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Durga Pooja Celebrations - (3)
« on: October 01, 2008, 02:14:12 PM »
In Aruanchalesvara Temple, Tiruvannamalai, a Kalyana Mantapam
had been newly built and for the first time, the Durga Pooja
celebrations took place in it.  Apeetakuchamba, the goddess,
was beautifully decorated.  Palaniswami enjoyed seeing it and
wanted Bhagavan also to see it.  At that time, Bhagavan was
staying alone in Virupaksha Cave and only Palaniswami was with
him.  Bhagavan felt that the people would recognize him if he went
accompanied by Palaniswami or some other devotees.  So he went
alone in disguise. He wore Palaniswami's towel and put on a
vertical vermillon on the forehead like a Vaishanvite and went
to the temple around 10 pm.  He was a little worried that others
might recognize him.  So he constantly looked at other people,
and because of this he could not appreciate the beauty of Mother.
Even though this disguise did not inconvenience others, Bhagavan
was very embarassed and pained at even this small deception. He
decided to have darshan of the goddess and return quickly. 
Suddenly, one of the priests said:  "All of you please come here.
Brahmanaswami is giving darshan as Vishnu!"  So saying, he
took the garland off the goddess and put it on Bhagavan.  The
other priests also rushed in.  Bhagavan found himself in an awkward
situation.  He wanted to return immediately.  A priest put a lot
of sweet prasad on a leaf and gave it to Bhagavan.  Bhagavan
rushed back to the Virupaksha Cave.

Arunachala Siva.