[Advaita-l] Kalady’s Rediscoverer & Rediscovery - 8

S Jayanarayanan sjayana at yahoo.com
Sat Jun 30 12:13:41 EDT 2018

(Continued from previous post)
Kalady’s Rediscoverer & Rediscovery – Part 4
Sunday, June 27th, 2010
Sri Moolam Tirunal handed over the deed to the officials from Sringeri as an offering to the Mahaswamiji. The Maharaja
also sanctioned a sum of Rupees ten-thousand for clearing the land and building a shrine there. The Mahaswamiji who came
to know of this through the agent, Sri Srikantha Shastri was overjoyed, and hastened with the mammoth task.
Sri A. Ramachandra Iyer of Mysore and Sri E.R. Subraya Iyer, a distinguished engineer who had also retired from
Mysore Government service, were deputed to oversee Kalady activities like clearing the limits of the Kalady Sanketam
and build the shrines for Adi Shankaracharya and Goddess Sharadamba.
The Mahaswamiji’s Vijaya Yatra towards Kalady
The Mahaswamiji received a divine signal from Goddess Sharadamba for undertaking the Vijaya Yatra towards Kalady.
It brought Him additional firmness and enthusiasm. Commands were issued to make arrangements for the tours which were
scheduled to start on Magha Shukla Panchami of the year of Paraabhava (March 1907).
On the selected day, the Mahaswamiji set out from His residence in Narasimhavana. After seeking the blessings of His Guru,
went to the temple of Sri Sharada and after deeparadhana, performed his prostrations, recited verses in a voice choked with
emotion. Traversing through many places in Mysore state and Madras presidency He reached the banks of the Tamraparni in
Tirunelveli district. All through the Yatra, everyone having learnt that the Sringeri Mahaswamiji was on a journey to
Kalady to consecrate the temple of Sri Shankara Bhagavatpada there considered it their duty to show their support and
solidarity. Donations poured in from all quarters. After traversing through the southern tip of India touching Kutraalam
and Kanyakumari, the Mahaswamiji reached Thiruvanantapuram, the capital of Travancore. Sri Moolam Tirunal, the Maharaja of
Travancore, reverentially welcomed the Mahaswamiji. The Mahaswamiji stayed there for a while, blessed the royal family and
then travelled towards Kalady.
To be continued …

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