During my short trip to Trichy, I made it a point to go to Nochiyam ashram to get darshan of Lalitha Tripurasundari and Mahaperiyava. It was very difficult to see Smt Rajalakshmi mami after she lost her husband. She has dressed in the traditional way of how widows used to dress in those days – very hard to see. Normally, I take lots of photos wherever I go. However, here with mami in her new attire, I did not even take my camera out.
Mami spent lot of time with me, as usual and her hospitality was at its best, as usual. I was so lucky to be there on the day when ambal was adorned with some new jewels – I was there to witness too. In my entire India trip, if I loved something that would be the mango milk shake that mami gave! How delicious! Organic sweet mango and pure milk straight from ghosala – words fail me to describe the taste!!
The ashram has grown and stabilizing as the months go. The ghosala was just adorable. We spent quite some time in the ghosala. Mami had named the cows “Swaminatha”, “Chandrasekara” – only Periyava smaranai.. When we went we saw new-born calf – a week old – extremely cute. Unfortunately his mother is unable to feed the calf due to some udder problem. So this baby is drinking milk from a different mom! We sincerely pray that udder problem is gone and the baby is able to get enough milk…..
Below are the photos of the baby and mom! It is so sweet to play with the calf. Our family did not want to leave the ghosala – so lovely to see the cows….
Mami has shared all the current status of the temple/ashram. It has come out a long way..Few months back, Mami convened a meeting with the board of directors of the trust to discuss the plan for the future as she is getting aged and she wants to ensure that all the hardship are transitioned to committed people for future success also. She has published that video also in youtube on the points she discussed to be very transparent with the public and donors. I will try to get that video link and post here.
The committee has some plans to create some ways to get support from local people and also from others. It is important that we help this team to help create more awareness among the Nochiyam village so that the local people come and participate a lot.
We wish this team all the success in carrying out one of the hardest thing that mami has achieved in her lifetime. History would tell that only two devotees have built a Mahaperiyava temple that with absolutely no money on hand and built with Periyava bakthi only – Sri Pradosham mama and Smt Rajalakshmi mami. I dont think this record will be broken by anyone else in a long time.
Our namaskarams to mami for her devotion and our prayers to Mahaperiyava to shower His blessings for this temple.
At this time, I want to share that Kanchi Guruparampara Foundation (KGF) will support the ghosala in a small way (with our available fund). It may not be sufficient for everything but something from all of us here….
Here is the appeal letter mami wanted me to share with everyone….I also will scan and post a very small book mami has written – kind of an autobiography (in Tamil).
Let me close this post with mami’s favorite quote “எல்லாம் பெரியவா பாத்துப்பா” / Periyava will take care of everything.
Hara Hara Sankara Jaya Jaya Sankara!