“Bring the lady who is reciting Sivananda Lahari!”


My daughter’s marriage was getting unduly delayed. Suitable proposals were not materializing for one reason or the other and it was getting quite worrisome for me. I was praying to Periyava that He should show the way. My husband and I decided to have His darshan and went to Kanchipuram on Oct 31st, 1985.

It being a Sani Pradosham day there was a big crowd at the Matam waiting to have His Darshan. Smt Padma Subramanyam and Smt Shyamala Balakrishnan were singing in His presence. When my turn came before Him, He asked me,

“What do you need?”

I replied, “I need Your Blessings so that my daughter’s marriage can happen at the earliest. If You can please touch her horoscope with both Your Hands and put some kumkumam on it…!”

I placed the horoscope on the top of a fruit basket and kept it near Him. He does not touch the horoscope physically, but blesses it from a small distance, and says,

“You have Ambal’s anugraham. An alliance will happen within a month!”

I took the prasadams and rest under the tree which was there in the place where His Adhistanam is now and start to recite Sivananda Lahari. I am sitting approximately 30 feet away from Him. Others are having His darshan and the big line of people is moving along slowly.

I must have completed chanting some 30 verses with my eyes closed, when my prayers are interrupted by a Sastrigal who comes to me and says,

“Periyava wants to see you!”

I tell him, “I just received His prasadams!”

The Sastrigal says,

“Periyava asked me to bring the lady who is reciting Sivananda Lahari!”

Needless to say, I am shocked at this and rush to Him. He asks me again,

“Who are you? where are you coming from? where is your husband?”

I tell him I am from Besant Nagar and I was immediately on the frantic lookout for my husband. I find him and we both come to His vicinity and do a namaskaram.

He blesses us and tells me,

“Ambal’s anugraham will always be there for you! Her blessings will take care of you!”

And we take the prasdams and leave.

As the days passed my son told me, “what Amma, He said something will fructify within a month, but nothing seems to be happening!” I tell him confidently, “Periyava will take care!”

We had His darshan in the month of Aipasi and the next Tamil month Margazhi was due to start from Dec 16th.

Should I mention at all that my daughter’s marriage was fixed on Dec 14th, 1985!!! :)))


“How will the Sarveshwaran’s words not be true!”, exclaimed Saraswathi Thyagarajan Mami when I spoke to her today for 2 hours. “How did He know that you were reciting Sivananda Lahari?”, I asked Mami innocently! “What does He not know!”, she replied playing along with me! She truly has Ambal’s anugraham like He had said and I was blessed to converse with her, so enriching it was!

Categories: Devotee Experiences

11 replies

  1. Blessed indeed 🙏

  2. Blessed to read… Shri guru sharanam

  3. Do you have any video of that? I’d love to find
    out some additional information.

  4. jaya jaya sankara, hara hara sankara, jaya jaya sankara, hara hara sankara!!!

  5. ஸ்ரீ பரமேஸ்வரனின் பெருங்கருணை!
    அபார கருணா சிந்தும் ….
    Only Sri (Pudhu) Periyava knows fully the endless karunai of Sri Maha Periyava.

    Jaya Jaya Shankara! Hara Hara Shankara!

  6. Sarvagna Sarvavyapi Periyava Saranam. Hara Hara Sankara, Jaya Sankara.

  7. I trust this posting might belong to me. This year also margazhi come Dec.16 and I will also wait for my alliance who is in outstate by praying periyava for coming within karthaigai to fix the marriage. Happy to read this! it gives confidence to me . Sure it will happen! Hara hara sankara! jeya jeya sankara

  8. pratyaksha parameswara perivaa saranam

  9. Jaya Jaya Shankara, Hara Hara Shankara! Double Blessings ond double Dharsanam by Lord Siva on a Sani Pradosham Day! Very Blessed!

  10. Looks like there is a small typing error. Normally Margazhi starts on Dec 16th, whereas it is stated that Karthigai starts on that day. The lady should have met Periyava in the month of Aippasi and Dec14th the marriage has been fixed in the month of Karthigai itself ( within 30 days as per the blessings)

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