Experience with Mahaperiyava – Thiagu Thatha

Shri Thiagarajan thatha is a blessed soul chosen by Mahaperiyava to be with him from the age of 15.  After serving in the mutt until the age of 30, Mahaperiyava selected a job for him for which Shri Sivan sir filled the job application. Thatha shares with us how Mahaperiyava and Shri Sivan sir guided him through different phases of his life starting from childhood.We will hear some very amazing incidents in this interview.


  • ‘என்னை சாப்டியானு ஒருத்தரும் கேக்கவே இல்ல’
  • ‘மாமி நீங்க பாட்டி ஆயிட்டேள்’
  • ‘சக ஆசிரியர்களே! மாணவ மணிகளே!
  • ‘சகஸ்ரநாமம்’ and ‘Double Prasadham’
  • ‘இளையாள்’ திரிபுரசுந்தரி
  • Maratha swamigal
  • Sringeri Shri Chandrasekhara Bharathi Mahaswamigal
  • Soundarya Lahiri Palashruthi – as explained by Mahaperiyava
  • Mahaperiyava on Shri Sivan sir
  • மகாபெரியவா பூஜையில் அம்பாள் தரிசனம்

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  1. Namaskaram sir .Thanks for correcting me.My apology for the wrong spelt. i will put reasonable efforts to be more vigilant. My sincere thanks for taking the time to inform me the right thing. I need such guidence. thank u once again.

    • Dear Sri Sivaraman: Namaskaram. I am so much delighted that you have taken the correction that I pointed out to you in the right spirit. Actually these days I hesitate a bit before I venture into suggesting such corrections because normally people do not like it. They take it as a personal affront. For example in early 2012 the monthly journal AMARABHARATHI (started by Sri Mahaperiyavaa himself) published the Gayatri mantram wrongly. They had published it as “Tatsa vitur varenyam….” I immediately called up the Editor and brought to his knowledge the mistake. I told him that Gayatri mantram is as follows: “Tat Savitur varenyam…” and not “Tatsa vitur varenyam…”. I told him since journals like Amarabharati are guiding lights for our people and something as basic as Gayatri mantram should not be printed wrong. Therefore I requested him to come out with a correction in the next issue. Although he agreed with me on this score, he did not publish the correction in the next issue. Again I telephoned him from New Delhi. This time there was an added mistake of the word “Sraadham” published as “Sraardham” in it. I pointed out to the Editor of Amarabharati that the correction in respect of Gayatri is yet to be published, and that the journal has committed an added mistake pertaining to this word “Sraadham”.

      I told him that the Editorship of religious journals is serious business, and that only those who are dedicated to the cause, and those who are knowledgeable on issues pertaining to our faith should take up the responsibility of Editor. Or else they should switch over to secular journals, newspapers like Kumudam, Kunkumam, Dinatanti, Dinamalar etc.

      The long and short of it is that the AMARABHARATI is yet to publish the corrections pertaining to our Gayatri mantram and the word “Sraadham”. May be the Editor is too very preoccupied to attend to such “trivial’ issues.

      That way I am impressed by your humility and the willingness to stand corrected. Thank you!

      Namaskaram again!

      Yours truly,
      Sri Aiyer Raju Sreenivasan (alias)
      Sri Swaminatha Sarma
      Trikaala Sandhyavandani &
      Nitya Sahasra Gayatri Upasaki

      • Sh. Raju Sreenivasanji,

        Do you live in Delhi. If so, could i kindly have your contact details.My name is Lakshmi and i reside in Delhi. My e-mail id : lakshmiramamurthy@rediffmail.com.

        Thank you.


      • Well. Madam, I WAS residing in New Delhi for 36 years. Now I keep shuttling between Singapore, United States, Srirangam and Bangalore where I have my children and my mother. Although it may not be difficult for any one to dig outparticulars pertaining to me from the Web, I shall send you a private email giving my contact details.

    • Respected Sir,
      Can any one give me the contact details of Mr.G.Sivaraman who has interviewed revered people for mahaperiyava experiences? My e mail id : drjanakiraman@gmail.com and mobile No: +919945319797

  2. Dear Sri Sivaraman: Namaskaram. Thank you so much for this interview which presents Sri Periyavaa’s life from very close quarters. Sri Thiaghu Thatha re-lives his moments with Sri Periyavaa with tremendous amount of zest and zeal.

    At probably, 1.31 (1 hr 31 mts) you are discussing about the annual rites being performed for Sri “Sivan Sir”. You are mentioning that SRAArDHAM is being performed for him etc. I am one who has read all the 7 volumes of Sri Periyavaa’s DEIVATHTHIN KURAL . Sri Periyavaa very clearly says, in so many words, that our people have started mispronouncing the word “SRAADHAM” as “SRAArDHAM” which is wrong. He says the correct word for the annual rites is SRAADHAM and NOT sraardham. That is, there is no `r’ in between. He has also mentioned the same thing about our Sankalpa mantram of “Mamo paatha, samastha….” which we have started pronouncing as “Mamo paartha…” which is wrong. Sri Periyavaa says it is “Mamo paatha” only and there is no `r’ in between here as well.

    The reason why I am bringing this to your knowledge is that you are in a position where your words can act as a guide for commoners like us. Therefore, it is all the more important that you mention the words accurately. And since I have read Sri Periyavaa’s Deivaththin Kural I know for sure what I am saying is correct because it has been corrected by HIM. I thought it is my duty to bring it to your knowledge. Kindly pardon me if I have given an opinion to the contrary in this matter.

    Namaskaram again!

    With best regards,

    Yours truly,
    Sri Aiyer RS
    Trikaala Sandhyavandhani &
    Nitya Sahasra Gayatri Upasaki

  3. I cannot stop myself from blogging about this Interview again and again. How the words flow from this 89 year young man. What a radiant face!!! certainly his students must be very lucky!!!!. I take him as my role model. May periyava bless me with this enthusiasm, wit and fervour for ever!!!

  4. Words cannot express the feelings the heart felt during those two hours. Eyes could not see any vision, only ears were active which were filled
    with Sri Thiyagu mama’s fluent articulation. What a clarity ? It was a like a non stop meditation on Perivaya for two hours. We are all indebted to the
    ‘souls’, who gave this kind of experience. Each and every interview is like a ” alla alla kuriyatha puthaiyal pola irrkku “..
    Jaya Jaya Sankara ! Hara Hara Sankara !

  5. I agree Sir — UnBeliveable — Even Parasakthi is waiting to fulfil MahaPeriyava orders.

  6. avan arulaley avan thal vanangi Blessed for having served nadamaduthum theyvam .
    We have got this nice experience, though met and speaked with sri Thiyaghu mama(thatha)
    during our school days @ thiruvaiyaru. Pranams to Mahesh and Namaskaram to Thiyghu Mama

  7. avan arulaley avan thal vanangi Blessed for having served nadamaduthum theyvam .
    We have got this experience though met and speaked with sri Thiyaghu mama(thatha)
    during our school days @ thiruvaiyaru. Pranams to Mahesh and Namaskaram to Thiyghu Mama

  8. Million thanks 🙂

  9. a treasure to cherish…………..MAHA PERIYAVA SHARANAM

  10. Thanks a lot. We who had Darshan of periavah can understand His many facets thru such great souls who had served and enjoyed great bliss in their prime life.This is great effort pl continue and provide us readers to remember for ever such a great Saint.Nagaraj Rao Andheri Mumbai

  11. Dear Mahesh / Karthikeyan

    Excellent interview. really superb and hats off to you. First time i seen this blog. one of my friend told about this blog. But some of the replies from members are irrelevant and there is no continuation.what is the reason?

    Even his age of 90 his voice also excellent. namaskaram to him and his entire family elders.

  12. Absolutely fantastic…………………………………..2 hours of sheer joy and ecstasy…………………………….

  13. yesterday, at 6 pm I saw this for the first time. now I am listening to it for the 4th time!!!. All of us should have this thatha’s “uthsaaha” which is very important. I pray to Mahaaperiyava and thaatha for granting this uthsaaha for all of us.

  14. shivaraman sir, once again thank u very much for this interview. we are all indebted to u for the life time. Sir, please, cud u post this interview unedited ?

  15. Dear sri Guru Nadhan

    I sent a mail to you sir.

    Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara

  16. Wonderful Interview. Tears rolling listening to the ‘True Bhakhi’ of the Great man. And also, equally I should thank Sivaraman too, for his efforts and interest of bringing the noble work. We are in Auckland [NZ] now but basically a Telugu Brahmin from Veppathur near Kumbakonam. This certainly makes me moved as it connects my childhood days and my trips to Kancheepuram to have His Dharshan and Blessings. It would be great if I could get the contact details of Jagadesan Iyyer of Melbourne. My mail ID : gurunadhan@hotmail.com


    sri Chandrasekhara Gurubyo Namaha( Sringeri and Kanchi)

    This thirst is becoming more and more , after listening to this interview. Maha Periyaval made darsan to his close devotees to see (visualise) how Parabrahman in the form of Ambal comes at every place. Because of avidya they did not realize whom they met in the course of his life..

    Maha MrutyuJaya Mantram
    Tryambakam yajaMaham suganthi pushivardanam
    Urvarukam ( cucumber) bandaanaathy Mrutyo yakshi Yamaatruth

    Ex: The Cucumber( In Sanscrit URVARUKAM Lady( black color= Black is Tamoguna and Maha Kali swaroopam) and she sells for Rs 5/-( five signifies panchaboothas, why she sells only for Rs 5? because the cucumber grown in panchaboothas ( Land water air agnia and akasa only)

    The significance of cucumber creeper when it separates, plant doesn’t know it has been separated . So every human make a effort to separate when they have to leave the mortal body and merge in parabrahman.

    Maha periyaval provided with pragmatic answer to all devotees that we can not provide the offerings to Lord which is unfit to use( ex: having hole in the cloth to Triupurasundari, not having salt( shat ruchees (tastes)missing in the dish). The perfection is 200% when anyone does the divine task with utmost devotion

    Ex: Ambal came as mendicant and stood in front of Maha periyaval while performing Chandramouliswara pooja. Only Maha periyaval knows she is only Ambal came to take saree to compensate the actual provided.The disciple try to go behind her but could not trace her.

    we can give any extent elaborate answers like this.
    we must pray that our Avidya should wipe off and we must be in right path to seek the blessings of Maha periyaval.

    what a glorified face of Sri Thiagu mama and if one observed him what a beautiful radiant face with Tapas ( served for Maha periyaval). Thigu mama is one more incarnation who come to associate Maha periyaval.

    when Adisankara came to this earth, Kumariala battu ( Meemasa expert Lord Muruga), Manadava Mishra( lord Brama), Manadava Mishra wife( Goddess Sarawathy) etc.

    When Maha Periyaval came to this earth also same.

    – Do not waste this birth
    – Strive even from now
    – Remove Avidya
    – Understand the SELF

    Chandrasekhara Chandrasekhara Paahimam, Chandrasekhara Chandrasekhara Rakshamam,
    Chandrasekhara Chandrasekhara Paahimam, Chandrasekhara Chandrasekhara Rakshamam,

    My Sastanga Namaskarams to divine feet of Jagathgurus of Kanchi and Sringeri Maha Sannidanam.

    Jagadesan Iyyer
    23/01/2013 10:01 am AEST

  18. No words to express. Great hearing about Periyava. Very very touching. Feel like hearing many times. Thank a million Mahesh.

  19. periava has blessed me to do namaskarams to tyagumama. hahahara sankara. n.ramaswami


  21. Thank you very much for this upload.
    We are indebted to you and Sri Thatha for sharing his experiences so simply and completely.
    Like he said at the end, may Sri Periyava pervade our thoughts always.

    In Him,

  22. Incomparable interview!!!! pls could u post this unedited!!!. Thank u so much shivaraman sir and mahesh

  23. This is the best!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is theBEst!!!!!!!!!!!! THis is the bestest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. This is one of the best interview about MAHA PERIYAVA.We are all blessed indeed for having the opportunity to have the dharsan of PERIYAVA during our life time.Let PERIYAVA’s pada dhuli save and protect all of us from the evil forces .

  25. மஹா பெரியவாளை பற்றி Thiagu mama’s interview is பரம ஆனந்தம், ஒரு நிமிஷம் கூட விடாம பாக்க வச்சுடுத்து. All devottes are bleesed to know so many things about Maha Periyavaa from Thiagu mama.

    At the end of the interview, what was his feeling when he hear about Periyavaa, Thiagu mama says “ஆனந்தம், நம்பளை தெரியாம அழுகை வரும், உடம்பில என்ன நடக்கிறதென்னே தெரியாது, ஒரு நிமிஷம் ஆகும் அதுக்கு அப்புறம்தான்”. A Great devotee. Its True.

    Mr. Sivaraman sir, great interview. No one can interview like Sivaraman about Periyavaa. His voice and feelings when asking about Periyavaa to the devotee and ready reference to the various places, temples, devotees names, etc.are amazing. Mr. Sivaraman keep going for many more interviews.

    ஸர்வக்ஞா ஸர்வவ்யாபி பெரியவா சரணம்

  26. salutations to tyagu mama. we r blessed to hear his interview.
    hara hara sankara jaya jaya sankara

  27. We are really blessed

  28. MAHA PERIVA SARANAM… Amazing, energetic, NON STOP 2 hours interview. Today being Ekadasi, blessed by Periva to hear this interview. I have NO words, but one thing is assured “Perivalai Nambinor keduvadhillai”

  29. Taken aback on hearing the version of Shri Thyagaraja Thatha and also the discussion
    in Telugu. Really it is a great experience. Jaya Jaya Shankara Hara Hara Shankara

  30. Thank you for the posting this great video.Even though,it was 2 hrs,I felt a liitle sad that it concluded.Such a great narrator.His experience with Mahaperiyava ,his devotion,his bakthi..younger generation should learn from all this…thanks Mahesh

  31. அற்புதம் ஆனந்தம்!

    Thanks for posting this interview. We thoroughly enjoyed and traveled with him from 1939 – 1994. I am sure I will watch this many times. What a memory he has got. He did not think for words and he was very lively. Our sasthanga Namaskaram to Thyagu thatha.

    Jaya Jaya Sankara
    Hara Hara Sankara

    நூறு கண்ட மகாபெரியாவா சரணம் சரணம்

  32. Sri Chandrasekhara Gurybyo Namaha( kanchi and Sringeri)

    This presentation can not be described in words. If someone completely fasting ( Nirjalam) on Ekadashi day and he was served by virundu on next day , the same feeling I felt.( not only me whoever listens this they feel the same). Last four days I am waiting for new interview here.
    Sir, My sastanga Namaskarams to this Mama. even if you would have shown his foot in the interview I would have prostrated here but I did while seeing him.
    This is one of the best and never compared with any interviews. I think all people must listen and no one should not miss this video interview.

    First of all I am telugu I enjoyed his Telugu version very nicely. I think this is first video has Telugu words more.
    his Sasranam the way he said on Periyaval.How Periyaval is eswara and enjoying in the late nights with flute sound.
    How periyaval shown how Ambal play in Kailasam.
    How Maha periyaval provided saree to the lady came in the form of Amabal .

    When he left the screen for a second what he saw in pooja how Ambal is sitting.
    How Sringeri swamigal spoken Telugu and inquired about Maha Periyaval. ( All sringeri saints ascending to Sringeri peetam all from Telugu background only).

    When Maha periyaval before attaining the mukthi what he expressed after 10 years going to happen.

    These devotees who served Maha periyval they already saw the Parabrhaman and Ambal in some form.

    Even doing Namaskarams to this mama we get punya.

    I think one has to listen this video ten times and the happiness can not described in words.One has to feel it.

    chandra sekhara chandrasekhara pahimam
    chandra sekhara chandra sekhara Rakshamam
    Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara

    PS: when you are providing above 80 years devotees of Maha Periyaval please take video on their foot. That pada dhuli I want to see and prostrate from here.
    My sincere pranams to you sir, great work and we all thankful to you.
    Jagadesan iyyer
    22/1/2013 8:20 AM AEST

  33. Sarveshwara. An 89 year old gentleman speaking non-stop for 2 hours, full of passion. Need I say anything more. Shankara.

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