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Durvasa Deshikendra


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The shrine situated in front of Sri Kamakshi's Garbha Grham is of Sage Durvasas, also known as Krodha Bhattaraka. There are thirty-two chief upAsakas of Devi like manu, chandra, kubera etc. Among these, Kamaraja, Lopamudra and Durvasa are the chief upAsakas. Durvasa praNIta vidyA is called sAdi vidyA. Durvasa represents the power of sAttvika krodha of Amba, used to protect and correct her devotees, and thus her limitless kriyA shakti. It is Sri Durvasa who established the Kamakoti Peetha by consecrating a Bhu-Prastara Srichakra in front of Amba. He composed Lalita Stavaratna, also called AryA dwisahti, describing the Srinagara. He also composed Traipura Mahimna Stotra, a complete mantra shAstra in itself and also the Para Shambhu Mahimna Stotra. Due to a curse by Saraswati, he was born as a deaf and dumb brahmana and was graced by Sri Kamakshi with Anugraha Diksha. Amba is present in various forms in various Shakti Peethas. But her presence as Sri Lalita or Sri Rajarajeshwari or Sri Mahatripurasundari or Sri Srividya Parameshwari is only in Kamakoti Peetham, where Amba was worshipped by:

DevatA Traya - Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva

Rishi Traya - Hayagriva, Agastya and Durvasa

Upasaka Traya - Manmatha, Lopamudra and Durvasa

Shakti Traya - Uma, Rama and Brahmani

Another specialty of this peetha is Amba's presence as Yuganatha and Yuganathambaa swarUpiNi (whose names have to be learnt from Swaguru through mahA pAdukA), blessing upAsakas not only as shrImAtA, but also as Gurunatha swarupini. Thus, Amba blessed the deaf boy with nectarine speech and he burst into a set of five hundred verses known as AryA Shatakam. This incarnation of durvasa is called Muka Shankara. Among the various modes of Dikshas imparted like shAktI, shAmbhavI, mAntrI, kriyAvatI, ganDuShI etc., Anugraha is the highest form of Diksha, as described in Sanatkumara Samhita of the Shubhagama Panchaka. Amba herself granted Anugraha Diksha to Sri Durvasa, freeing him from the curse.

Sri Durvasa has appeared to many sincere devotees in Kamakshi temple at Kanchipuram. Sri Amrit, a great scholar and a Srividya Upasaka from Kashmir was guided by Sri Durvasa to write a commentary on Lalita Stavaratna. He was later instructed to undertake a pilgrimage to Kanchi where he was blessed with a vision of the great Guru. To this day, when the Chandana Abhisheka is performed to Sri Kamakshi, those with earnest devotion can see Durvasa right in the Srivigraha of Sri Kamakshi, when chandana kaappu is applied to Amba.

Sri Durvasa is the author of Saubhagya Chintamani Kalpa, also known as Durvasa Samhita, composed specially for the worship of Sri Kamakshi. It is a lesser known fact that Sri Chidanandanatha of Guhananda Mandali received explicit instructions from the great sage on restoring the nitya kainkarya to Sri Kamakshi as per Srividya Tantra. For the previous cycle of Devimana Guru varsha, Sri Durvasa was the Guru, whereas currently, the infinitely compassionate mother Bhagavati Lopamudramba is in charge. It is a Sampradayika Rahasya that those who recite Para Prasada vidya in the shrine of Durvasa receive his blessings and guidance. In Kamakshi's temple, not a single blade of grass can move without his permission and nothing escapes his sharp vision.

A certain lady from Trichy once described a wonderful experience. She was initiated into Srividya by her father-in-law at an early age and she visited Sri Kamalambika Devasthanam frequently. Her Guru passed away while she was still young and she knew nothing but the mula mantra given to her by her Guru. She practiced the same sincerely for years and longed for further guidance. A few years ago, while she was reciting Sri Lalita Sahasranama in the Sannidhi of Kamalambika, an old man with surprisingly sharp features appeared before her and instructed her to have darshan of Srividya Parameshwari at Kanchi, where she would get nyasa etc for her mantra. After she reached Kanchi and had darshan of Amba, she was surprised to see the same old man in the Sannidhi of Amba. The old man pointed to another gentleman and the lady rushed to fall at the feet of this gentleman. Surprised, the gentleman asked her who she was and she narrated the entire story and pointed to the old gentleman who still stood in Amba's Sannidhanam. The gentleman was Sri Yagnanarayana Shastri, a great Srividya Upasaka from Mysore, and as myself and shastrigal watched in awe, the old man lifted his hands in blessing and disappeared. Later, when we were going round the mantapa and bowed in front of Durvasa's Sannidhi, the very same face appeared in the Vigraha. Sri Yagnanarayana Shastrigal attained Siddhi in Bangalore in 2003 but Smt. Meenakshi Ammal, now his disciple, visits Kanchi every year and is blessed with the darshan of the great Guru without fail.