Samadhi of Bodhendra Saraswathi

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Samadhi of Bodhendra Saraswathi Swamigal
Tomb of Bodhendra Saraswathi Swamigal
Samadhi of Bodhendra Saraswathi is located in Tamil Nadu
Samadhi of Bodhendra Saraswathi
Location within Tamil Nadu
General information
Architectural style Dravidian
Location Govindapuram
Town or city Kumbakonam
Country India
Coordinates 11°00′39″N 79°27′50″E / 11.010833°N 79.463889°E / 11.010833; 79.463889

The samadhi or tomb of Sri Bodhendra Saraswathi, the 60th Shankaracharya of Kanchi matha is located in the town of Govindapuram in Thanjavur district, India and is an important Hindu pilgrimage destination.


Bodhendra Saraswathi, the 17th-century pontiff of the Kanchi matha reached Govindapuram during the course of his wanderings in the Cauvery delta.[1] He was attracted by the beauty of the place and decided to attain samadhi or salvation at the spot.[1]

One morning, in the Purattasi (September-October) month of the year 1692, Bodhendra Saraswathi attained Jeeva Samadhi sitting in an yogic state.[1] He attained Videha Mukthi at Govindapuram on Full Moon day in the month of Proshtapada of the cyclic year Prajotpatti (1692 AD).

Sri Sri Bodhendra Saraswathi Swamigal[edit]

Main entrance Gopuram

Sri Bhagavannama Bodhendra Saraswathi Swamigal alias Sri Bodhendral was born in Maṇḍana Miśra Agraharam at Kanchi as the son of Kesava Panduranga. Sri Bodhendral's former name was Purushothama. It was Sri Bodhendral who stressed the efficacy of devotion as a means to liberation in this Kali Yugam. Sri Bodhendral therefore undertook the Nama Siddhantha, or establishing the supreme efficacy of reciting the names of Bhagavan in many of His writings, chiefly in Namamritha Rasayana and Namamritha Rasodhaya. Sri Bodhendral's mission of Nama Siddhantha was pursued with equal vigor by Sridhara Venkatesa Ayyaval of Tiruvisainallur and by Sathguru Swamigal of Marudanallur. It was the Nama Siddhanta of Sri Bodhendral that was ultimately responsible for the evolution of Bhajana Sampradhaya as an institution in the religious life of the Hindu community in South India. Sri Bodhendral performed Tatanka Pratishtha at Jambukeswaram and while returning to Kanchi


A tomb was constructed by Bodhendra's disciples over his body and yearly aradhanas are conducted at his tomb.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d R. Krishnamurthy (1979). The Saints of the Cauvery Delta. Delhi: Concept Publishing Company. p. 53.