Your are our eternal poornachandran


Once in the 1970s Appa was at Shringeri Mutt during Navarathri. Kasi Kannan Mama met appa there and told him that Sri Mahaperiyava wanted appa to come to Kanchi and sing during Navarathri! But appa was not able to go to kanchi mutt during Navarathri, which made appa very sad as he was not able to fulfil Sri Mahaperiyava aagya. He went there on a Pournami day and started to sing.

When he had completed this pallavi “Devesi danda needhi…” HE asked appa to stop there!

“Prathiban Mukhyagaa Kaantha thiti Mandala Poojitha..”

HE asked appa, “What is today?”

“Pournami”, replied Appa.

“You had a grievance that you could not come to Kanchi matam during Navarathri, but this song implies that Navarathri continues until today which is Pournami day!”, said the Sarveshwaran.

Appa said, “Pournami is only today and from tomorrow the moon will not be full. But for us you are the ETERNAL Poornachandran!”

Sri Mahaperiyava once asked Sri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal’s poorvashrama brother Ramakrishan Mama to learn Lalitha Sahasranamam at my father’s place by staying there for a mandalam! He came with another Shri Kumar, they used to come daily to learn.

Ramakrishnan Mama asked Periyava , “where should I complete this Lalitha Sahasranamam?”

HE said, “Complete it in their house itself, Goddess Kamaskhi is there!”

Before singing the complete Lalitha Sahasranamam they both wanted to sing it before Periyava and went to Him. They started to sing along with my father in a chorus.

He told them to stop, possibly wanting to know how they sing alone and told my father, “you sing pallavi and let them sing anu pallavi, and take turns!”

When they were singing “kala kaavyaa kala..” HE gestured someone to distribute a vessel full of Saathukudi (sweet lime) juice to us!

He asked someone to put Andal Malai (nela malai) to my Appa. Appa was overcome with emotions and started to shed tears.

He told him, “Take it easy, control your emotions. Sing further!”

What a blessing!

A part from the video interview of Smt Kalakkad Sitalakshmi’s experience with Sri Mahaperiyava.

Professor Kalakkad R. Seethalakshmi is the Principal at Quaid-e-Milleth College for women in Madras.
Thanks Shivaraman for the article!

Categories: Devotee Experiences

6 replies

  1. Many good CDs on Lalitha Sahasranaamam are available. If Dr. Seethalakshmi and her associates could release the audio CD of Lalitha Sahasranaamam in the music raga format given by her father, it will be a great service to Devotees! Hara Hara Shankara, Jaya Jaya Shankara!

  2. Is this Lalitha Sahasranamam available commercially?

  3. I forgot to mention that He also set Sri Lalitha Sahasranamam to tune in many different ragas in ragamalika format, which is so enthralling to the mind and soul.

  4. I believe it was Brahmasri Kalakkad Ramaswamy Iyer. His grand-daughter lives in our neighborhood here in Maryland and is a great Carnatic classical music teacher. He was a great composer with so many great compositions and my son is learning under her tutelage.

    I have heard he was an ardent devotee of Sri Mahaperiyavaa and a blessed soul that followed in His footsteps upholding Dharma.

    Sai Saravanan

  5. Prof.Seethalakshmi’s father’ name not mentioned.

  6. All those who saw Mahaperiva, were blessed, ff somebody got chance to chat and got honour from Him, it is really..really.. really ‘purvajanma punyam.

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