The GOS – Agastya’s Anantha Sayana – 7

“There is a countless treasure, even surpassing that of Kubera in Ambalam”

as said in Agastya’s Nadi, Chidambaram, Seergazhi, Thanjavur Periya Kovil, Kutralam, Thiruvannamalai, Thiruvarangam, Thiruvanaikka, Rameshwaram, Thiruvaroor, Pazhani, Thiruchendur, Azhagar Kovil, Madurai temples contain treasures which are immeasurable. Somnath temple was invaded 18 times only to take away the wealth.

They won’t allow anyone other than the Maharaja to prostrate (sashtanga namaskara) in the single-legged mandapam in front of Lord Padmanabha Swamy. All the property of those who do that goes to the Lord. Therefore the rights to prostrate have been given only to the King. If someone drops something by mistake in that mandapam, the temple staff will hand it over to the temple authorities which will then get added to the temple hundi.

There are two Urchavams (a religious temple celebration) per year during Aipasi and Panguni Tamil months. There will be a procession by Krishna, Padmanabha, Narasimha moorthis in the evening and night, in different vehicles. The eighth day is called Kanikkai. The King and his family will provide their offering in a golden pot first. Then the rest can offer. The ninth day’s occasion is called Vettai (hunting). Then on the tenth day, Padmanabha, Krishna, and Narasimha are kept in the palanquin, taken to the seaside for Theerthavari (a holy bath) and done abisheka and pooja, which is called Aaratu. They take the moorthi’s along the airport runway route. No part of the world allows a religious procession to be carried out in the runway other than Anantha Sayana. The airport gets closed later in the afternoon with no flights allowed to take off or land.

When a prayer is kept during the Aaratu of these three moorthis, it will get fulfilled sooner. Those who have experienced it won’t miss this darshan.

Here’s a video of the Vettai, the ninth day’s occasion.

Here’s a video where the three moorthis go for Aaratu via the airport runway.

Once it is known that the worlds richest is Lord Padmanabha Swamy, the Government has enforced a number of restrictions around the temple and the town. Armed forces guard the temple where no one is allowed to stay beyond a time.

Important:
Those who go to have darshan of Lord Padmanabha better go with only Him in their mind, to only desire to have His darshan. The thought about where the treasure is, where the door begins etc will only give Dosha, says Maha Guru Agastya. The “things” that are there belong to someone else. Just remain with the thought that it is taken care of by Agastya Himself.

The sole purpose of this series is to emphasize the importance of having Agastya (in His Athma Swaroopa Samadhi) or the Lord in their mind, thought and attention.

The series of Agastya’s Anantha Sayana ends here.

Offered in the Holy Feet of Om Sri Lopamudra sametha Sri Agathiyar.

The Grace of Siddha – Agastya’s Anantha Sayana – 6

They say that at the beginning of Kali Yuga, the Navagraha had greater control and when it crossed the limit, the Almighty made the Siddhar Idaikadar place them in specific directions where they don’t face each other. This also let the decision of them being worshipped in the temples, approved by the Lord.

While saying ‘Do not live in a place where there is no temple’ as the guidelines to humans, it is meant to live a happy life and not come under the spell of these grahas.

If a Saligrama is at home, there should be daily pooja done to it (Nithya Pooja). It comes from the Kandagi river and is considered the swaroopa of Narayana, contains the various forms of Narayana. If nithya pooja is not done to it, it will affect the family of the house.

Agastya collected 12000 of such Saligrama and made the idol of Padmanabha Swamy with 10008 Saligrama. He then made Mahalakshmi Mata, Brahma and Adi Sesha with the remaining Saligrama, took 9000 herbs and made a herbal paste called in Tamil as ‘Kattu Chakra Yogam’, and applied this paste on Padmanabha’s idol. Therefore there is no abisheka performed to Padmanabha. They remove the flowers adorned to the Lord with peacock feathers.

All the Saligrama being in one place gave a powerful effect, gave a protective layer to Bharat. No one could go near Padmanabha. As per the wish of Diwakara Muni to have darshan and do pooja, the Lord reduced His size to the present state. Even after this the Tejas of the Lord was so much that no one could go near. Then again as per Diwakara Muni’s prayers, the Lord asked all the 4 Vedas to become the walls, made three entrances and asked to be worshipped through these three gates only. The Head and Hand can be viewed through one gate, the stomach through one, and His holy feet through the third gate. Even the munivars did not get to have darshan of Lord Padmanabha in His full form.

We know that Maha Guru Agastya is like the right hand of Lord Padmanabha. If the Lord had given Him the honour of making his idol, to make this Shrine and to make His Siddha Samadhi, Lord Hanuman gave another honour.

When approaching the Eastern entrance to have darshan of Lord Padmanabha, one can see an Anjaneya’s Shrine near the Kodi Maram. Butter will be smeared all over Him. Everyone can have darshan but none can see the feet because they are in Agastya’s shoulders!

When Hanuman came to know about Lord Padmanabha’s avatar being worshipped and exclaimed by the Deva, Muni, Gods, and Siddhas, He came out of His penance and came here. As there were so many of them to have the darshan, Hanuman could not see the Lord’s feet even. Lord Padmanabha knew this and He nodded to Agastya Guru who welcomed Hanuman.

“Welcome O Rama Dootha! We all are very pleased having the darshan of Lord Padmanabha. Have darshan yourself too!”

“O Agastya, thank you. I am but doubtful if I will get His darshan, on seeing this crowd. I will be very happy if I get to have darshan of His Holy Feet. But I cannot see anything.” – said Anjaneya.

“Ah ok! Please stand on my shoulders and have darshan of the Lord.” and He stood before Hanuman. He had a delightful darshan of the Lord by standing on Agastya’s shoulders. It is depicted in this idol that Hanuman’s feet are in Agastya’s shoulders where we cannot only see His feet but not also Agastya!

~ stay blessed!

The Grace of Siddha – Agastya’s Anantha Sayana – 5

The moment I thought of praying to Lord Shiva, I was reminded of something about the Padmanabha Swamy temple. Nowhere it is seen as how it is in this temple.

In every place where there is a Vishnu temple, there will be a Shiva temple for He is the Kshetra Palaka of Perumal temple. The entire rights, whatever happens within the temple, to protect, are some of the duties of Kshetra Palaka. This is a rule by God.

All four corners of Padmanabha Swamy temple resides Shiva. Not many pay attention to this.

I began to think about where to go and where to start. One day I went to the Shiva temple on the Southern side. Out of the four, the Southern one was the nearest and so I frequent here. I get answers to my questions too, in unexpected but surprising ways.

The temple priest and the management staff were inside. The Deepa Aradhana for the evening was over and so there wasn’t anyone. I went in, stood before the Lord and placed my request.

While getting the Prasada and returning, I thought I may sit inside the temple and go. I did a Pradakshina, sat down in the left side of the Lord. I closed my eyes on seeing the clear Shiva Linga and began to chant Om Namah Shivaya. I do not know how long I was meditating but I felt someone going inside the sanctum crossing me and going out.

I got up, prayed to the Lord and came out. As I began walking, I heard, “Thiruchitrambalam”. There was an old man. I placed my hand in my chest, bowed down and said ‘Shiva Chidambaram’ (this is a practice like saying Ram Ram in northern India).

“If I go this way, will I be able to get Padmanabha’s darshan?” – he asked pointing to the South entrance.

Yes, I said.

He was wearing a white veshti and angawastram. A long white beard. I thought he may be a Vasi yogi.

“Did you get the answer?” – he asked!

“No”

“Why roam here and there? Read the Shiva Purana, especially the part before the Shiva Parvathi wedding. You will get the answer, and also know what is Shiva Chintanai” – he turned and walked fast towards the temple.

I thanked him by nodding my head and kept looking at the direction he went. I could not even think who he was. I was only reminded of Guru Agastya’s words, “If God wants to give you answers, somehow He will.”

In the coming week, research began with my friend’s help on Shiva Purana, Periya Purana, Siva Manjari, and Rudra Prasnam. I understood many a thing. As a short summary as much as this self understood:

“It was Shiva who declared Bharatha Kanda as ‘Karma Bhoomi’. He sat in Kailasha in the North-East (Ishana). He wanted someone equal to Him to be seated in the Kanni Moolai (South West). The Karma Bhoomi grows only through Karma, and slowly. The evil forces that tries to destroy it will enter only through North East and South Western directions. So Lord Narayana sat in the South-Western direction.

Guru Agastya was sent from Kailasha to the South with a number of tasks. To build a temple for Narayana in Ananthan Kadu, to make Thamirabarani river, in all the places where the Lord showed His wedding, He made temples there and sat there, to remove the obstacle of Vindhya Mountain, many come in these tasks. He came to Panchesti and did five different types of yagna and reached Podhigai.

It was Guru Maha Agastya who did Aradhana to the Thiruvattaru Adhi Keshava Perumal, explained God’s will to the king who ruled Padmanabha pura, and made a temple in Anandha Kaadu. The puranas say that it was the start of Kali Yuga when Lord Narayana sat on Ananthan Kadu.

When carrying out the deeds of the Lord, He made golden Sri Chakra and Sudarshana Chakra, and shared His power of penance on to these, placed it underneath Padmanabha, and made His Samadhi. It is His power of penance and the Lord’s will which is protecting the Bharatha Kanda.

~ stay blessed!

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