I am sure everyone read this article I posted long back about an upcoming temple/ashramam near Nochiam, near Trichy. This article came in The Hindu and I kind of forgot about this until I got an email from this Smt Rajalakshmi Vittal mami few days back. She introduced herself as a 78 years old lady and showed her interest in talking to me about this. Finally we connected yesterday – spent a long time talking to her and the manager at site.
While talking to them, I was able to understand the absolute bakthi this mami has. She is 78 and mama is 85+ and they have all their children, very well settled. Mami, in all her life has only one thing to focus – “Mahaperiyava”. Right from 3 AM to midnight, she chants His name and wants to do whatever He asked us to do – veda/gho samrakshanam, ambal worship etc. She started a veda patashala (currently has 4 vidhyarthis), a gho sala with 4 cows and 5 calves and an ambal temple in the construction. Shri Ganapathy Sthapathi’s grandson is the sthapathi for this temple. Even this attempt was already hinted by Mahaswamy much earlier.. After that article came in the The Hindu, several devotees generously contributed to this cause and with that fund, they have built the temple up to the lintel level…They need additional funds to complete this temple. She wants to spread the word the Mahaperiyava devotees and requested me to do this post. Although the kids are well settled etc, this elderly couple wants to live alone in this village and spend the time under the feet of Mahaswamy and Goddess Akilandeswari, Tiruvanaikka. Her manager told me that mami, ahtough 78, is so active and works as hard as a 25 year old girl – or even better – all the strength given by Mahaperiyava – who else?
I also understand that she had spent a good 6-7 years with Mahaperiyava and traveled in some yatras etc..She narrated a recent experience on how Periyava saved a dying/dead calf and gave life back – simply outstanding…..I am going to request Shivaraman to do an interview with them at the earliest..I am sure she will have wealth of information to share with us.
Given her age, she is very desperate in completing this project in her lifetime. I am astonished with her bakthi while talking to her over phone….I pray Mahaswamy to make this project successful. My request to our readers is to keep this project in mind and do your best in supporting this if possible. I do intend to visit this place in my next trip to India (whenever He calls). Please visit this site for info (http://kanchimamuni.org)