I have an immense pleasure in posting this very special video/devotee experience – Maharaja of Ramandapuram Samasthanam. Although all samasthanams have done lots and lots of service to Hinduism and continuing to do, this samasthanam has a distinction that none has. To put it differently, without this samasthanam, Hinduism would not have flourished outside of India. The one speech of Swami Vivekananda that made the entire universe to look at India and start exploring Hinduism is because of this samasthanam.
I have also bundled up Rameswaram related interviews along with this to bring the continuity.
After we pick up few words in vedanta and read few articles about Hinduism, contribute few dollars/rupees for kovil kaingaryam what we pick up first is ego! We think we know everything, we criticize swamijis/sanyasis, we criticize on temples etc. One should listen to what the maharaja has done – nobody has ever done this – nobody is ever going to do this….The Maharaja’s bakthi towards our country, our religion and to Swami Vivekanandha is immeasurable.
This samasthanam has been continuing to be a significant contributor to the Rameswaram Kovil. Every time, when HH Pudhu Periyava visits the temple, the current Raja also goes along with Him (including few times when Periyava was denied of darshans due to political pressure). Their connection with Kanchi Matam goes back few 100s of years….
Mahaperiyava have blessed this family immensely and the blessings continue even today from our current acharyas.
As Shri Ganesa Sharma mentioned, we all need to think about Maharaja Bhaskara Sethupathi often and tell the story to our kids on the vinayam of the Maharaja and his contribution to Hinduism.
Due to technical reasons, I was unable to combine Chacha sastrigal’s video also in the main one….Don’t miss the 2nd video…
Thank you Shivaraman for this wonderful video…
One of our fond readers, Shri Rajah Iyer, who hails from the same district, has written a nice article about this Maharaja based on what his father told etc. Please read…http://srajahiyer.wordpress.com/2013/01/12/swami-vivekanadawho-made-the-world-know-about-hinduism/