Rare Photos from Centenary Celebration

Thanks to Shri Deepak Kumar, Australia in sending these to me. I am cutting and pasting his email.

I have been fortunate to have possession of some of rare photos of Kanchi mahan taken during his 100th year (1993).

  • In 1993, coinciding with the centenary celebration of Maha Periyava, My grand father Shri J. Varadaraja iyer (JVR) from Chromepet, Chennai – organised a series of yagnyas for His Holiness’ long life and to pray for HIS continued blessings. He conducted this event in the presence of Shankaracharya from Sakatapuram mutt (which is a branch mutt of Utaramnaya peetam at Badhri), HH Shri Krishnanda Theertha Swamigal.
  • Before this event, my grandfather went to see Maha periyava at Kanchi puram to seek his blessings. Sakatapuram swamigal accompanied my grand father
  • Maha periyava consented for the group to take a photo of HIM from very close quarters – resulting is some really rare pictures, i have enclosed this collection in the form of a ppt with my notes (from recollection). My thatha also later went and met Shri Sivan Sir (pooravashrama brother of Maha periyava) whom our family was fortunate enough to know and also showed him these pictures to seek his blessings.
  • The yagnya itself went very well in the benign presence of Sakatapuram swamigal – after the yagnyam, the team again visited kanchi puram to offer Prasad and Kumbha theertham from the yagnyam to Maha periyava – who gracefully accepted the offering and used it in his anushtanams (which also i presume is very rare).
  • Post the trip, My Grand father Shri JVR also visited HH Shri Sivan Sir (the poorvashrama brother of Maha periyava) to seek his blessings for the event. During that time, the photo taken during kanchi trip was also shown to Sivan Sir

My thatha passed away in 1996 – and for all these years these photos were hanging in my house – but i didnt even give it enough attention – It suddenly struck me that this is a treasure that should be shared with everyone of his devotees and hence i am sharing this  with you for publishing in your blog and who else but maha periyava would have made me me do this

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18 replies

  1. wow,,,treasures….have met Sakatapuram Swamigal and Varadharaja Iyer

  2. Hi mahesh sir, now only i see this website. i need ur help to clarify my thoughts about periyava rare photos . pl tell ur mobile no to speak with u. thank u
    Sarkuruve Saranam

  3. Indeed it is a rare but worthy possession which Sri. Deepak has shared. I live in Chromepet and have known Mr.JVR, his Thatha well. One of JVR’s son-in-law was my colleague. If I am correct Shri. JVR’s daughter worked in Income-Tax Dept. Nagarajan.

    Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2013 02:19:07 +0000 To: nagarajan_sr32@hotmail.com

  4. thanks a lot sir.

    • Thanks for the rare photos of maha periavah with such great bhaktas on sri purandhara aradhana day.

      We are happy to be in constant touch with these efforts of yours to keep the flame of our devotion to mahaperiavah.See eagerly look for your email

  5. Thanks to all for the rare photos of Mahaperiyava

  6. great to have darshan of sakatapuram swamigal and sivan sir. n.ramaswami

  7. Really very rare photos, which kindles our memories about Sri Mahaperiyava. Tks for sharing.

  8. Benign Blessings recd, from Maha Periyaval through His rare & genuine photos.
    Hara Hara Sankara,
    Jaya Jaya Sankara.

  9. we are blessed

  10. Very good collection. Mr.MAHESH also try to get the interview of Mr.SUNDAR RAMAN ( DR) who is in US who had written the book
    I LIVED WITH. GOD this will throw light on some of the. Views of periyaval on. Many issues

  11. Thanks to all to Dharshan the photos’ of Periyaval

  12. Sarveshwara. Sarveshwara.

  13. Very rare photos indeed! Thanks for uploading. Great Dharshan of all these Mahaans! Jaya Jaya Shankara, Hara Hara Shankara!

  14. Once again Thank you. Mahesh.. R.Venkat narayan/Dubai

  15. Very rare photos and we are fortunate to have Darshan of the photos. Periyava Krupai!

  16. really rare and wonderful.thanks for the concerned


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