Shraddanjali for Jayendrar@Shenbagam on 3rd March 18
Lighting of Kuthuvilakku was performed by Mrs.Viswanathan,whose husband’s grandfather,T.S.Ramachandra Aiyer was a classmate of Mahaperiyava in Kumbakonam
While recalling Sri Jayendrar’s immense contribution in Education and Health, from Sri Chandrasekharendra Mahavidyalaya@Kanchipuram, SIES@NERUL to Sankara Nethralayas,Hindu Mission Hospitals,Sankara Schools,Oriental Schools to Sankara Mutts all over India,Sikkim and Nepal,Shenbagam Seniors paid rich tributes for His Selfless sacrifice!
Dr.Raghavan, fondly remembered his close association with Mahaperiyava from an age of 7 yrs with some rare and interesting anecdotes like :
(1)How his father often used to recall Mahaperiyava’s contribution in including Article 26 in the Constitution, by asking many Hindu devotees in 1946 to send Telegrams and delegations to Nehru ,which wd have otherwise taken away all the freedom of Hindu Temples!He said :”All Hindus must be ever grateful for this to Mahaperiyava and Kanchi Mutt for eternity!”
(2)Dr.Raghavan also narrated how in the 60s,when they wanted to build a Temple inside IIT Campus Madras,approached Mahaperiyava, who said “there is a Shivalinga nearly 1000 yr old somewhere, try to find the same and consecrate the same!”They were surprised to find such an ageold Lingam after extensive search, which was installed and Kumbabishekam was done by Sri Jayendrar”he said.
(3)Dr.Raghavan, always used to proudly display his Namam,even as a Child!When Mahaperiyava was camping,in his village, Mahaperiyava called 7 yr old Raghavan with Namam,and enquired ” Do you know திருப்பள்ளி எழுச்சி?”
Raghavan said “Yes by heart!”
Mahaperiyava asked him to go to nearby Mudikondan,where a ‘திருப்பள்ளி எழுச்சி?”competition was going on immediately.
Young Raghavan went to Mudikondan, where they asked him in a crowd of 500 “Do you know திருப்பள்ளி எழுச்சி?”
Raghavan said “Yes”
They asked him to recite and to the entire surprise of 500,it was தி ருமால் திருப்பள்ளி எழுச்சி?
The organisers immediately asked Raghavan ” who sent you here?”
Raghavan said “only Mahaperiyava!”
Immediately all realised their folly that திருப்பள்ளி எழுச்சி is not owned by Shivites alone!Thondaradipodiyazhwar’s திருப்பள்ளி எழுச்சி for Renganathar is the Oldest of all!
On the whole it was a memorable occasion remembering The Great Contributions of Mahaperiyava and Jayendrar !