Sunday, July 15, 2012

2. ஸ்வயம்பாலயா (சேலம்)

வெற்றிவேல் முருகனுக்கு ஹரோஹரா. 

சேலம் இறையன்பர் திரு பிரகாஷ் அவர்கள் மனமுவந்து நம்மிடையே பகிர்ந்து கொள்ளும் ஸ்வயம்பாலயா இறைஅனுபவங்களின் இரண்டாவது பகுதியை இங்கே வெளியிடுவதில் பெருமை கொள்கிறேன். வர இருக்கும் இடுகையில் ஸ்ரீராஜ பாலமுருகனின் திருவுருவப் படத்துடன் கட்டுரை நிறைவு பெறும்.

ஆரம்பத்தில் இருந்து படிக்க சொடுக்குக: முதல் பகுதி

பகுதி இரண்டு

(ஸ்ரீ ராஜ பாலமுருகன் திருக்கோவில், சேலம்)
ஓம் சரவண பவ குகனே
ஞான பண்டிதா நமோ நம.
About 50 years back, in the days when the means of transport are not as fast as now, a Brahmin mother was going to Palani from Salem on every Krithigai day.  On one such occasion, there was a huge crowd and she was not able to have the Darshan of the Lord Dhandayudhapaani.  Crest Fallen she sat in some corner lamenting as to how she was going to have the Darshan.  A small cute boy came to her, comforted and took her near the Sanctum Sanctorum.  He gave her the Abhisheka Kovanam(Loin Cloth) of the God with Vibhuthi to her.  He just vanished without saying anything when the Maa asked him who he was.  She enquired the Temple Priests about the child she saw and they all said there was no such child of the type she described in that area.  She clearly understood that it was Lord Murugaa himself who has showered his grace on her.  She returned to Salem and kept the Prasaadam she received in Palani in her Puja Room.  
At that time the most revered Peetadhipathi of Kanchi Sankara Mutt, Paramacharya His Holiness Shri Chandrasekara Saraswathi Mahaswamigal was camping at Salem.  When the Ammaiyaar recounted her experiences to the Paramacharya, he patiently heard and asked her to wait.  He went inside, was on a Nishtai,  came back and said “Murugan Prathyakshamaai unakku anugrahan panni irukkaan – Avanaal Unakku ellam nadakkum Po” – (“Lord Muruga has himself given his blessings – You will be bestowed with all with his benevolence”).  
She was performing pooja to the prasadam of the tiny bundle of loin cloth of Palani Andavar containing Vibhuthi.  With the grace of the Lord, the bundle started to grow.  She went on performing the Pooja, shifting the bundle from one vessel to bigger and again to another bigger vessel as the bundle went on to become bigger and bigger.  When the bundle has to be shifted to a sixth vessel, she received divine order to install it in the Vengai Aavudai.  She built the temple in the Vellai Malai, a small white mound and performed the Kumbhabishekam of the temple in 1976.  
She adopted her grand-son(the present Swamiji) as her heir, ordered that he should remain unmarried throughout his life and serve God and the Society.  She attained Jeeva Samaadhi in 1980.  The benevolence of the Lord Bala Murugan in giving boons sought to all the devotees are innumerable.  The Periya Swamiji, the Ammaiyaar’s son has made many developments to the temple creating a good infrastructure as well as laying out the detailed Do’s and Don’ts in the performance of day to day Poojas in the temple.  He attained Jeevan Mukthi after 22 years on the same date the Ammaiyar attained Jeeva Samaadhi.  Their Adhishtaanams are also in the eastern end of the temple complex and we can also get their blessings.
The austerities and penance, the soothing music is awe-inspiring and brings about the aura and positive vibe throughout the place. Though Softspoken and kind, the Swamiji never compromises on the high standards he has set, be it curbing use of cellphones inside temple complex, abhorring publicities and maintenance of high discipline.  
A devotee recounted the fate of a costly camera bursting when he specifically instructed the Moolavar Idol should not be photographed.  There is also one Lord Ayyappa Swayambumurthi in the Sanctum Sanctorum, a temple/sannadhi for it is in the offing.
படித்து வரும் அனைவருக்கும் நன்றி.
நன்றி: திரு.கே.பிரகாஷ், சேலம்.

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