Pujya Sri Devinatha
PujyaSri Gurudeva (1905-1977) was born at Polagam in Nagapattinam district (erstwhile Thanjavur District) of Tamilnadu, in a family known for proficiency in Vedas. He was very much attached to Goddess Choolikamba, who is the presiding deity at Tiruppugalur Agnipureswara temple located near his place of birth. He learnt Veda at patasala of Kaveripoompattinam where he always excelled among his fellow students for his astounding grasp of Vedas. He followed the Brahmacharya life to perfection with taking biksha, doing 1000 Gayatri Japam every morning in time, giving offerings to fire (Samidhaadhanam), serving the Veda guru etc. After pursuing the Vedas in which he stood first in the class, he started teaching Vedas at Vaideeshwaran temple near Mayavaram. He was a nithyagnihotri and led his life in accordance with Vedas. He always had his own ideas regarding various customs and rituals followed in those days, particularly about leading life as said in the Vedas, procedures followed in performing Vedic rites and treatment of women etc. and was very forthright in his views that every woman be given due respect and equal rights as men in all spheres of life including, undergoing upanayanam, learning Vedas, remarriage etc.
Initiation by Sri-Matha on Adi-Pooram
In the year 1935,He was initiated into Sri-Vidhya Path on Adi Pooram day Goddess Choolikamba He had great divine experience during this process. Adi Pooram is celebrated in the south India as a special day for Goddess Rajarajeshwari Lalitha.
Self realization on Akshaya Trithiya day
In the year 1944, one day at Tiruvarur, he suddenly realized that he was omnipresent in all
beings and therefore couldn’t distinguish between himself and the rest of the existence. He was
seeing himself in everything and everything in himself. This is a high meditative state which only
divine beings can experience. In this indescribable state, he walked into the famous Thyagaraja
temple at Tiruvarur and sat in meditation for 3 days in a small sanctum sanctorum kind of
structure which had been dug nearly 3ft from the ground level beneath a Patala tree. No one
could see him from outside. On the third day which happened to beAkshaya Thritiya, he realized
that he himself was the Lord Thyagaraja performing puja to Goddess Kamalamba. At Tiruvarur
temple Lord Vanmeekanathar and Goddess Neelotpalambal are the presiding deities
traditionally. Kamalamba and Thyagaraja and their other esoteric concepts are uniquely
established there. Thyagaraja temple is famous for the Ajapa/Hamsa natanam, a cosmic dance
depicting the total bliss/ Ananda state of Sri Thyagaraja.
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He shifted to Chennai in the mid 1930s . He was closely associated with the social worker of the
time Dr.Muthulakshmi Reddy who fought for the rights of women and provided her with inputs
from the vedas on women remarriage,property rights as also vedic rights and duties.
With his proficiency in Vedas, Tantras, Agamas, and allied subjects like Tarka, Nyaya, and
Mimamsa, he undertook a research work and prepared a monumental work called “SRISHTI
SAHACHARAM PARAMESWARAM VEDA MARGAM”. In this unique work he wrote about what
our true Vedic/Hindu religion is, and how we have deviated from the path of Vedas due to the
influence of various Vedantic philosophies and practices. This work will be published in various
Indian languages shortly, as per his directions therein.
He also wrote the masterpiece“SRI VIDYA SUTRAM”which is a treasure to Sri-Vidhya upasakas. The sutrams explains the concept of creation and the Sri-Vidhya sastram, evolving to the highest levels. The sutrams have been published in Sanskrit and Tamil in separate books by Mahathee Mandalam.
He gave Deeksha to many, the majority of whom were Vedic pandits. Using their knowledge of Vedas and access to people, he wanted to create awareness among the people on our true Vedic religion for which he started ““The Bharateeya Institute” with the objectives of establishing and maintaining institutions for imparting training to the people in ancient Indian culture and promote study of Sanskrit language, arogyashram for the treatment of various diseases by medical, spiritual and yogic methods, places of Gayatri worship in all towns and villages to facilitate gathering of all people irrespective of caste, or creed or sex, publishing his work in various languages and spread it all over the country and create awareness among the people.
In 1943 he constructed a temple for Goddess Saraswathi in Avvai home at Adayar in Chennai. Earlier in the late 1930s, he had installed a Ganapathy Idol against heavy odds at T.Nagar, Chennai, in the now famous Siva Vishnu temple.
In the year 1953, He got a message from Srimatha asking him to go to the forest for penance and that she would join him there. On the way to the forest he met Pujyasri Devi and they got married and proceeded to the thick forest near Injikuzhi above the Bhaana Theertam in the Agastya Koota hills in Tamil Nadu and started their penance. Acceding to the requests of his disciplines who found it difficult to have their darshan, he shifted to Konai forest in Andhra Pradesh which is about 100 kms. from Chennai, in June 1955. People from various parts of the country came here and got their initiation into Sri Vidya upasana. PujyaSri Gurudeva Dampathi established the Divine“Mahathee Mandalam.”
In 1961 at the time of the Chinese aggression, during Deepavali Amavasya he conceived and created the “Kalaratri Astram” which was the reason behind the sudden withdrawal of the Chinese army from India at that time. This was communicated to the then prime minister of India Sri Lal Bahadur Shastri, and the news appeared in some newspapers too. In 1969 he established the Bala Vinayaka Bala Subramanya Swamy temple at Konai and the Siva Sakthi Ashramam trust. The trust is maintaining this temple along with the Kowlesa temple and Gayatri temple established at Konai thereafter.
PujyaSri Devi (1935 -2001) who is Srimatha herself, married Gurudeva on his way to the forest (as told to him by Srimatha before) for the emergence of new divya (divine) parampara and established this great Mandalam with Gurudeva in order to rejuvenate the Veda margam and the Sri Vidya margam. Though very young, the way she adapted herself to the forest life clearly conveys the purpose for which she had taken this human form. After Gurudeva, she gave Deeksha to many and maintained the great Mandalam/ parampara. In 1993 she established a Sannidhi for Kowlesa at Konai at the very place where they did their Pujas. The avathara rahasyam of PujyaSri Gurudeva Dampathy and their upadesams and many miracles experienced by various people have been given in detail in various publications brought out by the Mahathee Mandalam from time to time.