Shri Panchapakesan shares his experience with Mahaswami

Sri. R.Panchapakesan, Secretary and Managing Trustee of Padmabhusan Sri. N. Ramaswami Ayyar Complex, a devotee of Kanchi Paramacharyar gives a first hand account of his experience with His Holiness on several occasions. Sri. R.Panchapakesan is the son of a great educationist of South India, Padmabhusan Sri. N. Ramaswami Ayyar. Sri. R. Panchapakesan, like Arjuna saw only ‘the eye of the bird’. He had the goal of sustaining and improving what his father had left as a legacy. Like his father he transformed problems into opportunities and turbulence into success. The educational institutions namely Seethalakshmi Ramaswami College, Savitri Vidyasala, Kamakoti vidyalaya and Padmabhusan Ramaswami Ayyar Memorial Polytechnic College for Girls, speak for his devotion to the cause of education.

Sri. R. Panchapakesan’s Experiences as narrated by Usha Chandrasekaran

Jagadguru His Holiness Sri Sankaracharya, who is affectionately called by His devotees as “Maha Periava” or “PARAMACHARYAL” lived up to a ripe old age of 100 to Bless many families. Mine was one such a family. My encounters with the Paramacharyal were intermittent though memorable. Today I feel that I ought to have associated myself with the mutt and interacted with His Holiness on a more regular basis.

When I think of the Mahaperiaval, I remember his first visit to our Educational Institution, when my father was alive. HE gave a marble Vinayaka at that time to be installed in the college premises. Whenever I visited the mutt the Paramacharya used to ask about the Vinayaka idol. I derived immense satisfaction when I had Dharshan of His Holiness, whenever I visited the Kanchi Mutt. I have always felt the influence of the Guru in my life whenever I experienced some hardship in running the educational institutions.

Some of the experiences with the Kanchi Saint have been etched in my memory and I keep reliving these experiences. I look up to Goddess Akilandeswari as the presiding deity of my family. In Sri Akilandeswari temple at Thiruvanaikovil, near Tiruchirapalli, there is a big vinayaka statue right in front of the Sanctum Sanctorum installed by Adi Sankara. There was a move to renovate the Vinayaka Sannidhi by relaying the cement flooring decorating the floor with granite, around the deity. I took it upon myself this work. Granite stones were procured and labourers were sent to the temple to start work. Then came a turning point in the plan as the temple officials wouldn’t permit me to proceed with the work without the Sanction and Blessings of the Kanchi Saint. Immediately I sought the help of Pandit Sri. Radhakrishna Sastrigal, a great Sanskrit scholar, a devotee of the Paramacharyal and close associate and well wisher of our family to resolve the issue. We proceeded to the Mutt to get the Blessings of His Holiness for the job on hand.

When Sri Radhakrishna Satrigal apprised Mahaperiava of the situation, prompt came a ‘No’ from the Saint. After this negative reply he started discussing other spiritual topics with Sri Radhakrishna Sastrigal. My heart sank. I was looking at the holy feet of the Paramacharyal. I was asking myself “what sacrilege did I commit that the ‘seer’ is not ready to give me the happiness and privilege of renovating the temple flooring?” My eyes did not move away from his feet. Minutes were ticking away and I was completely shattered. The unexpected happened and suddenly I perceived the Paramacharyal turning towards me and asking “நீ போடறேன்னு ஒத்துண்டியா?” (did you accept to do this). I said “ஆமாம்” (yes).  He said “சரி, அப்படீன்னா போய் போடு” (if so, go and do it).  Sri Radhakrishna sastrigal told me later that the Paramacharyal never went back on any decision that he had made. I particularly relieve this experience as a reward for my faith in the grace of the Paramacharya.

Another equally impressionable experience was the occasion of the release of Lalitha Sahasranama Bhashyam written by Sri Radhakrishna sastrigal through the trust formed by me in the name of my father and mother. After printing the books I went to the mutt to receive the Blessings of the saint before distributing the books. I told Him that I wanted to distribute the books free of cost. The swamiji told me that it would be appropriate to collect a nominal amount of Rs.25 for each copy even as I was printing the books in lieu of a charity organization. When I came back to Trichy and worked out the printing cost each copy cost Rs.25/-.

My first son Sri Ramani wanted to pursue his higher studies at the Rochester Institute of Technology in the U.S. I was very much apprehensive about sending him there and I wanted to visit the mutt with my son to get the blessings of the Paramacharyal. I had told the Paramacharyal about my son’s visit to the States for higher studies. The Paramacharyal just listened to me. I thought it would be wonderful if He Blessed me with a fruit or a string of flowers. Then came an orange flying towards me from the Paramacharya’s hands. My joy was inexplicable. I felt a great relief before my son’s visit to the U.S.

A few months before Paramacharyal attained mukthi , I visited him. That visit was in response to an appeal made by Him for  donation of gold for laying gold roof in Kamakshi Amman temple at Kancheepuram. I donated a few sovereigns and His Holiness put the coins on his head as a gesture of benediction. I had a feeling that I performed Kanakabhishekam to Him. I cherish Mahaperiyava’s Padhukas at home and whenever my eyes land on them I feel blessed.

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12 replies

  1. Sairam,

    i need a fresh copy of Bashyam . Where in chennai can i get this.


  2. Thanks for sharing your, such a nice experience.

  3. All are not that blessed as your goodselves but we are blessed in going thro’ your experiences.thanks. sir

  4. Great to read all these experiences of Blessed devotees!

  5. I am really thankful for getting an opportunity to read a mind thrilling information. Everyone will
    not get such an opportunity. Thank you very much once again Sir for sharing the most valuable
    and rich information with us.

  6. Thanks for sharing the news Mr.Panchapakesan. I am an old student of SRC, Trichy. Even after 23 years of me graduating from there, I am still able to recollect the discipline, homely and spiritual environment the college moulded us. I still remember the Friday prayer “Mangala charane Mangala vadhane Mangala dhayini Kamakshi”. I am sure your family will be blessed by HH for generations to come so that you can carry on the tradition.

    • I am also an alumni of SVS & SRC…the same experience as you have said..I too remember the morning prayers in both school & college ..especially ‘Mangala charanae’ song in college is the one which we can’t forget

    • Please sing ‘mangala Charane ‘ song and post it in src college group.
      I am also alumni of our college. I’ll sing many of our college song while praying. And I’ll make my kids to sing.
      And this song is not added in prayer in 2001 and they will sing occasionally. So please post it. Eagerly waiting.

  7. i dont know if i have told about an incident. at the cost of repetition let me tell this unbelievable one to show how kind periava is towards his devotees. my father died in 1993 and as per our custom we cant visit any temple during one year. my temple is only periava (in fact periava once took a shot at me at pandarpur when he made me forcefully visit the temple to seek his permission to leave, as we dont generally leave until he permits us ‘ivane koilukku varavazhichuten paathiya’) but suddenly during the course of that one year, when i was attending the marriage of daughter of one mr. swaminathan,who is my friend, mr. chandramouli or mr. kumaresan (i dont remember)met me in the marriage hall and told ‘periavale poi parungo, uthravu akirukku'(go and see periava, he has ordered you to see Him)! i then remembered that he had sent mutt persons long ago to thiruvanaikoil in jan. 1986 when my youngest brother died to console me and tell me ‘how many times we can extricate him from Lord Yama’s jaws’ ask him to come and see me after a few months! I went and prostrated before periava stood there for some time got His blessings (along with my wife)and returned. Lo the next time I went was only on that fateful evening in Jan. 1984! Yes HH wanted to ensure that He saw me so that He can always be with me. You know why he said earlier in 1986 ‘how many times should i extricate’ about my brother. because it was in 1976 when my father saw him and told about my brothers heart ailment and when asked him, he said, if he at least lives for ten years, it would be ok! and he raised his hand and blessed and kept that word of exact 10 years. I never wanted any promise like that from HH except that HH should be with me always and the He is, I can see HIm, can you! n.ramaswami

    • My hearty namaskarams sir. I am alumni of Src sir. My humble request is to post all of our prayer songs in YouTube. Because many of us are searching for our prayer songs. Evening bajans for hostel students also.
      I am very proud that I was studied in an institution where the holy feet of maha periyava had stepped.

  8. Thanks a lot for sharing this unique experience! Blessed All! Are the copies of Sri lalitha sahasranamam with tamil translation still avaliable for the devotees?

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