Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Swamigal, the 68th pontiff of the Kanchi Sankara Mutt is considered to be one of the greatest saints of India. His entire life can be characterized simply as one of divinity and humility. He was affectionately called Paramacharya and Maha Periyava (Great Elder) by his devotees. Maha Periyava stressed the importance of a Guru and the need to follow a dharmic path. His Jayanti was celebrated on June 4 this year. Here are a few questions that can help us know more about this great saint:
1. Maha Periyava’s famous composition “Maithreem Bhajata” stands for _______
A. Universal harmony and world peace
B. The greatness of the Vedas
C. Importance of traditional art forms
2. Maha Periyava lived in this world until which year?
3. What is MahaPeriyava’s full name?
A. Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi swamigal
B. Sri Alangudi Mahaperiyava
C. Sri Abedhananda Swamigal
4. Name the Mutt for which Maha Periyava became the 68th pontiff
A. Belur Mutt
B. Kanchi Mutt
C. Sringeri Mutt
5. “Maithreem Bhajata” was composed by Maha Periyava __________
A. For the 50th Anniversary celebration of the UN
B. On the day of Indian Independence
C. In appreciation of renovating the ancient temples
6. For how long did Maha Periyava live in this world ?
7. How old was Maha Periyava when he embraced the path of Sanyasa?
8. Maha Periyava traveled throughout India during his tenure as the Mutt Pontiff. How did he usually travel?
A. By foot
B. By train
C. By cart
9. In 1919, Maha Periyava embarked on a trip from Rameshwaram to Ganges. What was the duration of the journey?
A. Ten years
B. Twelve years
C. Fourteen years
Ramya Srinivasan, San Jose, CA
1-A, 2-B, 3-A, 4-B, 5-A, 6-A, 7-C, 8-A, 9-B