I did a namaskaram to this golden padhuka at Shri Ramanan’s place without knowing it is golden and without knowing this story!! Today is Sar’s Jayanthi and let us pray this Mahan to bless us all.
A devotee was standing for Periyava darshan. He had a photo in his hand. Photo of another ‘Thuravi’. Some devotees think when we’ve Periyava , it is idiotic to think of someone else. This devotee goes to Sri Matam very frequently but somehow heard about the other ‘Thuravi’ & want to show His picture to Periyava & get his blessings.
In a way, he wants to know whether the photo of the “Thuravi” can be kept in his home. Periyava looked at the devotee and the photo in his hand.
Quite a few senior devotees used to say that the radiance and the beauty of Periyava’s smile is beyond words….Periyava smiled & asked a question… “Do you know who that is?”. Now the devotee got some confidence. He noded with excitement. Periyava continued, “He is my brother!!”. Yes. It was Sri Sivan Sar’s Photo & it was Bombay Dyeing Sri Ramanan who was holding it.
He was convinced that Periyava has approved the photo… So a new question came on top of his mind… Is it ok to keep the photo in the pooja ; if so where to keep it?
When Periyava knows everyone & everything, there is no need to ask. Periyava said, “Hang this photo next to my photo in your puja room!”
Sri Ramanan was even more excited. Since then his darshan of Sri Sivan sar became very frequent. Sri Sar was in Chennai. So whenever Sri Ramanan wants to have darshan of Periyava, first he’ll ask the ‘anugraham’ from Sri Sar. Whenever Sri Sar blesses “Innaikku Nalla Darsinam”, he’ll get a very good darshan of Periyava.
One day, Sri Ramanan asked Sri Sar something that is too difficult: Periyava’s paduka!
Sri Sar said, “you will get golden padhuka!” Usually, ‘wooden padugai’ is only offered & used. Rarely, Silver ‘Paduka’ and rarest of rare ‘ivory padhukai’ are seen. Almost no one has seen a ‘golden Padugai’. Not just with Periyava but even otherwise. So how is it possible get rarest of rarest of rare, especially in a time when even ‘wooden padugai’ is difficult to get from Periyava?
Well, when Almighty blesses, what is impossible becomes possible! Next time, when Sri Ramanan went for Periyava darshan, a lady came there (look at the timing!) saying she had a dream in which Periyava came & asked for a Padugai. So she brought a small parcel. Anukka Thondar opened it and was surprised. It was a ‘Padugai’ made of gold. Almost no one has seen before. That lady says Periyava has asked for ‘Thanga Padukai’! So she has brought one. She did namaskarams & left. Periyava called Sri Ramanan & gave him one piece. Sri Anukka Thondar pleaded that Periyava has to bless Sri Ramanan with the other one too. Sri Ramanan has realized that it is Sri Sivan Sar’s anugraham & prayed to him mentally. After sometime, Sri Ramanan was blessed with the other Padhugai as well!
When Pundits say, Sri Sar & Periyava both are Parabrahma swaroopam, both are the same. One of the greatest devotee of Periyava, Sri Govinda Damodara Swamigal who couldn’t travel to Periyava’s camp or Kanchipuram that often, referred to Sri Sar as a swaroopam that was taken by Periyava exclusively for me.
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