THE WORK on the Sri Maha Meru 18-Siddhar Sakti Peetam, at Madambakkam near Chennai, is over and the shrine It was the wish of Sri Seshadri Swamigal of Tiruvannamalai to have a single Sakti Peetam for Sakti and the 18 siddhars.
The Seshadri Brindavanam Trust, at Madambakkam near Selaiyur, Tambaram.
A unique aspect of the Peetam is that the Mahameru shrine has been carved out of a single green granite stone. The 135-cm Mahameru has been sculpted according to the norms laid down by Adi Sankara. The Mother Goddess is flanked by Sri Seshadri Swamigal on one side and Sri Guruvayur Krishna on the other. There are shrines for Sri Maha Ganapathy, Sri Subramanya with His Consorts, Sri Muniswarar, Sri Rajakali Amman, Sri Kamadenu, the four Saiva saints and Sri Nandikeswarar.
There is no separate place of worship for the navagrahas since the Siddhars are believed to reflect their powers as well. Also there are shrines for Sri Nagaraja as found in the temple of Tirunageswaram, Sri Kodhandaramar and Sri Anjaneya.
The Trust has been conducting free health camps, Annadanam, and distribution of milk for children on Sundays. Plans for the future include an old age home, free medical aid for the poor and a Siddha medical research centre.