Brindavan for Raghavendra Swamy
A COUPLE'S 13-year wait for acceptance of their house as Brindavan for Sri Raghavendra Swamy has come to an end. Saroja and Vijayakumar desired to give away their house, located in Perambur, as a gift for this purpose but there were no takers. "I asked several persons, Maths and religious organisations to take my house as a gift and install Sri Raghavendra Swamy Brindavan there. But there was no response for 13 years," says Saroja. It was only on May 25, 2003 she found the person who could fulfil her wish. It was none other than Sri Vidyasagara Madhava Tirtha camping at the Sri Raghavendra Swamy Math at Ayanavaram. Mrs Saroja says "The meeting was not planned. On May 25, 2003, my husband was performing his father's ceremony in the Ayanavaram Math. I heard that a Swamiji was camping there. My curiosity prompted me to see him. Then I found myself expressing my wish."
Sri Vidyasagara Madhava Tirtha says, "When an unknown lady came and suddenly offered her house in a metropolitan city as gift I could not immediately believe it. I asked her to bring her husband. In a couple of hours she returned with her spouse and both confirmed the proposal. All this happened in the forenoon and in the after noon the couple took me to their house and in the traditional style made the Sankalpam and gifted their house to Moola Maha Samasthanam represented by our senior Swamigal Sri Prasanna Sura Madhava Tirtha and myself. An agreement was executed to that effect and two weeks the gift deed was registered." Saroja and Vijayakumar are elated that their quest has come to a happy end.
Sri Vidya Sagara Madhava Teertha says "I never thought of having a math of our own in Chennai. I am 72. It was absolutely the will of Sri Ragavendra Swamy of Mantralaya whom I served for 10 months as the Principal of the Guru Sarvabhouma Sanskrita Vidya Peetha at Mantralayam just before I took charge of the junior Peethadhipati. I also observed my first chathurmasya Vrata in Chennai in the Sri Raghavendra Swamy Math branch of Manthralaya. It seems Sri Ragavendra Swamy did not allow any one to accept the gift for 13 years to commission a man of his choice to install his own Brindavan at Perambur. I feel that I am really privileged."
Swamiji is a renowned scholar and possesses rich experience of building and maintaining religious organisations. His scholarship and eloquence have attracted a large number of Chennai people. All these have strengthened his hands to take up the project and fulfil his promises to the donors to build a Math and to install Sri Ragavendra Swamy Brindavan within eight months after the site was gifted.
In addition to Sri Ragavendra Swamy Brindavanam, Swamiji has also installed a seven-ft Lord Venkatesa to provide a Dhyana Mandir. The work on the Mandir, estimated at Rs. 18 lakhs, stopped for want of funds. The Swamiji is confident that Sri Raghavendra Swamy, a staunch devotee of Venkateswra, will take care of the project. He is at present observing Chatur masya vratha in Bangalore.
Those who wish to contribute may send their donations to Sri Vidya Sagara Madhava Teertharu (Junior Peethadhipati), Sriman Madhava Teertha Moola Maha Sansthana, 222-A 1st Main Tala Kaveri Nagara, Vibhootipura Layout, Bangalore 560 037. Mobile Nos: 94485 58354, 94441 86832
Branch: Sri Varada Venkateswara and Avatharatraya Sri Ragavendra Swamy Mutt, 14, Srinivasa Mudali Street, Perambur, Chennai 600011. Phone: 2551 8385. Swamiji informs that any devotee offering donation will have to insist on receipt from the math.
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