ATA Eyewitness Sharing Halasyanatha Gurukkal
Halasyanatha Gurukkal Recalls The Avatar in the Arunachaleshwara Temple
Associated Year in the Life of SPH
Halasyanatha Gurukkal is a retired priest of the Arunachaleshwara Temple who served Annamalayar when the Supreme Pontiff of Hinduism had lived and grew up in Tiruvannamalai. He shares the deep insights into The Avatar's life as He was closely working and interacting with the shivacharyas of Arunachaleshwara Temple. He recalls how Paramashiva Himself, who had incarnated, had taken the form of a young boy who innocently assisted them while they worshipped His unmoving and eternal form. SPH would help during daily morning and nightpy rituals of waking up the deity of Annalamalayar and putting him to sleep and even assist them in the treasuries of the temple. He lived as one among them and they all enjoyed His presence, as Paramashiva Himself enacting a beautiful leela by gracing those who served Him by serving and assisting them.
This very rare photograph of The young Avatār at around the age of 10, was discovered in 2017 by Tiruvannamalai by the biography team, with a veteran photographer of the temple town.
This photograph captures the Supreme Pontiff of Hinduism at the age of 10 upon His coronation as the 233rd Gurumahasannidhanam (Pontiff) of the ancient indigenous kingdom of Kailasa Paramparagatha Kanchee Kailasa Sarvajnapeetham. The coronation rituals and photography was arranged primarily by SPH's guru Mata Vibhutānanda Puri.