Nerur is a small beautiful village with lots of vegetation, thanks to the River Cauvery. In the midst of this smoothening, rich cultivation, is a small building. It’s not a temple. It’s a burial place. It is the Samadhi of Saint Sadashiva Brahmendra.
Sadashiva Brahmendra lived around 350 years ago. He was a composer of several Bhajans and Carnatic Songs. He was a saint and is believed to have done several miracles. He was the disciple of the 57th Pattam of the Kanchipuram Jagathguru’s – Parama Sivendra Saraswathi. He hardly spoke and was in a deep meditative state always. Physical changes hardly reached his mind, being hit, being drowned, skin being cut etc never had a slightest reaction on his mind and meditative state. Once when he was asked something, instead of speaking, he wrote up the answer in sand. This handful of sand is considered a holy basilica and is safeguarded by the Pudukkottai Samasthanam. The Samadhi on the whole was built and maintained by Vijaya Ragunatha Thondaiman of Pudukkottai Samasthanam. This sand is available for holy visit only on Thursdays!!! Check out below for the contact details to see this sand.
Every year, in the Tamizh month of Vaikasi (Mid May to Mid June), an 8 day festival occurs here starting from Panchami (The 5th day after New Moon day). During this period several hymns are sung which were written by him and also written by other in praise of him. A specialty here is the ‘Anga Pradakshanam’. Anga Pradakshanam generally is rolling on the floor and circumambulating the temple. Here Anga Pradakshinam is done on the banana leaves on which the prasadham in served. It is customary in south
This little Shiva statue beneath a tree there, attracted me so much. Somehow I have this endless crush on Lord Shiva. I kinda really loved him ever since I was a kid!!! We offered our prayers in the Samadhi and got back into our car. The taxi driver asked our next destination to which we said ‘back home’. He asked ‘Not visiting Thirumukkudalur’.? Now that was a new piece of information. I hadn’t heard of it earlier. So I asked him to take us there.
Within few minutes, there we were at the Mukkudal. Unfortunately the temple was closed. It’s an ancient temple for sure. Must be atleast 8-10 Centuries old. But I had no clue who built it or when was it built. The deity here is Agasthiswarar and his consort Anjanakshi.
Mukkudal merely means the conjuction of 3. Here the 3 are the 3 rivers. One being Cauvery, Second being Amaravathi. The 3rd one is the doubtful part. Some say its Manimutharu and some say its Noyyal. A clarification with the temple’s priest would have solved the doubt and also enlightened me about several more details about the temple, but no such luck this time.
Here within the river were several sculptures in submerged state. These were mainly hero stones which are little human sculptures which are sculpted in the memory of the soldiers who die in the wars.
That is a coracle - A circular boat lying upside down on a river side! And that's me on top of it!!! We were back to the hotel, had a delicious lunch and slept off like log, thanks to the roaming around which covered 4 temples, in half day!!!
Ph. no: of Nerur Sadashiva Brahmendral Samadhi: +91-4324-282439
To see the holy sand:
All Thursdays 8:30 AM to 11 AM and 5:30PM to 8 PM.
Ph. No: of Pudukkottai Palace Manager Mr.Rajmohan: +91 97905 87740
Dedicated to Granny, Granda and Monz.