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Sri Danvantri Arogya Peedam

Danvantri Arogya Peedam is a place of healing, of and for the people. In setting up the Peedam, amidst considerable strain and pain, borne by a single person Sri Muralidhara Swami, backed by his two daughters, this dream has come true. It is truly an astonishing and astounding effort by this single family for the welfare of human beings throughout the world and to alleviate their suffering.

Sri Muralidhara Swamigal began his education in a Government Higher Secondary school in Ranipet, northern Tamil Nadu. Even as a youngster he had been undertaking part-time jobs right from the tender age of six to lessen his parents’ burden. He discontinued studies after standard 12. Soon after schooling, he undertook the task of supporting his family. Opportunities that came his way were run-of-the-mill jobs that did not offer much enthusiasm, leave alone inspiration.

Having to take care of his mother Smt Komalavalli (62) , stricken with acute lung cancer, Swamigal experienced deep anguish and pain. She had even worked as a servant maid, washing utensils and clothes in many households, in order to bring up her children. S. Muralidharan, as he was then called, worked for various companies like Royal Enfield, Lucas TVS and many other private concerns.

When all signs of hope had vanished and the future spelt certain doom, his mother requested him to grant her a dying wish. His mother pleaded with him to seek the knowledge from the heritage of this rich country and find an alternate way to heal those who suffered like her. He felt compelled by her pleadings and decided to establish a trust with this aim. He formed a Trust called Sri Marithiyin Udavi Karangal Trust, named after Lord Hanuman of whom he was a devotee. His mother was signed up as one of the trustees but she died within an hour of registering the Trust. It was a poignant moment in his life when his mother passed away soon after the first step was taken.

Depressed by his mother’s death, Sri Muralidharan resigned from his job and shifted to the Ashta Lakshmi Temple near Chittoor, serving as a priest there in the year 200. Having lost his parents to diseases, Sri Muralidharan felt compelled to build a Peedam for the God of Medicine. When Swamigal got the opportunity to spend time in contemplation, after his mother passed away, a new strength beckoned him which seemed to draw its intelligence from the universe. He took these messages seriously and discovered that he was integrating all the energies that this mother seemed to intend. He set about the task of physically realising these visions. It was as if there were messages from the masters that Sri Muralidara Swamigal was privy to, for the fulfillment of his mother’s wish of a Divine Healing Centre.

However, he did not wish to commence construction until he had acquired 50 crore Mantras. On 13th March 2003, the first homam was conducted at Sri Veera Anjaneya Swami Temple at Arakonda near Chitoor. Thousands were present at the ceremony and 50,000 mantras were contributed by the devotees. On April 14th, 2003, the second homam was conducted at Wallajapet. The ‘utsava moorthi’, a panchaloha statue (made of five metals) was presented by a well-wisher. Along with this, a Chakrathaazhvaar statue was also presented.

He went through an agonising period in the task of completing the peedam construction. Muralidhara Swamigal notes that there was a time when he was completely bankrupt, faced with debts that he had incurred to meet the expenses of his mother’s treatment. But when the plans for building the Danvantri Arogya peedam came up, contributions came in the form of offerings (including kavasams for the idols and all other amenities ) given to Swamigal (as sambhaavanai and guru kaanikkai) by devotees and well-wishers.

Moved by a desire to help people live disease-free and using his intuitive sense, he worked tirelessly to bring to amalgamation time-honoured strategies as stated in the Vedic records.

Various energies came to be installed at Walajapet, and soon poured in help from complete strangers, unasked and unsolicited. Sri Muralidhara Swamigal’s personal journey is one that moved from intuition to expression.

In order to achieve the target of 50 crore Mantras, Sri Muralidhara Swamigal organised kari kola oorvalam throughout India and the mantras were collected from the people, irrespective of caste and creed. Can any one believe the number of mantras he collected –not just a few hundreds or thousands but approximately 54 crore mantras – unimaginable – thanks to Lord’s Grace.

All the collected mantras were bundled in copper boxes and kept underneath the peedam. This opportunity of keeping the bundles of mantras to keep underneath the peedam was performed by Gaja Muhan (Elephant God). Here too, a Special Gaja Poojai took place.

Before the construction began, the ‘utsavar’ and the ‘moolavar’ or the main deity were taken out in processions through various parts of the State.

Devotees were given the precious chance of performing certain poojas to their God with their own hands. There was great excitement among the masses to experience such a blessing which was normally unheard of. Moreover, as the idols were taken out in a procession, the devotees also had the opportunity of welcoming the Lord directly into their own houses, transforming them into holy places of their own right, for which they were thankful to the Swamigal.

It was a street-side wonder for many passers-by during the many days that the idols stood in all their majesty within apartment complexes and paraded across the narrow lanes of many a city. The thought of an idol, that would remain for time immemorial at a centre, worshipped by millions, visiting one’s home before the consecration, was an unthinkable rarity that brought peace of mind and contentment to the devout worshippers.

During the bhoomi pooja, before the peedam construction began, 108 couples from various parts of India were permitted to participate. They even performed certain rituals. The number signifies two persons for every crore of mantras that were to be installed below the deity. Hundreds of ‘noi nivarthi’ homams, that were aimed at curing any illness, were performed while the idol was taken around throughout the country.

The idols travelled more than two lakh kilometers before being brought to the peedam and had visited 63 of the 108 Divya Desams.

Even before time was ripe to buy the land for the peedam, 75 homams had already been performed. The land on which the peedam was to be built, was sought to be bought by Swamigal with the offerings he received by way of conducting homams, from some devotees in Bengaluru and a few other places, who wanted to express their gratitude for the miracles they experienced. Meanwhile, the owners of the land received many offers for purchase of the land but they were determined to sell the land only for the holy purpose of building a place for spiritual service.

It was perhaps no coincidence that the land was uniquely structured – as Swamigal noted – it was shaped like the ‘thiruman’ of Lord Srinivasar.

The utsavar Chakrathaazhvaar had a holy dip in Kasi, Gaya and many other places in north India, where homams too were performed.

KUMBHABISHEKAM: Kumbhabishekam (consecration) was held on 15th December 2004

Sri Muralidhara Swamigal is a man of logic. He felt that “this sthalam evolved like a test tube baby”. Therefore, in a departure from the common practice of inviting religious heads as Chief Guests to take part in the Kumbhabishekam, Muralidhara Swamiji, as a novel thought, invited renowned doctor, Dr. Kamala Selvaraj well known for the concept of test tube babies in India) as the Chief Guest for the Kumbabhishekam. This function was preceded by Thambathi pooja, Sengal Pooja and Sumangali Pooja with 1008 sumangalis.

In 100 days, 100 homams (yagnas) were performed.  Before the completion of the peedam, 147 homams were performed

The peedam construction was completed in a record time of 120 days, the work undertaken by renowned Sculptor, Sri Ganapathy Sthapathi, Government of Tamilnadu’s accredited (Aasthana) Sculptor and who is well-known for building the world famous Valluvar Kottam in Chennai, tallest Thiruvalluvar Statue in Kanyakumari and involvement in many temples in India and across the world.

Lord Danvantri’s Statue

This is not a temple. Sri  Muralidhara Swamigal’s Danvantri Arogya Peedam is a universal curer of diseases of the humankind (MAKKAL PINI THEERKUM MARUTHUVAMANAI). A Divine Hospital where the God of Medicine nurses and cures all of us and brings back mental, physical, and emotional health.

About the Peedam

The main idol of Lord Danvantri has been sanctified in the garbagraha on the double-decker structure. For a few feet beneath the actual peedam upon which Idol rests, there is a deep hole lined with granite stones. A copper pipe, about seven inches diameter, has been placed at the centre of the hole and the 54 crore mantras have been tightly packed around this pipe. This copper pipe serves as carrier of the vibrations that are constantly reverberating from the strength of the mantras and spreads the energy.

Danvantri Arogya Peedam, being a universal place of healing and Lord Danvantri Himself being the Doctor of Medicines, God of Health and Doctor of Doctors, there are no limitations or contradictions based on the perspective of religion, caste and creed.

The purpose of placing the mantras beneath the peedam and idol is that the collective powers of each of these personal faiths brings forth an effect of profuse magnitude and strength.

Moreover, Danvantri Arogya Peedam never restricts any people from other religions like Christians, Muslims and so on from entering into the temple. Peedam allows the people of all religions to visit the Lord and seeks to put an end to all their miseries. That is why the centre is a truly Universal Peedam.

Specialities of the Peedam

At this temple there is no aarthi except once in the morning and in the evening. There is no hundi, no archana. Swami prasadams are simple -- Sukku Vellam, Mandra Rakshai, Abhisheka Thailam, Honey, Herbs, Navadaanyam Packet, Herbal Rakshai, Deities photos, and so on. Daily Homams are conducted by the devotee himself (no temple in the world follows such a practice).

(a) Sugar Naadi
(b) Sthapathi

The peedam construction was completed in a record time of 120 days, the work undertaken by renowned Sculptor, Sri Ganapathy Sthapathi, Government of Tamilnadu’s accredited (Aasthana) Sculptor and who is well-known for building the world famous Valluvar Kottam in Chennai, tallest Thiruvalluvar Statue in Kanyakumari and involvement in many temples in India and across the world.

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