Thursday, January 19, 2017

Anusham function in Hyderabad on January 22nd, 2017!

Namaskarams to all,

This month Anusham Ustavam at Hyderabad is on Wednesday 22-Jan-2017.

Requesting all our Paramacharya devotees to participate, also invite devotees by communicating about this monthly event.

5:30 PM onwards
Smt Manibala & Sri Pisupati Vijaya Kumar's Residence
204, KBR Manicoms Residency
Landmark: Opposite HDFC Bank,
Srinagar Colony,
Hyderabad – 500073
Contact Nos.
+91 96663 29 624
+91 98665 03 743

Please see flyer for more details about the function, Those nearby, Please do attend and be blessed.

Thanks to Umesh Sadasivam for letting us know.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

"Political parties promoted Thirukkural in Parliament!" --- Shri Tarun Vijay

Statue of Thiruvalluvar at Kanyakumari which is the southermost point of India.

HH Bala Periyava at the school during Ayudha Pooja in 2014. Pic courtesy
HH Pudhu Periyava blessing the students in that school some years back.

The verses of Thiruvalluvar remain a cultural constitution of India, said former member of Parliament Shri Tarun Vijay in Tambaram on Sunday January 15th, 2017.
Addressing a gathering of the students and academicians as part of ‘Thiruvalluvar Day’ celebration at Sri Kanchi Mahaswami Vidya Mandir in Rajakilpakkam near Tambaram in Madras, he said understanding India without understanding the ancient Tamil treatise would be incomplete.
Honouring the prize winners of competitions commemorating the birth anniversary of Thiruvalluvar, he also recalled the services rendered by Adi Sankara, Kanchi Paramacharya and poet Subramania Bharathi in promoting Indian unity through Their religious works and poems. To promote the cultural heritage of south India to other parts of the country, the Centre announced competitions in Thirukkural for schools and colleges.
Mr. Vijay said political parties with diverse ideologies came together to promote Thirukkural in Parliament in December 2015.
Member of Parliament Ela. Ganesan and Managing Trustee of Sri Kanchi Mahaswami Trust V. Shankar participated.


Source: The Hindu.

Thiruvalluvar is a celebrated Tamil poet and philosopher whose contribution to Tamil literature is the Thirukkural, a work on ethics. He is thought to have lived between 4th century and 1st century BC.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Saffron from USA for Kamakshi Amman Temple!

Dear Everyone,

This is related to Sri Kamakshi Amman Kumbabhishekam this Feb 2017. A devotee Bharatwaj Srinivasan spoke to temple priest Suresh Sastrigal and it seems they are in need of 1kg of Saffron for Ambal Abhishekam. He also feels it would be good if we can send some from USA because of the high quality avaliable here. Suresh Sastri's sister's son is flying from USA on Feb 4th and he is also ready to carry saffron if anyone give it to his address. 

Devotees living in the US, you may please ship the Saffron to him at the below address:

Rajesh Venkataraman (Suresh Sastrigal Sister's son)
Address: 111 Hana Road, Edison, NJ 08817

Leaving to India: 04-Feb-2017

or to

Kannan Ramanathan (Suresh Sastrigal's another relative's son)
Address: 8714 Newcastle bend
Irving, TX 75063
Email: /

Leaving to India: 26-Jan-2017

or to

Priya Venkataraman (phone: 510 676 5506)

Address: Residing in Fremont California.
Leaving to India on: January 19th, 2017

Saffron brand: Any Spanish Saffron like this brand "The Gatherings of Saffron".

 Please check your local Indian Stores or you can buy the saffron brand from Costco or Sam's club near you. That is also a good quality one.

This is the original post on this:
Please do note the dates mentioned above before sending them. Thank you Everyone!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Saffron needed for Kamakshi Amman temple kumbhabhishekam!

As many of you know, the Kumbhabhishekam of the world famous Kamakshi Amman temple in Kanchipuram is coming up in early February, 2017. They are in need several kilograms of Saffron for the function.
Saffron can be handed over to Sri Kamakoti Suresh or to other Sthanikams of the temple. Shri Suresh Sastri's contact number is 9791545422. Please do your bit and be blessed. Thanks to Shri Kamesh Bavaratnam for sharing this with us.

The above picture is of the Pournami Ambal pooja conducted by Praveena Krishnan at her home in Los Angeles. How Beautiful it is. Words fail me. Shankara. The other is the picture of Kashmiri Saffron. *****
Here below is a beautiful incident involving our Kamakshi and Saffron paste: Kanchi Mahaperiyava was once running a high temperature. His chest was congested with phlegm. Vengudi Doctor usually attended on Periyava and prescribed medication. This time Periyava did not take his medicines. The fever did not subside nor did the phlegm decrease. A lady who came every day for darshan arrived. Having seen Periyava’s condition she had made a paste of saffron flower on the stone used for grinding sandal paste and heating it to the right temperature and had brought it. Periyava was then seated inside the Mena. The lady offered the costly medicine reverentially. Taking it casually as if it were a common object, Periyava placed the leaf-cup in a corner of the Mena. Sri Kamakshi Amman was then arriving outside Sri Matha in the ceremonial procession down the streets. “Kamakshi has arrived in front of the Matha. Why don’t you go for darshan?”, said Periyava to the Lady. The lady went out on Periyava’s suggestions. No sooner did the lady go out than a young peasant woman came in. It needed no insight to know that she was very poor. She carried a baby, which was struggling to breathe through a severe chest congestion. "The baby has a bad cold… I am not able to buy medicines… Sami must give me some sacred ash!”, prayed the mother, almost in tears, to Him. Periyava picked up the leaf cup (given by the first lady, containing Saffron paste) hurriedly and gave it to the young woman and instructed her to take it home and apply it on the baby’s forehead twice or thrice during the course of the day. The woman left at once. Even as she did so, Periyava issued another instruction. “The dust from the roads may fall into the medicine. Take it home carefully covered with your cloth.” The very next minute, He took some kumkum, which was there in the mena, and mixing a little water with it applied it on his forehead as if it were a poultice made from saffron-flower! Shankara. What Compassion for Everyone. The lady who had brought the saffron-flower paste for Periyava came back after Kamakshi’s darsan and stood near the Mena. There were a red paste on Periyava’s forehead. “Iswara! Periyaval has accepted the saffron-flower paste that I had brought and has applied it on His forehead!” The lady was very happy and came back the next day. “The phlegm has reduced and the fever went down because of your saffron-flower poultice!”, told Periyava to her. The lady was deeply moved. Periyava did not say, "'My' phlegm decreased because of your saffron-flower” After all her medicine had been useful. Besides, what other occasion could have been more suitable to acknowledge and praise the lady’s sincere devotion? But the attendants who were witness to this divine sport knew that the expensive saffron-flower removed the distress of the child of the poor family, for such divine secrets fell to the share of their experience. Source: Smt Sujatha Vijayaraghavan 'In the presence of the Divine'. That is a beautiful drawing of the Two Kamakshis by Meenakshi Ramamoorthi
Note: Poultice is a soft, moist mass of material, typically of plant material or flour, applied to the body to relieve soreness and inflammation and kept in place with a cloth. Address of Kamakshi Amman temple (if it is required :))) New No. 6, Old No. 144/A, Kamakshi Amman Sannathi Street, Big Kanchipuram, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu 631502,

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Adi Shankara's birthday Star --- Interesting details!

The Holy Birthday of Sri Shankaracharya Swami (Adi Shankara) is Panchami of Sukla Paksha in Vaisaka. On that day, the Star would be either Thiruvadirai (Arudra) appropriate to Shiva or Punarvasu, appropriate to Sri Rama!


Kanchi Mahaperiyava in Deivathin Kural.

The beautiful painting of Periyava offering Lotus to Nataraja is by Shri Narayanan Bala. The colourful dancing Nataraja painting is by Smt Girija Jayaraman!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Friday, January 6, 2017

"Want to Leave the World with Mahaperiyava's Darshan!" --- Shri Krushnan!

Shri Krushnan is seen with his wife on his right and Smt Rajalakshmi Vittal Mami of Nochiam on his left.

Swamigal with a Coconut

Beautiful picture of Adhistanam of the 65th Kanchi Acharya HH Mahadevendra Saraswathi Swmigal, at Ilayathangudi. He was also called as 'Ilayathangudi Periyava'. Picture courtesy

The 65th Kanchi Acharya. Pic courtesy

I recall the Viswarupa Darsanam of Kanchi Mahaperiyava Sarweswara at Ilayathangudi in 1962. I was 19 yrs old then, Accompanied by my Mama who told Him that I wanted to discontinue my studies due to family problems.

To which Mahaperiyava asked me, "Where are you studying? Nee Poi Padi, You go and study!" and then moved on to Kulam Pond for Snanam.

I was ordained to visit Ilayathangudi two days afterwards. After finishing Puja Mahaperiyava signalled me to come with my father and asked me to take the smaller portion of broken coconut and for my father, the bigger portion of the broken coconut and signalled to join both the portions, with that great smile of His towards me indicating He has blessed me with my wishes!

Shankara. What an unique thing from Swamigal to ask them to join the two broken portions of the coconut!

He blessed me with Kamakoti free scholarship in the subsequent year for my 2nd year of study at MIT (Madras Institute of Technology) in Chrompet, Madras.

I recalled these to Him when I went to have His Darshan in some remote village in Karnataka many years later during His Satara Vijaya Yatra.

He asked me to repeat the word " KAMAKOTI!".


So Ilayathangudi is a Very Great Name for me in my Life. Of course I had few more Darshans of Periyava in subsequent years. Whatever I could get in my life is only because of Mahaperiyava. I keep praying that my Life ends with "MAHAPERIYAVA SARWESWARA" Nama in my memory/mind and lips, along with Darshan of Mahaperiyava. 

How Touching. Shankara.



How beautifully narrated by the Supremely blessed and very humble Shri Krushnun Sattaraman! How many countless Lives I need to take to be blessed like this. Our Namaskarams to you Sir.