Next Sri Swaaym Prakasa Swamigal explained the mission of Santanandaji. He told his disciple:
“You have learnt the Vedas. You excel in the art of meditation. You have travelled widely and are experienced. I wish to engage you in a special work. You take charge of the Pudukkottai Adhishtanam of Judge Swamiji, my Guru. Maintain it and make it a place of pilgrimage. For one year practise the vow of silence. Subsist on alms. Stay under tress. Don’t ask for anything from anyone. Ask only the spirit of Judge Swamiji to fulfil your needs. You will succeed.”
Santanandaji arrived at Pudukkottai. The. Adhishtanam was in the midst of a grove of neem trees. There was a small tower above the tomb. Santanandaji scrupulously followed his Guru’s command. He did not talk to anybody. He stayed near the Adhishtanam day and night. Whenever hungry, he simply ate the neem leaves. In sun and rain he took shelter under a tree.
Devotees started to trickle in. They were impressed by the austerity of the young Swami. They not only gave him food but also built a small room close to the Adhishtanam.
A year was over. The vow of silence too was fulfilled. Swamiji explained to the devotees the reason for his arrival and stay. Advocate Sri P. Balasubrahmanya Sastri, the owner of the land, made a deed of gift and relinquished his right over the land where the crypt existed. Then Swamiji arranged for a huge painting of Bhuvaneswari and continued his mediation in its presence.
Next, the idols of Ganapathi and Karthikeya were installed on either side of Adhishtanam. Swayamprakasha Swamiji had earlier installed a Linga and an image of Dattatreya in the Adhishtanam. When he expired Santanandaji took care of his Adhishtanam in Sendamangalam also. He got the cave where his Guru lived repaired.
The most important step he took was the Installation of the idol of Bhuvaneswari. None can describe the transcendental beauty of this idol. Two of Her hands carry the noose and hook and another two assure protection and give boon respectively. The divine face glows with angelic beauty and the eyes are full of compassion. The smile comforts the afflicted. She is the substance of the Gayatri mantra and the Parasakthi of the Kenopanishad.
Buildings grew. Devotees thronged to the Adhishtanam. Houses were built. The lonely area came to be called Sri Bhuvaneswari Nagar. In the Adhishtanam pujas are not performed for the sake of or on behalf of individuals, but for the welfare of the world.
After the installation of the idol of the Goddess Swamiji started a new programme of performing Yagnas each year. Hundreds of devotees from far and near witness them. Swamiji has unshakeable faith in Yagnas. He believes that they will make India powerful and prosperous. The angels become happy whenever a Yagna is performed. In the Vedas we read: Sacrifice (Yagna) is the foremost of our duties. It is the mainstay of the world. It bestows blessings on all things. It is the boat to cross the ocean and live well. Only through it the Gods attained the heaven. Through it deliverance is afforded.
In the Gita (3: 10) we find the following idea: In the beginning while creating the human beings, God instituted the sacrifice and said, “May this grant your desire like Kamadhenu and may you grow with its help:”
The angels accept only the food offered in a sacrifice. When they are satisfied they send rain. As a result there will be no scarcity of water and people reap a rich harvest. This process has been mentioned in the Gita (3: 14). Lord Krishna declares that I am Yagna (Gita 14: 16).
Elders believe that Pudukkottai, which was an arid zone two decades ago, has become fertile because of heavy rains coaxed by these Yagnas. During the Yagnas reputed scholars of the Vedas and eminent musicians arrive at Pudukkottai and are honoured and blessed by Swamiji.
Every year coinciding with the Yagna, Swamiji releases a new book. In this way many spiritual works have been published for the upliftment of the people.
The life story of Swamiji has been taken from the book Adhishtanam and three Avadhutha Saints written in Tamil by Kavithamani A.V. Krishnaswami Reddiar and translated into English by Dr. N.Sreedfharan. This book was published in 1982.
Pudukkottai Adhishtanam: Important Events
The Adhishtanam at Pudukkottai was established as the samadhi of Judge Swamigal.
Prathishtas and Kumbabhishekams
31/05/1936 – Maha Kumbhabishekam conducted by Sri Sathguru Swayamprakasa Brahmendra Saraswath Avadhuta Swamigal.
05/05/1956 – Maha Kumbhabishekam conducted by Sri Sathguru Santhananda Swamigal.
Kumbhabishekam followed by Nithya Chandi Homam for 49 days.
06/06/1962 – Maha Kumbhabishekam. Sri Jagajjananiya Matha Bhuvaneshwari shila vigraha prathishta
30/05/1966- SriChakra Mahameru Prathista followed by 48 days of Nithya Chandi Homam. Satha Chandi Homam on the concluding day.
31/05/1974 – Establishment of the Yajurveda Patasaala.
11/11/1989 – Sri AshtadasaBhuja Mahalakshmi Durga (10 ft) shila vigraha prathishta
15/08/1957 – Shotasa dhravya Sri Vallaba Ganapathi laksha Homam.
20/05/1958 – Sri Maha Rudra Maha Maha mantra Raja japa Homam.
20/05/1959 -Sri Navagraha Laksha Homam.
04/05/1960 – Sri Maha Ganapathi Homam. Navagraha Homam. Sri Suktha Homam. Avahanthi Homam. Sri Rudraikatha Sani Homam.
26/05/1961 – Sri Maha Ganapathi Homam. Navagraha Homam. Sri Suktha Homam. AvahanthiHomam. Sri Rudraikatha Sani Homam.
48 days Nithya Chandi Homam and Satha Chandi Homam on the concluding day.
25/05/1963 to 02/06/1963 – Sri Sahasra Chandi Maha Yagnam.
22/05/1963 -Sri Suktha Mantra samputitha Sri Vallaba MahaGanapati Laksha Homam.
05/06/1965 tto 08/06/1965 – Sri Matha Bhuvaneshwari Maha mantra Koti Tila homam
24/02/1967 to 06/06/1967 (1000 days)- Koti Archana for Matha Bhuvaneshwari and
Sri Chakra purna Maha Meru. Satha Laksha Sri Lalitha Sahasranama Homam in the last 10 days.
04/06/1968 to 06/06/1968 Sri Mahasudharshna mahamanthra Laksha homam.
27/05/1969 – Sri santhi Durga Sulini maha Manthra Laksha Homam.
17/05/1970 – Sri Mahalakshmi Mahamantra Laksha homam.
04/06/1971 to 23/07/1971 – 28 daays Sri Sarabhesheara maha mantra Laksha Homam.
26/04/1972 to 23/05/1972 – 28 days Sri Adharvana Bhadrakali Mahamantra Laksha Homam.
13/05/1973 to 09/06/1973 – 28 days Sri Ugra Narasimha Maha mantra Rajalavidraya Homam
04/05/1974 to 31/05/1974 – 28 days Sri Adharvana Rig samputitha Sri Maha Varahi Maha mantra Laksha Homam.
The list of homams is not complete. Note: Laksha – 100,000 Koti- 10 million