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Imaginary View of Swami in the Banks of River Cauvery under Gyana Ashwatha on Koorma Peetam



Swami Desikan Moolavar and also Koormaasanam

Close view of Koormaasanam


A tortoise races past:

Swami Desikan once had a dream in which a “Satvik” person requests that he allow him to do some form of service {Kainkaryam} to him. Swami Desikan did not read too much into this dream. The very next day when swami was returning from the river after his “Ahannikam”, a tortoise followed him all through and “raced fiercely”. This happening also did not bother him in anyway. However, that night in his dream, he had a vision of GOD wherein he was told to do “Anugraham”. The next morning when swami Desikan returned to his special spot under the Gnyaanaashwattha, he found a stone Peetam in the form of a tortoise [“Koormasanam”]. The swami started using it during his “Anushtanam”. The unique Sri Koormasanam (naturally formed in granite) on which Our Swami performed his Nithya Anushtanam on the Banks of Cauvery is now preserved in his Sannidhi.

H.H. Sri Abhinava Ranganatha Parakala Mutt Swami visited Sathyagalam in the 1920s and renovated the temple. His Holiness got the Desikar Sannidhi built and installed Swami Desikar's idol & moved the Koormasanam (which was near Gnyaanaashwattha) in the sannidhi where it now lies. It was His Holiness again who organized for the Thirunakshatram festivals to be held every year in 'Thula Masam

H.H. Sri Abhinava Ranganatha Parakala Jeer ( 33rd Pontiff of Parakala Mutt)

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