Gopura concerted on 16/5/2010
Sathyagalam is a little village on the
banks of the holy Cauvery. It is also
known as Saktimangalam or Sathyamangalam.
It has a shrine for Sri Varadharajar and
Perundevi Thayar. Sathyagalam had the
distinction of being selected as a
perfect setting for swami Desikan’s
daily Anushtanam , worship and writing.
It is about 125 Kms southwest of
Bangalore and is well connected by road.
It is close to some popular picnic spots
like the Gaganachukki Falls,
Madhyarangam temple, Bluff ( name of a
power generating station), Tallakad etc.
How did Sri Desikan come here?
Outside attack on Srirangam: It was
sometime in the 13th Century when
Srirangam city became a veritable hotbed
of attacks from northwest of India and
was invaded by enemies, forcing people
to flee Srirangam. One of those who
could not escape was Sudharshana
Bhattar, author of Shrutha Prakashike,
the famous commentary on Ramanuja’s
famous Sri Bashyam. He wisely entrusted
this book as well as his two young
children to the safe custody of Swami
Desikan, who thinking it was God’s will,
left Srirangam for a safe place. He
traveled along the course of river
Cauvery to reach SATHYAGALAM and decided
to make it his home for the next 12
Swami Desikan settles down:
Swami Desikan settled down comfortably
at Sathyagalam and got into his routine
of Aradhanam, meditation, writing and
delivering Kalakshepams on Sri Bhashyam.
It may be mentioned here that swami had
the unique distinction of giving
Kalakshepams on Sri Bhashyam over 30
times , a feat which does not appear to
have been matched by anyone ever since.
He is said to have written a number of
books while he lived here and the one
which is frequently mentioned, is “ABHITISHAVA”,
the recitation of which is said to ward
off all types of fear.
Once again SATHYAGALAM beckons
Swami Desikan left SATHYAGALAM for
Srirangam when all the trouble had
ceased there. His fame kept growing by
leaps and bounds with his unique
contributions and display of “Pandithyam”.
Kanthadai Lakashmanacharya was a
descendant of a famous Acharya vamsam
with a following in those times. One of
his disciples insulted Swamy Desikan
because he did not show respect to his
Acharyan( Kanthadai Lakashmanacharya).
Then Swami Desikan returned to
Sathyagalam once again.
This was not true Lakashmanacharya
himself did not cause any injuries to
Swamy Desikan . Infact ,
Lakashmanacharya was unaware of the
trespass by his sishyan .The sins of the
sishyan landed on the door of his
Acharyan and as a result , he developed
Leucoderma. Then Kanthadai
Lakashmanacharya rushed to do
Sathyagalam. Kaimakryam at the feet of
Swamy Desikan at Sathyagalam removed the
Leucoderma and also blessed
Lakashmanacharya with a son after being
childless for a long time. Since the
child was born due to the partaking of
Swamy Desikan's SrI Paada Theertham ,
the child was named Theerttha PiLLai.
Very Very Special Feature :Ninra
There is a unique feature in the
Desikar’s Idol at Sathyagalam. Swami
Desikar is in Ninra Thirukolam or in
standing pose. It is said Swami is
standing and anxiously looking towards
Srirangam to see if peace has returned
or not (his standing posture gives an
impression that he was literally on his
toes, to head back to Srirangam). You
will generally find him in all the
temples in a seated pose and not in
Special note: Seven hundred years is a
long period of time for any Kshetram to
have its rollercoaster ride through many
good and bad times. Fortunately for us,
by the infinite grace of Swami Desikan
and Perumal, the state of the deities,
idols of Azhwars and Acharyas are all
intact and in good shape having
withstood the test of time.