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Navaratri (Dasara) Celebrations in the Asramam - 4
« on: September 21, 2009, 04:38:38 PM »
Mother Azhagamma's story continues....

9.  Mother Azhagamma's videha kaivalyam came about 8.30
at night, after she had suffered some illness for a few days
and finally had breathing difficulties as the evening appraoched.
Bhagavan Ramana conferred her liberation with His hands on the
breast and the head.  After the videha kaivalyam, Bhagavan
Ramana quietly said:  Let us go for food!  Throughout the night,
Tiruvachakam was chanted in small groups.  In the morning the
present Asramam spot was found out and the Samadhi ceremonies
took place.  Bhagavan Ramana also on His part, picked fistful
of salt and vibhuti and put them in the pit.  After the ceremony,
lunch was arranged by devotees.  In the evening, Bhagavan
Ramana found with his stick a moist spot on the ground, to the
right of Samadhi.  He tapped it and more water came out.
The devotees were asked to dig a well there and it soon became
the famous Azhagamma Tirtham, the large well that even today
the visitors see between the dining hall and Bhagavan's Samadhi.
Kavyakanta Ganapati Muni who was present for the ceremonies
made a six verse poem on Mother titled Aryambika Shatkam.  He
also named the well as Ahasamana Tirtham, the holy waters
which quells the mind!  Mother's videha kaivalyam was in 1922.
But Mother's Temple came about only in the year 1945 or so.
It has taken 23 years.  Bhagavan Ramana never permitted collection
of donations for the Temple.  Money came in small lots and
Annamalai Swami did the work.  We have to remember Annamalai
Swami whenever we see the Temple.  It was perhaps the last
construction work of Annamalai Swami, whereafter he had been
asked to stop work and do atma vichara, for which he had settled
down in Palakottu.

I bow to the great Mother who delivered the son of Siva,
And who had herself been conferred deliverence by the Son!
I bow to her on these days of Navaratri
Whom, everyone should recall, this life of great Devi.

Arunachala Siva.