|Amaravathi river close to Veeraraghavapuram Agraharam|
I had talked about in Half 3 about how we have been unable to see the Vyasaraja Hanumans in Veeraraghavapuram and Bheemaraya Agraharams because the temples have been closed. Two different Hanumans are in the midst of cultivated fields and therefore couldn’t be witnessed, as there was no entry. After I returned to Chennai, the Hanumans have been nonetheless in my thoughts.
When there’s a very robust and real need, the Universe finds a approach to grant it to you. Yearly, via Aalayam Kanden Belief, the Sthalapuranam of a temple is written in Tamil and English and a number of copies (500-1000) are printed totally free distribution at that temple. This 12 months, it needed to be Kadu Hanumantharaya Swamy temple. The Dasa Hanumans had turn into very near my coronary heart and I needed to return – to see if there was an opportunity to see the opposite Hanumans.
Quickly the books have been prepared, and I bought in contact with the Chairman of the temple to see if he may assist me to go to the closed temple in Veeraraghavapuram Agraharam. He was form sufficient to present me the variety of the trustee. Mohan, the younger man who had helped me through the first go to, bought all excited, for he too had not visited these temples, regardless of staying domestically. So he bought on the job of following as much as see if the temple will be opened. However the reply was unfavorable – causes given have been honest sufficient – the steadiness of the shrine and the snakes crawling about in and across the temple.
Properly, the day dawned and I set off to Dharapuram to ship the books. Mohan had requested me to come back first to Bheemaraya Agraharam because the small shrine behind the Arasamarathadi Hanuman which had one other Vyasaraja Hanuman closed early. He even went over to carry the priest whereas we arrived.
The Hanuman right here is far smaller than these we’ve seen earlier than, however with the identical traits as recognized with Vyasaraja Hanumans. As I stood praying earlier than him, thanking him for the darshan, and asking essentially the most important query on my thoughts – will we get to see the Veeraraghavapuram Agraharam Hanuman, Mohan was already on the job. He had gone to fulfill the Chief priest of the temple within the room subsequent door. The opposite priest appeared to learn my thoughts – ” I’ve been right here for over ten years now. I’ve not seen the Veeraraghavapuram temple open”, he mentioned. My husband had already began convincing me to maneuver on – “It’s the similar Hanuman in all places, whether or not you worship him right here or there” he mentioned, stopping brief after I glared at him.
The wait appeared infinite, not understanding the place Mohan was. I made a decision to enter the Chief Priest’s room to seek out out what was occurring, because the husband was getting impatient now. The second I stepped in, what I noticed made me catch my breath. Mohan was not there. However, there was a Brindavana contained in the room, and an image of my Guru Sri Raghavendra Swamy proper subsequent to it. It was as if the delay had been deliberate to ask me into the room. Why havent you requested me to assist, he appeared to be asking me. As I stood frozen in my tracks, the person within the room welcomed me in a delicate voice.
|Guru Bhakti Nidhi Theertha Brindavana|
Coming to my senses, I launched myself. Once I talked about that I had come again particularly to go to the 2 Hanumans and whereas I used to be glad to have seen the Bheemaraya Agrahara Hanuman, I might be delighted if I may additionally go to the Veeraraghavapuram Agrahara, he smiled understandingly. “I was the priest at that temple. That agraharam is the oldest in Dharapuram however was fully destroyed by floods within the Amaravathi river. Individuals who lived there moved to safer areas. Since there have been no homes close by, the temple turned neglected and has misplaced its stability. During the last forty-five years, a number of efforts have been taken to restore it, however nothing has been potential” he mentioned.
I used to be wanting on the image of Guru Raghavendra Swamy as he spoke, beseeching him to someway assist. ” I’ve requested Mohan to go to the trustee’s home in the identical street, and ask if the temple will be opened for you. He must be again quickly”, he mentioned. ” I’m a Authorities worker, and carry out the poojas to the Hanumans, and this Brindavana in my free time as a volunteer, which is why the temple closes early” he mentioned. Is that this Raghavendra Swamy’s Mrithika Brindavana? I requested. ” No, that is the Brindavana of Shri Guru Bhakthi Nidhi Theertha. He was a Sanyasi who had nice respect and devotion for Guru Raghavendra Swamy. When the Kadu Hanumantharaya Swamy temple was closed because of Cholera within the metropolis, he was the one who opened it and began prayers not fearing a risk to his personal life” he mentioned. I prayed silently to the Mahaan and simply at that second, my cellphone rang. It was Mohan. “Akka, the trustee has agreed. I’m coming with the keys” he mentioned in an excited voice.
I couldn’t consider my ears. As I bought as much as thank the priest for having organized for the temple to be opened, I requested him his title. ” I’m Raghavendra“, he mentioned with a smile – everybody is aware of me as “Guru”. Tears began flowing involuntarily, as I prostrated earlier than the Brindavana. He had come, my Guru had come to information me – via the priest and thru the untiring efforts of Mohan.
Quickly, we have been moving into our automobiles to go over to the Veeraraghavapuram Agraharam. A senior gentleman who has been the latest priest on the temple was accompanying us with the keys. The opposite priest at Bheemaraya Agraharam too needed to hitch, as he had by no means been there. Whereas moving into the automotive, I requested the senior gentleman his title “Vijayendra” he mentioned. It was a real goosebumps second, for not solely was Guru Raghavendra facilitating issues, he was sending a consultant within the title of his Parama Guru to accompany us. Can there be any boundaries to a Guru’s grace when give up occurs?
|Discarded Snake Pores and skin on the best way to the temple|
We bought down on the useless finish of the lane subsequent to the Company park and began strolling alongside the sphere bunds to the temple. Snake pores and skin, so long as eight to 10 ft, lay right here and there, making us place our steps with warning. I used to be not even wanting within the route of the husband, as I used to be fairly positive he would glare at me for placing myself and others in danger. Nothing mattered at that time greater than opening the temple and worshipping the Hanuman.
|The Veeraraghavapuram Agraharam Temple fully swallowed by vegetation|
As we drew shut, we may see the great thing about the Examine dam constructed over the Amaravathi river on one aspect, and a small temple, fully swallowed by vegetation on the opposite. The wall on one aspect had fallen and the roots of the tree had penetrated the ceiling making it unstable and unsafe for folks to enter. The priest stood shaking the iron door a number of occasions, simply to ensure the creepy crawlies moved away. He then opened the door.
|The doorway to the temple at Veeraraghavapuram Agraharam|
Contained in the darkish sanctum, was a frail wanting Hanuman. His limbs had been eroded a lot that they regarded like bones and but there was no mistaking the power reverberating inside. A number of folks nonetheless come and worship or cook dinner providing exterior the closed doorways, says the girl whose fields are adjoining to the temple. They’ve been interesting to the native administration to create entry to the temple, so that there’s some motion of individuals which may end in its renovation.
|Veeraraghavapuram Agraharam Hanuman|
The idol seems bone dry, and there are not any indicators of any supplies of worship. There was once 4 Hanumans on this temple, says the priest. We go across the small temple, admiring the fish motifs on the partitions and on the lookout for inscriptions if any.
I stand for a very long time earlier than the Hanuman, thanking him for his grace, for permitting us to see him, and praying that we quickly meet in a greater setting. If He so decides, a means will certainly be discovered!
There are nonetheless two Vyasaraja Hanumans hidden away in the midst of cultivated fields. ” The fields are being harvested Akka, we should always quickly be capable of see them. I’ll ship photos” smiles Mohan as he heads again to drop the clergymen and we get into our automotive to proceed on our journey residence.
If he so wills, so be it! Miracles do occur! All we want is to carry on firmly to our Guru!
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