Kanu Pongal Vizha at Kizhambi village


Kanu Pongal Vizha at Kizhambi village

Pujyashri Shankaracharya Swamigal visited Kilambi village on 17/1/2021 to bless Kanu Pongal Vizha organised by local villagers. His Holiness first visited Adhishthanam of 60th Acharya of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, Sri Advaitatmaprakashendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamigal. The Adhishthanam is located in midst of agricultural fields. Walking through the fields His Holiness reached the Adhishthanam & performed Puja & Harathi. Several centuries ago, in the 13th Century, the village was given as a gift to the then Shankaracharya of Sri Kanchi Math. Details of copper plate inscriptions from ‘The Copper Plate Inscriptons of Sri Sankaracharya Swami of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam’ by Sri Gopinath Rao is given for reference.

अम्बिकापुरनामानं ग्रामचिन्तामणिं ददौ॥

The copper plates mention this gift of this village known as “Ambikapuram” by King Vijayaganda Chola. The village is described as Grama “Chintamani”, as a beautiful place endowed with coconut, Mango, Jack Fruit, Palm and other trees.

Many decades back, a Veda Pathashala was being run in the village with blessings of His Holiness. Kanchi Acharyas Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Swamigal, Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal & Sri Sankara Vijayendra Saraswathi Swamigal had camped in the village in 1984 on their way to Kanchi from Kurnool. The Math still hold few agricultural lands and small tracts of land in the Agrahara. Pujas in the Ambikapatishwara Temple is being performed with support of the Math. Pujas at the Adhishthanam is being done by Veda Pandit from Kanchi Math.

His Holiness graced the Pongal Vizha held in the rice mill area of a devotee and blessed the participants. In the Anugraha Bhashanam His Holiness stressed the need for entertainment based on our native culture which helps to develop a strong mind & body and promotes social harmony & oneness.

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