10) Samadhi of Yamunacharya :

Samadhi of Yamunacharya

Just around when Ramanuja abandoned the life of a householder and became a Sannyasi. About this time, Yamunacharya being very old was on the look-out for a young person of good ability and character to take his place as head of the Mutt at Srirangam. He had already heard of Ramanuja through his disciples and made up his mind to instal Ramanuja in his place. He now sent for Ramanuja. By the time Ramanuja reached Srirangam, Yamunacharya had left this world; and Ramanuja saw his body being taken by his followers to the cremation ground outside the village. Ramanuja followed them to the cremation ground. Ramanuja saw Yamunacharya body fingers were uniquely curled. 3 of Yamunacharyas fingers were curled. Taking this as yamunacharyas last 3 wishes for him, Ramanaujacharya proclaimed to fulfil first wish that a Visishtadvaita Bhashya should be written for the Brahma Sutras of Vyasa. At this the first finger of Yamunacharya uncurled. Secondly Ramanujacharya proclaimed that the names of Parasara and Veda Vyasa, should be commemorated on the earth by giving it to a person worthy to bear it. Yamunacharyas second finger got uncurled. Thirdly Ramaunja would compose a commentary on Tiruvaymozhi of Nammalwar , the most prolific of Alwars. Thereupon the third finger also got straightened. Ramanuja lived for 120 years, and in the course of his long life, fully redeemed his promise by fulfilling all the three wishes of Yamunacharya. Yamunacharya was then given Samadhi (entombed) on the banks of river Kollidon in Srirangam. This is around 10 minutes walk from back gate of Rangnath swamy temple via Rangnayaki nachiar kovil to river banks. Samadhi is a little towards right side of the bathing gaths of the river. Many acharyas samadhis are also present there.


Air : The nearest airport is Tiruchirappalli International Airport. Trichy Airport has connections to Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Thiruvanathapuram, Singapore, Dubai, Sharjah, Kuwait, Malaysia, Abu Dhabi.

Rail : Srirangam has a railway station that can be reached from Chennai through any of the major trains travelling in the Chennai-Kanyakumari railway track and the approximate journey time from Chennai is about 5 hours and 10 minutes (320 km).

The Tiruchirappalli fort and Trichy junction which are the distance of 2 km and 8 km serves as connection point to many destinations in southern India, such as Thanjavur,Thiruvananthapuram, Chidambaram, Madurai, Tirupathi, Tuticorin, Tenkasi, Quilon, Rameswaram, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Mysore, Kochi, Kanyakumari and Mangalore. It also connects to some northern Indian cities including New Delhi.

Bus :  Bridge Connecting Trichy and Srirangam across Kaveri River. Trichy Central bus stand has direct services to most parts of Tamil Nadu. From the bus stand, tourists can avail local buses, taxi, auto rickshaw to reach Srirangam. City Bus service to all places of tourist interest from Central Bus Stand and from Chinthamani -Main Guard Gate Bus Stand (Both in Trichy). Tourist Taxis andAuto Rickshaws are also available at reasonable rates.