Sree Sivayogi Sidhanantha Alias Sree Nochur Swamiji established the Agasthya Ashramam in the year 1948 at Nochur. Swamijis father was an ardent lover of Tamil language and he wanted his son (ie Sree Nochur swamiji) to master tamil language more than anything else. Therefore their family shifted to Salem with the help of a friend, apart from the education there was a divine plan also, which brought the family to Salem. One day while he was continuing his studies in Salem, one of swamiji’s friend was ill for few days, so he decided to vist his house. While they were talking to eachother, swamiji suddenly saw some bundle of palm leaves lying un-noticed in the loft of their house. So swamiji asked him why are those palm leaves lying there, at the same time deep inside his heart swamiji wished to preserve it. While he was thinking in his mind, his friend told him that we don’t know what is the grantham and also the content in it, if you want you can take them. So Swamiji returned to his house and told his father about all those things and asked him to get that grantham through proper channel. So his father went to their house and discussed with his friend’s parents and brought that grantham to his son as he wished. The divine plan of siddhas alongwith the blessing of Bhagavan Sree Agasthya, finally Sree Nochur Swamiji got this GRANTHAM.
However Sree Swamiji could not make out anything from the grantha as he was a small boy at that time. Once he completed his studies in Salem. He returned to his home at Nochur, were he tried to read the Grantha, but couldn’t. Then with his continues efforts Swamiji along with some tamil scholars attempted to read the Grantha. Even the scholars could not make out anything from that. So he decided to learn the language in that and took immense effort to master the language and did it. After that when he started reading the Grantha he came to know that this Grantha was written by BHAGAVAN SREE AGASTHYA.
When he continued to read the Grantha he himself merged with it and dedicated his whole life for the grantha. In the grantha Bhagavan Sree Agasthya explains about various aspects in Vedha, Aagama, Sree Vidhya and Siva Vidhya Upasana, Sidha Medicine, Astrology and Devotional songs. Sree Swamiji was stunned by seeing all those things.
The Grantha also explains about the Upasanas and dhyanas to be followed by the person who is handling it. As per the instruction in the grantha Sree Swamiji took sanyasa. His Sanyasa Deeksha name was SREE SIVAYOGI SIDHANANDHA. Once he started the Sanyasa life Sree Swamiji decided to stay alone. At that time according to the instruction given in the grantha Sree Swamiji started an Ashram at Nochur Village and named it as “SREE AGASTHYA ASHRAM” in the year 1948 for the benefits of the mankind. A series of divenly ordained events followed.
As per the instruction, Sree Swamiji travelled to Kasi in Search of Maragatha Lingam and Swetha Lingam, he got the linga’s from the Narmadha river. He then took the Swetha linga to all cities in the length and breadth of India, so that people could do abhishekam to linga themselves as it is in Kasi. Sree Swamiji took this opportunity to spread the message of Bhagavan Sree Agasthya through Agasthya Geetham Bhajans. Mammoth gathering took place everywhere to do the abhisheka and to hear the Agasthya Geetham bhajans sung by Sree Nochur Swamiji in his magnetic voice which penetrated deep into the heart of the devotees.
According to the instruction from the Grantham, pradhishtas of Sree Maragatha Linga, Swetha Linga, Sree Sowbhagya Ganapathy, Sree Valli Devasena Sametha Shanmuga Subramanya Moorthy, Sree Lakshmi Saraswathy Sametha Rajarajeshwari , Sree Swetharka Nagar and Sree Jaya Veera Anjaneyar were done by Sree Nochur Swamiji at Sree Agasthya Ashramam-Nochur.
A maha siddha pursha by the name Sree Sree Karai Siddhar came to Ashramam and planted the Divine Swetharka Vriksha & Sree Swetharka Nagar (Rahu Kethu Swaroopam) saying that it was the instruction given to him by his Guru.
According to the instructions given in the Grantha to Sculpture Bhagavan Sree Agasthya and Sree Lopamudrambika Devi in same peedam were made as per Roopa Dhyanas mentioned in the Grantha. Dieties were then made and kept as Bala Aalayam for around 30 years and in the year 2009 instruction was given to Sivasri K.Vaidhyanathan to build the temple for these deities and this was done with great efforts of Sivasri Vaidyanathan and kumbhabhishekam was done on 11.05.2014. It is the first and the only place in the world where Bhagavan Sree Agasthya & Sree Lopamudramika Devi are in the same peetam.
Meanwhile Sree Swamiji also wrote many Agasthya Geetham songs and has performed bhajan programmes in almost all major cities in India. Some of the famous songs written by Sree Nochur Swamiji are Sri Prabho Ganapathy, SriChakra Raja Simhasaneshwari, Sri Lalitha Navarathinamalai, Sri Shanmuga Nayagan & Senthur Kadarkarai are few among that. These songs were written and released by him from the year 1957 onwards.
Sree swamiji started to do dhyanas as per the instructions in the grantha one day Sree Swamiji got the darshan of Sri Sri Karai Sidhar, from there onwards everyday in evening dhyana sree swamiji started receiving instructions from sri sri karai sidhar ,he also explained about the grantham and its importants and also said about various siddha purushas and showed him some incidents visually. This went on like this for so many years one day Sri Sri Karai Sidhar told Sree Nochur Swamiji that here after there is no necessity to do dhyana whenever you want you can contact me. All the activites in Sree Agasthya Ashramam will be looked after by me.
This is sidha bhoomi , sidhas place, all sidhas including me will be coming to ashramam to do pooja for Sree Lopamudrambika Sametha Bhagavan Sree Agasthya as Agasthya Bhagavan is the guru for all sidhas and rishis. All the sidhas sancharam will be there in ashramam always.
Sree Swamiji has no limitation in moving with his devotees. He will put his hand around their shoulders which will relax them and they feel secured, by his grace and guidance. When things were going on smoothly with full of divinity, on 20.09.2005 Sree Nochur Swamiji attained Maha Samadhi ( Kanni month, Krishna paksha thrithiya). Sree Swamiji’s Guru pooja is celebrated every year in the Ashramam along with all the devotees by singing Agasthya Geetham Bhajans and get the blessings.
According to the instruction given in the grantha to bring Sivasri K.Vaidyanathan to his Ashramam along with him. Sree Swamiji did that and taught him all the rituals that he knew and also adopted him as his son. Presently Sivasri Vaidyanathan is looking after all the ashramam activities. He spent almost 40 years with swamiji and now he is following his path from where Sree Nochur Swamiji left. Accurate Astrological prediction and pariharas are being done by him in the Ashramam for the devotees those who are in need.