A taste of Tanjore – 2

A quick picture tour…

After lunch, we drive down the road to Tiruvaroor… And somewhere along the way we take a detour… An hour and a half from Tanjore town, we come to this road sign…

Yes! The road to Sengalipuram! Sengalipuram, also known as Siva-Kali-puram, is the village of that Master of Katha, Upanyaasa Chakravarthi Sengalipuram Anantharama Deekshitar.

We take the turn to Sengalipuram, and go past some lush fields…

When we reach Sengalipuram, we are greeted by my local guide… He takes us straight to the Samadhi shrine of Muthanna Deekshitar. Known respectfully as Muthannavaal, Muthanna was a very learned Vedic scholar of the 19th century, a contemporary of Mannargudi Raju Periyava. A master of all traditional learning, Sri Muthanna was a sage, who lived the traditional Vedic life, taught to hundreds of students, and was a nitya Agnihotri. Sri Muthanna was grandfather of Anantharama Deekshitar. He took Sanyasa towards the end of his life. So great was he, that till date, people remember him with reverence, and his samadhi shrine is a place of worship.

Here is a picture of the shrine.

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The samadhi shrine is adjoining a hall, where Anantharama Deekshitar and others have held Katha sessions…

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On the wall of the hall, I spot an old picture… Of Sengalipuram, perhaps early 20th century, where the extended family of the Deekshitars are present. A family of  Vaidikas…

Thats the Tanjore of old. A home of culture…

Next stop – The house where Sri Muthannavaal lived…

– To be continued

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