9 June 2006

Sri Seshadri Room

This is a photograph of a tape shop, but at another time this room was used for something quite different! It used to be Seshadri Swamigals room for forty years when he lived near the Temple. The size of the original 4' x 6' room was later enlarged for commercial purposes.

Talking with Thiagaraja Gurukkal Elavarasu Pattam (family head and a senior priest at Arunachaleswarar Temple) I asked why the room had not been transformed into a shrine for Sri Seshadri Swami, Thiagaraja Pattam replied that he had a large family to take care of, and anyhow no-one had come forward to bear the expense of making a shrine of the residence.

On further talks with Thiagaraja Pattam I learnt that his own father (who also used to be a priest at the Big Temple, Arunachaleswarar) told him stories about the time Sri Seshadri Swamigal used to live in the room. It seems sadhus and pilgrims would come to visit him and a not infrequent visitor happened to be Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi.

Sri Seshadri Swamigal lived in this room for 40 years and it was here that he died on January 4, 1929. For a more detailed biography of this great saint please link to:
More information on this room and Sri Swamigals life in it will appear on later blogs.

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