Maha Kumbhabhishekam happens in order to inaugurate a temple or reconsecrate it after its initial inauguration. This celebration and ritual happens every 12 years. This time around, The Avatar, Paramahamsa Nithyananda, attended the Maha Kumbhabhishekam!
In the quiet, stone corners of the Arunachaleshwara Temple, the wandering devotee will suddenly see a glowing form. Everything will disappear around them, as if a spell was cast on the people witnessing. In some ways, this was true- for when Sadashiva decides to give darshan, he’ll only appear to those he allows. He will have long jattas, a lean muscular build and a young body.
Arunagiri Yogeshwara, a recognized incarnation of Sadashiva, roamed the physical plane about 3,000 years ago. For a few hundred years he taught the enlightenment science. An ongoing festival in the temple nowadays commemorates when he went around the hill giving final enlightenment to the seventeen rishis. In these places, seventeen small temples were built for those rishis. Millions of beings owe their liberation to his grace.
The Arunachaleshwara Temple rose around the mandapam over his final samadhi. It is now the second biggest shiva temple in all of India. With nine towering gopurams, and divine hill Arunachala as the backdrop, the Aruchaleshwara Temple is among the most beautiful temples.
In 1988, when Paramahamsa Nithyananda was around 10 years old, the ethereal form Arunagiri Yogeshwara suddenly walked into this life. For 11 months, Arunagiri Yogeshwara and the young Avatar spendt their time in the most intimate and powerful guru-disciple relationships- the most important kind of relationship a human and a being can have.
The Arunachaleshwara Temple, therefore, has the utmost signifance to Paramahamsa Nithyananda not only because it was the temple he grew up in but the temple that hosted this beautiful relationship. The Maha Kumbhabhishekam this time around happen with thousands of people present- no free space on the ground of the temple available. On top of that, this temple carries greater spiritual significance in his life.
As an incarnation, upon taking the body that he has now in a conscious birth, he can pick up any bio-memory, or any quality from any past incarnation in order to conduct his mission in this birth. These are what we call past lives of incarnation. Arunagiri Yogeshwara is one of the past lives of Paramahamsa Nithyananda.
On Arunagiri Yogeshwara himself, The Avatar describes, “I have taken certain bio memory from Arunagiri Yogishwara. I can say he — forms the base material. My body language, my verbal language. If Arunagiri Yoghishwara spoke English, he will speak exactly the way I am speaking and he is speaking! The body language and verbal language that is the base material. That is Arunagiri Yogishwara.”
A question posed to The Avatar during one when he gave the unclutching iniation. They asked, “How can Arunagiri Yogeshwara be your past life and give you darshan at the same time,”
Grinning, as if he was waiting to for someone to ask this question, Paramahamsa Nithyananda answered beautifully. “To enjoy the fantasies of all fantasies when it comes to the guru and disciple relationship Sadashiva decided to experience himself as a disciple”
Out of this will, this story of he and Arunagiri Yogeshwara manifested.
Though he runs an international organization in almost 140 cities across the globe, Paramahamsa Nithyananda will always be rooted in his culture and tradition- in the temples that made him who he is and he dedicated his life to.