RAMESHWAR SHIV PRATISTHA
The holy year 2000 was the Avatar Shatabdi of the Hanuman-like Sage, Brahmasree Neelakantha Gurupadar (1900-1965). His chosen successor, Jagadguru Swami Sathyananda Saraswathi, made the gigantic Sankalpa of conducting a 100 crore Archana of the divine name of Lalitambika Devi, the Divine Mother. This was conducted at the Jyotikshetra Temple at Sree Rama Dasa Ashram, Thiruvananthapuram. This was the first time in recorded history that such a mass Archana has been held.
Jagadguru Swami Sathyananda Saraswathi’s seniormost disciple, Poojya Swami Krishnananda Saraswathi travelled all over Bharat, from the Himalayas to kanyakumari. to bring 501 Jyotis, unextinguished, from 501 different major places of Hindu pilgrimage and temples. All these Jyotis were combined into one and installed in the Jyotikshetra Temple.
During that time 2500 disciples of the Maharashtrian Saint, Anna Maharaj, desired to join this historic Archana. Poojya Swamiji arranged for an entire train to be booked from the Central Government for a period of 20 days to bring them from and take them back to Pune.
On 30th May 2000, at 7:30 in the evening, at the time of completion of Gurudev’s Sankalpa, thousands of devotees gathered for Archana as well as many people staying far away witnessed an amazing scene. A Divine Light appeared in the sky and entered the temple through its unfinished roof. In the grip of awe the devotees fervently began chanting ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna’. The Divine Light, which was the visible manifestation of the Divine Mother Herself, rose back up into the sky and vanished. It was after this wonderful vision that the temple was named Jyotikshetra.
To celebrate the completion of his Gurudev’s Sankalpa, Poojya Swamiji took 501 devotees and the Moortis of Sree Rama, Sita and Anjaneya to Rameshwaram and performed Abhavrita Snaana. In memory of this historic and divinely charged event, the Rameshwar Shivlinga has been installed here at Ramagiri so that visitors can get Darshan (vision) and Phala (fruits) of the entire Archana here itself.