History of Guru Tradition - Urdwamnaya Peetam.
Presiding Goddess of Meppad Mantrashala is Yogeswari Durga - Shulini
kula devata of Yaduvamsha who's Guru is Odunatha - krishnatreya
Normally Sri means it immedietly connect us to Lakshmi .When we look in to Haritayana Samhita and Brahmandapurana Sri is related to mahatripurasundari , lakshmi has worshipped Tripura and attained the boon from Sundari that she wil be known by Sri . Sri means Auspicious or immense radiance .Tripurasundari is most radiating and auspicious that is why she is called Srividya .She is Also called Brahmavidya because she gives the same brahma jnana which is attained by vairagaya or tapas . She removes all your sorrows by giving Atma jnana knowledge of self even you are in materialy attached world .Pashankusha danurbana ya eva veda sa Shokam Tarati . hence she is called Atmavidya .Srividya can give both material and spiritual fruits when practiced with proper understanding. Attainnig Atma jnana Self knowldge which leads to nirvana even staying in pure material world by fullfilling desires is posible only in Srimahatripurasundari Sadhana. So she is the most randiant and Auspicious and called Srividya and her tradition is Srividya Sampradya.
"Yatrasthi Bhogo na cha tatra Moksha ,yatrasti moksho na cha tatra bhoga
Srisundari Sevana tatparanam bhogascha mokshascha karastha Eva "
Meppad sampradaya Tradition started thousands of years back when Siddha yogeeswar who was Brahma vidya upasaka only in a kaupinam walked over the valapattanam river in cannanore district and entered place called Azhikkal, much to the surprise of the local people.On his journey over the river near to valapattanam fort . The great yogi called the king of Kolaswaroopam as “Ottavalukaran”, meaning the king who has a sword with hole .Kings attendants informed him that a young ascetic in kaupinam and hairs tied up with ezhuthani peirced in hair has called him ottavalu(sword with hole).The king asked his attendents to bring ascetic to his palace. The ascetic was brought to the palace by the army chiefs who belongs Chengunni murikencherry. Family of kelu Nayanar. King Asked the ascetic to show hole on the Sword. Ascetic pulled one hair from his shikha and pushed it through a minute hole in the sword and with a gentle smile “A king should have Sookshma Drishti , Only then he will be able to see and analyse many things around him” uttered the great yogi. The Raja was not convinced. He thought that the ascetic was just a magician who played a trick on him.He told the ascetic that if he has real powers or “Siddhis” he has to defeat his palace Mantrika . In the fight between palace mantrika and ascetic , The great yogi used spelled danurvidya mantras and just put kilakam with the ezhutani by which Every one in the palace felt paralyzed by the magic spell by the young ascetic.The King felt angry and humiliated but he pretend like having bhakti. In his mind he planned another test for the young ascetic .He requested the young ascetic to do upacharam to his kula Devata by performing Guruti tarpanam. Normally the vessel used for performing the Guruti tarpanam will be small. After the tarpanam the person performing the tarpanam has to turn the vessel upside down indicating the culmination of the ritual. The king ordered his attendants to get a huge cauldron for guruti which was pulled by elephant and kept for Guruti tarpanam. The King thought that the guru will fail miserably in performing the tarpana. Ascetic performed the guruti tarpana to the mother godess of kolaswaroopam chanting a shloka called mantra gadyam and invoked the goddess and by finishing the tarpana he called Devi “Amme Sri porkali Dushta nigraha Chandi, Chamunda”The mother goddess appeared on the urali(cauldron) and it broke into two . Seeing this the king of kolaswaroopam ,the army cheif , and the and others bowed him and praised him as Shiva .The King Praised him and accepted him as his Gurukkal . But the yogi vanished from there. Searching the young ascetic, king finally found him in kanavam forest. He was living with his brother another young ascetic in hermitage . King went and met him with honour and asked him to support him to protect his kingdom from enemy threats he was facing . Elder ascetic yogi send his younger brother who also was the yogi to help the king , the younger won with his magical power and war tactics saved the king . Theses ascetic brothers actually introduced double stranded urumies .The king gave them dana of the place where they lived . But later want some ot that back because present kottiyur was situated in that land .But the ascetic who were Brahma kshatriyas told that they will never give the dana back or the king has to fight and get it back . Later They brought new dyanasty to take care of the present dana place and this was the rise of kottayam raja vamsa . After that they vanished from there and laterspend rest of life on a hilly forest on the banks of river valapattanam. present meppad madom is the place where the elder ascetic lived and meppad kalari is where he vanished in yoga agani. Nadanta rebuilded meppad mutt and practiced meppad tradition.
Last two prominent spiritual Figures from the tradition was Shri Kammaran Gurukkal( Shishya of Madhava Swamikkal) , Prakshananda swamikkal (shishya of Shri Ramananda swamikkal of Durveswar mutt ,kasi .Prakashanada swamikkal was Guru of Bhagavata ratna kallayi vishnu nampoodiri and author of gayatrimantratha prakashika, Sadhan bodhini a beautiful translation of Bagavat geeta, Shata rudriyam,Tatwanusandhanam, Srutisarasamudharanam and many books published by Sri Ramakrishna Ashram) who was vedanti, samayachri and Aryavaidya. They are followed by Swami nadanta anandanatha saraswati (shishya of Amritanandanatha )great practictioner and teacher of srividya .
The relation and the practice of srividya with Chirakkal Raja family continued till the time of chirakkal Ramamvarma valiya raja and Meppad Valiya Raman Gurukkal.
Meppad kammaran gurukkal granfather of Arjunan gurukkal was great tantric who was born in Traditional Shakta family who great sadhaka of jagadatri and Srividya ,he was famous practiced Mantrikam (ashtakarmas)and Vaidyam( Ayurveda ).Its heard this family was brought/given rights by Parusharama. Very yong age he was well versed in sankrit and practiced mantra ,tantra ,yoga etc . He took poorna deeksha in srividy under Madhavacharya swamikkal of Parippayi Sampradaya and one mandalam sat inside the Meppad mantrashala/mantrika kalari for attaining siddhi. Last day astabhairavas came in front of him and tried to stop his japam. Devi appeared in the form of shoolini Durga and told Ashta bhairava he is her son and blessed him with siddhi. He travelled different places to learn different tradition and met different gurus. Till the age of 40 he practiced many vidyas and became great tantric.He married at the age of 40yrs. To protect dharma he has shown many siddhis .He was also very good healer. Helped many by removing foreign energies from them (bhada mukti). he also stopped and removed lot of unwanted practices which caused trouble for the society.He has done lot of Peeta pratishta. In deep meditation he was blessed with formula of ayurveda medicine called maharasnadi which was very famous in his place. As per the request of his bhaktas he travelled to different parts of country to do spiritual services. What ever dakshina he got he used for the public ,like building school, making ayurveda/siddha medicines. For his daily living he had paddy ,cocnut and Areconut farming .He also had big gaushala where he collected milk for making ayurvedic medicine. His name reflects even in kerala Educational Rule
Meppad gurukkal Lived his Later ages in ParvathyNilayam as Grihasta Avadhoot . This house was three storage building with big wel and a big Goshala.This house was also support for many poor family, every day parvathy amma used to serve food for poor in the back courtyard of the house. Gurukkal had huge paddy feild where he cultivated paddy and other items fom which they used to contribute apart for the poor. Nadanta also was grown up here. Gurukkal was sitting in the courtyard and little Nadanta was playing . Gurukkal asked whos son is this . His wife parvathy Amma told this is karunakarans son. Karunakaran was Gurukkals 8th child. Gurukkal asked to bring the child and he sat him on the lap and laughed by hugging him, juice of beatel leaf dropped on the head of nadanta . The first blessing or deeksha happend here. After few days Gurukkal had his Samadi
School Bulided By Meppad Kammaran Gurukkal for the Public. Gurukkal walked house to house and compelled every body to join school . majority of females was not educated at the time in the village. Girls where given chance to get educated by Gurukkal . He compelled and forced the families to send their children to get educated. He gave Akshara abyasam to the Maha vidya upadesham to the deserved.This was one of the school which was famous for Navaratri aradhana , vidyarambam , Saraswati puja and Grantha Puja. After kammran Guurkkal , His Elder Son continued the short version of Aradhana . Before his death the manuscript kept for this was given to Nadanta as he was shakti sadhaka.