kuzhandhai Ananda Maha Swamigal


Across from Lord Hanuman, at the western end of the herbal garden, is the idol of Kuzhandhai Meenakshi Swamigal or Kuzhandhai Aanandhar.

There is a fascinating story attached to this avadootar.

In Madurai lived a couple who yearned for but had no children. They followed all the suggestions of well-intentioned neighbours, friends, relatives and various astrologers, but to no avail. Finally they went to the Madurai Meenakshi temple. As we said earlier, in India we tend to have conversations with our Gods. We believe we get responses. Goddess Meenakshi queried the couple, "Why are you going all over when I am here, at your doorstep?" The woman begged forgiveness and stated her wish, to which the Goddess replied: "I will give you a child." Thrilled at this, the couple offered the Goddess their first born if they were blessed with more than one child.

In due course, divine-looking twins were born to them. They called them Rama and Lakshmana. To fulfil their promise to Goddess Meenakshi, the parents went to the temple. The pujari, however, refused to take the child, saying this was a temple not an orphanage. The couple then went to the Board of Trustees to plead their case, saying it was a vow they did not want to dishonour. The Board proposed that the baby be left overnight at Goddess Meenakshi's sanctum sanctorum, and if he were alive in the morning, they would accept the baby to be brought up in the temple.

The couple agreed and the baby was left inside the sanctum sanctorum.

The next morning, the pujari opened the doors to find neither the baby nor the Meenakshi idol! There was great panic, and everyone tried to locate the baby and the idol. In the theppa kulam, they saw a child walking on the waters, his hand held out, as if someone were leading the child by the hand, showing him around. A little later, Meenakshi's idol was found elsewhere and restored to the sanctum. Pujas were conducted to reinstall her, and the baby was accepted to be brought up in the temple. This child came to be known as Kuzhandhai Aanandhar.

The child grew up to be an avadootar and people claim to have seen him attain samadhi in four places, one of them being Nepal. The idol here sports a cherubic face, and has Mother Meenakshi carved on his chest.

Meenakshi Kuzhandhai Aanandhar is the guru of the much-revered Seshadri Swamigal.


A visitor to the Peedam narrated the following story: "While we were at the peedam we met a couple of siblings from Chennai whose grandfather, Parasurama Iyer, was a prime disciple of Kuzhandhai Aanandhar. Their mother had narrated to them a family lore, of how Kuzhandhai Aanandhar took on her father's malignant external cyst and attained samadhi three days later. The grandfather survived, disease-free."

Sri Kuzhandhai Ananda Maha Swamigal (8.00a.m to 10.00a.m)

List of Seva
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Homa Seva(10.00a.m-1.00p.m)
Abisheka Seva
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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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