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Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae


THE DRIVER OF THE JEEP PEERSAB FELT DAZED BUT IN HIS STUPOR SAW AN AGED MAN WITH GLOWING BEARDS LIFTING HIS RIGHT ARM.


Shri T.G.Subramanyam, Tahsildar and Shri B. Krishna-Murthy, Revenue Inspector both from Uruvakonda visited Chellagurki when the ‘Navarathri’ celebrations were going on in the ‘Mutt’ during 1964. Their family members and menial staff accompanied them. They stayed at the ‘Mutt’ for the night and worshipped at the Shrine of the Swamiji. Next morning they resumed their journey to Anantapur. On the way two miles from Chellagurki lies the hill, where the Swamiji was first seen in meditation before he entered the village.

The idol of ‘Dandhayudha Pani’ (Lord Muruga or Karthik Swamy) has since been installed on the top of the hill in 1961. The party wanted to offer prayers at the hill. They went up in their jeep. Being strangers, they did not know the area and drove into the well, which is under construction near he temple. The well is 30 feet deep and they went down with the jeep.

One of the servants of the officials who had been left behind ran back to the village to convey the news.

The People of the village rushed to the spot and rescued the entire party. They were in cheerful spirits as nothing had happened to them. They went again to Chellagurki to offer worship at the Shrine of the Saint who had saved them from a certain disaster.

The driver of the jeep peersab felt dazed but in his stupor saw an aged man with glowing beards lifting his right arm!

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Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae


“YOU MAY INSTRUCT THEM TO BATHE ME IN HOT WATER HEREAFTER.”


It was the beginning of the year 1962. “Astagraha Shanthi” pujas were going on in the ‘Mutt” in the immediate presence of His Holiness Jagadguru Saranga Desikendra Swamiji of Kumbakonam. On the first day the pujas went on late into the night. It must have been 2.30 a.m. The Swamiji of Kumbakonam in his sub-conscious state saw the vision of the Saint of Chellagurki.

The Saint said to him, “Can you not realize the difference in age between Myself and yourself?” I am getting on in years and can’t stand a cold water bath, which the priests are giving me every day. You may instruct them to bathe me in hot water hereafter.”

Instructions have since been given to he priests to bathe the Swamiji’s idol in hot water.

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Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae


“ONE WHO HAD, GAVE THEM; ONE WHO HAD NOT; TOOK THEM. BETTER GO AWAY.”


Devotees of all communities are amongst his disciples. A rich chettiar (from Tamil Nadu) from Chettinad came for ‘darshan’ of the Swamiji and out of reverence for the Swamiji, covered him with a pair of Kashmir shawls and put gold bangles on his hands. Next morning, neither the shawls nor the gold bangles were there. Siddhalingappa the agent of the Mutt asked the Swamiji in surprise as to where they had disappeared. The Swamiji replied immediately that “One who had gave them; one who had not; took them. Better go away.”

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About Sri Yerrithatha

Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae


“Sri Swamiji was a Siddhapurusha (Perfect Spiritual Master) and if He performed miracles, it was with a view to inspire devotion in his devotees and to induce in them an increasing faith in God. Prophets of God and great religious reformers before him have performed miracles. Did not Jesus Christ, Basaveswara and a host of others perform miracles? The Super natural events associated with them made the devotees God loving and religious minded.”

ABOUT SRI YERRITHATHA

Many used to go to the Swamiji seeking his blessings. Many used to frequent the Mutt seeking his presence. Sri Yerrithatha used to speak but rarely. What exactly he was saying to the devotees and what exactly they made out of his words is not known. Even when he broke his silence, it was difficult to make out anything from his utterances. Expressions were often symbolic. Swamiji would often talk to himself. Sometimes the very words, which he was uttering to himself, became the answers to the devotees who prayed for his blessings.

He was often silent and to this silent saint, came people from all parts to have his ‘Darshan.’ Among them were the well-known saints, Sri Siddarudha of Hubli and Sri Sai Baba of Shirdi.

Sri Rudhramuniswamy of Halvi charanagiri Mutt, a great yogi himself, took ‘darshan’ of Sri Yerrithatha on his way to Uruvakonda.

Sri Ramalinga Swamy, a great saint of South India (Kumbakonam-Tamil Nadu) was one such person who became a devotee of Sri Yerrithatha. Sri Ramalinga Swamy, used to say that Chellaguriki would become the ” Kadir Kamam of North.” (Kadir Kamam-Sri Lanka-famous Murugan (Karthik swamy) Temple)

HIS LAST DAYS

The Swamiji shuffled His mortal coil at 10’clock in the morning on the fourth day of the month of Jyesta Suddha in the year of Dundhubhi corresponding to 1922 AD.

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Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae


“GOD WOULD GRANT”


Srimathi Basamma, mother of Sri C.V. Chenna-Basaveswara, the author of the Kannada biography of Sri Yerrithatha, narrated an incident. She had no male issue. Bevinahalu Gowdappa Gowda’s wife took her once to Chellaguriki.

Even before the conversation began, the Swamiji said to Srimathi Basamma twice “God would grant…”

After this visit, Basamma was blessed with a male issue, which was no other than Sri. C.V.Chennabasaveswara.

There was also another male issue to her. This was because the Swamiji had uttered twice that “God would grant…”

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Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae


HOW NANJUNDAPPA BECAME “NIRANJANA”


Some portions of the manuscript of a work written by Sri Ganganarya had been destroyed by white ants. Sri Ganganarya was worried over this and Nanjundappa asked Sri Ganganarya as to why he was worried. He replied that his mind had been agitated as his literary work had been destroyed. The Swamiji assured him that he would restore the portion eaten away by white ants.

Sri Ganganarya was wondering how Nanjundappa could do it when he himself did not remember what he had written. So saying, he went out for a while. Before he came back, the Swamiji had prepared a new copy. Sri Ganganarya was baffled and exclaimed to him, “You are not an ordinary soul. You are a Nirnajanamurthy.” Thus he came to be known as ‘Niranjana.’

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Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae


THE INCIDENTS THAT HAPPENED BEFORE SRI YERRITHATHA CAME TO CHELLAGURGI


One report is that Sri Yerrithatha was from Tumkur (Karnataka) and that he was a Magistrate and that while in service, he used to go into a trance. After a point of time, he left his job.

He would climb to the top of a coconut tree and sit there in yogic contemplation. He had understood the tenets of Veerashaivism and the worship of Linga and became a “Siddhapurusha” (SathPurusha).

It is also said that Sri Yerrithatha’s original name was Nanjundappa and that he came from Linganahalli and that he was given to simple living and that he learnt much from Nagappa, a Lingayat scholar of Linganahalli. When Nagappa realised that Sri Yerrithatha was greater than him, he told him that there was nothing to learn from him and that he would do well to approach Ganganarya of Doddaballapur.

Sri Thatha proceeded to Doddaballapur to meet Sri Ganganarya and waited for two or three days to seek his “Darshan” and blessings.

Sri Ganganarya commanded him to go round the town thrice in a naked state. Sri Yerrithatha obeyed the Guru and received the benediction.

Thereafter the Swamiji did not go back to Linganahalli but stayed in the service of his Guru. Sri Ganganarya named this Nanjundappa as

“Niranjana.”

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Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae


SAINT LINGAPPA APPEARED AND SAID THAT HE WAS HUNGRY


Veeramma, a rich lady used to bring food for the Swamiji. There was one Swami at Veerapura known as Kokkarachedu Lingappa. He would ask for food when he needed and eat if offered. But he was not particular. He would go away after eating or in the middle of the meal saying that the Swami was satisfied. The street urchins used to throw stones at him. Once he bled profusely from his head, but he did not feel the pangs of pain. Veeramma on one occasion had just stepped out of her house carrying food for Sri Yerriswamy. Then Lingappa appeared and said he was hungry. But how could she give the food meant for Yerrithatha? Veeramma went back for getting food for Lingappa. Lingappa, knowing this because he was a “Yogi” and said to her that the Swami’s stomach was full.

Veeramma then left for Chellagurgi in the same breath. When she arrived, the Swamiji was fast asleep. It surprised her, as he would always wake up to receive the food. She waited in vain for the Swamiji to get up. How could he take the food, which she did not offer, to the other yogi, Lingappa, when he wanted it? It is only great people, the highly evolved souls that understand each other.

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Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae


THEY HAD HEARD THE SOUNDS OF FOOTSTEPS AT NIGHT”


Amadali Venkatappa had to leave his place on account of the plague epidemic. He had perforce to leave all his belongings in his house but then, he was a big man and had big transactions. There was the fear of robbers. He could neither go out of the place nor stay in it. Venkatappa sought the Swamiji’s protection and blessing, as he wanted to go away from the place. On assurance given by the Swamiji Venkatappa left the place. After his return, the neighbours asked Venkatappa to whom he had entrusted the custody of his house because they had heard the sounds of footsteps at night. Somebody appeared to be coughing. Venkatappa was not surprised. Duly came his reply that the Swamiji was looking after his house. On hearing this, the thieves had not the courage to go near the house of Venkatappa.

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Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae


“IN THAT CASE, YOU MAY GO AND COME”


Sri A.G. Shamanna after he passed the intermediate examination made preparations to go to Mysore for pursuing his studies. Sri Yerrithatha appeared in his dream and asked him not to proceed to Mysore. Sri Shamanna remonstrated with the Swamiji that it was rather difficult for him because he had made all arrangements. The Swamiji reluctantly said, “In that case, you may go and come.” Within three months, Sri Shamanna’s father passed away. He had to return to Bangalore. The Swamiji’s words “Go and come” had thus an ominous significance for Sri Shamanna.

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