On the day of Deepavali in 1961, Muralidharan was born to the pious Tamil Brahmin couple, Sri Rajagopala Iyer and Smt. Savitri, in Manjakuppam, a village in Cuddalore, in Tamilnadu, India.
Right from childhood, Muralidharan was always devoted towards God, especially Sri Srinivasa Perumal. He was also interested in attending Bhajans and discourses in temples. Muralidharan deeply desired to become one like the Sadhus who his father often invited home for meals. This virtuous child had an attraction for the ochre robe (the robe usually worn by Hindu ascetic). He used to spend long hours meditating in temples and Adhishtanams (Samadhis) of Mahans. He was an ardent devotee of Paramacharya Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Swamigal of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham and never missed an opportunity to have his darshan and serve him.