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Sri Ramana Jayanti - 1.1.2010 - 5
« on: January 02, 2010, 11:24:19 AM »
Thursday, December 2009:-

It was Thursday, early morning.  We took bath around 2.30 AM
and went to the Asramam by 3 am.  In Mother's Shrine, there was
puja for Nataraja.  Abulations were made in milk, honey, coconut
water, sandal paste, turmeric paste, kumkum paste etc.. for Nataraja and Sivakamasundari, chanting Rudram melodiously side
by side.  Then the adornment started.  They applied Punugu ( a
paste-like fragrance and then adorned Nataraja with a nice silk
dhoti and a skin of tiger.  Mother Sivakami was adorned with a
blood-red colour silk sari.  (UdaiayaLai Olgu sempattu udaiyaLai...
Abhirami Bhattar.  O the owner of Siva adroned with bright red
saree!....).

Arti was then shown with Archana chanting Siva Ashottaram.
The puja was over by 4.30 am.  They distributed prasadam of
KaLi, a sweet rice preparation.

At 4.30 am, Puja was started for Sri Ramaneswara Maha Lingam.
Here again they chanted ekadasa rudram, and then Tiruvembavai,
Manikkavachagar's 20 poems, with Arti at the end of every song.
Twenty such artis were shown and then finally Maha Arti was shown
and milk was distributed as Prasadam.  It was 7 am.  After the
usual break fast for which attendance exceeded 400, we went to
the bookshop.  Reprint of Ra. Ganapati's 2 volume Ramana Manam, had come in Tamil.  We bought these books and also Lingeswara
Rao's Sanskrit-English Ribhu Gita.

We took some rest in the rat hole and then proceeded to the
Asramam by 4 am.  Book reading was not there that evening.
But Puja for Sri Ramaneswara Mahalingam started early since
there were large crowds (it was almost 800) and roads were
full of people who have started Poornima Giri Pradakshina.
The entire Chengam Road was full of people and cars could not
go.

After seeing the Puja for a while, we came by walk to the nearby
Sri Dakshinamoorthy Shrine, (being Thursday) for darshan.  This
small shrine is on the Chengam Road.  Here was where Murugnar
used to sit and mentally compose his poems.  Once Bhagavan
Ramana sent a packet of "aviyal"- a multi vegetable preparation
with coconut oil and curds to Muruganar.  Muruganar those days
was not eating at the Asramam but was taking bhiksha on the
streets.  However, Bhagavan Ramana sent this 'aviyal' to Muruganar
through the kitchen attendant, Subbalakshmi Ammal.  Muruganar
took it with great joy crying Guru Ramana Prasadam, Guru Ramana
Prasadam..... and did not go for any bhiksha on that day.  This
Temple thus became part of Ramana's life history.  The small shrine
was exteremely nice, with a silent smiling Dakshinamoorthy, adorned with yellow garlands and people lighting ghee lamps in
hundreds!  We had darshan and then returned to the Asramam
for the puja in Samadhi Hall.

The dinner was preponed to 7 pm, since crowds were getting more
and more unmanageable.  Two batches of dinner were arranged with totally 1000 people taking food.

After dinner, from 8 pm, Ramananjali Group of Bangalore performed a musical treat for the visitors singing in Tamil, English, Kannada
and Sanskrit, various songs on Bhagavan.  It was over by 9.30 pm.

Arunachala Siva.