Our beloved gurugaru Shri Shri Sadguru Sivananda Murthy garu left behind us a huge spiritual wealth which can make anyone the richest spiritually while also leading a fulfilling dharmic material life. The greatest asset given to us is the Gurdudham and Saptadham. The Gurudham is the final Abode of Gurudev and Saptadham is the way to reach Gurudham (internally). Gurugaru assured all of us that he would remain here showering his grace on all and guiding and protecting all the times. He chose Gurudham as his final abode and it is the abode of Lord Siva and Mata Ganga undoubtedly for us. Gurugaru advised all that in times of crisis that may grip this world, Gurudham and Saptadham will provide Protection, give Direction and becomes the Destination. Those seeking the three (Protection, Direction and Destination) have to visit the Gurudham and Saptadham, spend two or three nights in complete silence, eat light food and just seek and await for the divine message. The issues will find answers. The crisis and confusion is removed and clarity and peace will prevail upon the seeker. It is therefore being proposed to develop this centre further, spread the benefits to all while also augmenting the present infrastructure t accommodate more and more people. We hope with the blessings of Gurugaru and Support from the devotees the dream can be realized.
The historic city of Warangal has been a seat of Vedic Saivism for centuries. According to Sathguru Sri Sivananda Murtyji it is on par with Kashmir as an exalted seat of Vedic Saivism. It played a pivotal role in matters of religion in the Andhra desa or Trilinga desa of yore. It was also a witness to the rise and fall of many non-Vedic religious movements such as Jainism, Shakti cult, Veera Saiva movement, Achala Yoga etc. Many great religious leaders such as Mallikarjuna Panditaradhya, Palakurki Somanatha, the eminent poet Tikkana, who promoted Harihara tattva (despite difference in form the essence is same Siva and Vishnu) in this region, strode on this sacred soil. Deeply inspired Tikkana Nachana Somana, the court poet of Vijayanagara empire, too contributed to the spread of Hariharatattva. Pothana, the eminent Telugu poet, though a saivite, rendered Vyasa’s Mahabhagavatam into Telugu. Thus, we can see a harmony between Saivism and Vaishnavism without giving in to extremes as it happened in many other places. Moderation was the guiding principle to them. Yogic traditions too found this soil favourable to them and Parusurama Pantula Linga Murthy Gurumurthy is a name to be remembered in this context. It is a land of rich tapestry of various religious movements and thought.
It is in this hallowed land Gurudham, the abode of Sathguru Sri Sivananda Murtyji, was built in 1991 by his devotees and Gurugaru chose it as his final abode as well. It is situated besides Sri Ayyappa Swamy Temple on the Mulugu road about 2 km from the Warangal-Hanamkonda main road. Sathguru Sivananda Murty is a house hold name in the Warangal town. There are several families which are closely attached with him. It is very hard to come across someone who is not connected with him either directly or indirectly in the town; for he had been associated with the place for more than 5 and half decades. He began his career in the state police department in 1951 in this very place and ever since he had become its guardian angel.
Though Gurudham (House of Gurugaru and Temple Dedicated to Gurugaru) is a two storeyed building occupying about five to six hundred square yards, the whole sprawling campus of about 5 acres is known by its name. On the ground floor are located three guest rooms and a large hall converted into a small library. The first floor is the residential quarter for Guruji and his family. A few yards away from the main building within the compound is located the shrine dedicated to Sri Kandukuri Veera Basavaraju, illustrious father of Guruji. As he had lived full life in excellent health it is believed that anybody who prays to him there will be blessed with excellent health.
Adjacent to Guruji’s abode is his shrine “Adhishtanam” built there at his behest. This small temple, spread over 400 square feet, with its ornate architectural designs in the North-Indian style is a picture of simplicity. It is built with no costly stone but cement mortar reflecting the Master’s love for simple living. It is open on all four sides as if to suggest that God is all pervasive and can be approached from any side and any path. It recalls to our mind the Pasupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal which has entrances on four sides.
About three hundred feet away from Adhishtanam is the imposing statue of Guruji carved in black granite stone. Standing in front of it one can literally feel his presence. It is about ten feet in height and is sheltered in a room with a cement canopy with iron grills on four sides.
Next to that and behind Gurudham stands a colossal structure called Saptadham. Sapthadham, a magnificent structure, with two halls (ground and first floor) and a high domed cubical structure to house seven Gnanis/ Rishis - Sage Agastya, Sage Viswamitra, Sage Maitreya, Lord Krishna, Sage Parasurama, Maha Yogi Gorakhsa Natha and the Buddha - facing the inner circle consisting of Three main deities, Brahma, Vishnu, Siva with their Consorts, Sri Dattatreya, Sri Dakshina Murthy, Sri Kumara Swamy and Sri Ganapati surrounding the Parama Siva in Linga form. The Saptadham was consecrated by Guruji on 12th Feb 2010 (Maha Siva Ratri).
It is an architectural wonder with its tall columns and multiple pillars. The farther end of this structure is marked by a circular hall capped by a huge dome with a small opening to the sky. It has two floors covered by glossily polished granite stone slabs. It has two long corridors open to the greenery outside. Its wide entrance leads one to the sanctum sanctorum perched on wide granite platform. Inside the circular hall, the sanctum sanctorum, we have the beautifully carved stone idols of various gods and goddesses and some rishis who spent their lives in the service of humanity besides their spiritual pursuits.
In the centre of the hall stands a large Sivalinga carved in Kakatiya style. It is an unusually tall Sivalinga standing on the panavattam. It is surrounded by the idols of the Hindu trinity Brhma, Vishnu and Maheswara with their consorts. The Linga in the centre symbolises Sadashiva, the primordial godhead from which the whole Creation and the entire Hindu pantheon emanated. Surrounding it is the Trinity with their consorts, Adi Guru Sri Dakshinamurthy, lord Ganapati and lord Subrahmanya. Perched in the niches on the surrounding wall are the gods and rishis who spent their lives in the service of mankind and stood as shining examples of selfless service. They are sages Agastya, Viswamitra, Maitreya, Parashurama, Gautama Buddha, and gods Sri Krishna and Gorakshaknath.
On one occasion Guruji averred that anyone who meditates in the Saptadham with all sincerity will be able to cross the 7 lokas (worlds) to experience the Ultimate. This is an extraordinary yogic feat. According to Hindu cosmology there are 14 lokas (worlds): 7 Urdhva (higher) lokas and 7 Adholokas (lower worlds). Earth is the first of the 7 higher worlds, the others being Bhurloka, Bhuvarloka, Svarloka, Maharloka, Janarloka, Taparloka, Satyaloka. The lower worlds are: Atala, Vitala, Sutala, Talatala, Mahatala, Rasatala, and Patala. During the Sandhyavandana while doing pranayama one chants the names of the higher lokas, which means that through the act of pranayama one can transcend the lokas to reach the Ultimate. These lokas can be identified with various Chakras located in our body.
“The upper levels, however, illustrate the spiritual evolution of humans. Each level has a Chakra assigned to it. Our point of departure is the Earth (Bhūrloka) in the Mūlādhāra Chakra. The astral sphere (Bhuvarloka) is located in the Svādhishthāna Chakra. Next we experience “heaven” (Svarloka) in the Manipūra Chakra, and in the Anāhata Chakra we are admitted to the level of the Saints (Maharloka). In the Vishuddhi Chakra we pass through the cosmic sphere of the beings of light (Janarloka). Through discipline and purification we acquire clarity of knowledge and wisdom in the Āgyā Chakra (Taparloka). In the Sahasrāra Chakra we finally enter the level of absolute truth and reality (Satyaloka).”
Thus, Saptadham if rightly used can give one Self-realization. For all sincere sadhaks Guruji’s blessings are always there.
The excerpts from Guruji's benedictory talk on this occasion:
Definitely it is a landmark (in Warangal) with a sanctity. It has a good temple (Ayyappa Temple) by its side. It gains much importance in future. It is not very far from the town. There is grandeur here. It has ambience. If we meditate here we have all the Saptalokas here. Our Brahmanda has fourteen lokas, seven atholokas which we should not aspire and the seven Urthva lokas which we should aspire for. Bhuh, Bhuvah, Swar, Mahar, Jana, Tapa and Satya lokas are the seven Urthva lokas with which we should develop a contact. A hot line. These lokas have higher wisdom. Ignorance is weakness. Wisdom is power.( People say knowledge is power. But knowledge is only information.)
We are passing through a sandhikala. We come across many warnings about apocalypse. The Mayan Calendar, the religious prophesies, scientific projections and astroplogical predictions are indicating that something serious is going to happen concerning our Globe and humanity. Under such conditions, there must be a place of refuse as we go to a temple expecting a relief or a boon to get over our individual problems. This Saptadham is a place where all can come and pray asking for a message, an indication, or an assurance to get over the troubled times for the country and humanity at large. Under these circumstances, we should ask "what is our duty?". Kim kartavyam? What is to be done? We should get a message from Iswara i.e. antahkarana. The message should come from within. This Saptadham should become a communication Centre. People will be performing Yajnas etc. But here, if people staying here for two or three nights taking light food and ask him with silence, they should get a message. In the Saptadham, Gurugaru had installed Great Rishis/ Gnanis and Dieties who have love and affection for us and who wish our welfare and safety. They are our well-wishers. They are very kind to us. If we ask them, they give the message. When we ask we will get a miraculous message from them if we develop strong relations with them. It is not just enough to remember them only on one day in a year (Thithi). We must develop regular a contact by remembering them silently. Even if there is apocalypse, we should be prepared for it. Whenever anybody gets a doubt and seeks a clarification, he /she can come here and stay here for some time and sit silently and wait for an answer. Here one gets Peace, a Path and a Destination. That is Saptadham.