Madras – 80 is which place?

Periyava Smiling Sketch Sudhan.JPGThanks Sudhan for the wonderful sketch. Thanks to a devotee who posted this few days back in one of the whatsapp group – don’t remember 🙂

The year was 1980. Me and my three Engineer colleagues in Lucas TVS had been to Ahmed Nagar on an Official trip. We stayed there for 4 days. On thursday evening we visited Shirdi. Work got completed one day earlier. My friends wanted to avail the free time by visiting Bombay. I decided to spend that time in Poona.

In Poona I heard that Swamigal was camping in a Rig Veda Patashala in Satara. In the morning I immediately hopped on to a bus for the 4 hour journey to Satara.

There was just three/four devotees for Darshan that day. Two of His Kainkaryams Shri Sreekantan and the other could be Shri Vedapuri were there.

When my turn came for Darshan, I told Swamigal, “I had come to Ahmed Nagar on an official visit. I came to know that Periyava was in Satara and hence came to have your Darshan!”

Then He went Silent for a few seconds. Then He looked at me Eye to Eye. His Vision Bored (making a hole) into me like a Laser Beam. I could not bear to Look in His Eyes, hence I lowered my head downwards!

Tears. Shankara.

“Which place is Madras 80?”, asked that Sarveshwaran.

I thought desperately for a while but it was invain, I told Him that I did not know.

Periyava turned to the other devotees and after the Darshan was completed, He Himself closed the windows and went inside to take rest.

I returned home to Madras and started on a big Hunt to find out what Madras – 80 was. Check diaries for pincodes, went to Post office too, but did not know the answer for two weeks. One evening I checked with my colleague at Office. He said, “Mani, don’t you know this? Korattur is Madras – 80, which is where I live!” The most interesting fact was the area adjacent to Lucas TVS was MAdras 80 and by then I had worked at Lucas TVS for 16 long years. And I did not know what Madras 80 was! It was Swamigal’s kind way of asking me not be Egoistic and Be Humble!

Six months rolled by and now it was 1981. I had applied for HIG Flats built by Tamil Nadu Government in these locations: Annanagar, Korattur, Ashok Nagar, KK Nagar. In the lottery system that followed, I was alloted a Flat, guess where, in Korattur only!

Swamigal had given me a Permanent Address in Korattur, Madras – 80!

Then He looked at me Eye to Eye. His Vision Bored (making a hole) into me like a Laser Beam. I could not bear to Look in His Eyes, hence I lowered my head downwards!” Crying.

Narrated by the supremely blessed Shri V. Mani. He is the father of our Uma Ram. She tells me that they used to live in a 2 bedroom 720 square feet apartment. And in one of the rooms, the entire three walls would be covered with Swamigal’s pictures, showing Him in different stages in His Avataram!

தர்மோ ரக்ஷதி ரக்ஷித: ஸ்ரீனிவாஸ் ஸர்மா

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  1. Last month, we had been to Satara temple . It was Vaikunt ekadasi day.
    In connection with Ardhra Darshanam, chatur veda parayanam and other
    rituals were in progress in full swing.
    We requested Sri Bhat to direct us to the Adi Sankara Mandir, where Maha Periyava was camping for long. From Bombay we used to visit almost every month for Darshan of Swamiji.The Rig Veda Patashala is still functioning there. .After praying to Adi Sankara..our thoughts ran fast over the various experiences.
    we had during our visits, way back to 1982. We could go inside the Holy Room, wherein Swamiji was staying. I rolled over the room. I felt rejuvenated at the age of 82. In fact we could not have undertaken a trip by ourselves. We were escorted by our daughter and son in law from USA, and the other daughter and son in law from Pune and his sister and from New Zealand. My wife Kamala and I , were nerrating our
    experiences , in high spirits to all of them. The hall in front of Adi Sankara was neat and clean. The Pandits taking care of Patashala are
    making efforts to further renovate with more facilites. We offered humble
    offerings for the cause, remembering Maha Swami’s efforts in Veda Rakshanam. We spent half hour there…recited thodakashtagam sitting
    before Adi Sankara. The Veda Patasala is still in old style . The wives of
    the Guru pandits and the students live cheerfully. Dharmo Rakshatu Rakshita:

  2. Again a wonderful drawing of Periyava and an anecdote to match the drawing of Periyava.


  4. what a prophet HE is.!to think of HIM i am getting tears rolling down my cheeks.uncontrollably.andha karunamoorthy tiruvadigalukku ananthakodi namaskarangal.

    • Maha Periva Charam. When we think of Maha Periva the eyes will shed tears, when we talk about Maha Periva, throat gets chocked. Maha Periva is embedded in each and every cell the body for all devotees. This is certainly a genetic match. Genetic match is possible biologically only but Maha Periva made it possible divinely.too.

      Your experience conveys message to all.

      with kind regards,
      Gayathri Rajagopal


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