Sri Vittal Rukmini Samsthan

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With the divine grace of Sri Haridhos Giri Swamigal (Sri Guruji) and Paranur Mahathma Sri Krishna Premi Swamigal (Sri Sri Anna), Sri Vittal Rukmini Samsthan was established in the year 1998 by Brahmashri Vittaldas Jayakrishna Deekshithar. The main objective is to spread the Bhakthi cult through Namasankeerthanam, the easiest way to attain liberation in the age of Kali and to build a unique Maharashtrian Hemandapanthi style temple for Sri Pandurangan and Rukmini Devi. To achieve this feat, Sri Vittaldas Maharaj has established Sri Vittal Rukmini Samsthan in a holy place called Govindapuram on the Kumbakonam Auduthurai Highways, 6 km from Kumbakonam, 2 km from Thiruvidaimarudur and approximately a kilometer from Sri Bhagavannama Bodhendra Saraswathi Swamigal's (Sri Bodhendral) Adhishtaanam. Bhoomi pooja (ground breaking ceremony) was performed in April 1997. Paranur Mahathma Sri Krishna Premi Swamigal (Sri Sri Anna) and Sri Vittaldas Maharaj consecrated the deities on 6 September 1998. Sri Krishna Premi Swamigal (Sri Sri Anna) bestowed the title Dakshina Pandaripuram (Phandarpur of South India) to Sri Vittal Rukmini Samsthan.

Significance of Govindapuram[edit]

Govindapuram is a holy land where the Samadhi of Sri Bhagavannama Bodhendra Saraswathi Swamigal, the 59th Peetadhipathi of Kanchi Mutt is present. Even today, one can feel the spiritual presence of Sri Bodhendral in His Adhistaanam at Govindapuram. Ardent devotees can feel in the calm silence of the night a melodious voice uttering Rama Nama rising from subdued tones to a crescendo, and then fading into silence again. Govindapuram is also the place where Sri Bodhendral and His contemporaries Sri Sadasiva Bramhendra, Sri Sreedhara Iyavaal used to often meet and discuss.

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