Vinayagar Agaval

Here is an interesting event that happened 50 years ago::


About forty-eight years ago, PUjyashrI MahASvAmigaL was camping in a small village called VETTamangalam near MayilADuturai. At that time PeriyAr EVR started the movement of breaking the PiLLaiyAr images. When the date of breaking the images was announced, the sacred group of SivanaDiyArs–Shiva devotees, in KumbakoNam were upset; they met ShrIShrI PeriyavAL at VETTamangalam and asked him, “What retaliative measure are we to take for this?” PeriyavAL gave them these words of blessings: “Let all the bhaktas from tomorrow go to PiLLaiyAr temples and break coconuts and do abhiSheka-Aradhanas.”

To aDiyEn–myself, ShrI PeriyavAL gave a sign in silence and with orders to publish his message in the magazine asking everyone to do pArAyaNam of the “VinAyagar Agaval”. An additional order was given to print and distribute freely, the “VinAyagar Agaval” book blessed by AvvaiyAr. A surprising thing about this was that I did not know about the existence of a book called “VinAyagar Agaval”. I could not also understand his silent sign indicating AvvaiyAr. Nor could I understand his gestures about the “VinAyagar Agaval” book. Then he wrote the name on the sand and showed it to me. It was night time and there was not enough light from the electric lamp where PeriyavAL was sitting. Then he asked for a slate and chalk to be brought and showed me the name by writing it on the slate. I understood it. Accordingly, the “VinAyagar Agaval” book was printed and distributed freely. All the magazines and newspapers carried PeriyavAL’s message to the people to do pArAyaNam–recitation, of the “VinAyagar Agaval”. I had the bhAgyam of seeing PeriyavAL’s handwriting which was like printed letters.


As most of the readers would have listened to all His speeches in the audio section of this blog…As we all know we love the way how He speaks in a simple language – for a gnani to come down to our level and explain things. Particularly in the speech “Pillayar“, He insists the importance of Ganapathyam.. how easily Lord Ganesha lifts us to greater level…At the end, He wants all of us to chant “Vinayagar Agaval” every Friday whether or not we understand the meaning….So that clearly tells that these verses reveal lot more info in-depth. I am sure most of the readers know this and probably memorized this. For the benefit of others, I am enclosing the slokas  in Tamil…Once I find Englsih version, I will add it here…

Let us make it a practice to chant this on Fridays…..

Om Sri Ganeshaya Namaha….


Categories: Upanyasam

9 replies

  1. What happened after that whether the statues were saved from demolition

  2. What happened in the he is nd whether the statues of Vinayakar was saved from demolition?

  3. May I know the name of the person who experienced this vinayagar agaval incident ??

  4. I want brief explanation about vinayagar agaval. Please ……

  5. Only Lord Shiva can grant us mukthi and not People like Periyava even though they are great people. To say Periyava will give us mukthi is a sin and an act of Shiva Paavam.

    • Sri Periyava Himself is Lord Shiva. No doubt HE can bless us to attain Mukti. Only a person who has Bakthi, love and affection on Mahaperiyava, can understand this. No one else.

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