A Short History of the Sivaganga Mutt (1914)

Some of the places visited by His Holiness

Sivaganga Sringeri Swamy in his tours :

Hyderabad Deccan, Nagpur, Jubbalpur, Jhansi, Sagar, Gwalior, Khanapur, Lucknow, Ayodhya, Allahabad, Benarese, Gaya, Burdwan, Cuttack, Jagan nath, Berhampore, Vizayanagaram, Vizagapatam, Raja Mahandri, Bezwada, Guntur, Nellore, Kalahasti, Tirupati, Madras, Kanchi, Trichinopoly, Sreerungam, Madura, Tanjore, Kumbhakonam, Chidambaram, Sheally (Sirkali), Ramaswaram, Pondicherry, Chettinad, Arunachalam, Salem, Cochin, Kaladi, Tiruchur, Malabar, Nilgiris, Bombay, Poona, and many other important places. At Bombay, His Holiness was taken on an elephant in procession, a privilege which has not been extended even to royalty.

At Chidambaram, No Swamy was allowed to enter in procession to the temple during the last 70 or 80 years on account of some disputes between the priests and the Sringeri Swamy. The Sivaganga Swamy visited the temple and had darshan of Sri Nataraja murti and Sri Sivakami Ambal. At Kumbhakonam the Kanchi Swamy had not allowed other Gurus, to exercise any rights or privileges in his jurisdiction, but the Sivaganga Swamy was cordially treated.

At Hyderabad the Swamy commanded great influence and initiated its Prime Minister as his disciple. Gwalior and other states showed him high respect and great patronage.

In fact by his able lectures, religious devotion, liberality, sympathy and genial disposition, the Swamy has been treated by all classes and creeds, as if he was one of their own Gurus and this broad mindedness and conciliation, are rarely met with the heads of the religious Institutions in India.

(Extracted from the book – A Short History of Sivaganga Mutt – APPENDIX II By B.Suryanarain Row, Bangalore, 1914)