The venerable Sage of Kanchi, Sri Sri Sri ChandraSekharendra Saraswati Swamigal, "Maha Periyaval" to millions of His devotees, was the very embodiment of all that is sacred in our scriptures and a spiritual leader of universal appeal. The contribution of His Holiness to religious revival in our great country and the preservation and promotion of our Vedic Heritage and culture is immense and everlasting.
Apart from our scriptures, the Sage of Kanchi was a master of varied subjects like archaeology, temple architecture, numismatics, sculpture, music, dance, folk arts etc. He used to hold Conferences ('Sadas') and Workshops on all these subjects and honour experts in each field. He knew Sanskrit, Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi besides English and French. Philosophers, scientists, politicians, columnists, intellectuals and authors, Indians as well as Westerners, always felt greatly enlightened and benefitted by their talks with Him.
His Holiness traveled the length and breadth of our country more than once, entirely on foot - the first of His Bharata Yatra took 22 years to complete and the second 29 years. His discourses during these Yatras delivered in various languages like Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Sanskrit etc, sought to emphasize the underlying thread of the unity of our Bharatiya Culture behind its enchanting diversity. They drove home the importance of our various festivals and religious practices not only for preserving our ageless culture but also for maintaining the highest levels of character and integrity among the populace for all round harmony and lasting peace.
To preserve our treasure house of knowledge viz. the Vedas, he instituted Trusts (such as the Veda Rakshana Nidhi Trust) to provide financial support to Veda Patasalas. He encouraged research into different branches of our Vedic lore and the impact of ancient Vedic religion outside India. He was responsible for the renovation and upkeep of several temples all over India and making sure that at least one time Puja was performed daily in the old temples. He came up with the ingenious Handful of Rice Scheme to feed the poor. He instituted several social welfare schemes such as one for Archakas in old temples, helped conduct mass Upanayanams, and helped needy people in performing the marriages of their daughters. He kindled an interest in our architectural heritage by conducting the Agama Sastra Shilpa Sadas. He revived the interest in our sacred Tamil works such as Thiruppavai and Thiruvembavai. He worked tirelessly for the unity of the various sects of Hinduism.
Sri Sri Sri Mahalakshmi Mathrubutherwarar Trust (SSSMM Trust) is making this appeal to all those who cherish Indian Culture, tradition and civilization, both at home and abroad, to join us in our humble endeavour to pay the debt of gratitude we owe to Kanchi Maha Periyava.
The SSSMM Trust was formed in 1991 with the goal of constructing a Mani Mantapam in Orirukkai Village near Kancheepuram on the northern bank of the River Palar to mark the Birth centenary of the Sage of Kanchi. The Satabdhi Mani Mantapam is a very humble offering of devotees for the magnificent service of the Great Guru – just an offering at the great Master’s Lotus feet. It will simultaneously be an abode, a retreat and a refuge for all the seekers.
The Trust is doubly blessed to have received the ‘Srimukham’ (The go-ahead-blessing message, from the venerable Acharyas of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam for this project from their Udhampur camp in the North.)
The first phase of the Manimantapam had been completed and the Kumbhabhishekam of the Paduka mantapam was performed on 28th January 2011 by His Holiness Sri Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal along with Sri Sankara Vijayendra Saraswati Swamigal.