Salient Services of HH Sri Periyava

Many Jaya Jaya Sankara to Smt. Savita Narayan for the English typing from an article and Smt. Sunitha Madhavan for the share. Rama Rama


  1. Jagadguru Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal is the only Sankaracharya after Sri Adi Sankara to have darshan at Kailash – Manasarovar and install idol of Sri Adi Sankara there.
  2. Erecting Sri Adi Sankara Vimana Mandapam on the banks of Agni Tirtham in Rameswaram.
  3. Erecting Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Sankara Vimana Mandapam in Triveni Sangamam in Prayag; installing images of 108 Divyadesams, 51 Sakthi Peethams and 101 Sivilinga Kshetras. Exquisite sculptures depicting history and legend adorn the temples of Goddess Kamakshi, Lord Balaji and  Sahasra Linga.
  4. Laying foundation stone and inaugurating renovation of Guruvayur temple.
  5. Visit to Kurukshetra and installing idol of Sri Adi Sankara.
  6. Constructing Sri Kamakotiswara temple in Hanuman Ghat, Kashi and performing Kumbhabhishekam.
  7. Memorial arch in Nepal border was erected during Jagadguru’s first visit to Nepal.
  8. Erecting Sri Adi Sankara Keerthi Sthambha in Kaladi, Kerala as instructed by Jagadguru Sri Maha Periyava and inscribing the history of Sri Adi Sankara.
  9. Laying cover of golden plates in vimanam of Sri Kamakshi temple, Kanchipuram and performing Kumbhabhishekam.
  10. Installing idol of Sri Adi Sankara in Sri Vadakkunathar temple in Thrissur, Kerala.
  11. Installing idol of Sri Adi Sankara, 60 ft tall, weighing 200 tonnes, in the precincts of Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Viswa Mahavidyalaya in Enathur, Kanchipuram. It was declared open by Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma, the then President of India.
  12. Renovation of the temple car of Sri Varadarajaswamy temple, Kanchipuram and inaugurating the first run of the car festival.
  13. Installing golden crown (253 grams) on the idol of Rajaraja Chola in Thanjavur.
  14. Construction of Rajagopurams on northern and southern sides in Sri Ramanathaswamy temple, Rameswaram and performing Kumbhabhishekam.
  15. Construction of Rajagopuram in Srirangam temple.
  16. Erecting Uttara Chidambaram temple for Sri Nataraja in Satara, Maharashtra as instructed by Jagadguru Sri Maha Periyava and performing Kumbhabhishekam. 108 karanas (dance poses) of Bharata Natyam have been sculpted along with slokas on the parapet wall of Chit Sabha.
  17. Erecting new temples of Sri Kamakshi and Sri Subrahmanya (Uttara Swamimalai) at Delhi, Sri Kamakshi temples at Coimbatore and Salem, Sri Subrahmanya temple at Secunderabad and Sri Hanuman and Sri Kamakshi temples in Navi Mumbai. One of the new temples that have come up is the Ekkavan Sakthi Peet in Ambaji (Gujarat) where all the 51 Sakthi Peetams have been represented. At Guwahati (Assam), Sri Purva Tirupati Balaji Mandir has come up. The main deity, Sri Venkateswara, is an eleven feet high icon – a replica of Sri Venkateswara at Tirumala (Tirupati) in Andhra Pradesh. Similarly, a temple for Sri Balaji was constructed at Ponda, Goa and Maha Kumbhabhishekam was performed in the presence of the Acharayas.
  18. Erecting temple for Nandanar (Saivite saint) at Adanur, his birthplace.
  19. Visit to Bangladesh and having darshan of Sri Dhakeswari. The government of Bangladesh extended special courtesies and named the entrance to the temple as ‘Sankaracharya Gate’.
  20. Erecting temples for Sri Adi Sankara, Sri Chaitanya and Sri Jayadeva in the same compound in Puri, Odisha and performing Kumbhabhishekam.
  21. Erecting Sri Chandrasekhara Keerthi Mandapam, Paduka Mandapam, Orphanage for children, Sankara hospital, Veda Pathasala etc. in Tiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
  22. Installing Sri Adi Sankara’s idol or Paduka in the sthalas visited by Sri Adi Sankara, sthalas where he has sung hymns and in Jyotirlinga kshetras; inscribing in marble the stotras of Sri Adi Sankara.
  23. Erecting idol of Sri Adi Sankara with four disciples in Tirumala opposite Swami Pushkarini as reminder of Sri Adi Sankara’s installing Janakarshana and Dhanakarshana yantras in the temple.
  24. Visiting all the twelve Jyotirlinga sthalas and commissioning stone inscriptions of Sri Adi Sankara’s stotras.
  25. Supporting renovation and Kumbhabhishekam of temples at the request of locals including villagers; supplying yantras and Ashtabandhana material free of cost; financial assistance for daily Pooja in village temples.
  26. Converting the house in which Sri Maha Periyava was born in Villupuram as Sankara Matham, installing Padukas and organising Veda Pathasala there.
  27. Jagadguru Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal is the only Sankaracharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham to have darshan of Sri Saradamba in Sringeri as instructed by Sri Maha Periyava.
  28. Jagadguru Sri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal is the only Sankaracharya to have undertaken all India tours three times, mostly on foot. There is no place from Kashmir to Kanyakumari where he has not set his holy feet.
  29. Performing Kanakabhishekam to Jagadguru Sri Maha Periyava in many places on many occasions.
  30. In a place called Vedal close to Kanchipuram, a 60 ft tall idol of Lord Siva and a building housing the pictures of Sri Maha Periyava, Sri Acharya Swamigal and Sri Bala Periyaval and articles of personal use of Sri Maha Periyava, and rare musical instruments, have been erected. Further many exhibits explaining Hinduism, and particularly Ramayanam and Mahabharatam are on display.
  31. Conducting Homams like Atirudram, Chandi Homam, Sudarsana Homam, Mahalakshmi Homam etc. in Srimatham regularly for world peace and prosperity.
  32. Founding the deemed university, Sri Chandrashekara Saraswathi Vishwa Mahavidyalaya in Enathur near Kanchipuram and starting a huge international library there.
  33. Founding Sri Sankara Arts and Science college in Ethanur, thus providing students in and around Kanchipuram the facility of higher education.
  34. Instituting Sankara Educational Trust and running Kanchi Sankara Vidyalayas and Oriental schools in many places, offering free/ concessional education and thus raising the standard of education including English.
  35. Conducting Veda Sadas, Veda Sastra Sadas, Veda Bhashya Sadas, and Advaita Sadas every year during Vyasa Pooja.
  36. Conducting Agnihotri Sadas on all-India level every year during Vyasa Pooja and offering financial support on monthly basis to them.
  37. Conducting examinations in Veda, Bhashya and Sastras like Nyaya, Mimamsa, Vyakarana etc. during Sri Sankara Jayanthi celebrations and giving cash awards to Vidvans.
  38. Offering monthly financial assistance to indigent masters who have completed Vedic study.
  39. Providing financial support to students of Veda studying in Gurukulam pattern, conducting examinations and giving cash awards to successful students.
  40. Sri Acharya Swamigal invited 108 ‘Oduvars’ from various parts of Tamil Nadu to Kanchipuram and honoured them with Rudrakshamala and cash awards.
  41. Instituting Hindu Samaya Manram (Hindu Religious Forum) as part of Srimatham’s religious services while camping in Karvetnagar, Chittore district, Andhra Pradesh.
  42. International Hindu conferences have been held in Kanchipuram, Chennai, Madurai, Tiruppararaiturai, Bengaluru and in Nepal, in which thousands of delegates from many nations like Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Fiji Islands, Indonesia, Singapore, South Africa etc. participated.
  43. Publishing stotras of Sri Adi Sankara with meaning in Tamil, English, Telegu, Malayalam etc., also other stotra and religious literature including life histories and teachings of saints. Encouraging research and publication of rare religious literature like Hindu inscriptions in temples in Kampuchea.
  44. Granting scholarships to students for higher education in Sanskrit and Philosophy.
  45. Renovation of the houses in which the Carnatic music trinity (Sri Thyagaraja, Sri Syama Sastri and Sri Muthuswamy Dikshitar) were born in Tiruvarur and conducting Poojas daily. Music and dance classes have also been organised there. Festivals in memory of the trinity are being celebrated every year and indigent musicians are given financial support.
  46. Taking over the house of birth of Saint Tirugnanasambandar in Sirkali and running Veda Sivagama Pathasala there, where Tiruvachakam and Devaram are also taught in addition to Veda and Agama.
  47. Organising free upanayanams in Srimatham every year; guiding Samashti upanayanams in many places.
  48. Organising free marriages in poor and Dalit families.
  49. Providing financial assistance including ‘Mangalyam’, saree etc. for marriages in poor families.
  50. Giving industrial implements to economically backward persons for starting own enterprise; giving free cycle rickshaws, pushcarts, sewing machines, iron boxes etc. to differently abled persons every year.
  51. Visiting Dalit colonies in many places in the country and establishing small temples and instilling bhakti among the unlettered.
  52. Instituting Sri Kamakshi Nitya Annadana Trust in Kanchipuram and arranging for daily feeding of devotees in the new dining hall and also in Sri Matham premises.
  53. Establishing Hindu Mission hospitals and clinics in many places for medical assistance including specialized treatment to the poor.
  54. Organising free eye treatment and surgery camps in many places and distributing free spectacles.
  55. Establishing senior citizen homes (Vriddhasramams) in many places and helping many old persons in need of supports through Dharma Prabodhana Trust, run by collecting donations from public.
  56. Establishing Gosalas in many parts of the country and organizing assistance.
  57. Providing cows to many temples and maintaining them for supply of milk for Abhishekam.
  58. Visiting areas affected by natural disasters like tsunami, earthquake, etc. in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, blessing the distressed people with solace and helping with several lakhs of rupees worth materials like clothes, blankets, medicines and food.
  59. Supporting Islamic poet Mohammed Ali, who had suffered from leprosy, including provision of monthly assistance for medical treatment.



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