“How did He know that I needed it now?”


There was an old lady who daily used to clean the area at the entrance to the Kanchi Matam, using cowdung mixed with water and put Kolams there. She never used to entered the Matam, and would leave once her job is done.

One day, Swamigal who was performing the Chandramouleeswara pooja called out a kainkaryam boy. He gave him the Thulasi theertha prasadam in a container and told him,

“That old lady who puts the kolams is now resting at the Mandapam outside the Ekambareshwarar temple and is thirsty. Give this Holy Theertham to her!”

The boy took with him the Prasadam and located the lady who was sitting at the exact spot mentioned by Swamigal!

“Hey Lady, Swamigal asked me to give this Theertha Prasadam to you!”, said the boy, nonchalantly.

Delighted, she exclaimed,

“He has sent you at the right time, how did He know that I needed it now?”

and partook the Prasadam longingly and cried out,

“You have given me Moksham Appa!”

A few minutes later, she shed her frail body and attained His Lotus Feet.



The above is my translation of a part of Smt Padma Subramanyan’s speech on Periyava.

Categories: Devotee Experiences

10 replies

  1. Absolute Tears my Lord — MahaPeriyava Saranam — if would have been in Tamil — The exact words would have been fantastic — Let it be for everyones sake.

    Hope MahaPeriyava would give me the same at when I am trying to attain His Padham

  2. hara hara sankara jaya jaya sankara

  3. Jaya Jaya Shankar Hara Hara Shankar

  4. That’s why every one call him Mahapeeriyava.others called as only peeriyava.Maha = above all.

  5. Maha Periyava granted relief from thirst and also gave Moksha to the old lady! Her Punyam of doing the Kaingaryam for the Matha and Maha Periyava is great! Jaya Jaya Shankara, Hara Hara Shankara!

  6. Sairam
    me really delighted while reading the article.
    How fortunate that old mother to receive the holy
    water from the Lord Siva himself.
    to the lotus feet of

  7. Poor and rich.elite and lowly are same for Him except for the fact that He blesses and even Moksha to real devotees and bhakthas

  8. Thank you very very much for sharing this.jaya jaya shankara Hara hara shankara.

  9. We pray Him to shower his grace on all of us.

  10. Thank you so much for sharing this. Sri Kanchi Parama Charya is an incarnation of Sri Parama Shiva.

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