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Guru Purnima is that time of the year when one reveres the guru who brought light into our lives, who eradicated darkness by enlightening us with the power of knowledge. Guru Purnima is observed on the full moon of Ashadha or Aadi month. Vedicfolks takes pride in venerating the great masters of spiritualism, Mahavatar Babaji and the 18 Siddhars, the great saints of India whose contributions to humanity in the fields of medicine, philosophy, literature, etc. are very significant to society. Mahavatar Babaji Homam and 18 Siddhars Homam will be performed on Guru Purnima day which is observed to honour Maharishi Ved Vyas who was born of this day – Ashada Purnima. It is believed that the blessings of all Gurus are necessary for growth, enhancement of knowledge, auspiciousness and welfare of a person.
Mahavatar Babaji is an ageless immortal yogi who was born 5000 years ago and still exists on earth. It is said that the immortal yogi continues to remain in a physical body for the benefit of humanity. He is the father of Kriya Yoga traditions and has helped many practitioners attain self-realization and god realization. Babaji answers sincere prayers of the devotees. Mahavatar Babaji is not visible to ordinary earthlings but when a true devotee calls out to him, he can hear the call due to great insight and wisdom. He grants his blessings to a real seeker and his energies can be invoked in a ritual in his name. Mahavatar Babaji Homam grants comfort, protection, well-being and appreciation of all efforts. When invoked Babaji’s energies are purely unconditional and has excessive divine love. The Deathless Babaji as he is fondly called, is said to perform all kinds of miracles, like healing, telepathy, bringing the dead back to life, manifesting objects, and incredible co-ordination. It also ensures vitality, happiness in your family, unity and great positivity.
"Om Kriya Babaji Namah Om"
Agasthiyar: It is said that this great saint was initiated by Lord Shiva who in turn inducted kriya guru Babaji. He is responsible for discovering medicines like kaya kalpa, Tamil grammar and yoga. His disciples include Mahaavatar Babaji, Thiruvalluvar, Macchamuni and Boganathar.
Nandidevar: Nandidevar was directly initiated by Lord Shiva. His contributions to medicine, alchemy and kayakalpa are noteworthy. One of his works describe 32 varieties of herbal elixirs and details about various aspects of rejuvenation therapies.
Bogar: Popularly called Palani Malai Siddhar, Bogar is a great alchemist. He contributed to yoga, natural sciences and philosophy. He was behind installing Lord Muruga statue in Palani temple. He was instrumental in creating navapashanam, a herbal and mineral mix of ingredients that eradicates toxins from the body. This antidote can cure chronic health ailments.
Kamalamuni: One of the greatest siddha of all time, Kamalamuni’s contributions in the field of medicine and philosophy is quite well-known. He was the disciple of Boganathar and was popular for his contributions in the construction of the Tanjore temple.
Azhukanni Siddhar: One of the most revered siddhas of the time, this miracle healer is known to remove sufferings of the people. His famous contribution is the Siddhar Gnana Kovai, literature material on Siddha way of life.
Thirumoolar: He contributed the masterpiece ‘Thirumanthiram’ which deals with body and soul and is an almanac for Tantric Yoga. He even authored Saiva Siddhantham which framed the basic principles of Siddha system. His contributions towards nanotechnology, non-communicable diseases and degenerative diseases are worthy of mention.
Kalanginathar: Kalaginathar was a native of china and came to India in search of spiritual wisdom. He was the disciple of Thirumoolar and was adept in alchemy, Siddha medicine, meditation, alchemy, performing miracles, yoga and other philosophies. He discovered that a medicinal plant called ‘karunochi’ has the properties of rejuvenation.
Sattaimuni: He was inducted by Nandi Devar and Dakshinamoorthy. His disciples include Sundaranar and Paambatti. He contributed around 46 works that includes medicine and alchemy.
Machamuni: Also known as Matseyandranath, he has contributed immensely towards Hatha yoga and Tantric yoga practices. He was introduced by Agastyar, Punnakeesar and Pasundar.
Therayar: His guru was Dharmasowmiyar and his work on classification of diseases is significant. He mastered many fields like astrology, alchemy, medicine, mysticism and language. He had a unique style and scholarship over languages. He was fluent with many languages like Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Tulu and Sanskrit.
Goraknath/Korakkar: Disciple of Machamuni, Korakkar was well versed in Siddha medicine, philosophies, yoga and alchemy. His medicines for cataract of eye are noteworthy and he was known for using ganja (Indian hemp) as a rejuvenation medicine to increase longevity which was also named after him (Korakkar mooligai). He also contributed towards Avadhuta Gita, Hatha Yoga, Pradipika, Korakkar Brahma Gnanam etc.
Pambatti: Sattaimuni was his guru. He attained eight supernatural powers called Ashtama siddhi after undertaking penance for a very long time. He is famous for his work ‘Aadu Pambe’ that highlights the nobility and sublime nature of cobra, a symbol of Kundalini.
Pulipaani: He is the disciple of Bogar. Born in China, Pulipani assisted Bogar in crafting the Lord Muruga statue at Palani by collecting the necessary herbs. His contributions to medicine and alchemy are noteworthy.
Ramadevar: He was born in Podhigai Hills and is the disciple of Pulathiyar. His major work is named after him called Ramadevar 1000.He contributed towards the development of Kayakalpa, an ancient rejuvenation medicament that reverses the process of aging.
Sundaranandar: Disciple of Sattaimuni, Sundaranar surprised his peers by preparing a rejuvenating medicine called Chunnam. It has the power to eradicate diseases and when administered enters the nadis or energy channels and helps in the practice of yoga and pranayama. His other noteworthy works include Sundaranar Siva Gnana yogam 32 and Sundaranar Vakkya Sutram 64.
Kudambai: Kudambai retired from materialistic world at the early age of 16 years and wrote poems on God and self. His works are called Kudambai Gynana Sootram 18 and Kudambai Siddhar Padalgal.
Idaikkadar: The great saint Bogar was once amazed to see a shepherd performing intense yoga and accepted him as his disciple and transferred his Siddha knowledge to him. Idaikkadar soon became a master of Siddha medicine, yoga and philosophy. He attained Kunadalini awakening and experienced union with oneness.
Karuvoorar: He was the disciple of Kamala muni. He learnt Siddha science, philosophy and yoga. He made great contributions towards alchemy, sorcery, rejuvenation medicine etc.
The siddhars are mystics or saints that possess unique divine powers namely Mahima, Laghima, Prapti, Garima, Prakamya Prakamya, Anima, Vasitvam and Isatvam.
The siddhars are said to be miracle healers and mastered the art of mind concentration, breadth control and Kundalini awakening. They were equal to gods due to these facts, and also knew how to control space and time, transforming the body, controlling matter at molecular level, achieving immortality, etc.
The siddhars were proficient in Vaidyam which is medicine or its treatment, Vatham (alchemy), Mandrigam (tantric practices), Jothidam or astrology, Yogam or meditation and related exercises, and Gnanam (knowledge of the almighty). They propagated the belief that, food is medicine and medicine is food.
Located close to the temple town of Kumbakonam, Lord Muruga whose abode is in Swaminatha Swamy Temple, Swamimalai, is known as Swaminatha Swamy. The temple was built by King Parantaka Chola atop a hillock and one has to climb 60 steps to reach the shrine. These steps represent the 60 Tamil years. Lord Muruga preached the essence of the pranava mantra ‘Om’ to his father Lord Shiva here and in this way the father becomes the disciple of his own son. Lord Muruga manifests with an elephant called Airavata, instead of his vehicle the peacock. A puja in this temple begets immediate solution to problems. The lord removes obstacles, bestows happy married life, child boon, prosperity and education, longevity, enhancing career and job placements.
Sai Baba of Shirdi was a spiritual master who was adored by his followers for his teachings of love, forgiveness, charity, helping others, contentment, inner peace, devotion to God and Guru. Worshipping the energized, 3-inch Sai Baba idol can bring you a plethora of miracle blessings such as overcoming fear, solving court cases and enemy problems, job promotions, financial, health boon, wish fulfillment, etc. Place the idol in your puja altar and perform special pujas especially on Thursdays which is considered auspicious.