English version of an old article

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A Vedic Pundit by name Ramanatha Ganapadigal hailed from Karur was living in Srirangam. His wife’s name was Dharmambal. They had a daughter by name Kamakshi. Though the pundit is a master in vedas he did not pursue vaideega i.e. performing Vedic rituals as his profession, rather he use to do “upanyasa” or “spiritual discourse” and was living with whatever little income earned through that source. The family was staunch devotees of mahaperiyava.

Their daughter’s marriage was fixed suddenly and groom is a teacher in a nearby village. His wife Dharmambal asked his husband “Our daugther’s marriage has been fixed how much saving do we have?” Ganapadigal replied, “have you not know that by so many means I have saved about five thousand and we can carryout the marriage in a simple manner”. Dharmambal was furious, “how we can conduct the marriage we need to buy jewels, vessels, catering and other expenses are there and we need atleast fifteen thousand more”.

Ganapadigal gazed at her and she replied that, “don’t worry I have a suggestion please buy some fruits and go to Kancheepuram and meet Mahaperiyava and tell him that our daughter’s marriage has been fixed and we need fifteen thousand rupees and he will definitely help us”. However Ganapadaigal didn’t take up her idea and replied “how is it possible to ask our Jagadguru ‘dhanam’ (money) when we should only ask for ‘jnanam’ (knowledge). However dharmambal argued and convinced her husband and made him travel to Kancheepuram the next day.

That day there was heavy rush in the Sri Mutt and everyone was carrying the fruit basket and Ramanatha Ganapadigal was also in the queue with some fruits along with the marriage invitation expecting to meet the Mahaperiyava. In between someone compulsorily took the fruit basket and kept along with others. While he was crying that his fruit basket is having the marriage invitation nobody paid attention to him.

Suddenly there was a voice “oh! is it karur ramanatha ganapadigal, please come, whether all are fine at Srirangam? Is your religious discourse is going well?” the voice came none other than from Mahaperiyava himself. He then enquired about his family details and the discussion was going on ganapadigal doesn’t know how to tell the issue of his financial needs. Some how he managed to open the topic,”dharmambal told me to visit you and tell about the marriage of our daughter….” Before he could finish Periyava tells him that “my blessings are there in full and …. I have one assignment for you can you do for me ?” suddenly Mahaperiyava made one request to him.

Ganapadigal then asked what the assignment was and Periyava told him that some few days ago some one from a village near Kadayanallur (near Thirunelveli) came and told mahaperiyava that the village cows are experiencing miraculous death and the parikara as decided is to conduct a “Bhagavatha Saptaham” i.e. discourse on Srimad Bhagavatham for seven days in the village temple. Periyava then requested him to take some money from the Mutt so that he can start to kadayanallur the same night itself.

Ganapadigal reached Tirunelveli the next day and he was picked up by the Temple priest at the Junction. He was put up at the House of the priest and to his surprise nobody came to meet him. He consoled himself that he can meet people during the time of discourse. However when he commenced his discourse i.e. “Bhagavatha Saptham” in the evening only the Temple priest, the temple secuity guard and the Lord Varadharaja Perumal were the only witnesses. When enquired it was told that the entire village got divided over an issue as to who should be the President of the Temple and till that issue is resolved nobody in the village had decided to enter the temple.

However Ramanatha Ganapadigal sincerely carried out his Sapthaham in front of the Lord for the next seven days while it was watched by the temple priest and the secuirty guard. On the last day the priest told him that the discourse was excellent it is worth is priceless however due to poor response he gave the “sambhavana” (fees for rendering the discourse) of sum of rupees thirty the amount which was available with the priest at that point in time and also got him the train ticket for his return journey. Ganapadigal reached kancheepuram via vizhupuram the next day and reached the kanchi mutt.

Next day afternoon after the routines were over he met Mahaperiyava. Mahaperiyava then enquired about his trip to Kadayanallur and was asking how the discourse went. Ganapadigal some how controlled his emotions and told periyava that due to some problem in the village nobody came except the Temple priest and the secuity guard. For this Mahaperiyava replied, “Ramanatha nee periya bhagyasalida therla okkanthu krishnan sonna upadesathai arjunan oruthan than kettan onnaku parru rendu pervazhigal kettirukka” ( ramanatha your are so lucky that when krishna gave upadesha only arjuna was there to hear but for your atleast two were there to hear!) and started laughing.

Mahaperiyava then thanked him for going there on his request and completing the Saptaham and then gave him “salvai” (cloth given as a token of respect) and a dakshina of rupees thousand and blessed him. Ganapadigal suddenly remembered the original purpose for which he came to Kancheepuram i.e. the marriage of his daughter and informed periyava about the same for that periyava blessed him that the marriage will get over in a very good manner by the grace of Chandramouleeswara “jaam jaam nu nadathi vaipar” and asked him not to worry and gave him sendoff.

The next day Ganapadigal reached Srirangam and he was thinking all the way that how he is going to face his wife and also about the fifteen thousand rupees which she had requested from Mahaperiyava. When he reached his home his wife Dharmambal greeted him and gave water to wash his feet and whisked him inside the pooja room and lo! there was kept a bamboo basket with full of fruits, sari, dhothi, turmeric, kumkum, flower, two Mangala Sutra (thirumangalyam) and a bundle of currency notes!

Ganapadigal could not believe his eyes and ears. They both started counting the bundle – when they finished counting, it totaled exactly Rs 15,000.

Jaya Jaya Shankara Hara Hara Shankara

Categories: Devotee Experiences

14 replies

  1. no words for this just only my tears.

  2. Mahaperiyavaa”s Blessings can bring wonders to HIS devotees.

    Balasubramanian NR

  3. i have personal experience, the only difference is ganapadigal being a well read person respectfully tried to present his case while an uneducated ajnani like me shouted at periava and he conducted the marriage of my daughter also in a jaam jaam manner, she produced a daughter who was left at the feet of HH and her marriage is also performed in a jaam jaam manner and she has produced a petulant premature girl who is being taken care of by none other than periava now in incubator!!!!!!!!one only need to think and periava is there to help. periavale saranam.

  4. How and through whom periyyava sent all that

    • you ask periava and he will tell you how things happen!!!! patent reply……ellam avanavan vidhi prakaram nadakkum po………..but he knows what is the vidhi and how to turn it to be good. n.ramaswami

  5. he english version seems to end abruptly. While there is no doubt whatsoever that by the Grace of Mhaperiava, ganapadigal was blessed with material requisites for the marriage, the doubt arises whether it wss from the Muttor from the beneficiaries of the Sapthaha ( of course this too wd have been with the rempote-controlled intercession of the Mahaperiaval).
    Secondly, the font of the Tamil Version is so very small, for 75+ like me it is impossible even with glasses
    My sincere prayer to Mahaperiavals is that more youngsters – esp. of our own T.N, shd be drawn to read these.
    narasimhan .

    • added the finishing lines – see if it is ok…

    • Thanks. Pardon me for a 2nd intercession. The english translation doesn’t arry the dialogue of ganapadigal and his sahadharmini which reveals that the gift was from Mahaperiaval. Only a minor point. But, such mahans do resort to the help reaching thro other souyces also. eg. the ‘Iyengar swami from Chinna Kanchi.


  7. Wow!! How did it happen? Who gave all that to the pundits house?
    One thing is sure..Mahaperiyavaa takes care of those who depend on him.

  8. Yes. Heard this story from Shri P.Swaminathan who is constantly inculcating Mahaperiyavas mahimaigal through discourses in Chennai. Have seen this story in some blog don’t remember exactly where I saw. I think its there in this website knramesh.blogspot.in but not sure.

  9. Another instance of Him reiterating that He is none else than the One Who incarnated as Kuchela varada in the previous Yuga…

  10. Excellent article. I have never seen Sri Kanchi Paramacharya. My parents told me that they took me to Kanchi when I was a baby. My mother gave me a photo picture of Sri Maha Swamy Padukas for which I do pradikshana every day after performing Sandhya Vandanam.

  11. Nadamaadum dheivamdhaan avar !!! Enna oru sense of humor and what compassion
    towards his devotees !!! Avar vaazhnadha kaalathil naam vazhndhadhu naam seidha puNyam.
    Mrs. Nagi Narayanan (Nagalakshmi).

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