|Such a rare picture of Kanchi Mahaperiyava being garlanded or the garland being removed by Bala Mama!|
My father-in-law, late Sri M Adhinarayanan was an ardent devotee of Kanchi Mahaperiyava since the 1960s. Because of his Bhakti for Mahaperiyava, he always used to say ‘Sankara’ while sitting down or standing up or while doing any simple thing as well. He had such Bhakti , automatically he would say ‘Sankara’ at any moment of time.
Once he was at Sri Kanchi Mutt late at night. Mahaperiyava had not retired yet for resting. Mahaperiyava was surrounded by V.I.Ps, like IAS/IPS officers, Government Officials, Diwan and Others.
Mahaperiyava’s neck was adorned by a beautiful garland of flowers. While retiring, Mahaperiyava would remove the garland of flowers. Every one was eagerly and anxiously waiting to receive it for himself/herself.
Mahaperiyava removed the garland and all of a sudden dropped it on the neck of my father-in-law!
Shankara! (this is my Shankara :))))
My father-in-law started weeping uncontrollably by the grace and kindness of the Great Sage. As was his usual practice my father-in-law was constantly chanting “Sankara” which the Almighty in Sage’s Rupa recognized and Blessed him.
That was Mahaperiyava’s Blessing for our entire family, we believe.
‘Jaya Jaya Shankara, Hara Hara Shankara’
Shankara. What a beautiful incident narrated by Smt Lalitha Vijayakumar. How blessed her family is. Thanks to Periyava Puranam for this beautiful picture.