Sri Muthuswami Dikshitar (March 24, 1775 – October 21, 1835) , as we all know, is one of the Musical Trinity of Carnatic music. His compositions, of which around 500 are commonly known, are noted for their contemplative nature and for capturing the essence of the raga forms through the vainika (veena) style that emphasizes gamakas. He is also known by his signature name of Guruguha which is also his mudra (can be found in every one of his songs).
Today March 24th is his 241st birthday. Here is a special video of Sri Muthuswami who is the 6th generation of Dikshitar lineage. Residing in Coimbatore, Sri Muthuswami adorns his poojai room with “The Veenai” that Goddess Saraswathi bestowed to Sri Muthuswami Dikshitar. He is blessed to accompany his father to have darshan of Sri MahaPeriyava and sing in front of HIM.
Sri Muthuswami Dikshitar and Varanasi (Kashi)
The temple Sri Chakra Lingeshwar is situated in a small galli of Hanuman ghat on the banks of Ganga. It is close by to Sankara mutt. The uniqueness of this temple is that the Linga which has been installed here has the Sri yantra embedded on it. This temple had fallen into ruins for many years. In the year 1936, when Kanchi Kamakoti Maha Periyava Sri Sri Chandrashekharendra Saraswathi Swamigal visited Varanasi on a paada yatra, HE identified this temple from the ruins and said that Sri Muthuswami Dikshitar stayed there with his guru Chidambaranatha yogi and the latter’s jiva samadhi was beneath the Shiva linga.
It was Chidambaranatha yogi who gave the Sri Vidya deeksha to Dikshitar and bestowed him the deeksha naama Chidanandanatha. This was performed in Varanasi. Kashi is a seat of knowledge. Chidambaranatha yogi not only gave deeksha of Shodashakshari mantra, but also taught Veda and Vedanta or Upanishad aspects. This is very well reflected in all his compositions and that is the reason Dikshitar’s compositions cannot be understood easily.
Sri Muthuswami Dikshitar stayed here for about six years doing Sadhana along with his Guru. In fact it was here that Dikshitar was exposed to Hindustani music which resulted in adopting few ragas like Dwijawanti, Yamunakalyani, Hameerkalyani and etc. to Carnatic music in the latter part of his life.
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