‘Guruji’ Sri A.S. Raghavan Read more

‘Guruji’ Sri A.S. Raghavan

Though he took up a position in office at Bombay, it was music that was pulsating in his heart. He got the opportunity to learn music from Sri Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar, a great Pundit. Even while doing his duties, Sri Raghavan ruminated what was the role Senthil Andavar had assigned for him. That was the time […]

‘Thiruppugazh Mani, Sri T.M. Krishnaswamy Iyer Read more

‘Thiruppugazh Mani, Sri T.M. Krishnaswamy Iyer

A judge residing at Mylapore was too pre-occupied with his legal profession. Then, someone suggested to him to have Thiruppugazh Recital at his house. That was the time when Vallimalai Sri Sachidananda Swamigal was rendering Thiruppugazh Recital in and around Chennai. The Judge who was just curious to know what Thiruppugazh is all about agreed […]

Vallimalai Sri Sachidananda Swamigal Read more

Vallimalai Sri Sachidananda Swamigal

“Vangaraa Marbilani Tharoduyar Kodasaya”. The song came from a woman devotee. The venue was the sacred shrine of Lord Palani Andavar. Among those who were waiting for the opening of the doors, Ardhanari was also one. While all others just heard this song, for Ardhanari, the song made an enormous impression. He could discern some […]

‘Thanigaimani’ Sri Chengalvarayan Read more

‘Thanigaimani’ Sri Chengalvarayan

It was sometime in 1871. The Cuddalore District Court was hearing a petition on who qualifies to perform Puja at Chidambaram Temple. The existing priests themselves were arguing their case. They said the practice was originally entrusted to the priest community (Dikshitars) whose only profession was to carry out Puja at temples by following certain […]

The Lotus Feet Read more

The Lotus Feet

The journey of a devotee is always not smooth. It is almost similar to the experience of the devotee heading towards Palani during Thaipusam. When tired and exhausted after long hours of bare-foot walking, without food and shelter, he leans upon the shoulder of his companion who gives the strength to go forward. Similarly, the […]

Arunachala Ramana and Kanchi Paramacharya Read more

Arunachala Ramana and Kanchi Paramacharya

The eternal power which the Brahman represents, the source of knowledge, that illuminates the whole universe is manifested as Arunachala and shines brilliantly at Tiruvannamalai. The name Arunachala spells truth, knowledge and bliss. While Kailash is considered as the seat of Lord Siva, Tiruvannamalai Mountain is considered as Siva Himself. It is believed that liberation […]

Sri Ramana Maharshi, The Eternal Guru Read more

Sri Ramana Maharshi, The Eternal Guru

The young age is a very important stage in one’s life. This is the time, like a flower that blooms in the morning, the inherent qualities of the youth unfold, when the perfection within manifests and the urge for spiritual knowledge develops. All that he needs is a stimulus, like the brilliant rays of the […]

The Grace of Arunachala Read more

The Grace of Arunachala

The light that radiates from Arunachala is so great that even Godess Parvati took refuge here to free herself from the consequences of an act unwittingly done by her. Goddess Parvati came to the banks of river Kampa in Kancheepuram, made a small Linga with the soil and started performing Tapas. She then heard a […]

Dharmamigu Chennai Read more

Dharmamigu Chennai

There are many factors that contribute to Chennai’s greatness and the prime one is the culture, the tradtion and the spiritual values it upholds. Almost every day, one finds some cultural activity like dance, drama or music taking place somewhere in the city. It is the city, where Lord Kapaleeswarar flanked by Karpagambal resides. There […]

Thaipusam at Palani Read more

Thaipusam at Palani

The advent of ‘Thai’, the auspicious Tamil month, heralds a new era of happiness and prosperity. This month is significant in many respects. On this day, also known as Makara Sankranti, the sun changes direction towards north (uttarayanam). It is on this day, the traditional Pongal festival is celebrated with immense enthusiasm. The word ‘pongal’ […]