Basic information about the temple
|Moolavar:||Maha Periyavaa Sthalam||Ambal / Thayar:||–|
|Timing:||to & to||Parikaram:|
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|City / town:||Eachangudi||District:||Thanjavur|
|Maps from (click):||Current location||Thanjavur (17 km)||Kumbakonam (33 km)|
|Ariyalur (34 km)||Perambalur (59 km)|
Sthala puranam and temple information
It is generally accepted that Kanchi Maha Periyavaa – the 68th Peetadhipati of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham – was born in 1894 in Viluppuram. Eachangudi was the birthplace of His mother, and it is that same house of her birth, that this shrine for Periyavaa has been established. Periyavaa is said to have stayed here in His very early years (and some even say this was His birthplace, but this is not supported).
This is not a temple as such, but more of a shrine for Periyavaa, which also serves as a meditation centre and prayer hall. The place is located down the same street as the Kachabeswarar temple, in this village. What used to be an old house has been refurbished in modern style, with several rooms, including a kitchen and a bedroom for the administrator of the place.
There are several photographs on the walls, of Periyavaa in various stages of life, and also of His parents and His older brother (Sivan Saar). There is also a plaster cast murti of Periyavaa, and a smaller one of Adi Sankara. In the ante-room before the main hall, is a mena (palanquin) used by Periyavaa.
The entire place presents a peaceful and serene atmosphere, very suited for quiet meditation and prayer. One can also feel the energy of the place clearly, when seated in dhyanam.
The administrator also hands out vibhuti prasadam, and collects contributions from devotees who visit the place.
3 thoughts on “Maha Periyavaa Sthalam, Eachangudi, Thanjavur”
Namaskaram to all! I am researching some family history about my ancestors from Eachangudi. I understand my great grandfather Viswanatha Sastrigal was a priest at one of the temples there (ca. 1890s), but I do not know which one. His wife was Alamelu Ammal, who was widowed at a young age. Their only son, Eachangudi Viswantha Kalyanasundaram (EVK thatha for short), is my maternal grandfather, born in 1896. EVK was born in Eachangudi but moved away after his marriage to Hyderabad in modern day Telangana and spent most of his career in public health service there until his demise in 1960. I would appreciate any information from anyone with relevant family information from that era. Thank you. M Sreenivasan
Sir – you may want to contact the gurukkal of the Eachangudi Kachabeswarar temple. He might be able to provide some information on your quest.
Excellent suggestion, Aniruddh. Shall follow up. Regards, Sreeni