Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

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Other Names and Nicknames: 
Bhakti, Nama Sankirtan, Bhagavata Dharma, Advaita
Main Countries of Activity: 
India, Australia, USA
Date of Birth: 
Place of Birth: 
Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu, India
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 


On the day of Deepavali in 1961, Muralidharan was born to the pious Tamil Brahmin couple, Sri Rajagopala Iyer and Smt. Savitri, in Manjakuppam, a village in Cuddalore, in Tamilnadu, India.

Right from childhood, Muralidharan was always devoted towards God, especially Sri Srinivasa Perumal. He was also interested in attending Bhajans and discourses in temples. Muralidharan deeply desired to become one like the Sadhus who his father often invited home for meals. This virtuous child had an attraction for the ochre robe (the robe usually worn by Hindu ascetic). He used to spend long hours meditating in temples and Adhishtanams (Samadhis) of Mahans. He was an ardent devotee of Paramacharya Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Swamigal of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham and never missed an opportunity to have his darshan and serve him.




Sri Swamiji believes in the philosophy of Non-Dualism or Advaita advocated by Adi Shankara. He advocates that Self-Realization is the ultimate goal of all living-beings. He has expounded many Advaitic scriptures and the Upanishads and the life and works of great Mahans in this lineage. Specifically, he has discoursed at length on Ramana Maharshi’s life and his works like ‘Upadesa Undiyar’, ‘Aksharamanamalai’, ‘Ulladhu Narpathu’ and a few of these are also released as commercial audio CDs and cassettes.


While Sri Swamiji believes in Advaita, it is his strong opinion that one can attain that state only through devotion or Bhakti towards the Lord, especially Prema Bhakti (divine love) towards Sri Krishna and the different forms of Krishna like Panduranga, Guruvayoorappan etc., as Krishna is verily the form of ‘Brahman’. He believes that Srimad Bhagavatam, chief among the Puranas is the key text to Bhakti and by mere reading of that text, one can get closer to Sri Krishna.
He follows the footsteps of the great Mahans who have come in this lineage.

Nama Kirtan

Sri Swamiji believes that Nama Kirtan (singing the name of the Lord) is the easiest way to perform Bhakti and attain liberation in this Kali Yuga. Srimad Bhagavatam and many other scriptures in Sanatana Dharma advocate this as the simplest means to attain the Lord. Scriptures say, “While mental repetition of the Divine Names leads to the good of the individual, chanting the Divine Names loudly purifies the chanter, the listener and the very place where the chanting is done.” In keeping with the Kali Santarana Upanishad, Sri Swamiji advocates the Singing of the Maha Mantra as the only way to overcome the ills of worldly existence and attain divine bliss.

Discourses & Compositions

Sri Swamiji has traveled to most of the cities and villages in Tamil Nadu and throughout India and gives discourses in temples on a variety of topics including the greatness of Sanatana Dharma, Self Realization, Vedanta, glories of Srimad Bhagavatam, Vedas, Upanishads, Guru, Satsang, Bhakti and Namakirtan. The life history of Saints like Sri Adi Sankara, Namdev, Janabai, Tukaram, Ramanuja, Vallabhacharya, Sri Bodendra swamigal, Sri Sadasiva Brahmendral, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Thyagaraja, Azhwars, Sri Yogiramsuratkumar etc are also included in his discourses. While his discourses glorify the rich culture and tradition of the Vedas and the Vaidika Dharma and Bharata varsha, they are also centered around societal values and practical principles to lead a happy and righteous life, which are relevant to the modern society of today.

In an endeavor to spread the essence of Sanatana Dharma and the path of Bhakti through Nama Kirtan to the masses, Sri Swamiji had been offering daily discourses in Tamil on Raj Network television channels in India. The telecast has reached a large audience and has spread Sri Swamiji’s message among vast populace throughout the country.
Sri Swamiji has composed (and is still composing) kirtans in Tamil language and Sanskrit, that are sweet and simple, brimming with devotion and praising the glories Guru and the Lord. His kirtans preach the way of life, advaitic principles, the greatness of Nama Sankirtan, Srimad Bhagavatam, Bakthi, and the glories of Vrindavan and other holy cities.

His recent compositions includes 'Kali Dharma Undiyar' which is a song in simple Tamil, consisting of 30 verses, that discusses the different paths to attaining God in this Kali Yuga and proves that Nama Sankirtan is the only way apt for this Yuga.



Premika Bhavanam, Chennai is the place where regular satsangs take place.

An Ashram - Madhurapuri Ashram - is established in the serene and rustic outskirts of Chennai (on the highway between Chennai-Tambaram and Sriperumbudur) in Tamil Nadu.
This houses a Veda Patashala in addition to the sanctum of Sri Swamiji's Puja Murti - the Divine Sri Radha-Krishna couple- Madhuri Sakhi Sametha Sri Premika Varadan.

A beautiful temple for Sri Kalyana Srinivasa Perumal at Malaipattu, adjacent to the Ashram. The daily activities like 'suprabath' (waking up of the Lord), 'dolotsav' (having the Lord go to bed) etc are performed righteously. Special days such as Ekadasi, Vaikunta Ekadasi, Sravana Nakshatra and amavasya (new moon day) are also celebrated here in traditional style.

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Nama Bhiksha Kendra

This is the office of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Nama Bhiksha Kendra, a trust established with Sri Swamiji's blessings for the propagation of the "Hare Rama" Mahamantra.

The word Biskha in Sanskrit language means begging. This is a centre begging people to chant the Divine Name (Nama) of Lord for worldly and spiritual welfare. Presently there are more than 350 Nama Biksha centers all over the world. This is a non-commercial movement, which aims at the spiritual welfare of all people. The vision of the movement is to go to far-flung places of the world and perform Nama Sankirtan on the streets, lanes and by-lanes in order to lift people from the trauma of mundane existence. Sri Swamiji believes that Nama Sankirtan should go to people who are unable to come to the place of Nama Sankirtan.

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Nama Bhiksha Kendra
51 7th Avenue,
Ashok Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600083, India
91 44 24895875
Special Events: 

Sri Swamiji's darshan can be had on every Vaishnava Ekadasi Day at Madhurapuri Ashram between 8 and 11 am.

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