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Kanchi Maha Periyava Jayanti – Birth Anniversary of Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Mahaswamiji

Kanchi Maha Periyava, popularly known as Sage of Kanchi, was the 68th Jagadguru of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham. His birth anniversary is annually observed on Jyeshta Purnima tithi – the corresponding date as per Tamil Calendar is the full moon day in Vaikasi month. Kanchi Maha Periyava Jayanthi 2023 date is June 4. In 2023, it is the 129th Jayanti celebrations. As per birth star, the celebration is on June 3, 2023 on Anusham or Anuradha Nakshatra day (The kanchi mutt follows the Nakshatra for fixing the Jayanthi date). Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Mahaswamiji (20 May 1894 – 8 January 1994) needs no introduction. He was affectionately called ‘Mahaswamigal.’ He became the pontiff of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham in 1907. He travelled across the country spreading Dharma and the teachings of Adi Shankaracharya. His foremost concern was preservation of the Vedas, tradition and dharma. He advocated simplicity, shunned pomp, ostentation and extravagance. His exposition of Ved

Story of the name of Valmiki – Valmikam – Anthill

Story of the name of Valmiki, the author of Ramayana, is found in the Avanti Khanda of Padma Purana. As per the story in the Purana, Valmiki was a robber in his early life. One day he waylaid Saptarishis and tried to rob them. A dialogue ensued between the Rishis and Valmiki. The Rishis asked Agnisharma to ask his family members if they were ready to share the effects of the sins he was committing. When Valmiki put this question to the members of his family, they declined to share the fruits of his sins. Repentant Valmiki came back and reported the matters to Rishis. They asked to perform Tapa reciting the name of Rama. For hundreds of years, He sat in the forest chanting the name of Rama. He was covered with anthill. The Rishis then took him out of the anthill and named him as Valmiki. Valmikam in Sanskrit means anthill.