Hope you haven’t forgotten me, yet!
Just got back from south temple run….pretty tiring but extraordinarily a divine trip…..want to write a lot, but wtill do it in pieces….
During this trip, visited 4 patasalas and each one is so unique in their own ways- here are the background::
1. The one in Sirugumani has photos of the last day of Soma Yagam – this vaathiyar does not even go for vaidheekam – just like the good very old days. I was blessed to attend the concluding day of “soma yagam”, a very rare event…in today’s world, there are hardly anyone who is qualified to do such events….I also did Cauvery snanam with great pundits
2. The one in Togur – Sri Vaishnava Vathiyar – story is most amazing – they are one of the last Jaimini Sama Saakai patasalai. He also does not even go for vaidheekam. The story about the origins /resurrection of this patasalai reflects another divine manifestation of Veda Samrakshanam by — who else — Sri Maha Periyava. There was NO ONE else who knew this particular (Jaimini) saakai of Sama Vedam, but one (Thenkalai) Sri Vaishanavar. And he was in loukeekam in Sri Rangam – Sri Maha Periyava tried several times to get him to teach his knowledge to others. Finally, very reluctantly he agreed – but his boss in the loukeekam job would not allow him to quit the job. So, ksaakshaath Sri Ranganatha Perumal of Sri Rangam Himself appeared in the dream of the boss and asked him to relieve his employee, so the latter could start this Jaimini Sama Veda Patasala.
3. Ilayathankudi Patasalai is nicely situated, sandwiched between two Shiva Temples and is also the Athishtanam of a Guru in Sri Kanchi Guru Parampara.
4. Thiruvidaimaruthur Patasalai pictures includes ones which signify Lord Mahalingaswamy Himself confirming to Sri Adi Shankarar that only Advaitham is satyam. I did my Nithya puja here and the kids there helped me a lot….you can’t find a better place to do this…
I also met some of the readers from this group and talked to few, planning to meet some more…..it is very heart-filling to meet andtalks to these great folks……I definitely have to write about them as well….Will do it later….
Jaya jaya shankara hara hara shankara