Govindapuram & Sri Bodendral Saraswati Swamigal of Kanchi - Govindapuram is a beautiful village situated on the river bank of Veeracholan (A branch of River Cauvery) and located in between the cities of Kumbakonam And Mayiladuthurai in the Tanjore Cauvery belt of Tamilnadu. In this village, in a calm and serene atmosphere on the river bank, The Jeeva Samadhi of Sri Bhagavan naama Bodendra Saraswathi Swamigal, the 59th Peedathipathy of Kanchi mutt is Present. Even today one can feel the spiritual Presence of Sri Bodendral in his Adhistanam at Govindapuram. Sri Bhagavannama Bodhendra Saraswathi Swamigal alias Sri Bodhendral was born in Mandana Misra Agraharam at Kanchi as the son of Kesava Panduranga. Sri Bodhendral's former name was Purushothama. It was Sri Bodhendral who stressed the efficacy of devotion as a means to liberation in this Kali Yugam. Sri Bodhendral therefore undertook the great task of Nama Siddhantha, or establishing the supreme efficacy of reciting the names of Bhagavan in many of His writings, chiefly in Namamritha Rasayana and Namamritha Rasodhaya.
It was the Nama Siddhanta of Sri Bodhendral that was ultimately responsible for the evolution of Bhajana Sampradhaya as an institution in the religious life of the Hindu community in South India. Sri Bodhendral performed Tatanka Pratishtha at Jambukeswaram and while returning to Kanchi He attained Videha Mukthi at Govindapuram on Full Moon day in the month of Proshtapada of the cyclic year Prajotpatti (1692 AD). Govindapuram is located on the Kumbakonam Mayiladudurai Highways, 12 Kms from Kumbakonam. Bus Stop : Govindapuram Agraharam Nearest Railway Station is Kumbakonam
About Sri. Bodhendra Saraswathi Swamigal
Sri Sri Bodhendral was the 59th Pontiff of KANCHI KAMAKOTI PEETAM. His Holiness established “NAMA SIDDHANTHA” and preached RAMA NAMA to all, irrespective of caste, creed and religion. His Holiness attained Jeeva Samadhi at Govindhapuram.
Following the “Nama Siddantham preaching” of His Holiness, Paranur Mahatma, Sri Sri Krishna Premi Swamigal has been in the cause of spreading the message through his Pravachanams and bajans.
SRI BHAGAVANNAMA BODHENDRAL SEVA SAMITHI ANNADHANA TRUST, GOVINDHAPURAM was founded in the year 1997.
Seeing the extraordinary qualities and immense potentialities of the child, to render incalculable good to humanity, Sri Viswakendra Saraswati requested his parents to hand over the child to the KanchiMatha with the pious hope of making the child succeed him. The parents willingly gave the child to the mutt. The child attained extra ordinary mastery over Sruti and the Smriti. It gradually dawned on him that namasankeerthanam (chanting of Lord Rama's name) would fetter the cycles of death and birth in Kali Yuga. He chanted Rama nama(the name of Lord Rama) one lakh times every day.
Athmabodhar instructed Bodhendra Saraswati to proceed to Kanchipuram after obtaining Lakshmi Sreedhar's Bhagawan Nama Koumundhi from the author himself at Jagannatha Kshetram (PuriJagannadh), and to compose a lakh of Bhagawan Nama slokas (sacred texts on lord) on the basis of Bhagawan Nama Koumundhi. The above mentioned mandate of his guru (teacher) gave him a golden opportunity to pour out his devotion to Lord Rama and to vindicate the efficacy of Rama Nama (name of Lord Rama).
It was Sri Bodhendral who stressed the efficacy of devotion as a means to liberation in this Kali Yugam. Sri Bodhendral therefore undertook the Nama Siddhantha, or establishing the supreme efficacy of reciting the names of Bhagavan in many of His writings, chiefly in Namamritha Rasayana and Namamritha Rasodhaya. Sri Bodhendral's mission of Nama Siddhantha was pursued with equal vigor by Sridhara VenkatesaAyyaval of Tiruvisainallur and by Sathguru Swamigal of Marudanallur. It was the Nama Siddhanta of Sri Bodhendral that was ultimately responsible for the evolution of BhajanaSampradhaya as an institution in the religious life of the Hindu community in South India. Bodhendra Saraswathi, during the course of his wanderings in the Cauvery delta was attracted by the beauty of the place(presently Govindhapuram) and decided to attain samadhi or salvation at the spot. One morning, in the Purattasi (September–October) month of the year 1692, Bodhendra Saraswathi attained Jeeva Samadhi sitting in anyogic state. He attained VidehaMukthi at Govindapuram on Full Moon day in the month of Proshtapada of the cyclic year Prajotpatti (1692 AD).