The GOS – 96 – Ahobilam

The Grace of Siddha series can be read here.

Kethu means the one who does bad thereby providing wisdom. The Tamil word Dhooma Kethu for comet means that it will give a difficult time to the country and then will make a happier turnaround. This divine saying on astronomy said by the rishi-munis of the yore, as seen in old palm leaves holds true to this date. This is mentioned in our Puranas as well, which takes even the non-believers to think.

What sort of a danger will befall the country, I thought. Either Pakistan wage war or China will create some nuisance or it might be an effect of the elements, resulting in drought. It could be earth-quake, heavy rain resulting in damaged crops, reduction in devotion, corruption and immorality in the nation, rape, murder, theft happening frequently. Apart from these, what else can harm? I thought.

But…

The Maha Muni asked to look at the sky in the north-eastern direction steadfast and the comet will be seen. I looked. Just as how it appeared a while ago, it appeared again. Now it was bigger but disappeared as soon as it was seen, never reappeared.

The following morning had a number of beautiful sight but my mind kept thinking about the comet. I got an English daily in the nearby station which contained a small piece of news about the comet, which was in detail in the evening paper.

I felt somewhat satisfied. It wasn’t a dream and can be shared. When asked to the Maha Muni, He just said, “We shall explain in the shrine of Lion“, that is Ahobila Narasimha Swamy shrine. I reached Ahobilam.

Ahobilam.

This place has witnessed many a miracles, situated around 2800 feet above the sea level, a place where Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy takes a stroll in the night, sometimes even in the day time. Its plush greenery, mountain covered with a green blanket of trees, remains as a visual treat for the eyes, as a display of nature’s magnanimity.

In the place of Ahobilam one can have the darshan of Nava Narasimha’s. The basement has 5 of them:

Prahladha Varadha Lakhmi Narasimha
Bhargava Narasimha
Shri Chatravada Narasimha
Yogananda Narasimha and
Karancha Narasimha

From the basement to the top, it is around 10 kilo meters. The reason why this place is so famous is because of the shrine of Ugra Narasimha who appeared as a Swayambhu (who or that which appeared all by itself) inside a cave, where Bhatha Prahalada, Shri Garuda, Mahalakshmi did penance for years and had His darshan, such a cave.

Here in the top, the other four Narasimha can be seen:

Ugra Narasimha (ugra – ferocious)
Shri Bhavana Narasimha
Shri Varaha Narasimha and
Shri Jwala Narasimha

The other important places are: the birth place of Bhava Nashini, Ugra Sthambam, Shri Malola Narasimha and the cave of Bhaktha Prahalada.

The Maha Muni though mentioned to visit Ahobila, He never said that there will be a lot of merits if one prays in this divine destination. It appeared as if He will appear in the Nadi only after having darshan in all the thirteen holy places. I went to each of the shrine with utmost devotion and had darshan as per the methods prescribed.

As I climbed up, a sort of fear occupied me.

There wasn’t much of a crowd, there is no defense mechanism to protect myself. No one accompanied me. I felt that it is not advisable to visit such mountains without somebody’s help. One has to step very carefully and should press their foot stern on the ground. If slipped off, that’s it. Only the Almighty can save.

As it was dense with trees and plants, the wild animals were roaming around freely, so I had to carefully proceed further.

There is a similarity between Ahobilam and Thirupathi. The head of Adi Shesha (the serpent which Lord Vishnu reclines) being Thirupathi, the tail being Shri Shaila and the torso being Ahobila, why I was ordained to visit Ahobila when I was in Thirupathi, I thought.

The place where Hiyanyakasipu’s stomach was torn apart, looks like Adi Shesha. The Jwala Narasimha’s shrine, being the stomach part of the mountain, I sat there with utmost devotion and respect and opened the Jeeva Nadi.

There were numerous incidents that the Maha Muni displayed, as if it was shown as a screenplay and said, This is the place where the battle happened. I will not say anything for you here. There is Ugra Sthamba a few feets from here where the holy feet of Lord Narasimha can be seen nearby. Touch those feet. You will feel an unknown pulling in your hand. Sit there and pray to Agastya. Whatever you ask, We shall answer you right there under the feet of Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy – said the Maha Muni.

I found the place exactly as He mentioned. I touched and prayed to that feet and opened the Nadi. I heard an unknown animal’s sound.

I began to sweat. There is nobody around and since they said that wild animals roam around here freely, I could barely breathe. How can I escape? I looked around and found nowhere to go. I even blamed Agastya if some mishap happens here, if my fate ends here in this place, in this way.

For about half an hour, the sound from the unknown animal was heard on and off. It was dark and that’s when the wild animals set out in search for their prey. There were no one around, they must have gone to safer places after knowing all this.

Come what may, I thought and began to read the Nadi.

For ten minutes, nothing came out. Alright then, even Agastya Muni abandoned me, I thought. I held the iron sthamba tightly saying “O Lakshmi Narasimha, save me!”

The Jeeva Nadi which I was about to read was scattered in the feet of Lakshmi Narasimha. I do not know how long I was holding to the Sthamba. I gained my consciousness when somebody woke me up, asking who I was in Telugu.

I mentioned everything in Tamil, after which he began to speak in Tamil too, which gave a huge strength to me. I asked what that animal was, whose sound was terrifying. He said that it was that of a wild wolf and that it was roaming around for sometime.

“Wolf?”

“Yes. It is a dangerous animal that even does not fear the Lion and Tiger. It ventures before them without fear. They go only in groups mostly and looks like this one got separated from the group. It hasn’t eaten for four days and so it bites anyone who comes here. The steps to release it there inside the wild wasn’t that fruitful.” – he said.

I thanked the person and asked him if he can accompany me till the basement. He said that the temple authorities must have chased that wolf away with fire-torch and that I can descend without fear.

I interrupted him right there and pleaded him to stay with me till I get a company to go down. He accepted with a half heart and showed the Nadi which was scattered near the Ugra Sthamba mentioning, “You’re leaving these and going, you have to read this here first and then only go. First take these, arrange them nicely and read. I shall come after.”

I was shocked. I had forgotten the Nadi completely out of fear. Who is this person who points me to the Nadi and read it?!

~ to be continued…!

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The Grace of Siddha – Episode 4

 

The Grace of Siddha series can be read here.

 

These are not stories. They are real incidents. Read through these and do reflect if anywhere, anything in these series is resonating with your own self. Do you feel any of these telling anything to you? Do you feel yourself that any of the phrase is a reflection of yours? Is there an answer to you in these?!

All that I saw in the Agasthiyar Naadi took me to surprise!

This lad searched city after city but could not get hold of a firstborn child. He then went to a nearby town where he got to know about this girl child and he also confirmed that she was the eldest from her parents themselves. He went ahead with his plan of kidpap.

He should have taken the child straight to Badra Kali temple, but he was a little scared. Not because he was part of a terrible plan of murder, but he worried, what if Achyuthan abandons him after the plan was successful or what if he takes away all the treasure after killing him too?! Right from his childhood, he had a strong belief that if whatever he initiates has to succeed, he must pray to Thirupathi and if he does just so, the task will be successful.

So once he kidnapped the child, the thought of Tirupathi surfaced. “Let us go to Thirupathi with this child, pray and then shall we take her to BadraKali. No one should identify himself or the kid before these and so he should shave his head along with the kids’ and then set forth to the Badra Kali temple” – this was his plan.

But…

All these became futile. He escaped and the child safely reached her parents.

“There was another reason for why the parents got back their kid alive. They were stauch devotees of Lord Thirupathi Venkatachalapathi. They do padha-yatra (walking all the way to the destination, usually done during pilgrimages) from their native to Tirupathi every year and have darshan. This kid was born after a long time due to their great devotion that they even named her Venkatamma, and had prayed to the Lord that they will bring her there and tonsure, as an indication of their gratitude and devotion. But such an incident happened with a good ending” – Sage Agasthya narrated it like a short story.

“All is ok, but that Achyutha and the lad who kidnapped the kid, isn’t there any punishment for them?” I asked for which the only reply was “Wait and see!

Now let us see Achyuthan.

He began to worry, having told this youngster to bring a firstborn child for sacrifice to beget treasure, he was happy that the lad set forth immediately believing him, but since he did not return for a good amount of time, he worried if the lad was an informer to the police. Moreover, there was no need to sacrifice anyone as he knew that he is not going to get any treasure whatsoever. So he began planning to abandon the lad. So if he acts like an occult etc he could live with authority and used the image of Badra Kali. This is the truth.

A few days went by.

On an evening, Achyuthan witnessed a few people entering the forest, armed with rifles, and got terrified. “They are going to shoot me, now I must escape this place” – he thought. With fear overcoming, he began to run like mad.

He kept running and who knows how long, he collapsed gasping.

The place where he fell….was that of a serpent’s hole and he wasn’t aware of it initially. With the force that he fell on it, a krait (black cobra) came out and bit him. Not sure how many innocents he killed mercilessly, how many cursed him, he died a cruel death with all the interest duly paid, through a snake bite.

That’s when he heard the ferocious outburst of laughter from Badra Kali and that of a child. Some say Kali is devilish. It is true. She is devilish to the devil-minded ones for how come a child-like Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa saw her as the divine Bhavatharini if she is devilish?

The outburst laughter of Badra Kali heard!
The outburst laughter of Badra Kali heard!

“Just like the proverb “the mills of god grind slow but sure” – Achyuthan’s death was an example” – said the Sage later in the Naadi. I began to wonder ‘is this all true?”

Should you suspect Agasthiya?” asked the great sage and said “Let me tell you something in advance. A person will come today searching for you by around 6 in the evening. He is a millionaire but is not at peace and so is his family. He quit home. He will look like a beggar but he is a great devotee of Lord Shiva. A few miracles are about to happen in his life, that too after he visits here” said cryptically.

Many a miracles have been orchestrated by Agasthiya already, what is in store now? – I thought.

Just as the Sage said, at about 6 in the evening, a person came, reeling.

“Are you the one who reads Agasthiya Naadi” – he asked.

I nodded.

“Here, take this” – he handed over a small bottle, which bore the name “Pesticide” with half the content empty!

He was slightly foaming!

~ to be continued…

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