Ganapati Muni and His Vision of Parashurama


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On Mahendragiri hill in Srikakula district, Andhra Pradesh, there is a temple for Gokarneshwara. There is no clear evidence about who installed the shrine here. But the temple was built by the ancestors of the king of Mandasa (the name of the place where the hill is located).

Vasishtha Kavyakantha Ganapati Muni, the first and foremost disciple of Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi once confirmed to Daivarata, one of his disciples, that this lingam was installed by Kartikeya himself and was worshipped by Parashurama.

That is why this place is known as Parashurama Kshetra. In the Mahabharata Udyogaparva (176.31) it is said that mahendram vai girishreshtham ramo nityamupasati ha, meaning it is Parashurama who eternally serves the great mountain Mahendragiri.

When in 1916, Ganapati Muni was there with his disciple Daivarata, he felt the presence of a great force in that place and started doing tapas. He sat in meditation while Daivarata was his guard. The Muni sat there in utter silence for twenty days at a stretch. On the twentieth day, a form appeared before the Muni and looked at him with grace. That form had an axe in his hand and robed with a white garment, he looked like a rishi.

A ray of light issued out of his forehead and touched the Muni’s head and entered his body. The Muni immediately felt electric energy running all through his body. The Muni got up from his silent state and said to Daivarata, “I have attained the grace of Parashurama”.

Daivarata could see great radiance around the Muni. The Muni has confirmed that in Mahendragiri the presence of Parashurama can be felt intensely by anyone who performs tapas there.

The author, Sampadananda Mishra, can be contacted via facebook.

14 comments on "Ganapati Muni and His Vision of Parashurama"

  1. RAM KARAN GUPTA says:

    ALL YOUR ARTICLES ARE SUPERB FOR PEOPLE OF BHARAT. THE WISDOM AND CONTENTS ARE TO BE USED TO RE-ORIENT OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH.
    HOW THIS WISDOM BE USED IN DAY TO DAY LIFE AND BY PEOPLE WHO MATTERS MOST IN SOCIETY TO CREATE HOLISTIC PANORAMA OF LIFE IS ESSENTIAL STEP FOR REAL PROJECT.
    THE KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM IS EQUALLY IMPORTANT FOR THE GLOBAL NATIONS. THEY TOO HAVE SUCH WISE PEOPLE AND HISTORY WHICH ALSO BE SHARED BY ALL.
    EVERYONE NOW PRESENT SHALL HVE COME BACK AS CHILDREN ON THIS PLANET AGAIN.

  2. leelasastry says:

    Alampur in Andhrapradesh is said to be having temple in the name of Renukadevi , mother of Parusurama. A thapas there would give the siddhi and boon by parasurama as well as Renukadevi . I request an any writing on this matter . ls

  3. Kumar says:

    I want to read more about ganapathy muni.
    Kindly inform the email address of sampradanana Mishra
    Regards

  4. Dinesh k jani says:

    Ramana Maharshi is well known all over india and in Gujarat state also
    the details given here by you about Mahendra giri is very well explained and tap of shree ganapati and his exposure to shree parashu raam is real fact of life
    i suggest as now in this so called advanced age the details about HOW TO BE THERE SHOULD BE PLACED AFTER EACH SUCH INFORMATIVE ARTICLE-WELL THIS WILL INCREASE YOUR BURDEN BUT WILL BE USEFUL FOR PEOPLE LIKE ME-SHREE KAKULAM IS ALSO HAVE ANOTHER NAME-IF I ASK TO RAILWAY OR TRAVEL AGENCY THEY ARE UNAWARE
    pl be kind enough
    thanks for time and once again do continue such article as in learning modern wester thoughts our school going kid or college students have missed many such temples and real katha
    thanks again

  5. R Nanjappa says:

    Sri Kavyakanta Ganapati Sastry was a great person, with remarkable powers. He was a great advocate of Mantra sastra and Tantric ways. He had attained great powers through mantra japa, and even believed that India could attain Independence through the power of mantra. He had great occult realisations and visions. He was a great scholar of our sacred lore and had remarkable poetic powers.
    He was in contact with Sri Ramana Maharshi in the early years. In fact, with all his mantra and tantra expertise, he had no peace of mind. it was Sri Ramana Maharshi who gave him the clue to see through the mantra, and realise the true nature of Japa. In gratitude, it was Sri Kavyakanta who named the hitherto nameless swami as “Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi”. This name has struck, coming from a great tapasvin.

    However, with all this, it is not accurate to describe Sri Sastri as ‘the first and foremost disciple’ of Sri Ramana. Maharshi’s teaching did not depend on any Sastric authority. It did not need mantra and tantra. His teaching was direct: either enquire (into one’s own reality) or surrender (ananya bhakti.) Though Kavyakanta was a great admirer of Sri Ramana, he never accepted the teaching of Sri Ramana fully. He went away on his own, never practised what Sri Ramana had taught. Even in his writings on Sri Ramana, Sri Kavyakanta has given his own interpretation, differing in important ways from the teaching of Sri Ramana as recorded in his own writings. These have been detailed in the Ramana lore.
    Incidentally, Sri Ganapati Muni’s much admired “Uma Sahasram” was composed with direct blessings and intervention of Sri Ramana towards the closing stages. This too is authentically recorded in the Ramana lore.
    Sri Ganapati Muni was a remarkable person with great spiritual and occult attainments. But he never fully became a disciple of Sri Ramana, though a great admirer he was. Ramana had great regard for him and addressed him as “nayana” ( father, in Telugu), as did his other disciples. Who can fathom the exact relationship between Sri Maharshi and the Muni!

  6. purnachandra says:

    Very useful article.
    DAIVARATHA’s CHANDO DARSHANAM to which Ganapathi muni gave his commentar for each sloka, is said to be out of stock/print. It is highly desirable a repront is brought out.

  7. Col Dalmir Singh , Retired says:

    I was just 15 Years when I came across a Saint used to be called as Latoora Wala Baba,
    I tried me level best to touch his feet but he used to jump back few feet to avoid his feet to be touched.
    I tried to be with him after my school in Village Chirori UP.
    There was a Pooja in Village Bhagot which ended after Mid Night, after which Baba Ji started going to his Village bare foot, it was full Moon Light, as he was walking, he came across a Big Black Snake, he returned back to avoid the snake but when he walked other side of field, the snake appeared there also, he prayed that please let me go, Baba turned back to different side but snake was sitting there too, on this Baba recited a Mantra, snake was made immoveable. Baba Ji started and reached his village.
    The next morning Baba ji started taking bath by pulling some water through a Bucket from the well, when he lifted the bucket to pour water on his head, he instantly remembered that he recited Mantra to lock the snake in the field, he put the bucket back and started running to the place where the snake was, he recited another Mantra to release the snake, the snake ran fast away from Baba Ji.
    Mantras have a great power, only learned saints can teach a deserving and saintly person to use them selflessly.
    Mantras are proved after continuous recitation with faith and dedication.
    There are Mantras to bring Rains or to stop them, in my next Article, I shall try to put truth and powers of Mantras.

  8. Maddirala Chandramohan,Hyderabad says:

    Ganapati muni is one of the great Andhra scholars and poet and became a disciple of Ramana Maharishi in his early days.He got the title of Kavyakanta.he stayed with Ramana Maharishi in Virupaksha Guha in Arunachala hills.

  9. satyanarayanamurthy ravipati says:

    Kavyakantha Ganapati Muni is a well read person. During his stay at Vellore, Tamilnadu he learned the entire Rigveda in 6 months. He is a great scholar. Whereas Ramana Maharshi did not read any of the scriptures but a Jnani and realised the ultimate truth. Both of them adored each other. Though their line of thinking may appear to be different but there are no such diferences among them. Kavyakantha had accepted Sri Ramana as his Guru. It is Sri Ramana that advised Kavyakantha to look inward and realise the ultimate reality. It is kavyakantha that made Sri Ramana to speak out from his silence. Whole universe could understand the greatness of Sri Ramana only after Kavyakantha became his deciple. This is just like Vivekananada who brought fame to Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. Before Vivekananda came into contact with Sri Paramahamsa, he was only known as a priest in Kali Temple. His powers were explaind to the world by Sri Vivekananda only. Similarly the greatness of Sri Ramana were made known to the world by Kavykantha with his intelectual literary skills.

  10. satyanarayanamurthy ravipati says:

    We have to see the difference between these great men from their name and title. Sri Ramana was called Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi If we look into the definition of a RISHI, IT SAYS ONE WHO HAS SEEN THE ESSENCE OF THE JNANA.
    Kavyakantha was called Ganapatimuni. Muni is a person who is aware of all DHARMAS OR one who had the knowledge of JNANA.
    From the very title itself one should try to traits of each other without speaking out the differences in their ideology.

  11. Rama Manohara Rao says:

    Really I am very thakful for introducing a Great place associated with a Great person with divinity.

  12. Dillip Kumar Das says:

    Mahendra Giri is situated in the Paralakhemundi District of Odisha. Not in the Srikakula district of Andhrapradesh. Please correct the article.

  13. gautam says:

    Namaskar.

    Thank you for a very informative essay. Could you please elaborate a little more on the spiritual significance of SriSri RamaBhargava’s special grace? What qualities does it foster in the recipient? May the sampada of your purity and prajna please contribute to our infinite ananda vardhana!

    In his works on the holy Mother Renuka, the most holy Munivara offers some very important clues to how Her grace is relevant to those engaged in vaidika and other sadhanas. He does the same with respect to SriSriIndrani.

    Sri Anirvan, haimavati-anirvan.org, Veda Mimansa, Hindi Edition, also offers very important clues to SriSriMatarishvA, along with profound insights to vaidika devatas.

    Those parichayas would be well worth excerpting here, in small increments. Very few of us today are familiar with the vaidika devata vAda, and its continued vast importance in everyday affairs including, for example, plant breeding.

    In this respect, also, one humbly would urge the serial publishing of the JAPASUTRAM, a Sanskrit text with a detailed Bangla commentary by Swami Pratyagatmananda. It was he who wrote most of the text of John Woodroffe’s books, to which the latter appended his authorship. Read the credits carefully and you will discover the pre-monastic name of pujaniya Swamiji, a close friend of Sri Anirvan, and a very profound sadhaka, deeply esteemed by Thakur Sitaramdas Omkarnath.

    In he Japasutram, there are highly erudite and esoteric discussions of the relevance of the first five Holy Avataras of SrimanNarayana, with reference to vaidika devata tattva, including the relevance to plant breeding.

    Today, we see so much hoo-ha in India over plant breeding, trangenomes, desi gomata, vs. foreign. Yet no one, including the traditional dharmadhikaris have bothered to refer to our vaidika and shastric reserves of insight into these matters.

    Th Sanatana Dharma must also be capable of shedding some benign light on Adyatana Dharma and vexing issues. As we read on the Rgvedic brahmanas, our rsis were called “kavikratu” for very good reason.

    Western linguists have done a very good job, no doubt, and I have studied with Stanley Insler and Norvin Hein. Yet though the anugraha of Holy Vedamata, one also was most blessed with a traditional teaching under a most holy acharya. So, one can see that the western tradition and brain is buddhija, not neccesarily bodhija. What does “gojA RtjA adrijA” signify?!!

    The buddhi is nischayAtmika, it cuts, dissects, analyses, saya this is an apple, that an orange. Much is discovered, much is also obscured, is that not so? The Veda Mata is not amenable to dissection, witness the Holy Uma-Haimavati!! And the Shraddha Suktam is there for a reason! Narayana Hari

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