Experience with Maha Periyava: Artist Silpi

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Experiences with Maha Periyava: My experience with His Holiness

Author: Artist Silpi

Once my wife Padmavati teased me saying that more than anything else I, as a drawing artist, should draw a picture of Kanchi Maha Periyava so that she could spend the rest of her lifetime by constantly looking at the picture without stirring out of Maha Periyava.

I wrote at once to the Sri Matam Kanchi and quick came the order to go over there. After I offered my homage to His Holiness, He said, “So, you are going to draw my figure. You are the disciple of Mali. Do you think that I will be netted by you in the picture?”

After some days, however, He permitted me to draw. But it was a hot midday. He asked me to sit at a distance from Him, right in the open space in the hot sun. I was writhing in pain. I could not sit steadily as the ground was getting extremely warm. Maha Periyaval saw my predicament. There was an expression of grace in His eyes. The next moment the situation took a sudden change. The place became instantly cool and even pleasant.

Still His divine sport continued. However much I tried I could not get His figure and personality exactly in the picture.

Finally, after a good deal of repeated and concentrated effort, I finished the portrait somehow and placed it at the holy feet of Maha Periyava. My wife and I were sobbing all the time. We pleaded for His acceptance of the portrait granting that it resembled him. If it were not blessed by him, we said in bravado that He Himself could keep it with Him and that we did not want it.

At once He took the picture, held it close to His chest, closed His eyes in meditation and turned His glance towards the temple of Varadaraja Swami (This incident took place in Little Kanchipuram). His eyes were full of tears; the temple bell chimed at the same instant.

He took the Bilva and Tulasi garland from His body and placed them on the picture, sprinkled akshata and sugar candy on it and raising both His hands blessed us fully twice.

Jagadguru Sri Jayendra Sarasvathi Swamigal was watching the scene from a distance. He later told me that I had received the grace in full measure from Maha Periyava and was looking at the picture in great joy.

Source: kamakoti.org

Categories: Devotee Experiences


9 replies

  1. There is a different version of the same story in the below link. Shilpi always paints the pictures in the lamp lit light as per the instructions. Even maha periyava pictures gives the same cue.


  2. Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara. Janakiraman. Nagapattinam

  3. அவரைப்போல ஒரு தெய்வீக ஓவியர் அவருக்கு முன்பும் இருக்கவில்லை, அவருக்குப் பிறகும் இருந்ததில்லை. ஸ்ரீ ரா.கணபதி, ஸ்ரீ சில்பி போன்றோரெல்லாம் ஜீவன் முக்தர்கள். ஸ்ரீ ராமனுக்கு எப்படி லக்ஷ்மணன், ஹனுமன் போன்றோர் உடனிருந்தனரோ அவ்வாறே இந்த ஜீவன் முக்தர்களும் பெரியவாளுக்குத் தொண்டு செய்யவே அவதரித்தவர்கள்.

  4. Not knowing it was drawn by Sri Silpi, I have many a times, staring into the picture have spoken to Sri Mahaaperiyavaa saying this cannot be a hand-drawn picture. It is a photograph. But still I knew that it is hand-drawn and monologued with Him saying whosoever has drawn this pic must have been truly and wholly Blessed by Him.

    And today I see that, that it has been drawn by Sri Silpi, who was ordained by Sri Mahaperiyavaa only to draw divine sculptures from a certain point onwards after which he drew only temple deities.

    There cannot be two Suns in the firmament. There cannot be a second Sri Silpi. Mei silirkindradu!

  5. A Humble Request,
    Can all the devotees be blessed to have a high resolution copy of the blessed picture. We shall print and keep it in our puja rooms.
    Kindly bless all of us.
    Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara.
    Mahaperiyava Saranam.

  6. shri maha periyava saranam prabathye

  7. Can you please share the picture that was blessed by Mahaperiyava!? Fortune are few to get such blissful experiences.

  8. ஸ்ரீ பெரியவா சரணம் Sri Periyava Saranam

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