Friday, July 31, 2009

Request of a Sanyasi

Today is Paramacharya’s birth star "Anusham" thought of sharing some of the devotees experience with our Jagadguru. Any body who goes to Mahaperiyava will get a solution. This is one more real life incident which proves it. Please read on to cherish.

One day at around 8.30 pm when Mahaperiyava was about to wind up his regular darshan there entered a couple along with their daughter and gave their offerings like dry fruits etc as a token of respect to the Jagadguru. Mahaperiyava upon seeing the person, “Oh is it Viswanathan from America, nice to see you with family, I Hope you have come here to tell your daughter’s wedding? I could able to see only the dry fruits which you have brought to me, I am not seeing the wedding invitation, where is it?” Viswanathan replied, “Mahaperiyava we are seeking the alliance since she was 17 years and now she is 25 years, all our previous attempts in coming to India and staying here for two months for seeking the alliance had failed and we are very much concerned about her marriage” and viswanathan became emotional which made his wife and daughter crying.

It was around 9.30 p.m. and mahaperiyava could able to feel the pain and tried to console the family, “Ok please sit down here and I know that you are doing lot of good things to temples and poor people, ok tell me how many years now since you went to the US.” Viswanathan replied, “it is now twenty years since I settled in US”. Acharaya then asked “Hope she is your only daughter and what is her name”, Viswanathan replied, “yes she is the only daughter and her name is Aparna”. Mahaperiyava then raised the doubt, “Have you shown her Horoscope (Jathagam) to the Astrologer?” “Yes I have shown to many astrologers and done lots of parikarams” “what are parikarams you have done?” “In Rameshwaram have done pithru dhosha parikaram with thila homam, In Kanjanoor “Sukra Preethi”, in Thiru nageswaram have done the “raghu preethi”, In alangudi did “Guru preethi”, in Thirumanancheri near kuthalam have done “special pooja” , In Thirunallar have completed Sani Preethi with nala theertha snanam…” Mahaperiyava interrupted,” only the “bhala prapthi” i.e. the result is missing”, by looking at Viswanathans wife “have you kept ready the gold and jewellery items?. For that viswanathan replied that, “we have about 30 sovereigns and in addition we have two 20 sovereigns kept separately”. Periyava interestingly enquired, “what for this additional set of 20 sovereigns?” He replied, “We have kept a vow to carryout marriage for two needful ladies if our daughter’s marriage is fixed but even that is not happening. “how many days you need to stay in India” viswanathan replied, “twenty days periyava”, periyava then asked the Mutt cook what is available the cook told, “Arisi Upma and Poosanikai Sambar” Periyava then asked the family to have their dinner in the mutt itself.

After the dinner mahaperiyava told,”Viswanatha you are good hearted person in addition to your daughters you want to help two more poor ladies in their marriage don’t worry goddess kamakshi will help you. I suggest you go to Thiruvanaikka (near trichy) and make your daughter see the Thadangam (Golden Ear Ring) of Goddess Akilandeswari and ask her to sincerely pray. Once you finish the darshan proceed to Tirupathi and perform a Kalyana uthsavam to srinivasa perumal” (marriage for the Lord Srinivasan and Padmavathi) Viswanathan replied “whenever we come to India we have done the kalyana uthsavam to Lord Srinivasa at Tirupathi and I have done eight times so far but not result”. For that Mahaperiyava replied,"sari viswanatha athanala enna korranjura porathu? Intha sanyasi solrathukaka ompathavathu thadavaiya nadathi vaiyen" (ok viswanatha please do it for the nineth time for the request of this sanyasi?!)

Viswanathan then took his family to Thiruvanaikka and had thadanga (Goddess Golden Ear Ring) darshan of Goddess akilandeswari and then came to Tirupathi. In Tirupathi that day many people had given their offerings for the Thiru Kalyanam to the Lord and Viswanathan family also were witnessing the wedding celebration of Srinivasan and Alamelumanaga and Viswanathan’s mind was thinking, “every day you are getting married gorgeously see my status is it fair on your part?” and felt very emotional by shedding his tears in front of the Lord and upon seeing this his wife and daughter were also started weeping.

All this was noticed by a person nearby for quite some time and atlast he decided to enquire and went nearby, “I am Vaidyanthan from Madras am observing you and your family for quite some time, when you are supposed to enjoy the celestial wedding of the God you and your family is in grief which you should not do” Viswanathan then told his pathetic condition to the person who was enquiring him. Vaidyanathan then asked Viswanathan “what is your gothram?” Viswanathan replied “Vathulam” “Nanga Srivathsam .. ok what is your daughter’s age? “twenty five.. why are you asking all these details?” Vaidyanthan then replied that he will inform after the function.

Once the function was over Vaidyanathan took the family of Viswanathan and told, “We hail from Melatoor near Tanjore and I have a son by name Srinivasan who is currently working in US at Ford Motor Co., and he his coming to India tomorrow, and we are seeking alliance for him for the past three years and nothing has progressed” “ we are also devotees of Kanchi Periyava and when we visited the Kanchi Mutt some three months before Mahaperiyava requested us to perform Kalyana Utsavam at Tirupathi and hence we are here and if Mahaperiyava’s blessings is there your daughter can become our daughter-in-law.”

Then both the family exchanged the horoscope and went straight to an astrologer in Tirumala itself. To everyone’s surprise the horoscope matching was perfect. The next day Srinivasan reached India from America and pen parkum padalam took place and finally both liked each other. Within fifteen days they fixed the marriage and even finalized the marriage hall i.e. Raja Rajeswari Kalyana Mandapam. After that both families decided to visit Kanchi Mutt to get the blessings of Maha Periyava. They reached Kanchi Mutt and by the time they had Periyava's darshan it was 9 pm.

Viswanathan then transpired what happened since he left Kanchi Mutt and told that they had darshan in Thiruvanaika and had Thadanga darshan and later went to Tirupathi to perform Kalyana Utsavam for the Lord of Seven Hills and how the marriage got fixed. Mahaperiyava was very happy and told him that since he felt that her daughter might have the “Vivaha prabandiga dosham” he then asked them to go have darshan of Goddesss Akilandeswari’s Thadanga which will ward off the dosha. Then he enquired about who is the groom, Vaidyanthan who was standing behind came in front of Mahaperiyava told “I am going to be his sambanthi I came to you three months before when you have told us to perform the Srinivasa kalyanam at Tirupathi” We both performed the Kalyana Utsavam on the same day and become sambanthis by your grace. Acharya blessed them and told them “please have your dinner in the Mutt and the cook was telling me that today’s menu is “Arisi Upma and Poosanikai Sambar” and then blessed them and went to his room.


  1. Very touching.I have about a dozen such incidents conecerning maha Periava.Would you be interested.Ramani anna's contributions.

  2. My name is Aparna. My parents are staunch devotees of Maha periyava. My star is Hastham and before marriage, I belonged to Vathula Gothram. My wedding got fixed after we read this story and visited Tiruvanaikaval. 3 months thereafter, my marriage got fixed. My mom-in-law (who passed away exactly 15 days before my weddding got fixed)'s name was Akhila. We had heard about this above incident and felt as if this was written purely for us. I felt touched re-reading this in this blog. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. Who knows what great sanyasis think in their minds.... It is always good to obey them without qquestioning because it ll surely give good results.
    God bless Mahaperiyava...
    The soul that carried Mahaperiyava to this earth for us be blissful.