Sri Vidya Peetham in Chennai, India
Bhaskara Prakasha Ashram's cornerstone is the Sri Vidya Peetham in Chennai, India. The Peetham has a rare temple of Goddess Maha Shodashi. The temple also houses the Samadhi of our Guru Sri Vimarshananda Nathendra Saraswathi Maha Swamigal.
Bhaskara Prakasha Ashram's members are Sri Vidya Upasakas who are well versed in the Vedas and the tantric practices of Sri Vidya Upasana. Sri Chakra Puja is performed at the lotus feet of Goddess Maha Shodashi every day at the Ashram. The Ashram also hosts and conducts hundreds of religious activities every year including Sahasra Chandi Homam, Shata Chandi Homam, Sri Vidya Navavarna Homam, Rudra-Abhishekam, Devi Mahatmyam Parayanam, Veda Parayanam and Suvasini Pooja.
The Ashram in Chennai is led by Sri K.R. Yegnarathnam, along with his brothers Sri R. Sundaram and Sri R. Ramakrishnan, who are our Guru Sri Maha Swamigal's poorvashrama sons. Bhaskara Prakasha Ashram in Canada is led by Sri Yegnarathnam's son, Raghu Ranganathan. The hallmark of our Ashram is the high quality of its Devi Upasakas, a reflection of the dedication of our Guru as a teacher.
श्री गुरुः सर्व कारण भूता शक्तिः || Sri Guruh Sarva Karana Bhootha Shakthih || The Guru is the divine Adi Parashakthi
Sri Bhaskararaya (Bhaskararaya Makhin) (1690–1785) was a great Devi Upasaka. One of the greatest masters and exponent of Sri Vidya, he is revered as an incarnation of Devi Herself. Three of his books are the holy triad of the worship of Devi: Varivasya Rahasya, along with his own commentary Prakasha, Setubandha, his commentary on Devi Mahatmyam called Guptavati is the most critical and authoritative commentary on the text till date.
In the Guru-Shishya parampara of Sri Bhaskararaya came Sri Prakashananda Natha Saraswathi, who authored the Yathi Dharma Pradeepika, a guide for Sanyasis' dharma. He initiated his son, our Guru Sri Vimarshananda Nathendra Saraswathi Maha Swamigal (1902-1996) into Sri Vidya Upasana. At a very young age, Shi Maha Swamigal taught Vedas, Tantras and Agamas at Pathashalas in Madurai, India and performed the great Vedic Yagna called the Soma Yagam. He renounced his material life and took Sanyasa in 1982. He upheld the splendid traditions and spiritual practices established by Sri Bhaskararaya.
The prana pratishtha for the first ever Vigraha made for Goddess Maha Shodashi was performed by Sri Maha Swamigal in 1994 in Bhaskara Prakasha Ashram, Chennai. Our Guru attained Mukthi on Mahalaya Amavasya day in 1996 and his Samadhi is consecrated below Goddess Maha Shodashi at Bhaskara Prakasha Ashram. He continues to guide all his devotees through his Sookshma Sharira (spiritual body).
श्री विमर्शानन्दनाथम् सत्याम्बा सहितम् गुरुं | हृद् पद्म कर्णिकामध्ये भावयेत् सर्व सिद्धये ||
श्री प्रकाशानन्दनाथं विमर्शाम्बायुतम् गुरुं | हृद् पद्म कर्णिकामध्ये भावयेत् सर्व सिद्धये ||
श्री रामानन्दनाथं रामाम्बासहितम् गुरुं | हृद् पद्म कर्णिकामध्ये भावयेत् सर्व सिद्धये ||