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The South Asian Insider

Saketharaman to perform at Maha Periyava temple



(South Asian Insider Bureau) -Sanatana Dharma Foundation Inc, (A 501 (C) (3) tax exempt organization) in New Jersey and America Tamil Sangam has organized a Carnatic music concert by popular Indian Carnatic musician Saketharaman who is the prime disciple of maestro Padmabushan Lalgudi Jayaraman on April 16.
The concert is being organized to raise funds for the completion of Maha Periyava Mani Mantapam. The function will be held at Maha Periyava Mani Mantapam, 14 Barley Sheaf Road, Flemington, NJ 08822. Suri Subramanian president of the Foundation and Calai Chandra president of America Tamil Sangam are jointly organizing the event.
The Mani Mantapam (memorial prayer hall) is being built in memory of Jagadguru His Holiness Shri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Maha Swami (20 May 1894 - 8 Jan 1994) also known as the Sage of Kanchi or Maha Periyava (meaning the great elder) was the 68th Jagadguru Shankaracharya of the famed Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam formed by Adi Shankaracharya in Kanchipuram City in Tamil Nadu.
Mahaperiyava started spreading his knowledge in spiritual journeys across the Indian hinterland. These included devotional practices and daily rituals such as performing various Poojas and recitations of the Vedas.
People from various sub castes and Abrahamic followers became his devotees. He carried the responsibility effortlessly and made simple practices for devotees to increase devotion, like chanting and writing the holy name of Rama. Devotees soon realized he was not a normal person and labeled him a Jagadguru (the guru of the universe) Mahaperiyava dedicated his life to the deity Devi Kamakshi in the premises where he was the spiritual guru, Kamakshi Amman temple. The temple is where the goddess herself came personally for devotion to Shiva.
Throughout his life, Mahaperiyava breathed and practiced the Advaita philosophy of his guru, Adi Shankaracharya, the great Hindu philosopher and reformist. Mahaperiyava helped Vedic priests on their pronunciation of the holy Sanskrit texts and implemented rigorous Agama Sastra teachings describing cosmology, epistemology, philosophical doctrines, and precepts on meditation and other topics On Aug 15, 1947 the day India attained independence; he gave a speech on the significance of the flag and the Dharma chakra in it.