Shastra Ratnakara Brahmashri Thethiyur Subramania Sastrigal
Those who have had dharshan of Sri Kanchi Mahaperiava can consider themselves as fortunate. Rare indeed are those have been praised by his holiness. Periava composing strotram on someone is unheard of or atleast till we get to know about Shastra Ratnakara Brahmashri Thethiyur Subramania Sastrigal. In the year 1948 while confering the title Sastra Ratnakara on the revered Shastriji, Periava composed the strotram.
“Goddess Sarawathi Devi was distressed and worried over the fact that those pandits on whom her grace was showered were all ‘madhyama’ purushas as they were always at the receiving end and pleading “Give me”. But after the advent of Shri Thethiyur Sastrigal, on whom she bestowed her grace in no small measure, she became happy; for Shri Shastriji inspite of his scholarship was an Uttamapurusha because he was ready to give away”.
Shastriji was born in the year1884 to parents of illustrious lineage. After completion of formal studies of Veda and Sastras he studied Vedanta under Mahamahaopadhyaya Harihara Shastrigal a disciple of the great Mannargudi Raju Sastrigal. In 1920 he founded a Vedanta Padasala in Thetiyur. Later he moved to Madurai and started an Advaita sabha. He received Srividya mantra Dhiksha from Sringeri Acharya Sri Sri Sachchidananda Sivabhinava Narasimha Bharati Mahaswamiji. The Dhiksha was completed by Sri Sri Chandrasekhara Bharati Mahaswamiji. During the upadesha Sastriji directly witnessed Ambal standing near his guru.
Sastriji ran a magazine called Sanmarga pradharshini and authored several books. In 1947 he built a temple for Adi Sankara in Abiramapuram, Chennai. The temple today houses paaduka of both Sri Kanchi Mahaperiava and Sringeri Acharya.
The following books authored by Sastriji in Tamil
1. ஸௌந்தர்ய லஹரீ
2. சுப்பிரமண்ய புஜங்கம்
3. ஸ்ரீமத் வால்மீகி ராமாயணம் பால காண்டம்
4. ஸ்ரீமத் வால்மீகி ராமாயணம் அயோத்யா காண்டம்
5. ஸ்ரீமத் வால்மீகி ராமாயணம் சுந்தர காண்டம்
6. ஸ்ரீ தக்ஷிணாமூர்த்தி ஸ்தோத்திரம்
7. ஸ்ரீ ப்ரஹ்மவித்யா சதுஸ்ஸூத்ரீ
9. ஸ்ரீ கனகதாரா ஸ்தோத்திரம்
10. ஸ்ரீம்த் பாகவதம் சது : ச்லோகீ
11. ஸ்ரீ பகவத் கீதாஸாரம்
12. ஆதித்ய ஹ்ருதய ஸ்தோத்திரம்
13. ஸ்ரீமீனாக்ஷி பஞ்சதஷீ ஸ்தோத்ரம
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