Chandrashekarendra Saraswati (20 May 1894 – 8 January 1994)
Jagadguru Shri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Swamigal
Born as Swaminathan on twentieth May, Eighteen Ninety Four
And attained siddhi on Eighth January nineteen ninety four
Reverentially called the Sage of Kanchi or Mahaperiyava
The sixty eighth Jagadguru of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham.
Mahaperiyava’s discourses in fact, magnum opus based on Hindu
Philosophy titled – “Deivathin Kural”was indeed great
Kanchi peetam established by Adi Sankara in person-
At the age of eleven on ascending the Peetam ,Acharya
Visited Thanjavur- big people used to call on him,
Being a Fellow of Theosophical Society he was,
My grand father one of the leading High Court Advocates did not.
Despite Acharya’s desire to meet, he budged not!
Acharya said , if NKR Iyer* is not coming, he would go to
Nagari Mahal and meet my grand father. At last Shri NKR Iyer agreed
On condition when calls on Acharya, he will not sit on the ground,
Nor bow to Acharya and so on. Acharya agreed and arranged
For a chair to NKR Iyer. Young Acharya, by his wisdom and intelligence
Made my grand father revise his resolve and he bowed to Acharya
And the Peetam in the traditional practice! Greatness of Acharya
Jagat Guru indeed is great as all know. Acharya in nineteen sixty three
At Akkagaripeta described to me this event-though I knew earlier!
On this holy and auspicios ADI FRIDAY, let us seek HIS grace!
Nagari Mahal is the name of the house where he lived.
_* NKR Iyer referred to is Shri N K Ramaswami Iyer B A B L F.T.S High court Vakil and also a staunch Congress member in 1941 who was my father’s father!__________________________________________________________________________________ Register of Delegates, Indian National Congress, Madras, 1914.
49 Madras Madras Provincial Committee N. K. Ramaswami Aiyar, B.A.B.L; Tanjore
Kanchi Shankara Mutt established by Adi Sankara whose 68th Peetadhipathi was Chandrashekarendra Saraswati.