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S R I    S I D D H A   L A L I T H A    P E E T H A M, Burlington, MA
((Sree Vijaya Durga Temple)

Deities at Sri Siddha Lalitha Peetham

The presiding deity at Sri Siddha lalitha Peetham is Sri Siddheshwari Devi. Other deities at Sree Vijaya Durga Temple are Vijaya Durga, Siddha Ganapthi, Siddha Subrahmanya, Ram Parivar and Siva Parvathi.

85, Wilmington Road,Burlington, MA-01803
T (781)369-KALI or (781)369-5254
Temple Timings - M-F: 5-9 pm; S-S: 3-9 pm
Tue, 28th May     -   Sankata Hara Chaturthi
6:30 pm     -    Sri Siddha Ganesha Abhishekam
Guru Parampara
Sri Mouna Swami
(Sri Sivachidaananda
Saraswathi Swami,
Sri Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya
Courtallam Sankaracharya Jagadguru
Sri Sri Sri Sivachidaananda
Saraswathi Swami (Sri Mouna swami)
established Sri Siddheswari peetham
in 1916. Mouna Swami has travelled
extensively all over India and had
performed Penance (tapas) in the
Himalayas with great siddha
purushas. Sri Mouna Swami finally
came to Courtallam where he had
established Sri Siddhesewri peetham
Sri Sivachidananda Saraswathi Swami
was known as Sri Mouna Swami,
because HH swamiji took silence as a
vow. Sri Mouna Swami did not speak
in his life ever again after an incident
in his life. Once Sri Mouna Swami attended an all India Vedic conference in
Kashmir, where many scholars from all over India were debating. A question
was raised for which no one could find the correct solution. Sri Mouna Swami
then answered the question, which was accepted by everyone. His Guru who
was also present there, cautioned him not to cross the yethi dharmam (sanyasi
Dharma) by displaying different amounts wisdom unasked by some of other.s
Sri Mouna Swami received this caution from his Guru and there took this
Mouna vratham (silence vow) in mind. With the blessings of his Gurus Sri
Sivachidaananda Saraswathi Swami observed silence for the rest of his life.
Also by the spiritual expreiences by performing Sri Narasimha Uapasana Sri
Swami took the Mouna vratham (vow) which would help him increase his yogic
power. That is how Sri Sivachidananda Saraswathi Swami was known as Mouna
(silent) Swami.
Sri Mouna Swami travelled through out India on yogic means with
Siddha Purushas. He had many Yogis Powers (Siddhis). During his lifetime he
exhibited siddhis such like khandayogam which is detaching organs like limbs,
arms, forearms,thighs legs from the body during the night time and re-
assembling them back as before sunrise (this is one type of yogic cleaning
process to allow crystall pure energy to flow through the yogic body). He also
had the powers to bringing dead people to life, changing kerosene to ghee
and also changing metal in to gold. Sri mouna Swami also performed
Dhoutiyogam; which is drawing once large intestine and small intestine outside
and washing them in a river or in open space and swallowing them back after
cleaning them spiritually. These were some of the yogic Siddhis performed by
Sri Mouna swami.
Sri Mouna Swami was well versed in Ramayanam, Mahabharatham and
all the Puranas. In his poorvaashramam (life before sanyasam) he used to give
pravachanas (lectures) on the Puranas using his scholarship. He was also a Devi
Upasaka, the worship of the Mother Goddess
Sri Mouna Swami’s name in poorva
ashramam was Sivayya. Sivayya was born as
the third son to the blessed couple of
Seethamma and Baapanayya, in Bapatla
(Gunturu mandalam), Andhra Pradesh. It was
the year 1868 Vaisakha sukla chaviti in
swathi nakshatram, Sivayya was born to
them. He was later adopted at an early age
by Lakshminarasayya and Sundaramma belonging to the village called Pandilla
(palle). His original name was Picchayya and was changed to Sivvayya after

he adoption. From a very young age he had great devotion and respect for
elders in the family. He was later married to Kameswaramma, daughter of
Veeramma and Paapayya of Cheerala, AP. Even as a grihasta following the
path of Dharma, Sivvaya was extremly spiritual internally. His mind was
turning towards higher levels of Yogic sadhana though leading a family. One
day he unexpectedly met a bairagi (monk) with the direction of Devi on his
way back from a neighboring village. They both shared common thoughts on
spiritual progress and Sadhanas. Through the conversation Sivayya recognized
His Spiritual Darmam of what he was yet to follow in life. In December in
1906, one midnight he left home informing his family about his spiritual
dharma. Kameswamma was also a great devotee to Divine Mother, hence could
understand the Divine Mission Decided by Devi. She spent the rest of her life
in the worship of Devi.
Sivayya travelled into the north India and was seeking sipirtual
progress. By the grace Sri Achyutananda Saraswathi Swami, Sivayya was
initiated into the Sanyasa Deeksha by the name of Sri Sivachadaananda
Saraswathi Swami. By the grace of the Guru Sri Sivachidaananda Saraswathi
Swami advanced rapidly in Yogic practices. Sri Swami toured all over India by
following the yethi Dharmam and met different swamis and yethis in his travel.
One such swami was Sri Vasudevananda
Saraswathi Swami, under the guidance of
whoom Sri Sivachidaananda Saraswathi
Swami practiced different yoga sadhanas
and achieved Siddhis effeiciently. Sri
Sivachidaananda Saraswathi Swami served
Sri Vasudevananda Saraswathi Swami and
through his blessing became a Siddha
Sri Sivachidananda Saraswathi later
was known as Sri Mouna Swami. Sri Mouna
Swami established the Courtallam Peetham
in 1916 (17- 1-1916 was the date of

sankusthapanam). With the Divine grace of the Goddess, Sri Mouna Swami
settled in Courtallam and founded the Siddheswari Peetham which is also the
Muttam for Sanyasis who come to visit the and practice tapas (penence).
The presiding Deity in the Peetham is Sri Rajarajeswari Devi the Divine
Mother. On Sapthami day, Mangala varam (Tuesday) in Moola nakshatram 3rd
of Oct, 1916 Sri Mouna Swami performed the Pratishtaapana Mahothsavam
(installation) to Sri Rajarajeswari Devi and Sri Kameshwara Swami. Other
deities were later installed and now Courtallam Peetham is an active center
for the practice of tapas/sadhana and welcomes every one to a spitritual
world. Sri Siddheswari Peetham invites and encourages every one to practice
Spiritual sadhana and offers and atmosphere to perform japas and homams
with the blessings of Mouna Swami.
Sri Mouna Swami had known his Samadhi day several years before in
time. Even after Samadhi Sri Mouna swami blesses everyone who all seek his
guidence. After his samadhi there was some evidence with records that he had
rose from samadhi several times to bless and giude his sishyas.
One time Sri Mouna Swami rose from His samadhi; assumed a human
Sareeram (body), appeared in Madras and had a conversation physically with
S.A.A.Ramaiah, 2nd Son of Annamalai Chettiar a wealthy person of chettinadu
village in Tamilnadu. He was suffering with bone TB and was bed ridden for six
years. He was unfit for a mundane life. Sri Mouna swami gave him a herb to
take. He consumed the herb on 7th Mar 1952. He was cured of the disease
within one month. Not only he became healthy but also became an
international figure known as “Yogi Ramaiah”. This incident took place about
ten years after Sri Mouna Swami’s Maha Samadhi. Yogi Ramaiah had
established numerous yoga centers all over the world. He is healthy and is
still living. This episode was published in Montreal, Canada in a book titled
(Babaji & Eighteen Siddha Kriya Yogas). Sri Mouna Swami Speaks, Guides and
Blesses his devotees from his Samadhi in Courtallam. This was only one of
many blessing events Sri Mouna Swami performed after his Maha Samadhi.
Many great leelas were exhibited by Sri Mouna Swami. Such a Maha
Yogi Still exists in Sri Courtallam Siddheswari Peetham and one can reach Him
by performing Dyanam sitting in front of his Samadhi even today. Sri Siddha

Purusha Sri Paramahamsa Privrajakacharya Siddheswari Peetha Vyavasthapaka
Jagadguru Sri Sri Sri Sivachidaananda Saraswathi Swami, Sri Mouna swami
attained Maha Samadhi (Siddhi) on 28 th of December 1943. Sri Mouna Swami
continues to bestow spiritual boons to his devotees and giudes everyone for
higher levels of elite Spiritual Sadhana
Below are the Priest services offered


Sri Chakra Puja/Homam

Chandi Puja/Homam

Maha Vidya Homams


Regular Events
Temple Timings :
MON-FRI:  5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
SAT-SUN: 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Sri Siddha Lalitha Peetham
Sree Vijaya DurgaTemple
85 Wilmington Road, Burlington, MA-01803

Ph: 781-369-KALI or 781-369-5254

Chief Priest: Sri. Tejasvi Sastry
(cell) 603-205-9083
 In the blessings and guidance of Sri.Siddheswaraananda Bharati Swamiji, Sri.Tejesvi Sastry started Sri Siddha Lalitha Peetham / Sree Vijaya Durga Temple in Burlington, MA.  Sri Tejasvi Sastry is a Shaktha priest hailing from the Siddha Sampradaya (Tradition of Siddhas). As a disciple of Maa Kali Tejasvi  has obtained many Shaktha dikshas from Siddha Gurus. Many siddha gurus are worshipped in the Peetham as part of the temple pujas.
Tejasvi Sastry has also obtained Kali diksha and Bhavani diksha from Sri Swamiji, and Kalighat Temple, Kolkata. He is well versed in conducting many types of Devi Pujas - Annual Durga Puja, Kali Puja, Sri Chakra Puja, Chandi Havan, Sapta Sati Parayan, Tara Devi Puja, Maha Vidya Pujas in Shakteya methods. He has travelled to Kolkata, Kasi, brindavan and other parts of India and has served as priest in the mutts and temples respectively.
His canvass paintings can be seen in the walls of the temple. He is fluent in Sanskrit, Telugu, Tamil, Bengali and English. Kali Puja, Durga Puja, Satyanarayana Puja, Skanda Shasthi and Sankata Hara Chaturthi are performed on a regular monthly schedule apart from Weekly Shiva Puja and Kali Puja.
All Other Hindu priest services are also performed by the priest like Annaprasan,  Namakaran, Marriage, Gruha Pravesh, Satyanarayana Puja and many more. Click here for details.
Jai Bhavani
Jai Kali
Temple Timings:
M-F: 5:00 - 9:00 pm
S-S: 3:00 - 9:00 pm
For priest service requests you may drop by the temple or call the priest at 1-603-205-9083.
For all other temple queries, please call 1-781-369-5254

Vedanta Centre, Cohasset, MA
“My idea is not to bring here a Hindu creed or a Christian creed or a Buddhist creed, but to take the best out of all and embody the universal aspect of all. That is my dream.”
~ Swami Paramananda
VEDANTA CENTRE is a non-sectarian place of worship dedicated to all the religions of the world, where people of different faiths may come together and worship the One Spirit Who is called by many names. Our philosophy is based on the universal teachings of Vedanta as expounded by India's 19th century mystic and world teacher, Sri Ramakrishna. His chief disciple Swami Vivekananda brought Vedanta to the West in 1893.

The Vedanta Centre of Boston was founded by Swami Paramananda in 1909. Ananda Ashrama in Cohasset was established by him in 1929 and is now the permanent headquarters of the Vedanta Centre.
Humility, Simplicity and
Purity of Heart
"Lower than a blade of grass, with endurance like a tree, giving honor to all, seeking none for the self. A fruitful tree always is bent under the great weight of its fruit. So shall we be if we are humble."
~ Swami Paramananda
About Vedanta Centre
THE VEDANTA CENTRE of Boston was founded in 1909 by Vivekananda's youngest disciple, Swami Paramananda. Another ashrama was established on the South Shore of Massachusetts in Cohasset in 1929. This ashrama is now the permanent headquarters of the Vedanta Centre, and is the sister ashrama to Ananda Ashrama of La Crescenta, California.

The ashrama is a non-sectarian place of worship dedicated to all the religions of the world, where people of different faiths may come together and worship the One Spirit Who is called by many names. Our philosophy is based on the universal teachings of Vedanta as expounded by India's 19th century mystic and world teacher, Sri Ramakrishna. His chief disciple Swami Vivekananda brought Vedanta to the West in 1893.

Ananda is the Sanskrit word for bliss. An ashrama is a spiritual retreat. Ananda Ashrama, therefore, is a retreat where one strives to live by and practice spiritual life in order to realize the joy of the Divine.

The Vedanta Centre Temple of the Universal Spirit is dedicated to all of the world's great religions. Each is represented by stained glass symbols in each window, statues and scriptural quotations. Our Cohasset Temple was dedicated in 1959 on the 50th anniversary. It was designed by Srimata Gayatri Devi. The California Temple at Ananda Ashrama was built in 1928 under the direction of our founder, Swami Paramananda.

The purpose of the centers in the United States is to present authentic knowledge of Indian philosophy, as well as to stimulate better understanding between the East and West on a spiritual basis.

Through our services and classes, we emphasize practice of the universal truths taught in all great religions: love and service together with study, prayer and meditation. Our primary aim is to stress the life of selfless dedication and to create an atmosphere of serenity and peace.

We also have two sister ashramas in Calcutta, India. The mission of these ashramas is to train and serve destitute women and children through schools, an orphanage, and a shelter.
"Hold aloft the light and stand firm to thy post
Till all wandering souls have reached their goal in safety.
Service brings strength
and renewed life,
Love cures all weariness,
And Faith, the shining jewel of life,
performs all miracles. "
~ Swami Paramananda

About Vedanta

VEDANTA comes from the Sanskrit words Veda (wisdom) and Anta (end) and signifies Supreme Wisdom. It is applied to the spiritual revelations of the great sages of ancient India as recorded in the final part of the Vedic scriptures known as the Upanishads. Dealing with the fundamental principles and the practice of spirituality, rather than with dogmas, rituals, or personalities.

Vedanta is the philosophical basis of most Indian traditions, regardless of sect or creed. Vedanta strives to be free from sectarianism and exclusiveness with an infinite scope for tolerance. Vedanta does not believe in converting from one form of faith to another, but it seeks to help each one to follow his or her own religious faith with whole-heartedness. Modern Vedanta teaches that all religions are paths leading to the same goal. "By whatsoever path men and women seek Me, even so do I reach them." Bhagavad Gita.

The comprehensive system of spiritual practice which it offers is known as Yoga. The term is from the same Sanskrit root as the English word "yoke" and means union between the soul and God. Yoga is typically divided into four main paths to suit the varying temperaments of human beings. These paths are karma yoga (selfless work), bhakti yoga (devotion), jnana yoga (philosophic discrimination) and raja yoga (concentration and meditation). Through them, one may attain the highest realization.

PUBLIC SERVICES are held throughout the year and open to all.

Sunday Service
For the public, a service is held every Sunday morning at 11 AM.

Thursday Meditation Class
A group meditation and class is held each Thursday evening from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Special holy days are observed throughout the year. Announcements are posted on the Upcoming Events page of this website.


Membership at the Vedanta Centre is a spiritual affiliation. There are no dues or pledges. Anyone who finds in Vedanta an answer to spiritual need becomes a member by support and faithful attendance at our services. The ashrama is a non-profit organization and gratefully accepts all offerings, contributions and volunteer help.


Reverend Mother Sudha conducts guided retreats and classes when she is in residence. For those who have been attending services regularly, arrangements can be made for individual retreats at the Vedanta Centre. We have simple, comfortable guest quarters for those staying overnight or longer. Staples are provided, but guests are responsible for their own meals. Retreatants participate in the worship and work life of the resident community, as well as having time for quiet reflection on the grounds. From time to time, we offer organized weekend retreats. Those will be announced.


The resident community is composed of women monastics and householder men and women who share a daily routine of three periods of worship, prayer and meditation, selfless service and spiritual study. Women who are interested in living a life of religious consecration at the ashrama need to be in good health physically and psychologically. As followers of Sri Ramakrishna, we follow the Path of Devotion. However, this includes a full day of service, participation in daily community worship, meditation and spiritual study. The first years of training take place in Cohasset.


Our lending library specializes in literature of and about India, with its main emphasis on all of the world's religions. For a minimal fee, library members are welcome to check out books from our valuable collection.


The ashrama is located twenty miles south of Boston
just east of Rt. 3A in Cohasset, MA.
By car from Boston:
South on Route 3; Follow Rt. 3 South toward South Shore and Cape Cod; Exit No.15 (Rt. 53) Hingham-Rockland; Follow east 1-1/2 miles to intersection of Rt. 228; Left on Rt. 228, several miles winding through Hingham to intersection of Rt. 3A; Right at the light at Rt. 3A; Follow south several miles to traffic light at Beechwood St.; Left on Beechwood St; Follow for half a block; small Vedanta Centre sign on the right; turn right into our driveway.
By car from Cape Cod:
North on Route 3 to Rt. 139 Exit; Follow east toward Marshfield; Left at intersection of Rt. 3A heading North; Follow several miles through Marshfield, Scituate, and into Cohasset; Right at traffic light and intersection of Beechwood St; Follow for half a block; small Vedanta Centre sign on the right; turn right into our driveway.

Vedanta Centre
130 Beechwood Street
Cohasset, MA. 02025
Tel. (781) 383-0940
Fax: (781) 383-6386

Upcoming Events

Spring 2013 Celebrations

Rev. Mother Sudhananda Puri will conduct all 
services through Easter at Vedanta Centre, Cohasset


We observe silence throughout the grounds
from 12 noon until the 3 PM service.
You are welcome to be in the Temple during those hours.


Lord Buddha’s Birthday, Enlightenment and Mahasamadhi
Thursday, May 23rd at 7 PM

Headquarters of Vedanta Centre
Sunday, June 9th at 11 AM

Sunday, June 23rd at 11 AM


Sunday Services at 11 AM
Thursday Evening Meditation & Study Class at 7 PM

Salient Thought for the Day

      Simplicity, humility, whole-heartedness, can be cultivated by right direction of our thought.

Lines to Memorize

      Many times I have thought, as I scattered Thy unending gift,
      That this vessel was emptied;
      But it ever remains full of freshness.
      I know neither to fill it nor empty it.
      I only know that Thou hast placed this inexhaustible cup in my hand.
      I carry it where'er I go.
      'Tis Thou who givest and keepest,
      I only know that I am Thy servant,
      Thy humble cup-bearer.


      There are people who find it difficult to be simple, humble and direct; but these qualities are essential in the spiritual life, and we must develop them. They may not be natural to our life as it is, but we can change our life. We can make it whatever we want to make it.


      Let me lift my heart in guileless simplicity.
      May the Supreme Spirit of the Universe, who is Mother and Father and Divine Protector,
      May He surround me and ever guide my steps.
      May He ever make my heart glad
      And graciously bestow upon me His Peace.


SINCE 1909, the Vedanta Centre has been sharing India's wisdom through the spoken and written word. Most of our books are by Swami Paramananda, one of the first Eastern teachers to come to this country. A monk of the Ramakrishna Order and the youngest disciple of Swami Vivekananda, Paramananda lectured throughout the United States, Europe and Asia for thirty four years, until his passing in 1940. He founded four major centers still thriving today, two in the United States and two in Calcutta, India. He was a mystic, a poet and an innovator in spiritual community living.

VEDANTA CENTRE PUBLISHERS publishes books on Vedanta, as well as compact discs of spiritual music. Booklists are available upon request.

130 Beechwood Street
Cohasset, Massachusetts 02025-2108
Tel. (781) 383-0940

Sathya Sai Baba Center, Walpole, MA

Walpole Center, MA

Service Wing Service Projects
The most important practice of the Sai Organization is selfless service to society. This is in accordance with the teachings of Sathya Sai Baba and in emulation of His great humanitarian works. In selfless service, the motive is to raise consciousness of Divinity through our loving efforts. The spiritual validity of the service is determined by the intensity and purity of our love. Our efforts should reflect selfless love at all times to all people.

Following few quotes from Sathya Sai Baba provide an insight into the

"Importance of Service for a Human being.
The members of our Organization must be ready and eager to help students, the sick, and the poor. Feel that this is work that pleases Me. Spend your days and years in activities that help those in dire need, and thus make this human existence of yours worthwhile and fruitful" - Sathya Sai Speaks 1974.11.23

Consider service as the best spiritual discipline (sadhana), but do not believe that you can reform or reshape the world. Sathya Sai Baba, Sathya Sai Speaks VII, Chap. 23, 192 (old edition)

Service is effective only when "I and mine" are replaced by "God and God's". Sathya Sai Baba, Sathya Sai Speaks V, Chap. 22, 112 (old edition)

Do not keep yourself apart, working on your own salvation through meditation. Move among your sisters looking for opportunities to help, with the Name [of God] on the tongue and the Form before the eye of the mind.


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"Devotion alone confers the Supreme gift; Devotion alone destroys the disease of mundane existence; Devotion alone stirs the yearning for the Divine; Devotion alone is the means of Liberation. To realise the Supreme, the path of devotion is the only Royal road. It is the panacea for all worldly ailments and for the disease of birth and death. Devotion is the most effective means for awakening the spiritual urge."

Devotional activities include study circle, devotional singing, prayer, and meditation, as well as observing spiritual festivals. Schedules for devotional activities are available via the Calendar section.
You are welcome to participate in any of the devotional programs.

Study Circle
This spiritual activity of the devotional program is designed for adult members. It is held every fortnight, for one hour either just before or after devotional singing. A designated member serves as the moderator to maintain productive discussions. Members read, reflect, and discuss topics from selected books of discourses or writings of Sathya Sai Baba, together in a group. These discussions are meant to improve members' understanding of Baba's teachings and their meaningful application in daily life and to foster love, peace, and harmony.
"Study Circle is not just reading books. It means taking a point and each person discussing what it means to them. Like a round-table conference... The study circle looks at the different facets ... but, as in a diamond, there is one facet that is flat, and from it all can be viewed. To discover the top facet is the task of the study circle."
"The proper plan of study is reading, reflection and regular application in life."

Devotional Singing
Devotional songs in praise of God are sung with love and devotion. The singing of these songs has always been at the heart of spiritual practice for Sathya Sai Baba's followers. At the beginning of each song (called bhajans in Hindi), the leader sings a line which is repeated by all participants in unison. This "call and response" format continues until the entire song is finished. Generally, each line is sung twice the first time and once at a faster pace the second time before the song concludes. The songs are usually sung in English --the preferred language in the U.S. Centers, Hindi, or other Indian languages. Many devotees enjoy the devotional atmosphere arising from the rhythm, vibrations, and spirit of these songs.

"When you dwell on the names of the Lord, His Majesty, His Grace, His Omnipotence, His All Persuasiveness, get fixed in your consciousness; and your own capacities and capabilities get eclipsed in the Divine. So, humility develops and a spirit of surrender sprouts in the heart. This takes the devotees nearer to God and prepares him/her to merge in His Glory. The mind is gradually liberated from all distracting thoughts, desires and imagery that give free play to all the senses. All accumulated impurities that veil the bliss (ananda) within are removed, and the latent divinity manifests Itself."


Young Adults
Within the Sai Organization, a Young Adult is someone aged 18 to 35 years of age.

Young Adult programs are being established to encourage young adults to lead purposeful lives by learning and practicing spiritual values as defined and established by the life, message, and works of Sathya Sai Baba. Young Adult programs are intended to enhance, not interfere with, harmony and understanding in family relationships and within the Sai Organization. The programs provide forums for Young Adults of like mind to meet and to discuss issues in leading spiritual lives in today's world.

The future of the country depends on the skill and the sincerity of the youth. Therefore, the necessary enthusiasm and encouragement must be generated among the youth. All my hopes are based on the students, the youth. They are very dear to me. Sathya Sai Baba, Sathya Sai Speaks IX (old edition), 34, 184.

When an organization has started, it has to lay down for itself certain rules and regulations. But our rules are of a different nature altogether. Our rules emphasize that members must first practise what they stand for. Whatever you desire others to do, you must first put into daily practise sincerely and with steadfastness. ...

The organizations must be such that members find them congenial places to deepen their spiritual discipline (sadhana), to cultivate their virtues, to overcome their ego, by contact with workers who are free from the least trace of that deadly poison

Meeting Days and Times:
Sundays from 2:30 P.M. to 4:30 P.M.

Meeting Address:
39 Anderson Way,
MA 02032

Contact Name and Number:    
Ramanan Ramanathan
781 354 6421

Om Tat Sat

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