Om Sri Ganeshaya Namaha Dear Ganapathiji, Could you please tell us more about the Amnaya Stotram and Tripura Sundari sthawarajam. One of the frequently asked questions is – which among the several AmnAya mantras does a shrIvidyopAsaka recite every day? AmnAya. I will post the summary, as I did for the dvAraka maTha, for the other three AmnAya maTha-s. May be scholars like shrI Charles Wikner*, can.

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There is yet another temple in Kanchi called Airavatisvara temple belonging to the Pallava period wherein we find in a niche in a wall Sri Vyasa.

The author of the work has himself written a commentary on the same. Amnaya Stotra consists of 35 shlokas and Lalitha Sthawarajam has slokas and each shloka is a two lined one and would take about 45 minutes for chanting. Ramachandran, Retired Joint Director of Archaeology, as follows: How it was changed is explained below. They are in the centre of the country.

Thus we see that Kanchi is not only the seat of the sakti and devata of the Southern region but also is the centre of Mother Earth. The Kanchi institution is in Kanchipuramthe seat of Sri Kamakshi and the Southern-most mokshapuri. This was the traditional belief of all the followers of Sri Sankara including those of the Sringeri matha upto the eighteenth century.

Vidyaranya too, according to the Pushpagiri – mathamnaya quoted by Kokkandrum Venkataratnam Pantulu in his Sankara – matha – tattva – prakasikartha – sangrahaa work in favour of the matha on the banks of the Tunga printed in the year at Sanjivini – mudraksharasalaPeddanaickenpetMadraswent to Hampi from Kanchi and after his immortal life work there returned to Kanchi in his last moments and attained Kailas there.

It is said that from the five faces of Sri Parameshwara aghora, tatpurusha, vAmadeva, sadyojaAta, IshAnathe five Amnayas with their various mantras originated. If the date of Sri Sankara according anmaya recent writer, i. But as a matter of fact we find that only the institutions for the Northern, Western and the Eastern regions are situated in the respective corners of India. According to other sources, he died at Badarikasrama disappearing in a cave in the Himalayas.


The Devi upasaana has been described apart from Vedas in Devi bhagawatham, Skaantham, various puranas etc It is also said univocally in all these holy scriptures that the ultimate objective of the upasana is to Unfold the supreme in One’s Self ambaya the various procedures are described in great detail. In the colophon to each chapter of the work it is stated that it has been written at the direction nirmapita of Sri Sachchidananda Bharatithe head of that matha The Sankaravijayas say that after Sri Sankara wrote his bhashya on the Brahma – sutra Sri Vyasain order to proclaim the correctness of the bhashya on these sutras, came in the guise of a brahmin controversialist and challenged Sri Sankara on his interpretation of the Brahma – sutrasin the course of which he Vyasa resorted to arguments, not straight-forward and honest.

The author in the beginning of the work refers to Kamakshi as having blessed atotram Parameshthiguru with prasada in which milk and ghee were found in abundance and which was cherished by the celestials. The weight of probability belongs to the first view.

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Then come the mantras for the 64 Siddhas starting with mangalanAtha etc. The revised and enlarged edition of the book, The Greatness of Sringeri, says that Sri Sankara established stotrak four mathas in the four directions and the bookKumbakona Mutt also says that Sri Sankara established in the four corners of India four mathas of apostolic succession.

The institution for the Southern region should have been at Ramesvaram or Kanyakumari which is the corner or cardinal point in the South. A perusal of the Lalita – sahasranama and the Lalita – trisati will show that Sarada is completely different from Kamakshi or Kamakoti.

Amnaya Stotra says that LS parayana is complete only with these two stotras parayana and Sthavaraja is supposed to be Sarvapurthykaram as said in these scriptures.


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The tantras are mostly in the form of amnqya dialogue or an upadesa between Parameshwara and Parameshwari. When these two are engaged in disputation, what can I a servant do?

Kanchi is not only the centre of Dakshinamnaya by being the seat of Sri Kamakshithe Amnaya – saktiit is also the central point of the earth according to the works, Kanchi – mahatmyaKamakshivilasa and Merutantra. The same verse appears in the copy of Sivarahasya obtained from some other libraries as well as in the commentary to verse of the last Chapter of Madhaviya – Sankaravijaya. The pithasakti of the institution on the banks of the Tungabhadra in Saradawhereas the sakti of the institution at Kanchi is Kamakshi or Kamakoti.

But the present popular Sringeri also bearing the same epithet is not on the banks of the Tungabhadra but is on the banks of the Tunga. It is highly subtle and not revealed easily to a Sadhaka. The Guruparampara of Kudali Sringeri mathaprinted at Seshadri Press, Mysore, under authority of the said mathaalso says the same thing with a very slight modification. This tradition is also mentioned in some form or other by many authors in their works. I then came across a small booklet Yati – sandhya in Devanagari script published by the Dvaraka – pitha in the year Vikrama Saka It is not clear why, after naming in the beginning of the work Anandagiri as the foremost of the earlier authors, the Guruvamsa – kavya mentions some other place as the last resort of Sri Sankaracharya.

Sivaramamoorti, Director, National Museum, New Delhi, who personally discovered this sculpture is of this opinion. Sri Padmapada then exclaimed: Both are in ” Rudra Yamala Tantra “.