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“அன்பே சிவம்” என உணர்த்திய “அவதாரபுருஷர்” சேஷன் திருவடி போற்றி!

Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

அன்பே சிவம்” என உணர்த்திய

“அவதாரபுருஷர்” சேஷன் திருவடிப்போற்றி!

Anbe Shivam” ena uNartthiya

‘Avathara Purushar’ Seshan Thiruvadi Potri!

Glory be to the Divine Feet of Lord Sesha, the Divine Incarnation,

Who exemplifies Love is (the Lord) Shiva!

Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae!

SRI SESHA! MEENAKSHI SUNDARESHWARA!”

(Mahaan’s Beckoning to His Bhaktha Vaishnavi,

as Devi Meenakshi and Lord Sri Sundareshwara)

Glory be to SeshaNatha, Incarnation of Devi Meenakshi!

Glory be to SeshaNatha, Incarnation of Lord Sri Sunadreshwara!

Glory be to my Divine Venerable Guruji, Incarnation of Lord Sri SeshaNatha!

மரகத பாலா! சிவ சிவ சேஷா!
ஜய ஜய சேஷா! சுந்தரேஷா!

மரகத பாலா!
நீ எனை அருள்வாய்!
மரகத மீனாக்‌ஷி சுந்தரேஷா!

அங்கையர் கண்ணியின்
அழகிய மணவாளா!
உன் மீது பக்தி கொண்டு
என்னேரமும் மனமுருகி
பல்லாண்டு பாடிடவே!
நீ எனை அருள்வாய்!

ஜய ஜய சேஷா!
சிவ சிவ சேஷா!
என் உயிர்க்கினிய
சுந்தரேஷா!

மரகத பாலா!
நீ எனை அருள்வாய்!
மரகத மீனாக்‌ஷி சுந்தரேஷா!

***

On the 22nd. of July, 2011, I had been to my mother’s house, where I saw a pictorial biography of Sri Ramana Maharishi. In it I read about Sri Ramana’s childhood days in Madurai, where he frequented Devi Meenakshi’s Shrine.

After his spiritual transformation, he described his experience at the Shrine:

“I used to go alone and stand motionless for a long time before an image of Siva or Meenakshi or Nataraja and the sixty-three Saints, and as I stood there waves of emotion overwhelmed me….

At first I thought it was some kind of fever but I decided, it is a pleasant fever, so let it stay…”

– Sri Ramana

Beside his narrative, was an enchanting photo of Devi Meenakshi. I was drawn into these feelings, and retired to bed. The same night I had a dream, wherein I saw the Divine visage of Devi Meenakshi, just like the one I saw in Sri Ramana’s book.

Ever since, the feeling of wanting to visit Devi Meenakshi had been growing deeper and stronger in me, with each passing day. I had come to accept Madurai as my home. It felt, Devi Meenakshi was my Mother, Lord Sundareshwarar, my Father….

***

Although I hadn’t specifically planned to visit Madurai, it so happened that my family had planned a trip to Tiruchendur, (a Shrine dedicated to Lord Subrahmanya), in the month of August, 2011.

Madurai was just a 90-minute drive from Tiruchendur, and I expressed my wish to include Devi’s Shrine, in our trip. I was overjoyed when everything worked in my favour, and we reached Madurai on the 29th. of August, 2011!

***

At the Shrine of Madurai Sri Meenakshi Devi….

29th. August, 2011., 5:30 p.m.

With a completely dazed feeling, I arrived at Madurai.

With my dear little son, I arrived home…

The famous sculpture of Lord Sri Dakshinamoorthy on the Southern Gopuram (tower) of the Shrine, had been haunting me, ever since I saw the picture on Ramana’s book.

It left me with a hankering feeling and I decided, it was something I desperately wanted to capture on camera.

{ One beautiful morning, (nearly two months back), i awoke from a dream, wherein i saw Lord Sri Dakshinamoorthy, and heard Mahaan’s words:

“He (my Venerable Guruji, Sri Rajalinga Swamigal), is the embodiment of Lord Sri Dakshinamoorthy!”

“Today…”, i dearly wished, “He would bless me with His Beatific Vision!”}

***

Practically, I had my anxieties….

The temple was such a massive one that it would take nearly half an hour to walk across one Gopuram to the other! We had entered the Shrine through the East Gopuram, and that meant we had to walk an enormous distance, to reach the Southern tower.

In a fix, just as I started to wonder, how to make the best use of time and effort, we saw an empty trolley waiting outside the entrance of the Gopuram we were just about to enter!

We were given to understand by the driver that since the temple was enormous, the trolley was a means for tourists to be driven around the outermost prahaarams (corridoors) of the Shrine, in a matter of 7 minutes! The driver also casually agreed to stop by at every Gopuram, for the photo sessions! My joy knew no bounds! With great satisfaction and happiness, I could capture the photos, and with great excitement Harsha had his trolley ride! We never knew of such facilities offered by the temple authorities, until then, and it seemed to be just the solution to my worries!!

Hurriedly and eagerly, I capture on my camera, vital photographs of the four magnificient Gopurams, of the Shrine, including the endearing photo of Sri Dakshinamoorthy – my Dear Guruji….

***

Soon enough, I stepped into the temple, with relief, and a deep sense of belonging.

***

The lovely tale of Goddess Meenakshi and Lord Sri Sundareshwarar had enraptured me, and ever since, I wished to experience this loveliness, in its very portals and pillars, to couch my dear sensations, in the deep niches of the resplendant columns and its magnificient halls, to bask in the warm joy of its grand and golden moments of history….

Starting at the outer ‘prahaaram’(corridoor), we had an endearing darshan of the temple elephant ‘Parvathi’. She with her with beautiful jingling silver bells, warmly ushered us into the inner sanctums of the Shrine.

The sculpture of Devi Meenakshi’s wedding to Lord Sri Sundareshwarar, has been depicted in very many places – in the several Gopurams, on the columns in the corridoors, in paintings on the walls, and ceilings, in the art works of the inner sanctums.

The sight of the Divine Trinity, is an enchanting one – the beautiful bashful expression on Goddess Meenakshi’s charming Countenance, the expression of heavenly calm and happiness on her brother, Lord Vishnu’s Divine Visage, and the enchanting smile on the pride-filled regal looking arresting features of Lord Shiva, (as Lord Kalyansundarar, the resplendant bride-groom), is an experience in itself!

***

With the fresh breeze carrying with it, the fervent chants of “Siva! Siva!” whispers joy into one’s heart, one stands dazed in the sancrosanct ambience.

To behold Lord Sundareshwara in His Immaculate LingaRoopam, and Lord Nataraja, in His Beatific Compassionate form, one stands transfixed.

That evening I had got flower offerings for the Lord and the Goddess. After the Darshan of Lord Sundareshwara, we reached the inner sanctum of Devi Meenakshi. It was only then, while offering flowers to the Devi, that I realized that I hadn’t yet offered the flowers that I had got for Lord Shiva.

I felt a little disappointed, just for the fact that we were running short of time. Very soon, as we were on our pradakshinam (circumambulation), there was a beautiful orchestration of the sound of cymbals and drums. When we turned to look, we saw that the Utsava Moorthis of Lord Sundareshwarar, and Meenakshi Devi were taken around on a procession, around the inner sanctum.

It suddenly struck me that I could offer those flowers to the Divine Lord and His consort! The chief priest then accepted my offerings! The Lord did accept my offerings!

***

After the Darshanam of the deities, of our first evening at the temple, we rested awhile in the outermost ‘prahaaram’ of the temple. It must have been around 7 p.m. and it was getting quite dark. As I sat with Harsha, I suddenly felt an insect fly behind me, and buzz around. I got a little scared at the suddenness of it, and when I asked what it was, my parents told me it was a moth flying very close to my back! We were in the precincts of the temple for nearly three hours. And I did not spot a single butterfly or moth all evening, until then! My Dear Guruji had come to shower His Benign Grace upon us!

While inside the temple, Harsha often kept chanting Mahaan’s Moola Mantram, unprompted, every now and then!

***

The next morning we made another visit to the temple, and were blessed with a Darshanam of the ‘Paal’Abhishekam (ablution of milk) of Lord Sri Sundareshwarar.

Later we also got to see the beautiful sight of the ‘procession of the Utsava Moorthis’ of the Lord and the Goddess, on ethe temple bull, elephants, and camels!

***

After our having visited the magnificient Shrine of Sri Meenakshi Sundareshwarar, we decided to break for lunch. After lunch, we sighted a Vaishnava temple close by. We then were eager to visit the temple – the Shrine of ‘Sri Koodal Azhagar Perumal’.

On the entrance pillar, on the side wall of the temple was the Vaishnava symbol of the ‘(Thiru)Naamam’. Harsha pointed to it and asked me what it was. He had seen it a few times before, but I wasn’t sure if I had told him about it. So, I told him it was called the ‘Naamam’, and it was the mark of Lord Vishnu.

Immediately Harsha replied that it was the ‘Trishoolam!’ (He was familiar with the ‘Trishoolam’). And in fact, it was only then that I realized that the ‘Naamam’ and the ‘Trishoolam’ did not look so different at all!!

Even more surprising was the fact that when were at Sri Andal’s Sannidhi (sanctum) of the Shrine, we were informed by the priest that this was the only Vaishnava Divya Desham (out of the 108 Vaishnava Shrines), that included a Sannidhi for the Navagrahas.

We asked him about its significance, to which he responded with a smile that this denoted the unity of Vaishnavism and Shaivism! Just a few minutes prior to entering the temple, Mahaan rung in my ears, the very same message!! Vishnu’s ‘Naaamam’ and Shiva’s ‘Trishoolam’ were indeed the same!!

The true import of Harsha’s, and Sesha’s words struck me only then. Those were not words of a child! Those were the words of our Lord SeshaNatha!

***

Glory be to SeshaNatha, Incarnation of Lord HariHaran!

 Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae!

Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae!

Thank You very much,

Vaishnavi, Sesha Bhaktha Samaajam

Chennai, 6th. September, 2011

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