Life Sketch of His Holiness “Mantra Murti” RangaSwami Battachar Swamigal
H.H “Mantra Murti” RangaSwami Battachar Swamigal was based in Ananda Thandavapuram(Near Mayavaram, South India).
He was an expert in Mantra,Yantra Yoga. The incident described below marked a turning point in the life of Sri Rangaswami Battachar.
Sri Rangaswami was a priest in Ananda thandavapuram Vishnu temple. A sage, Sri Ramanandananda, was a visitor to his village. Sri Rangaswami took care of this saint, who stayed in his house for several days . One day the sage declared that he is going to confer all his spiritual knowledge of Mantra, Yantra Yoga and all his spiritual powers accumulated by his continious penance and austerities on Sri Rangaswami. Though Sri Rangaswami was not prepared for this, the sage, who was a Siddha Purusha(an enlightened being) conferred all his knowledge and powers on Sri Rangaswami and disappeared.
Sri Rangaswami started to chant the various Mantras handed over to him and immediately he was able to perceive the presence of the Mantra Devata. When Sri Rangaswami chanted aloud the Panchamukha Anjaneya Swami Mantra, a 10 years old ignorant boy playing in front of him started to speak in chaste Sanskrit. Previously, the boy had no knowledge of sanskrit and could only speak Tamil.
Sri Rangaswami who was not an expert in Sanskrit,did not understand. He immediately sought the help of learned people who came to the conclusion that it was Lord Hanuman who spoke through the boy. Sri Rangaswami then consulted His Holiness, the Paramacharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi Swamigal. The Paramacharya understood that it was Lord Hanuman speaking through the boy. Paramacharya organised a Sadas(conference) of learned Pundits where the spiritual powers of Sri Rangaswami could be demonstrated. Pundits were invited from various regions such as Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and TamilNadu from various streams of Hindu philosophy and religion. At the Sadhas. Sri Rangaswami, through the power of his Mantra, invoked the presence of God in that ignorant 10 year old boy. The learned Hindu pundits at the Sadhas asked him questions at random, relating to Vedas, Puranas, Ithihasas, Mantra Yoga, Tantras, Shastras, Agamas etc., The 10 year old boy replied all questions effortlessly and perfectly with supporting lines from the original works in Sanskrit. The divine presence of Sri Panchamukha Hanuman on the 10 year old boy made him capable of answering all his questions. Seeing this stupendous feat and mastery over Mantra Shastra of Sri Rangaswami the Paramacharya conferred on him the title of “Mantra Murthi” (Authority on Mantra Shastra) on the spot.
Paramacharya also announced that Sri Rengaswami had performed upasana of Sri Panchamukha Hanuman across several births and that was the reason why the Lord come to him so easily in his current birth. He then instructed Sri Rengaswami to make use of the powers of his mantra yoga for the well being of people.
Sri Rengaswami then continued his work of utilizing mantras to the benefit of people. People from in and around the place came to him for their various problems. He used to suggest them appropriate remedies such as chanting of mantras or pujas or temple visits. He initiated hundreds of people into various mantras. He choose Sri Venkatesa Battachar as his chief disciple and initiated him into the Sri Panchamukha Hanuman Moola mantra.