Maha Kumbhabhishekam of Kasi Visweswara Swamy Temple Performed - Bugga Village, Andhra Pradesh
21-23 Oct. 2013
The Ashtabandhana Maha Kumbhabhishekam of Sri Annapoorna Sametha Kasi Visweswara Swamy vari Temple, Bugga was conducted on 23 Oct. 2013 by Their Holinesses Pujyashri Jayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamiji and Pujyashri Shankara Vijayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamiji.
With the Yagashala pratishta, The programme commenced on 21 Oct. 2013 at 9.00 am with Anugna, Ganapati Puja, Punyahavachanam, GoPooja, Ganapati Homam, Laghu Poornahuti, Nivedana and Prasada Vitarana. On the Kumbhabhishekam day - Ganapati Puja commenced at 4.00 am. Their Holinesses Pujyashri Jayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamiji and Pujyashri Shankara Vijayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamiji witnessed the Yagashala Pujas, and Poornahuti. The Mahakumbhabhishekam took place from 10 am to 11 am, followed by Abhishekam and Pujas to all the deities including the presiding Kashi Viswanathaswamy, Annapoorneshwari, VeniMadhavaswami, Ganapati, Dhandapani. Bhairavar, Navagraha, and other sannadhis. Their Holinesses blessed all the devotees who attended the Kumbabhishekam. In His Anugraha Bhashanam, His Holiness Pujyashri Shankara Vijayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamiji spoke about the importance of the Kasi-Rameswara yatra, and how it was the cherished desire of every devout person to perform this pilgrimage. Similar to the Kashi Kshetra in the North, Bugga served as Dakshina Kashi - and the temple had the same sannadhis dedicated to the different deities mentioned in the shloka -
Vishveshwaram Madhavan Dundim Dhandapanim cha Bhairavam -
Vande Kashim Guham Gangam Bhavanim cha Manikarnika||
His Holiness recalled the yatra undertaken by Pujyashri Chandrashekarendra Saraswathi Mahaswamiji to Bugga village, and the performance of Kumbabhishekam in His Benign presence in the year 1932. The well in the adjacent Shankara matam named "Vyasa Teertham" was dug during the Chaturmasya vrata performed by His Holiness in Bugga.
Annadaana Prasadam was offered to the devotees in Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam Shankara Matam, adjacent to the temple. In the evening at 5.00 pm, Sivakalyana Mahotsavam, Acharyadi Ritwik Satkaram, Archaka maryada and Yajamana Ashirvachanam took place.
Photos taken on the occasion:
The temple is situated on the banks of the River Kushasthali and is located in the serene village of Bugga, near Nagari in Andhra Pradesh. The previous Kumbhabhishekams were performed in the years 1932 and 2000.
His Holiness Pujyashri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Mahaswamiji - the 68th Pontiff of Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam observed Chaturmasya in Bugga Village commencing from 17 July 1932. During His stay there, the temple was renovated and Kumbhabhishekam performed on a grand scale. The perennial river Kushasthali flows by the temple; and five streams feed the river. Adjoining the temple, a Shankara Matam was built and the holy padukas of Bhagavatpadacharya were consecrated. Regular worship is offered there. An online book detailing His Holiness' stay in Bugga in 1932 is available here. The two photos below are from the same book: