Sketch of Mantra Murthi Dasan Sri Venkatesa Battachar Swamigal
Our Bharat is a Punya
Bhoomi. There are many countries engaged in the development of science.
But our country is the only one that has developed the Spiritual
Science, which encompasses all other sciences. Countless are the great
ones borne by our Mother Bharat.
Innumerable are the ones born in the South, in particular. Even today
we live in the midst of many an illumined soul. Among such luminaries
is the revered 'Mantra Murthi Dasan' Poojya Sri Venkatesa Battachar, a
veritable spring of Divine Grace. A small village called Sitthamalli
(near the famous Sirgazhi which gave us Saint Thirugnanasambandar) has
the honour of giving to this world Thavathiru Sri Venkatesa Battachar,
an illustrious exponent of Mantra Sastra, a noble soul who has spent
his life so far for the benefit of others and welfare of humanity.
Mantra Murthi Dasan
those who seek the blessings of
this Swamiji and many have been the recipients of his grace and
blessings. The Swamiji was born in 1927, in the small village of
Sitthamalli, to the devout Vaisnavite couple, Sri Srinivasa
Battachariar and Srimathy Alamelu Ammal. In the lineage of
Sri vaikaanasa, known for their service to humanity after the ideal of
"Service to Man is Service to GOD".
Even before the age of 7, Swamiji learnt how to perform pooja in
temples from his maternal grand father. He became a trained
archaka at a tender age. At the age of seven, he was duly invested
the sacred thread. He was then sent to the Vedha Patasala at
Thiruvasainallur. He remained there for two years and acquired a good
grasp of the essence of the vedas. From his tenth year onwards he
lived with his grand father, performing temple worships in several
villages. He learnt the Scriptures from Mahavidwan "Vyakarana Siromani"
Sri Ubhaya Vedanta Srinivasa Battachariar.
In 1943, at the age of sixteen, in deference to his parents' wishes, he
married Sowbhagyavathi Rukmini, daughter of Sri Seshadrinatha
Battachariar. At the time of marriage, Swamiji came into contact with
Poojyasri Rangaswami Battachariar of Anathandavapuram, near Mayavaram.
Swamiji was fortunate enough in becoming the chief deciple of Poojyasri
Rangaswami Battachariar at the age of twenty-one.
Poojyasri Rangaswami Battachariar's mastery over Mantra Shastra can be
understood from what is narrated there under. Sri Rangaswami was doing
temple duty in Anathandavapuram. One of those days he came across a
sage Sri Ramanandanatha who was seeking food and shelter. Sri
Rangaswami took care of this sage for a number of days. One day the
sage declared that he is going to confer all his spiritual knowledge of
Mantra. Yantra and Tantra shastras and all his spiritual powers
accumulated by stringent penance and mantra-japa on Sri Rangaswami.
Though Sri Rangaswami was not prepared for this, the sage, who was a
Siddaha Purusha conferred all his knowledge and powers on Sri
Rangaswami and disappeared. Sri Rangaswami started to chant the various
Mantras handed over to him and immediately he was able to perceive the
presence of the Mantra Devata. When Sri Rangaswami chanted aloud the
Panchamukha Anjaneya Swami Mantra, a 10 years old ignorant Brahmin boy
playing in front of him started to speak in chaste Sanskrit.
Sri Rangaswami who has not studied much, did not understand. He
immediately sought the help of learned people who came to the
conclusion that it was Lord Hanuman who spoke through the boy. One day,
when some villagers were making fun of Sri Rangaswami, Lord Hanuman
came on a boy and went on to assault those persons. Sri Rangaswami
demonstrated his prowess before His Holiness, the Paramacharya of
Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam. The Paramacharya, after conversing with the boy
on whom Lord Hanuman was made to descend, requested the God to be
present only when invoked through the Mantra and not otherwise.
The Paramacharya organised a Sadas of learned Pundits where the
spiritual powers of Sri Rangaswami could be demonstrated. At the
Sadhas. Sri Rangaswami, through the power of his Mantra, invoked the
presence of God in an ignorant 10 years old boy.
The learned pundits at the Sadhas asked him questions at random,
relating to Vedas, Puranas, Ithihasas, Mantras, Tantras,
Shastras,Agamas etc., The 10
years old boy replied all questions effortlessly and perfectly with
supporting lines from the original works in Sanskrit. Because of the
Divinity made to descend upon the boy, he was able to reply all the
questions so well.
Seeing this stupendous feat and mastery over Mantra Shastra of Sri
Rangaswami the Paramacharya conferred on him the title of
"Mantramurthi" on the spot. It was this illustrious Sri Rangaswami
Battachariar whom our Sri Venkatesa Battachariar was fortunate enough
to attain as his Guru at the age of twenty-one.Sri Venkatesa
Battachariar was living in Aduthurai with his wife and two children.
In those days, in addition to attending to temple duties and domestic
works, he used to visit and serve his Guruji regularly at
Anathandavapuram. After two years, on account of transfer of temple
duties and other situation, he had to leave Aduthurai and go to Kallur,
a small village about 10 kilometers from Kumbakonam. At that time
Swamiji was 25 years old, and the year was 1952. He would attend to the
temple duties at Kallur and also at some neighbouring places like
Tennalur, Kadichampatti etc.,
Despite being so occupied, he also regularly did Sadhana - practice of
the Mantras initiated by his Guru. Occasionally he would also
participate in the various Homas performed by his Guru. Besides, in
accordance with Guru's behest, he rendered free service to the people
by curing them of poisonous insect bites. In this way, he spent about
15 years with his spiritual mentor, getting well trained in the
performance of Homas for various deities-Ganapathy, Navagraha, Lakshmi Sudarsanam and Panchamukha
Hanuman. As a result, he grew in his spiritual stature, with ability to
use Mantras with efficacy.
In 1965, at the age thirty-eight, his Guru bestowed upon him his
blessings and gave the approval to make use of his Mantric powers at
his own discretion for the well being of others. By now Swamiji's
family had grown, being blessed with 4 sons and three daughters. Right
from the day his Guru granted him permission, he has been redressing
the sufferings of those who approached him by instructing them on the
right course of action to be taken. Many are the families that have
prospered through his blessings.
In the year 1977 he left Kallur to settle in Kumbakonam. Here also he
carried on with temple duty and serving the afflicted. Welfare of the people continued to be his focal
mission for several decades. In 1985 he came to Chennai. He continued
to be much sought after by devotees in Chennai as well as from
Kumbakonam for invoking the Divine Grace so as to enable them to
perform poojas effectively. Swamiji is a highly blessed soul. He has
helped many families out of their afflictions caused by the spell of
wicked or sinful influences and made them proper.
(naadi jyotish or naadi astrology) is very popular in the South. That
is, fortune telling with reference
to ancient scrolls. Several of those engaged in this profession in
Chennai, Bangalore etc., have sent their clients to Swamiji in
accordance with the dictates of the scrolls, to seek ways of
expiation(Parihaaram). Swamiji uses his Mantra shastra only for the
welfare of the people. The Divine Grace attained by stringent
penance-Deiva Balam-helps Swamiji to pinpoint, the cause of misery of
any individual and proper and effective remedy for the same.
The power of his Guru Parampara makes the remedy prescribed even more
effective ensuring the eradication of the misery completely. Elaborate
Mantra Siddhi of his upasana deveta ( Savikalpa Siddhi ) empowers him
to trace the poorva janma of a particular individual.Knowing the poorva
janma (previous birth ) of any individual is highly essential for
advocating the right solution ( parihara ) for problem of any kind.
has attained the siddhi powers of
his upasana deveta - Sri Panchamukha Hanuman and this
helps him to trace the poorva janma of anyone and also in suggesting
the right solution, after only knowing the date of birth of any
individual. This type of guidance is highly distinct from general
preaching. Among the important initiations Swamiji got from his Guru,
one is on Lord Panchamukha Hanuman. He was initiated into the Mantra at
the age of forty.
Considering his advancing age, Swamiji wanted to confer the Panchamukha
Anjaneya Moola Mantras to a eligible person so that these powerful
Mantras are available to the posterity. The eligibility for acquiring
these Mantras is the person concerned must be a Bramhachari or
vanaprastha or sanyasi .
Since his own sons were in Grahastashrama he could not pass it on to
them. Swamiji did not want the great Mantras to vanish with him. Not
knowing what to do, He surrendered to the divine seeking guidance.
He did receive the Divine guidance through a small girl appearing in
his dream. The Goddess wanted him to submit the Mantras for
logashemam(human welfare) by transferring all his spiritual powers to a
Panchamukha Anjaneya Swami Yantra and install a Panchamukha Anjaneya
Swami murti over it.
The Moola Mantras of Sri Panchamukha Hanuman will be written on the
walls facing each Mukha and anybody without any discrimination on the
lines of caste,creed,religion,gender or status can chant specified
number of times for specific period. The specific Moola Mantra relevant
to the remedy the devotee is seeking and the remedy will be readily
available to such devotee.
Thus the Moola Mantras of Sri Panchamukha Anjaneya Swami will become
available for the welfare of the world community. "Logashemam(welfare
of the entire humanity) is the sole goal for Swamiji and he continued
to direct his efforts towards this goal till his last. It was his life
The project of establishing "SRI
VISWAROOPA PANCHAMUKHA ANJANEYA SWAMI ASHRAM"at Tiruvallur
is yet another manifestation of the aim and ambition of
Swamiji,namely,Logashemam. This project was the lifetime ambition of
Swamiji and to implement this, a Charitable Trust SRI VISWAROOPA
PANCHAMUKHA ANJANEYA SWAMI FOUNDATION was formed with his disciple
Dr.P.Lakshmi and other eminent people in
1993. The project is estimated to cost Rs.4 to 5 crores.
There should a great inner driving force, which will prompt a person to
undertake such a huge project. For Swamiji, such driving force was his
unrelenting desire for doing service to mankind and this philosophy was
entwined in his blood stream. He had devoted decades of his life for
logashemam(welfare of humanity) and still continues to do so, even
though he is not physically present amongst us.
Swamiji attained the lotus feet of God on 31-March-2003. Guru Aradhana
was performed in his honour on 13-April-2003 in which a large number of
devotees participated. It is our
earnest appeal that all devotees should come forward in fulfilling
Swamiji vision for constructing the Viswaroopa Panchamukha Anjaneya
Jai Hanuman !