Periyava had always chosen simple, unassuming people to do bigger tasks. There are so many in the list. I consider it as a honor to write about Shri Ravi (a.k.a “Athirudram” Ravi). A school teacher in Srirangam, a bachelor, comes from a middle-class brahmin family like all of us, has been picked by periyava to do great things. His father retired from BHEL Trichy sometime back and settled in Srirangam. I had a great opportunity to meet Ravi and eat at his place too when I was in India last time!
It seems that several years back when Ravi was at a Dakshinamurthy temple, he saw a vision of Mahaperiyava in the sanctum. Ever since, he has been carrying out some of the impossible tasks for several years. With the blessings of Periyava, Ravi has been conducting Athirudrams in several of divya kshetrams of Mahaperiyava (in several adishtanams etc) for Jayanthi/Aradhana. So far he has completed 16 athirudrams and 11 jataparayanams!!!. Each run into several lakhs and myriad of complexities in organizing a vedic function like this. With Periyava’s grace, he was able to do this with ease. All these events are blessed by HH Pudhu Periyava and Bala Periyava. As we all know, Pudhu Periyava, despite his health, traveled to almost all of the athirudrams/jataparayanam that Ravi had conducted and blessed the event.
This time he is doing a jataparayanam in Sri Avudayar kovil. Mahaperiyava had talked in length about the greatness of this kshetram. Read the article below to know more details.
Since last two major events, Ravi has been struggling to get enough sponsors. While he leaves it to Periyava to manage, it is our responsibility to shoulder Ravi in whatever way possible in such a noble task. Ravi made a request to see if we can some how support at least the ritwik sambhavanai (Rs 17,000/ritwik) – we have a total of nearly 35 ritwiks. I sincerely request all of our readers to support Ravi AND attend this great event.
Shri Ravi can be contacted at 9443733573 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
I pray our Periyava and Yogambaal sametha Athmanathaswamy to successfully conduct this event.
Om Namah Shivaya!
SRI SRI SRI MAHAPERIYAVA ARADHANAI MAHOTSAVAM
RIG SAMHITHA HOMAM , RIGVEDA, KRISHNA YAJUR VEDA JATAPARAYANAM AND SAMA VEDA PARAYANAM
AT THIRUPERUNDARAI (AVUDAIYAR KOVIL) PUDUKOTTAI DSICTRICT, TAMILNADU.
FROM 8.12.2014 TO 18.12.2014 (MAHAPERIYAVA aradhanai day)
SREE CHANDRA SEKARENDRA SARASWATHY SWAMIGAL KAINGARYA TRUST takes pleasure in announcing to all devotees, and aasthika friends about the series of JataaParayanam (ஜடை பாராயணம்) being organized and performed at select temples of South India.
The above Sanskrit verse highlights the importance and significance of Jataaparayanam in particular. JatayantuSahasrakam” – (जटायान्थुसहस्रकम्) goes to extol that JataParayanam, whenever performed, is equivalent to Thousand Vedic sacred acts performed together. To help our community reap the innumerable benefits such a sacred act brings about, performance of “Jataaparayanam” at select ancient temples of South India, is being organized. The chosen temples are both unique in their own historic significance and also share many common features amongst them; apart from being built on sprawling campuses, replete with four majestic tall raja Gopurams, it is also believed that these temples of yore have not had a regular consecration ceremony for a very long time owing to some reason or the other. It is for such reasons that performance of JataParayanam has been prescribed at such of these temples by the divine will of the Paramaachaarya.
Coinciding with the occasion of Sri Sri Sri Maha Periyavaa’s Aradanai celebrations this year, falling on 18thDec-2014 and with the divine blessings of Sri KanchiKamakotiPeetam, it is proposed to conduct
RIG SAMHITHA HOMAM, RIGVEDA, KRISHNAYAJURVEDA JATAA PARAYANAM, AND SAMAVEDA PARAYANAM, and also RAMAYANA, BHAVATHA, SHANKARABHASHYA PARAYANAM etc FROM 8TH DEC’2014 TO 18TH DEC’2014.
at the famous Shiva sthalam Thiruperunthurai (திருப்பெருந்துறை) –more popularly known as Avudayarkoil, located 14 km southeast of Aranthangi, in Pudukkottai district, Tamilnadu.
It is in this humble town that Saint Manickkavasakar was lived some 1200 years ago. In fact, though the presiding deities of the temple are known and worshiped as Lord Athmanathaswamy and Goddess Yogambaal, there are no idols for the deities; this depicts and emphasizes the formlessness (Aruvam – அருவம் ) of the cosmic supremacy; nor there is Nandi or Navagrahams in this temple unlike most Shiva temples. The Utsavamurthy idol also that of Saint Manickkavasakar’s only, which receives all standard temple protocol respects as well as taken around the temple in ceremonial procession.
It may also be interesting to note that Sri Sri Sri MahaPeriyava has stayed in this kshetram, observing his Chathurmasyavratham– performing Chandramouleeswararpoojai under the same kurundai tree in the year 1934 under which Saint Manickkavasakar sang his famous Siva Puranam, forming the first part of Thiruvaasakam.
On 12thDec-2014, on the occasion of Karthigai Magham – birthstar of Saint Manickkavasakar- chanting of the entire Thiruvasagam, popularly referred to as “Thiruvaasagam Mutrothal” (திருவாசகமுற்றோதுதல்) is planned. On this day as well as on 18.12.2014, the day of Sri Sri Sri Mahaperiyava Aradhanai, there will be public Samaaradhanai bhojanam for all participating devotees.
The proposed JataaParayanam is being organized over eleven days, when nearly 35 rithwiks will perform and participate in the chanting and homam. Approximate expenses for the above Jataparayanam is estimated around Rs. 10 Lakhs. This would cover major expenses of dravyam for japa, parayana, homam, rithwik sambhavanai and bhojanam. Ritwik sabhavanai itself is estimated around 5.9 lakhs (Rs 17,000 / ritwik).
All are requested to benefit from the above divine endeavor by personally participating in these events; all are also requested to support the cause by liberally donating, contributing in cash and/or kind. The above fete is conducted essentially using voluntary donations and contributions of individual aasthikaas and not on any institutional sponsorship.
For further information please contact :
- Sree Chandra Sekarendra Saraswathi Swamigal Kaingarya Trust,
- DAF/4, Bharat plaza, Moolathoppu,
- Melur Road, Srirangam,
- Trichy -620006.
- Contact: Sri. T.K.Vaidhyanathan, Ph: 0431-2434553 and Sri. Ravi. 9443733573
Details of the bank account for sending donations and contributions are as given;
- Name : Sree Chandra Sekarendra Saraswathi Swamigal Kaingarya Trust,
- SB a/c No: 115001000358340
- Bank : City Union Bank Srirangam Branch, Trichy 06
- IFSC no : CIUB0000115.
The donations to the above trust are eligible for tax rebate u/s 80 G of Income Tax act. PAN number of the trust (needed for claiming tax rebate benefit) is – AAGTS4379A.