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Shri Siddharudha Swami (March 26, 1836 - August 21, 1929)[1] was an Indian Hindu mystic of the Advaita Vedanta stream. He led a nomadic existence in Karnataka State in South-West India. His ashram Siddharoodha Math is a well-known Hindu holy site located in old Hubli, a popular tourist destination in the region.

Biography[edit]

Sadguru Siddharudha Maharaj lived in the style of an ascetic throughout his life. He condemned practice of casteism and conceived divinity in everything that exists, as well as disagreeing with the common notion that Brahmins were the only ones entitled to liberation, firmly believing that everyone is equally entitled. Considered to be an incarnation of Shiva, one of the Trinity deities of Hinduism, Siddharudha renounced his home and his family ties at the very young age of 6 years, and set himself the goal of finding his Satguru or spiritual master. Siddharudha later surrendered himself, as a student, to the realized soul Shri Gajadandaswami, and served at his ashram.

According to the book Siddharoodh Charitra by Shivadas, Siddharudha was blessed by his guru and was asked to undertake a pilgrimage with the purpose of helping those in need, dispelling ignorance, and revealing the right path to spiritual enlightenment to those who were seeking. Thenceforth, Siddharudha traveled from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, delivering the right wisdom for spiritual awakening and methodical liberation to all those who were cognizant of his exemplary standards of spiritual practice before setting down at Hubli, where he was quickly recognized for his spiritual knowledge & immaculate sainthood. People sought him out from neighbouring states for solace, satisfaction of desires and spiritual enlightenment.

He died at Hubballi in the year of 1929 and was entombed at his ashram. He was believed to be working miracles for his devotees.[who?] A proverb runs by in a native Indian Language kannada:

Siddharudhara Jolige Jagakkella holige 

which signifies the food that is served at his ashram and the miracles that occur of it.

Followers[edit]

  • He served the people without any discrimination, having a Muslim disciple named Kabirdas (not his original name) who was known for his dedication to him.
  • Parampoojya Shri Kalavati Devi (alias Aai meaning mother in Marathi), was his supreme disciple. Formerly known as Rukmabai Mallapur, she herself is well known as a supreme saint, whose samadhi is found at Shri Harimandir at Angol near Belgaum.
  • He had a devoted disciple, Gurunatharudha. His samadhi is just beside the samadhi of Sri Siddharudha Swami in Hubli Matha.
  • He gave sannyasa to Swami Muktananda, who studied at his ashram in Hubli until Siddharudha's 1929 death, he then left to study with a disciple of Siddharudha called Muppinarya Swami at his Airani Hole Matha in Ranebennur Haveri District
  • Sri Iychanda Bolliappa [paleyamane] from Devanageri village was his supreme devotee. Swami Bolliappa was a regular visitor to Siddharudha mata in cherambane village, kodagu district, Karnataka.

Teachings[edit]

Siddharudha Maharaj is an acknowledged Hindu master of the Advaita Vedanta stream of Vedic thought and has many followers throughout India, especially in the villages of Karnataka and Maharashtra.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Saints of India". Archived from the original on October 27, 2009. Retrieved 2010-11-10. 

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