Thiruchengode Sarvajnapeetham

Tiruchengode is the first Sarvajnapeetham established by The Supreme Pontiff of Hinduism after the realisation of his Incarnationhood. Thiruchengode is the largest city in the Namakkal district of the State of tamilnadu in Southern India. In ancient days, Tiruchengode was known as Thirukodimaadachenkundrur – one of the historic places in Tamil Nadu. It is world-famous for the ancient hilltop Ardhanreeshwarar temple, housing the presiding deity of Ardhanreeshwara also called Umaiorubagan – the unique deity having the half-male and half-female form signifying the union of Paramashiva’s divine Consort unto Him in Oneness after her austere penance for the same. Tiruchengode is a destination for worldwide pilgrims and has been mentioned in the Tamil work Silapathikaram as ‘Neduvelkundru’ and is celebrated in the hymns of Saivite saints called Nayanmars in the pre-historic era. The equally famous Chenkottu Velavar Temple, dedicated to Lord Murugan, is situated on the same hill.

The sacred Kaveri river on whose banks the new territory is located is called the Ganga (river in North India) of the South. The sacred river Ganga, the lifeline of millions of people, originates in North India and is worshipped most fervently along its entire course. The river Ganga takes a U-turn against its own current at Kashi (also called Varanasi, the spiritual capital city of India), just to worship Kashi Vishwanatha – the Śiva Liṅga at the Kashi Vishwanath temple at that location. Similarly, the sacred Kaveri takes a U-turn against her own current exactly at this spot where this monastery is located.

Thiruchengode Ardhanareeshwara Swami