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Once we visited the temple,Prof Sharma revealed that he made a Darshan of Lord Hanuman when he came to Allahabad for his interview at the University and so influential is the Lord that he got the post ! He further added that his house is a Prasad of the Lord.

Shankaracharya is considered as the decision maker of Hindu Religion. But,Puri Shankaracharya goes a bit far.Today’s headline in the newspapers is,Puri Shankaracharya opposed the government decision to have a new airport at Puri as it will kill the grasslands. This takes me back to my visit to the Kanchi Kamakoti Shankar ashram at the Sangam City two years ago.

Allahabad is a Relaxed City.Lord Hanuman came here and started relaxing at Ganga Ghat near the fort.It is said that Mother Ganges comes every rainy season to embrace her daughter and wash him with her water.My friend Prof Susheel Kumar Sharma insisted and I visited the temple of Bade Hanuman Ji,Allahabad.

Once we visited the temple,Prof Sharma revealed that he made a Darshan of Lord Hanuman when he came to Allahabad for his interview at the University and so influential is the Lord that he got the post ! He further added that his house is a Prasad of the Lord.

-‘But where is the Dakshina of the Pandit ?’ I asked.

-‘Come, let us go to Kanchi Kamakoti Ashram nearby and you will get some new information in addition to the Dakshina,’ Prof Sharma said and we moved to the Ashram.


‘I do not want a kingdom on the earth, nor wealth, nor heaven. I wish my life would be devoted to help the poorest and the weakest.’

This is what Swami Laxmanananda said once that my young friend journalist Saswat Panigrahi quoted.Death is very painful if the killers are not punished.Murder of this saint is still a mystery .

I went in my mind to some noble thoughts:

Somebody says something to you that is rude or designed to hurt.Instead of going into unconscious reaction and negativity,such as attack, defense, or withdrawal, you let it pass right through you.Offer no resistance.It is as if there is nobody there to get hurt anymore. That is forgiveness. In this way, you become invulnerable.You can still tell that person that his or her behavior is unacceptable, if that is what you choose to do.

But that person no longer has the power to control your inner state.You are then in your power — not in someone else’s,nor are you run by your mind.Whether it is a car alarm, a rude person, a flood, an earthquake, or the loss of all your possessions, the resistance mechanism is the same.Calmness is a human superpower.The ability to not overreact or take things personally keeps your mind clear and your heart at peace.Stupidity is far more fascinating than intelligence,after all intelligence has its limits.

Solution is the holding to thought that "Whatever responsibilities are given to us are according to our capabilities". When we remind ourselves of this we will feel light and give our best to fulfill all our responsibilities.

I faintly recollected from memory that Swami Laxmanananda once said that Adi Shankaracharya established a Math at Allahabad which was a part of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham established by him.During my visit to Allahabad I visited this Ashram as per the proposal of Prof Sharma and was delighted to see the records.

The chronological list of Guru Paramapara of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham Math at Allahabad is as follows:

1. Adi Sankara Bhagavatpada (482 BC–477 BC)/ 509 BC-477 BC

2. Suresvaracharya (477 BC–407 BC) ( one of the four disciples who is the first guru of Sringeri mutt. Kanchi mutt was reportedly not one of the four mutts established by Adi Sankara )

3. Sarvajnatman (407 BC–367 BC)[15]

Followed by Saraswatis ;

4. Sathyabodhendra Saraswati (367 BC–268 BC)[16]

5. Jnanandendra Saraswati (268 BC–205 BC)

6. Suddhanandendra Saraswati (205 BC–124 BC)

7. Aanandaghanendra Saraswati (124 BC–55 BC)

8. Kaivalyanandayogendra Saraswati (55 BC–28 AD)

9. Krpa Sankarendra Saraswati (28 AD–69 AD)

10. Sureswara Saraswati (69 AD–127 AD)

11. Sivananda Chidghanendra Saraswati (127 AD–172 AD)

12. Chandrasekharendra Saraswati (172–235)

13. Satchidghanendra Saraswati (235–272)

14. Vidyaghanendra Saraswati (272–317)

15. Gangadharendra Saraswati (317–329)

16. Ujjvala Sankarendra Saraswati (329–367)

17. Sadasivendra Saraswati (367–375)

18. Shankarananda Saraswati (375–385)

19. Martanda Vidyaghanendra Saraswati (385–398)

20. Muka Sankarendra Saraswati (398–437)

21. Chandrasekharendra Saraswati II (437–447)

22. Bodhendra Saraswati (447–481)

23. Satchisukhendra Saraswati (481–512)

24. Chitsukhendra Saraswati (512–527)

25. Satchidanandaghanendra Saraswati (527–548)

26. Prajnaghanendra Saraswati (548–565)

27. Chidvilasendra Saraswati (565–577)

28. Mahadevendra Saraswati I (577–601)

29. Purnabhodhendra Saraswati (601–618)

30. Bhodhendra Saraswati II (618–655)

31. Brahmanandaghanendra Saraswati (655–668)

32. Chidanandaghanendra Saraswati (668–672)

33. Satchidananda Saraswati (672–692)

34. Chandrasekharendra Saraswati III (692–710)

35. Chitsukhendra Saraswati (710–737)

36. Chitsukhanandendra Saraswati (737–758)

37. Vidyaghanendra Saraswati III (758–788)

38. Abhinava Sankarendra Saraswati (788–840)

39. Satchidvilaasendra Saraswati (840–873)

40. Mahadevendra Saraswati II (873–915)

41. Gangadharendra Saraswati II (915–950)

42. Brahmanandaghanendra Saraswati (950–978)

43. Anandaghanendra Saraswati (978–1014)

44. Purnabhodhendra Saraswati II (1014–1040)

45. Paramasivendra Saraswati I (1040–1061)

46. Sandranandabhodhendra Saraswati (1061–1098)

47. Chandrasekharendra Saraswati IV (1098–1166)

48. Advaitanandabodhendra Saraswati (1166–1200)

49. Mahadevendra Saraswati III (1200–1247)

50. Chandrachudendra Saraswati I (1247–1297)

51. Vidyateerthendra Saraswati (1297–1385)

52. Sankaranandendra Saraswati (1385–1417)

53. Purnananda Sadasivendra Saraswati (1417–1498)

54. Vyasachala Mahadevendra Saraswati (1498–1507)

55. Chandrachudhendra Saraswati II (1507–1524)

56. Sarvajna Sadasiva Bhodhendra Saraswati (1524–1539)

57. Paramasivendra Saraswati II (1539–1586)

58. Atma Bodhendra Saraswati (1586–1638)

59. Bodhendra Saraswathi (1638–1692)

60. Advaitatma Prakasendra Saraswati (1692–1704)

61. Mahadevendra Saraswati IV (1704–1746)

62. ChandrasekharendraSaraswati V (1746–1783)

63. Mahadevendra Saraswati V (1783–1813)

64. Chandrasekharendra Saraswati VI (1813–1851)

65. Sudarsana Mahadevendra Saraswati (1851–1891)

66. Chandrasekharendra Saraswati VII (1891 – 7 February 1907)

67. Mahadevendra Saraswathi V (7 February 1907 – 13 February 1907)

68. Chandrashekarendra Saraswati (13 February 1907 – 8 January 1994)

69. Jayendra Saraswathi (3 January 1994 – 28 February 2018)

70. Shankara Vijayendra Saraswati (28 February 2018 – Present)


My mind was moving around one incidence in Odisha in 2008 in which Swami Laxmanananda was killed in 2008.As I once got to know from Saswat Panigrahi,Senior Journalist and Researcher on Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati who was brutally murdered on the Janmashtami Day thirteen years ago:

‘Born in 1924 in Angul district of Odisha,a young Lakshmanananda had left home for Rishikesh and practiced sadhana in the caves of the Himalayas for nine long years.In 1966,he returned to his home State Odisha to spearhead the Goraksha Andolan (anti-cow slaughter movement).Meanwhile,people requested him to go to Kandhamal (then a part of the erstwhile Boudh-Kandhamal district) to serve the poor tribals.Swami Lakshmanananda initially made Chakapad – a remote place of Kandhamal– his place of work.In Chakapad, he established a school based on the Gurukul system.He also established a separate night school for adult education. In addition, he had established a college to teach Sanskrit.Later,he established Sankaracharya Kanyashram – a wholly residential school – in Jalespatta for imparting education to girl students.

Lakshmanananda was relentlessly working for preserving the tribal culture. He had established and renovated Dharanipenu (the worship place of tribal deity)in several places of Kandhamal.Apart from educating the tribals of Kandhamal and preserving their culture, he was working for their socio-economic well-being. He taught tribals the techniques of better cultivation.On several occasions,he emphasized that the tribals must be allowed to live with dignity.He instilled a sense of immense confidence and self-respect in the minds of tribals. This is how he was responsible for transforming the lives of the forest dwellers of Kandhamal.In between 1970 to the last fatal attack of 2008,he was attacked as many as eight times for his work on tribal welfare.

‘Come, we are getting late to go to Netram for our lunch ‘, Prof Sharma reminded that my Daan and Dakshina are well on the track.

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