About Jyothikshetram

“Every morning I contemplate while standing after bath. A circular light forms through the horizon. It lights up keeping the sky as the background at the place where the sky joins the sea. Like keeping a lot of lighted lamps, lamps that lightup without flickering. To this side of the “horizon lights” there are more lights, like the lights of a chuttambalam, that reaches upto the horizon. I remain at the center and envision the lights around me.Then the lights will reach unto the horizon. The smallest one in that is the light in the center. The sanctum sanctorum at the center is Myself. This is the Jyotikshetram.”

Jagadguru Swami Sathyananda Saraswathi Thiruvatikal Overview

Originally conceived as Centenary memorial of Sage Extra-ordinaire, Brahmasree Neelakanta Gurupadar by Jagadguru Swami Sathyananda Saraswathi.

108 feet tall, 70 feet diameter structure, specially designed after Maha Sudarsana Meru, Jyotikshetram has seven floors symbolising the saptalokas and saptachakras. It is to house 501 jyothis brought from spiritual centers across Bharath and preserve them posterity. 501 families and religious institutions will be their patrons for generations to come.

The inner walls of Jyotikshetram will display the entire story of Adhyatma Ramayana in mural art. A picturesque pond and lush green lawn around the tower create an ambience of serenity and peace. A chuttambalam (circular hall) around the pond can accommodate more than 4000 people on collective meditation for world peace and universal well-being. The entire structure to be covered with ornamental domes (gopurams) in brass. 224 pieces of such brass moulds of exquisite design to fill the frames, other than the artistic canopy at the apex.
Satakodi Archana and Sanctification of Jyotikshetram

Commencing on the Avathara Shatabdi of Brahmasree Neelakanta Gurupadar on January 4, 2000, Satakodi Archana (100 crore chants of Mother Goddess) was performed in the chuttambalam over 215 days. This was the greatest yajna ever since the maha yajna at Naimisharranyam in Dwapara Yuga.

Decorated chariot processions brought in jyothis from most sacred temples all over India to start this Yagna. These temples include Dwaraka, Kashi, Badarinath, Kalighatt, Ayodhya, etc.

On May 28, 2000, in the dead of the night at around 2 a.m., the volunteers of the water-supply-teams had a horripilating vision of Lord Dattatreya 60 feet tall, walking along in the company of a cow and four dogs of similar proportions.

Within 48 hours, Jyothikshethram was sanctified by luminous manifestation of the Divine Mother, at 7.30 pm on the 30th of May 2000 as witnessed by the 1500 plus archakas from Sree Kshetra Narayanpur. As the Divine Mother descended as Jyoti-swaroopini at the centre of the Jyotikshetram, chants of “Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare, Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare”, “Gurudeva Datta” and “Jai Mata Di” filled the atmosphere.

According to His Holiness the JYOTI was so bright and penetrating that His Holiness could see the network of the leaves in their shadow! So luminous and penetrating a light!!

Sampoojya Swamiji’s Maha Samadhi Shrine

The progenitor of Jyotikshetram, Jagadguru Swami Sathyananda Saraswathi Tiruvatikal, attained Mahasamadhi at 11.15 am on Friday, 24th Novemeber 2006.

At the heart of the Jyotikshetram on the very spot where the Divine Mother had descended as Jyoti Swaroopini on May 30, 2000, the Mahasamadhi shrine of His Holiness was consecrated on Saturday, November 25, 2006  between 1 pm to 3 pm.  After observing nishtha for 41 days, on January 3, 2007 the Mahasmadhi Shrine with granite panchavargam and marble top was dedicated at the lotus feet of Samppojya Swamiji.

Ever since the Maha Samadhi of Samppojya Swamiji, Jyotikshetram has evolved with the Mahasmadhi Shrine as the nucleus.