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Shri Chandrashekharendra Saraswati Swamigal
Mahaswamigal’s Nataraja Mandir?!

     Piecing together the information given by those closely associated with the Mahaswamigal, it clearly emerges that the Shri Uttara Chidambaram Nataraja Mandir at Satara was to a Divine Plan. And the Mahaswamigal executed that ordained plan to the last detail with great patience and total personal involvement, guidance and dedication. Hence, the Mandir is rightly come to be known as the Mahaswamigal’s Shri Uttara Chidambaram Nataraja Mandir. How?

     The 20 May 1894-born Mahaswamigal had an abiding devotion to Nataraja since his childhood. But he came closer to the Nataraja Mandir at Chidambaram in Tamilnadu, when his father, Shri Subramanya Shastri, was posted there. The Mahaswamigal was in his early teens then. As his devotion and attachment to Chidambaram grew, the young lad Swaminathan, got his Divine vocation to the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham, where he became Shri Chandrashekharendra Saraswati Swamigal and its Peetadhipathi on 13 February 1907.

     In fact, his great devotion to Chidambaram can be gauged from the fact that the first ever padayatra the Mahaswamigal undertook as the Peetadhipathi was to visit his Nataraja at Chidambaram in 1933.This visit also marked the end of a prolonged draught of visits by Shankaracharayas. In that sense it was a historic visit. Close associates were witness to a hair raising glowing radiance exhibited by the Mahaswamigal after he emerged once from an almost four hour closed door confabulation with the then chief priest of the Chidambaram,Shri Swarna Venkatesh Dikshitar.

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