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Jagadguru Chandrashekarendra Saraswati Swamigal
() (May 20, 1894 – January 8, 1994) or the Sage of Kanchi
was the 68th Jagadguru in the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam. He is usually referred to as Paramacharya
or MahaSwami or Maha Periyavaal.
Maha Periyavaal was born on 20 May 1894, under Anuradha star according to the Hindu calendar, into a Kannadiga Smartha Hoysala Karnataka
Brahmin family in Viluppuram
, South Arcot District, Tamil Nadu
as Swaminatha. He was the second son of Subramanya Sastri, a District Education Officer. The child was named Swaminatha, after the family deity, Lord Swaminatha of Swamimalai
, near Kumbakonam
. Swaminatha began his early education at the Arcot American Mission High School at Tindivanam, where his father was working. He was an exceptional student and excelled in several subjects. In 1905, his parents performed his Upanayanam
, a Vedic ceremony which qualifies a Brahmin boy to begin his Vedic studies under an accomplished teacher.
Incidents leading to Sainthood
During the childhood of the Acharya, his father consulted an astrologer who, upon studying the boy's horoscope, is said to have been so stunned that he prostrated himself before the boy exclaiming that "One day the whole world will fall at his feet."
Of course, most of the whole world has no idea who he is much less fall at his feet In 1906, the 66th Acharya of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham
performed... Read More