Sengalipuram Vaidhyanatha Deekshithar or Sengalipuram Muthannaval (1830 – 1893)
Muthannaval the great guru from the family of Dikshitars was from Sengalipuram near Paruthiyur, on the northern banks of Kudamuruti River, in Thiruvarur District of Tamil Nadu. Sengalipuram was "Shivakalipuram" as it is known in Shastras. It is a village where hundreds of Dikshithar families are living for generations up to today and where great saints like Sri Muthannaval and scholars like Sri Anantharama Deekshithar were born. Sri Vaidhyanatha Dikshitar was known as Periya Muthannaval in the village while his brother subramanya Dishitar was called chinna Muthannaval.
Sengalipuram Muthannaval was a famous teacher in the area and had a lot of young students in his Gurukul. Muthannaval was a Guru with a great deal of patience who knew that little steps in learning go a long way. He loved to make students comfortable so that the students enjoy having him as their teacher and looked forward to come to the classes each day. He creates a non-threatening, welcoming environment that nurtures each of the students. He understands students and knows what motivates them and he knows how to scaffold activities to ensure that maximum learning occurs. He easily builds relationships with his students as well as their parents. He was a life-long learner committed to his profession. He ensures that all students reach their maximum potential. He constantly strived to 'reach and teach'... Read More