Mahadeva Malai is one of the beautiful temple of Lord Shiva located at the top of the mountain which is single stone on the way from Vellore to Gudiyattam. There lives a Siddha on this hill who has stopped eating for several years - Mahananda Siddha. Apart from thiruvanna malai this is next place to visit.
Mahadeva Malai is also known as Mahananda Siddha is the 19th Century Siddha in India.He does not eat food or drink water for nearly nine years since Shiva came before him and gave him the gift to live 500 years. He lays in fire every morning to receive Prana and the Amrita flows from his mouth to feed his body. If you come before him he will grant you great blessings. He is calling people from the West in many ways. He is Omniscience.
Mahananda Siddha was born in Dharmapuri district on December 6, 1930. For some time he was engaged in the pleasant smelling turmeric trade. At the age of thirty five, he undertook renovation work in many temples in Tamil Nadu under the inspiration of Lord Shiva and started feeding the poor (Annadanam) at Lokuvakulam Bharadhwajeeswarar temple of Kalahasthi in Andhra Pradesh. On the midnight of December 25, 2002, Lord Siva appeared before Mahananda and said,
"You are very fortunate in this life; You are a siddha with a boon to live for a thousand years; Go to Mahadeva Mount and live in a cave and worship Me and protect the devotees".
Lord Shiva disappeared after that.
As commanded by the God, Mahananda Siddha reached Mahadeva mount. As Lord Shiva appeared again before Mahananda Siddha he said:
"You should brush your teeth and take bath only on the first day of Chithirai; you should not seek alms from anyone; all the wealth will be heaped here; you should protect all the living creatures in this mountain from disease and suffering; from now on you should not eat food to satisfy your hunger or drink water to quench your thirst".
After giving this advice Lord Shiva disappeared.
One can see the form on the head of Mahadeva Swami is similar to the serpent with five heads on Lord Shiva’s head. Mahananda siddha worships the idol with flowers that spread fragrance and leaves with good smell. He is a siddha who can meditate by lying on the fire. It is true that we cannot live without food. But Mahananda siddha has demonstrated that it is possible to live without taking food. It is a matter of wonder to learn that this great siddha has not taken food or water for many number of years.
Mahadeva Malai in Fire at Lord Mahadeva Temple
Here is a small video about him: