Satguru in Sri Lanka – Anatha Illam Ladies home in Vavuniya

On February 1st Bodhinatha visited the Anantha Illam in Vavuniya, This home is one of the charitable funds in our Hindu Heritage Endowment. This endowment provides for the care of displaced elderly women with the goal to return them to their villages. The affected women initially receive treatment as in-patients at the mental health unit of the Vavuniya General Hospital. Once their acute illness is reasonably cured, they are generally referred to Anantha Illam. Based upon availability of accommodations, those who have no one to take care of them or who are in need of special care and are destitute, are to be given priority admission to the center. The inmates are provided accommodation, food and counseling.

Satguru in Sri Lanka – Visit to Velanai Murugamurthy Temple

On January 30th, Bodhinatha visited Velanai Murugamurthy Temple. Velanai is an island off the cost of Jaffna.

This Temple is one of the charitable funds in our Hindu Heritage Endowment.

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami in Sri Lanka
Visit to Shantilingam at Kopay

On January 5th, 1983 on his 56th birthday, our beloved Gurudeva Sivaya Subramuniyaswami brought a sivalingam from Kauai Adheeanam and installed it in Kopay with his own hands. Gurudeva declared the lingam a "Shanthilingam." This temple was built by the youth of Sri Subramuniya Kottam in 1983. Satguru was with Gurudeva at that installation ceremony in 1983. After 32 years Satguru returned to the Shanthilingam Temple during his January 2015 pilgrimage to Sri Lanka. Satguru performed an arathi to the Shanthilingam and blessed the Kottam children and devotees. Most of the children's parents were the same Kottam youth who helped build the Shanthilingam Temple so many years ago.

Bodhinatha in Sri Lanka – Visit to Maviddapuram and Keerimalai

On January 30th evening Bodhinatha visited the Maviddapuram Kandaswamy temple, Keerimalai Naguleswaram and the Keerimalai Sivapoomi Madham. Maviddapuram is the birth place of our Paramaguru Siva Yogaswami.

Bodhinatha’s visit to Vethantha Madham

On January 31st, Bodhinatha visited the Vethantha Madham in Jaffna, where he was
greeted by Sri Vidyasagar Swami, the head of the madham and devotees.

A brief history of the Vethantha Madham

Kadaitswami was considered a Moola Guru (Source Guru or Source of all lineages)
in Sri Lanka. He started several guru lineages and established several Mutts to
serve Hinduism. One of these, Siva Gurunatha Peedam (popularly known as
Vethantha Madam), is located near Jaffna University in Sri Lanka. There is an
interesting story behind how this Mutt was founded...
Kadaitswami, one of the well known gurus and siddars, lived in the mid-1800's in
Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Even though he roamed around in Jaffna bazaars like a mad
man, he performed many miracles and guided many on the spiritual path.
Kadaitswami had once worked as a judge in India but he renounced that life,
became a swami and traveled to Jaffna. His name was actually Swami Mukthianantha
but because he roamed around Jaffna bazaars, he came to be known as Kadaitswami.
(Kadai means shop in Tamil).

In those days, the British ruled Sri Lanka. One day, one of the British officers
saw Kadaitswami roaming around like a mad man. He ordered the police to arrest
him, and so they put him in jail in the Jaffna fort. The person in charge of the
prisons at that time was a Tamil sergeant named Sinnathamby. That night,
Sinnathamby was on duty; he heard a loud noise from Kadaitswami's prison cell.
When he went to check on him, the cell was empty. On the next morning, Sergeant
Sinnathamby set out in search of Swami. He was looking for him at the Jaffna
marketplace. Swami was seated under a banyan tree and shouted, "Hey Sinnathamby
- Are you looking for me?" At that moment, Sergeant Sinnathamby renounced
everything and became a disciple of Kadaitswami. Later, he became known as
Sergeant Swami among the Jaffna people. And his disciple, Kanagaratnam Swami,
founded the Vethantha Madam.

The head of the Vethantha Madham was a young swami named Sri Vidyasagar Swami
whose guru attained samadhi in 2006. There are many samadhi shrines in the
Vethantha Madam for the previous gurus and you can feel the powerful darshan of
the great gurus at this place.

Siva Gurunatha Peedam Guru Lineage:
Sergeantswami (Chinnathamby swami)
Kanagaratnaswami (founded the Vethantha Madam)
Mahadevaswami (his disciple Vadivelswami founded the Mahadeva Ashram in Kilinochi)
Somaskandaswami ( attained samadhi in 2006)
Vidyasagarswami (current swami, he is 28 years old)

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