The answers of Agastya Muni to the generic questions posted by devotees can be found here.
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O beloved devotees of Agastya Muni!
I humbly feel that every thought gives an experience from which one can realize the divine’s grace and the mercy of wise ones. When Agastya Muni mentioned about Karungulam and the Navagraha shrine where they are seated with their spouses, He mentioned this simple remedy that everyone can do.
“The place where Nava Grahas are seated with their spouses happened only here in all the world. I asked to come here only to show you this rare sight and to bless you all, to wash off all your curses. All the grahas who always face opposite direction are seated next to each other in a happier mood. Those who think bad of you, plan bad things to happen to you, all of them are going to be just quiet. Whatever the obstacle may be, one need not have to come here, just think of this place and send anything little as a contribution to this place (where Navagrahas are seated with their spouses) and remember. Or, think of them with a pure heart and pray to them, their marital life won’t be affected by any means. Not just that, who does whatever obstacles, everything is within this world of Nava Grahas”.
I seldom go near Nava Grahas but at the same time, I don’t talk ill about them. If I had to cross their shrine in any temple, I just think ‘This one came to have the darshan of the almighty, there only it goes.” and cross. Sometimes I say, “Please do what you have to do. I am going to surrender myself to the Lord.” and go pass by. I don’t think whether it is right or wrong. When the order came from up, I don’t think about it. It’s my practice.
When a lot of people started inquiring about Karumgulam like the address or phone number, I could not give them these details. I was thinking ‘why weren’t this information available, when Siddha gave so much about this place’. Then I decided to go and get all the information. As I didn’t want to go alone, I asked one of my friends who accepted but there was still some confusion within. Why is Agastya giving me such a task who does not go seeking the Nava Grahas. “O Sire! Please guide me through this. There shouldn’t be any trouble in going here.” – I prayed.
The friend came the night before and asked if our journey is confirmed and related questions. I could not give him an answer and I sat for meditation. I understood that my mind could not take a firm decision on going there. There was a brief silence and then…
“You will see my Aani Thirumanjanam!” – I heard as if someone said this to me. I came out happily and confirmed to my friend that we will proceed with the plan. Then when checking the calendar, I saw that the month Aani is being born the next day. I could understand that something is going to happen and remained at peace.
It got delayed when we started the next day. I assumed that the temple might be open till 10 in the morning. I wasn’t sure if I will get the darshan. It migth be around 10.30 when we reach there. I prayed to Lord Narayana.
“O Lord! We are coming. Please give us darshan. We got delayed. Please do something..”
It was 10.30 when we reached. As it might take some more time if we climb up the stairs, I should say that Lord Narayana let us travel in a vehicle till hill top. We rushed to the shrine where a number of people from the same family were seated. The shrine was closed. There were two shrines in the hilltop. One is Karungulam Perumal shrine and other is Srinivasa Shrine. The priest had closed the Srinivasa Shrine and was going to the Madapalli (the place where the temple prasad and food is cooked). He came out and called out to the head of the family ‘Has everyone come? I am not sure why, but everything is getting delayed today. Can the Thirumanjanam start now?’ The head of the family nodded after confirming everyone was present. I could only smile. Can the Lord wait for His devotee?
When the priest opened the alankara (decoration), I could see that there were no idol but as that of a Sudhai Sirpam (a form of sculpture). It was made of Sandalwood. It bore a big Nama, slightly bigger than that of Lord Balaji in Tirumala. That’s all.
Abisheka was performed and it was a blessing sight. Though it appeared like a Sthupi (a pillar form, see Google images), it was as if Lord Narayana opened His eyes to see us. I thought its occuring just to me but my friend confirmed it too. We felt a grace surrounded us. We could not pray anything or ask for anything. I just said ‘O Lord, please bless everyone that they live peacefully. Please shower your grace.” When the alankara happened after abisheka, the priest had transformed the Sthupa form of the Lord to Lord Narayana Himself. One has to see in person to know what I mean. It was so beautiful.
The pooja got over and everyone was given three different types of prasad. When inquired about the Nava Graha shrine, someone said that it is there in the Shiva temple at the basement and that the shrine where the Nadi was read, Lord Muruga’s, is there too.
“But now it will be closed. Do something. Find the Shiva temple priest’s house and inquire.” It was very hot. We got down via the stair and found out where the priest lives. He said that his sons will be there though the temple is closed. They will be working on the lamp pooja for the Sastha temple but will open the temple if asked for. I thanked him while leaving and felt that it is not right to ask them to open a temple which is closed. I went there in front of the shrine, prayed ‘I shall visit on time to have your darshan O Lord’ and went to Kotaka Nallur.
We then took a blissful bath for an hour and a half in Thamirabarani and waited for the priest. They opened the shrine at 6 in the evening. No one were there by us. Wonderful darshan. We earnestly thanked the Perumal of Karungulam and returned.
Ok, let me come to the point. Here’s the contact details of Karungulam. Those who wish can do the Parikara as the priest said that he will perform the pooja and send the prasad.
Name of the priest: S. Meenakshi Sundara Battacharya
Address: Shri Mahadeva Marthandeshwara Temple,
Karumkulam, Pincode 628 615.
Phone: +91 9488619703
Residence: +91 04630 264077
O devotees of Agastya, this information is given with a wish that you all can ward off your problems and live peacefully and happily. Please contact and get benefitted. Best wishes.
Another thing. A devotee of Agastya named Manikandan Subramaniyan has agreed that he will send the book ‘Sukam tharum Sundara Kandam’ for free even to those who live abroad, if they wish. Those who wish to get a copy of that book may contact him at email@example.com. If you are lucky, the book will find its place to you.
Another more thing. When I was talking to one of my friends, he said: ‘Just as Lord Shiva has 63 Nayanmar and Lord Narayana has 12 Azhwars, there are 41 devotees of Lord Muruga. There are however no information about them. If there is any book or information about this, please forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Thank you!
Placing everything at the holy feet of Agastya with prayers…
Om Shri Lopamudra Sametha Agatheesaya Namaha!
~ to be continued…!
Image courtesy: Shrinivasan