8 April 2013

Sri Idaikadar Samadhi


In the previous posting about the great Siddhar Sri Idaikadar, I mentioned that there has been a debate as to the exact location of the samadhi of this great Saint. The Samadhi is believed by most to be located in one of two places inside the Compound of the Arunachaleswarar Temple.

The first spot is located near the Temple Goshala and is maintained by the "Idaikattar Sithar Welfare Association". While there I spoke with a priest connected with the Association and he assured me that this is indeed the recognised Samadhi of Sri Idaikadar. In addition I purchased a book published by the Welfare Association and after perusing it will post any additional biographical information on the great Siddhar.



Wall adjoining Goshala
View of Arunachala from Goshala
Temple Cows

The Nursery
Distant View of Samadhi
Inscription on side of Samadhi


Samadhi of Sri Idaikadar

Samadhi alcove

Closer View
Samadhi of Sri Idaikadar


The second site believed by some to be the location of the samadhi of Sri Idaikadar is at the shrine dedicated to Arunagiri Yogeshwara, which is located at the back of the Shiva Sannidhi. However now that the Trust associated with Sri Idaikadar has declared his samadhi to be the one located near the Temple Goshala, worshippers will probably start congregating at that spot. However below are some photographs at what was previously thought to be the samadhi of the Siddhar.

Shrine of Arunagiri Yogeshwara


Shrine with Arunachala in Background
Samadhi of Sri Idaikadar at Arunagiri Yogeshwara Shrine

Arunachala from Shrine

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