The GOS – 91 – The transformation of the in-charge

The Grace of Siddha series can be read here.

Siddha AgastyaHe is ever active, ever merciful and pours love to those who take refuge at Him. GnanaBoomi is humbled to present the Sitthan Arul series in English for its readers. See for yourself if any of these incidents relates to you, if it has any message to you or, if it gives a whole new perception about anything for which you may be looking for an answer. It is indeed true, if you believe in the Siddha Agastya, He is there for you!

The Kretho Yuga had 17,28,000 years. Then came the Dretho Yuga for 17,96,000 years after which came the Dwapara Yuga that lasted 8,64,000 years. Now it is Kali Yuga whose duration is 4,32,000 years out of which 5107 years have passed. Once the remaining years pass by, the Kali Yuga will come to an end, states the Puranas. The Jyotish Shashtra emphasizes this too.

It is impossible to see God in this yuga. But it could have been possible in the other yugas, they say. Even if the Almighty appears and carries out miraculous things, no one will believe. It is a time where both the rationalists as well as the spiritualists might think that it is all a
cheating game. In such a time, the happenings of the past yugas, the avatars, the incidents of divinity might have disappeared in due course of time. How can them be established in this time, the question might arise, which can be backed up by the facts of researchers of various discipline too.

But apart from these, there lies a strong faith that the Almighty will protect us if we pray to Him and be devoted. It is possible to see God
through the help of Siddhas. The information comes out of the Nadi will be helpful in this regard. Such a blessing is nowhere available but in
TamilNadu. But if everyone’s wish comes true through the Nadi, then what is the need of visiting temples, doing good, listening to upadeshas,
learning and contemplating of the Vedas, Shashtras and all? No one will follow them, in addition to being less devoted. This probably is a reason why everything does not happen as it is said in the Nadi for everyone.

Whatever be it, Agastya Muni will guide, then why should I abide by my Karma? No need! Agastya Muni will take care of everything. Such a
mentality might arise as well. The Siddhas like Agastya may guide very well, but neither He will spoonfeed, nor will He nullify the effects of
Karma in one shot. But it is for sure that He will protect us from great dangers, which again depends on one’s fate and truthfulness. This is an
experience I obtained from reading the Nadi.

One might ask, “if everything will be alright when the right time comes, then why should we read the Nadi?” Well, to have our mind set right, to
know the effects of Karma and hence to abide by it, why such an obstacle, how can we get rid of it, with such a thought and to have a noble vision of helping others, the Siddhas might show us the way, this may well be the reason to read the Nadi.

It is also true however, those who ‘need’ and ‘seek’ the Nadi, let them come and those who does not believe in it, may stay away. There is no loss or gain for the Siddhas in either of these.

I was thinking all these and was contemplating that it was the grace of Lord Lakshmi Narasimha and meditating the Mount of Ahobila, the in-charge came out and said that he will do an archana to the Nadi by placing it in the Shrine of Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy. I was surprised and shocked.

How come, the person who seldom believed in the Nadi is now changed?

The next day he performed the archana to the Nadi in methods supposed to be. Then he came out with the prasad, “I do not believe in anything other than Lord Narayana. I am serving Lakshmi Narasimha for 20 years. When you read the Nadi yesterday, I did not believe it. I was thinking that there is nothing higher than Narayana. But when Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Himself told me that “Agastya Muni is my beloved and you should not think ill of Him. Take the Nadi and place it in my Shrine and do archana, with all due respect!” in a divine voice (asareeri).

At first, I thought of it as a dream and left it. They say that Lord Narayana comes around this Prakara. But I felt the Lord saying this to me
the second time, in my ears. I lost my sleep and opened my eyes. It was twelve in the night. I was waiting that the Lord shall complete the third round, and I came running to tell this to you. This is what happened.” – said the in-charge.

I didn’t say anything. I was thinking, “How to go to Ahobila? Should I go with the Nadi or not? Right here is the Lord of Ahobila. I had the darshan of this Lord through the divine smell, what other blessings do I need?”

The in-charge took the Nadi out of the Garbha Gruha and gave it with the flowers and Thulasi. I touched my eyes with the Nadi as if praying and I then realized that the same smell of green camphor, sandalwood, the dark Thulasi leaves from the Nadi. I was shocked.

“Swamy, have you given green camphor?”

“No?”

“Sandalwood??”

“I have made a paste and have kept it elsewhere. I haven’t brought it here yet.”

“Then how come this Nadi reflects the smell of these things?” I asked the in-charge, who was the priest as well.

“May I touch it?”

“Sure!”

He took the Nadi from my hands and smelled it and was surprised.

“This indeed is the Prasad of Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy. If the smell of these things is so overwhelming, it is divine. The green camphor which is kept to be mixed in the holy water (theertha) is lying there in His feet still. The sandalwood paste is there in the temple kitchen. How come the smell of these are coming out of this Nadi?!”

“I have been serving the Lord for such a long time. I never have had such an experience. I now believe completely in the Nadi, Agastya Muni and yourself” – he was very pleased and I was speechless.

I bid farewell to everyone there and came to the bus stand with so many good thoughts. The crowd there said that it may take around 4 hours to reach the basement (Keezh Thirupathi). Why not just walk down instead of waiting? The rest is Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy’s grace, I would have walked down a bit. An ambassador car came closer to me and a person seated inside called me. I have never seen him before and he appeared very wealthy. He asked, “are you going downwards?”

“Yes”

“Me too and there is space in the car. Please aboard.”

I was happy on a side but on the other side, how can I get inside? What will be the effect of this? I am a very very (add another hundred ‘very’)
ordinary person, not a VIP. Due to the lack of sleep and two days worth of beard, reddish eyes, no one would ever wish me ‘good morning’.

My past experience with the Nadi, Agastya Muni not appearing for quite some time, due to which all those who abandone me etc., made me think, when this wealthy person invited me in. I was very happy and hopped in.

We were quiet for a while and he eventually asked about me and the Nadi in my hands. Is this not sufficient for me? I started boasting so much about myself, how I did penance in Rishikesh, how Agastya Muni has bestowed the entire world inside the Nadi and all that. It was probably a reverse psychological effect, abandonment and now recognition.

As he was listening to my boasting with great interest, I had no control. He then asked, “All this is fine, can you do me a favour, by asking
Agastya Muni?”

“Whatever it is, I shall ask sir!” – I said, having forgot the fact that the Maha Muni won’t appear.

“Two things, first, my daughter, even at the age of 24, haven’t attained puberty yet. No use in various surgeries done, even by going to foreign
countries. Will she be blessed to give birth to a child? Or will her life be like the same as it is now? Should I give away all my property to
Tirumala or to an orphanage? – this is one.

Second, I have got a cancer in my foot, in the bone. Can Agastya Muni cure this? It is not impossible for Him. If cannot, all that you said about the Nadi is all just fairy-tale.” “It is merely waste that you read the Nadi, you may as well stop it, is my opinion.” – he said.

You could imagine my position!

~ to be continued…!

The GOS – 90 – The darshan of Lord Lakshmi Narasimha

The Grace of Siddha series can be read here.

Siddha AgastyaHe is ever active, ever merciful and pours love to those who take refuge at Him. GnanaBoomi is humbled to present the Sitthan Arul series in English for its readers. See for yourself if any of these incidents relates to you, if it has any message to you or, if it gives a whole new perception about anything for which you may be looking for an answer. It is indeed true, if you believe in the Siddha Agastya, He is there for you!

“Whether I believe it or not, but through the grace of Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy, you have got your Nadi back, so don’t forget to fulfill the rituals you have committed to do” – the in-charge of Ahobila Mutt kept saying. I had come to know that he does not believe in the Nadi or Agastya Muni.

“I shall stay in the mutt tonight and will start in the morning” – I said. He agreed and said, “One thing…” – I was concerned as to what he is
going to say.

“Today there is lot of crowd and there are no rooms available. Lie down in the Prakara of the mutt but when lying down, wash your hands and legs thoroughly. Whatever happens, never ever roll down in the middle of the prakara.”

I first thought he is cautioning me so as not to touch anyone if I roll down by mistake. But what he said later on took me by surprise.

“I say this because every night at 12, Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy comes for a round in this prakara. No one should be in that pathway.”

I really wanted to know if this is truth. If I ask Agastya Muni, I will get the answer. But just like others, I thought, as if He is going to tell
me. I just nodded my head to the in-charge and returned to the Mutt.

There were lot of mosquitoes and there wasn’t any fan. There was a hand- fan kept by someone long ago which I took and was using it. In spite of having washed my hands and legs, I began to sweat because of the suffocation. I even thought I should have caught a bus or even walked down the hills to get hold of a bus to Chennai. But I am here in this Shrine without being clean with the Jeeva Nadi near my head. I had various different thoughts as well and so could not sleep.

How will the Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy come? Will He come alone or will Lakshmi Devi accompany Him? The Maha Muni had shown me miraculous visions, will He not show Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy also tonight just like those? I thought. I even began to think that the in-charge must have cooked up something like this only to scare me off. Above all, I was worried as to how I am going to conduct my sisters’ marriage in such a place, where there are not much of facilities and with lot of restrictions.

I lost even a little amount of sleep on thinking this, in spite of the fact that it is a great blessing to have a wedding conducted in front of
Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy and that I got back the Jeeva Nadi after praying to this Lord here. If I don’t do it, even Lord Narasimha Swamy might forgive me, but this in-charge will take the incarnation of Narasimha Swamy for sure, I felt.

The surrounding became quieter as the night set in. I heard someone doing the Katha-Kalaksheba (narrating the glory of Almighty in forms of stories – katha) of Lord Venkatava from a distance.

As it became 11.30, I became curious and I opened the Nadi.

In this Shrine, Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy comes for a leisure walk in this prakara during the beginning of the third quarter of night. Even this Agastya Muni is earnestly waiting for such a darshan, but that Lord won’t be seen by you.” – He disappeared.

I felt happy that I got to know at least this. But I thought if I could get a glimpse of the Lord coming in, by means of a smell or by the air. When I prayed Agastya Muni for this, He said “If you go to where He took the Narasimha Avatar, you might feel Him”. I felt happy for both the
possible darshan of Narasimha Swamy, and that Agastya Muni had started talking to me again.

I am lucky indeed. Had I gone to Chennai that night, such a blessing may not be possible. I realized something. There are lot of things happening around, without we knowing it. But there is a reason behind everything. We do not realize it until it is over. Such an incident is this, I thought.

The clock crossed twelve.

I folded my hands and began to pray earnestly to Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy. Never opened my eyes. “O Lord, I have come here to have Your darshan. You will show your darshan to my Lord Agastya Muni, but won’t you give a glimpse of yours, at least by the smell? I am your disciple. Though I have not prayed to you as a devotee and as it is supposed to be, please have mercy on me and show my thy grace.”

A few seconds passed by.

Suddenly, there is a feeling of air moving, as if walking slowly. The fragrance of sandalwood, Tulasi and with this, a drop of the theertha
(holy water) of Lord Narayana mixed with camphor fell on me. As if someone is walking very slowly but steadily in that Prakara. The fragrance of rose water, jasmine and many other filled my nose, then nothing was there! I got goose pimps! I could not speak. I opened my eyes and could not see anything in that darkness. But the fragrance was still prevailing.

How did the fragrance came in, in such a suffocating place? Does it mean, Narasimha Swamy had come walking? Agastya Muni said that He comes for such a walk frequently, does it mean He will come again?

Whatever I got is so great for me, but we all are greedy right? I closed my eyes and prayed to Narasimha Swamy again. But there wasn’t anything.Half an hour had gone. I opened the Nadi which was in my lap.

As you prayed with Agastya Muni in your lap, Narasimha Swamy made you feel the fragrance. If you want to have His darshan again, go to Ahobila where He took the avatar. This was a darshan given by Narayana to Agastya Muni. You got a glimpse of one part of a lakh as you are My beloved son” – the Muni concluded.

I felt very proud, how great am I blessed! Within the next fifteen minutes, the in-charge came running towards me. I was wondering why and hesaid, “I had misunderstood the Jeeva Nadi with you. I will keep it in the shrine of Narasimha Swamy and will give it back after doing archana. Then you can take it and go.” I got to know the reason for this only the next morning which surprised me!

~ to be continued…!

The GOS – 89 – The Nadi reappeared, and how!

The Grace of Siddha series can be read here.

Siddha AgastyaHe is ever active, ever merciful and pours love to those who take refuge at Him. GnanaBoomi is humbled to present the Sitthan Arul series in English for its readers. See for yourself if any of these incidents relates to you, if it has any message to you or, if it gives a whole new perception about anything for which you may be looking for an answer. It is indeed true, if you believe in the Siddha Agastya, He is there for you!

“If the Peshkar begins to talk, it would take a long time. Within that, we could finish our food” said the incharge of Ahobila Mutt. I was in a state of mind that the Nadi should be ‘given’ back to me, that’s all. I was not in a mood to have food. If it is ordained that the Nadi has to get lost from me in this way, it is fine, but the Maha Muni had ordered “Keep this Nadi in Lord Venkatava’s Feet”, I felt like an ant got stuck in a stick with both sides set on fire.

I awaited till the incharge finished his food.

I prayed to the Lakshmi Narsimha Swamy earnestly and joined the incharge to meet the Peshkar. We do not know why he called upon, but my intuition said that it is for the ‘Nadi’ only.

“Whoa! I was searching for this person only. How come?” – the Peshkar said this to the incharge, pointing me and I felt very pleased. I said humbly, “I am staying in Ahobila Mutt”.

The incharge asked the reason for why he has been called upon, then I came to know that they were long time friends.

“Here, take a look at this palm leaves.” – he pulled the drawer and took out a bunch of palm leaves and showed it to us. I realized that it indeed was the Nadi. I felt as if my very life has returned back to me.

“How did this reach your hands?”

“Tell me about it! A person jumping and dancing here and there had brought this inside the temple. The staff had chased him as he appeared crazy. He was not to be seen suddenly! Right at that time, the Bhattacharya had come to do the pushpa alankara (decoration done with flowers) with the basket full of garland. He kept the basket in the garbha-gruha (sanctum sanctorum) and was taking every garland out and saw this palm leaves in the basket. He thought this is something and had kept it in the Holy Feet of Lord Balaji and has given it to me a while ago.” – said the Peshkar!

I said, “This was kept at Lord Balaji’s feet, that is very well”, enthusiastically. I was thinking if the Nadi can be at the feet of the Lord for one minute and it is a surprise that Agastya Muni, in his form of Jeeva Nadi has been at the Feet of Balaji for one and a half hour, right? I never even dreamt of such a thing. This is divinely ordained. It is the Grace of Siddha. It is the Grace of the Almighty. This is a gift for my prayers, I should think.

As the Peshkar went on explaining, I offered many a thanks to the almighty. The way the Nadi went inside the garbha gruha and stayed there, and how the Bhattacharya felt that it should be kept in the Lord’s feet, when I thought of it, I was very happy and got the hope back that the Maha Muni won’t leave me.

He tests a lot. But if one surrenders completely, He orchestrates many a miracle. I longed that such a mercy should be shown to everyone who seeks Him. It is true that 80 out of 100 has got the results in a great manner. But my wish is the remaining 20 should be benefitted as well. But it is not Agastya Muni who filters them out. I have asked this to Him many a times. The reasons He outlined are:

– they did not come here with complete faith in Me
– they do not have patience
– they expect that right after planting the seed, they want not only the tree to be grown up, but the fruit from the tree should be in their hands
– they somewhat believe that it is a true Nadi only if it tells their name, their parent’s name and their previous birth’s details without being asked for, othrewise this is not a true Nadi!
– they think that my beloved son yourself, are cheating people in the name of Agastya. How can I guide such people? Only because of these, their wish and requests get prolonged. This is the reason, the subtle one.

He said all this one day, as if a dam has broken down!

Having said all these, I received the Nadi which touched the Holy Feet of Balaji and touched it in both my eyes (a form of worship or paying respect). I thanked the in charge of Ahobila Mutt and the Peshkar many a times.

“I want to read the Nadi for myself. Is this possible now?” – asked the Peshkar.

“Right in front of the Dwajasthamba of Tirumala temple, if I have the blessing of reading the Nadi, if the Maha Muni permits me to do so, I shall read, not only for you, but for anyone.” – I said.

“Should you get His order for all these?” – asked the Peshkar.

“Yes, indeed.” – I said and explained what happened in the past where I was not able to read the Nadi for six months.

“In that case, I shall receive the reading when I will have the blessings” – said the Peshkar humbly. I prayed to Lord Balaji earnestly and awaited Agastya Muni’s order.

As you are feeling very happy that the Nadi was placed in Lord Vishnu’s holy feet. I shall tell you how It reached There, listen. It is never that one is allowed to keep anything at His feet, Agastya knows it. I wanted to orchestrate a play and so I ordered you to do so. I have many a disciples. You must have heard of the Siddha Bhoga, he is from Mangolia. I requested Bhoga to install the idol of Lord Subramanya in Palani hills in the form of Nava Bhashana. His darshan should be available for not only Me, but for everyone, I thus requested Bhoga on the Palani Hills.

Bhoga accepted my request. He then made the Nava Bhashana idol after 9 years of hard work. We felt very pleased on seeing that. That Bhoga wanted to have a darshan at Tirumala. When He was here, He saw you with my Jeeva Nadi. Not sure what He thought, he disguised himself as a crazy man and grabbed hold of the Nadi from you and had put that in the basket of garlands. He then prayed to Balaji. We should thank Bhoga Siddha. He only has helped this Jeeva Nadi to be there at Balaji’s feet for thus long. He just left Tirumala after having His darshan” – said the Maha Muni and disappeared.

Thereafter He did not appear despite my many attempts.

The incharge of Ahobhila Mutt and Peshkar were awe-struck. Though everyone knows that the Siddhas come to Tirumala in different forms but to know that Bhoga Siddha came to keep the Nadi at the Lord’s feet and has had the Kalyana Vaibhava of the Lord and gone back, once I knew these, I wasn’t myself.

I prayed earnestly to Agastya that the Jeeva Nadi should guide everyone on earth towards good. For this, let my Father feel how much ever bad about me, let others speak ill of me, I should grab hold of the holy feet of Agastya Muni tightly, I felt.

The incharge of Ahobila Mutt however had a doubt, if it was really the Bhoga Siddha who came here, because he is a staunch Vaishnava. He seldom believes anyone other than Lord Vishnu in the form of Lakshmi Narasimha and Lord Balaji. So he did not believe a bit about what Agastya Muni said and on Bhoga Siddha. He thought that I am cooking up some story, which I realized only later.

But what happened that night in Ahobila Mutt at 12 in the night, if I think of it even now, I get goose-pimps!

~ to be continued…!

The Grace of Siddha – 88 – Nadi disappeared at Tirumala!

The Grace of Siddha series can be read here.

Siddha AgastyaHe is ever active, ever merciful and pours love to those who take refuge at Him. GnanaBoomi is humbled to present the Sitthan Arul series in English for its readers. See for yourself if any of these incidents relates to you, if it has any message to you or, if it gives a whole new perception about anything for which you may be looking for an answer. It is indeed true, if you believe in the Siddha Agastya, He is there for you!

The member of Parliament gave me the letter without asking me anything. When I explained as to why I want to go there, he just said, it is up to
you and Him. In those days, there was a value for such high profile recommendations (it does, even now :)). Once entered Tirumala gopura ,
there will be seated the Peshkar, on the left side of the office. He is the next influential person other than the chief managing director of the
temple. One has to wait till he returns if he is not available in the seat. Sometimes, it would feel like one can wait in the Dharma Darshan (free darshan) queue and have the darshan of Lord Balaji than to wait for the Peshkar.

On that day, as usual the Peshkar was not available. I had a thought that on seeing this high profile letter, the Peshkar will give some respect
with which I should keep the Nadi in Lord Balaji’s holy feet and can bring it back.

While I was waiting in front of the temple, I bought a newspaper and was reading it. The headlines carried the news of those murderers getting
arrested. It had their photos and a tailpiece news that they did ‘Kalyana Urchava’ to Lord Balaji after having committed those crimes. I recalled
the faces with those who traveled with me in the plane. I also realized that Lord Balaji seldom saves or protects such people.

The same paper carried the news of that poor boy and it mentioned about the great life he got, with his picture. These two news gave me the
strength of an elephant. I was not able to share these to anyone as nobody accompanied me. All these went through after which that person (?!)
grabbed the Nadi and ran away.

He had tonsured his head and one can imagine how hard to identify one such person in Tirumala. I ran behind him and he was not to be found. I searched if he had thrown the Nadi somewhere. No. I felt heart-broken. The Nadi that reached me somehow, has been ordained to be lost in Tirumala it seems. Fate. Who has been spared from fate? Probably my Father’s prayers were answered. So many thoughts, worry.

“Place this Nadi in the holy feet of Balaji and bring it back.” was the order given to me and so I took this here. Why would I come to Tirumala
now otherwise?

If so, whose mistake is this? I circumbulated the temple thrice and began to ask the shopkeepers there about the Nadi. I somehow did not feel like
giving a complaint to the police. There were two reasons for that. I do not know Telugu. I do not know how they will understand if I say this in
Tamil.

Second, if I say that the Nadi is lost, it is like saying Agastya Muni Himself is lost. There is no other insult that this, so I did not go to the police. Without the Nadi, what do I do with the letter? I was very frustrated. When I looked at the office, the Peshkar was seated quietly. He will be surrounded by a crowd always, some or the other carrying recommendation letter.

If he gets up and goes somewhere, it will take at least 30 minutes to 1 hour. I was in a dilemma whether to go to him now or to get back to
Chennai. At last, I did a manaseeka (an act done through the mind) namaskaaram at the direction of Podhigai Mountain, which is the abode of
the Maha Muni.

“I came here just as You said. Now the Nadi is lost. I do not know on what mistake this happened. It is true that I did not do any prayers for the
last six months. There is a lot of opposition for me now. My friends and relatives have left me and my Father does not like me reading the Nadi.

I have gone in the route which You have shown. Is it the result of the mistake of saying out the darshan of Sri Raghavendra and Shri Hanuman? Or is it the result of the mistake from saying everything out that happened in the holy mountain where the Siddha’s did the artha jama pooja? Or is this the result of behaving in improper manner, without respect to my friends, relatives and even outsiders? I do not know. But one thing is
true. It is not that I have to earn only by reading the Nadi. If I do my work properly, I do not have to live at others’ mercy. So far You showed the divine grace. If it is continued, I will be very happy. If not, I will think that even this is your divine play. So the decision making is Yours, as always.” – I prayed within my mind.

Sometimes, when I have the Nadi at hand and request for Agastya Muni to appear, He doesn’t. I am not qualified and deserving in any way to call Him. I do not know why I prayed like that. Am I the Thirunavukarasa, to say ‘open’ and the temple door opens just like that? I had lot of
thoughts, embarrassment that I cannot speak out to others about Nadi. Frustration that they might speak, “Ah! He was cooking up stories with the Nadi, now even that is gone.”

These mental agony continued for long where I decided at last. Let us go and take a holy dip at Pushkarani. If Peshkar is still available, let us
show him the letter and have the darshan of Lord Balaji. That’s it then, let us not turn towards the direction of Tirumala till we live, I decided.

I went to see the Peshkar after having all that done. Generally, he checks the letter and asks, “How many people?”. If there are many a members
mentioned in the letter, they reduce the count and send them in. Some argue at this, some plead. Then he comes down. Such a happiness will be
seen in their faces that Lord Balaji Himself has approved of this. They will bless the Peshkar lavishly. This is a daily happening there.

On that day, there wasn’t anyone other than me, so I began to speak to the Peshkar. I should say that it was my good time. I explained him why I came to Tirumala and said, “Why I came here, that could not be done.”

“What should be done now?”

“If you get that bunch of old palm leaves, will you kindly let me know of it?”

“Give a complaint in the office. If I get it, I shall inform.”

I felt like I have conveyed this in the right place. With the help of Peshkar, I had a darshan of Lord Balaji with half-mind.

I had another thought. Why not come around here. What if that crazy baldy guy threw the Nadi somewhere.

But I did not get any.

I did not know whether to feel sad or to consider ‘all is for good’ and went to the Ahobila Mutt to stay. I did not feel like going back home. I began to speak to the in-charge of Ahobila Mutt and explained him everything. He listened to everything and said, “Pray to the Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy here. You will get it by tomorrow somehow” – he said like a clairvoyance.

“I shall.” – I said.

“Another thing. Pray to Him that you will conduct the marriage that is supposed to be done at your house here.”

I was not of approval of this. The reason being, the bride and groom who gets married in Tirumala are not supposed to wear garlands. Second, there should not be any mela-thala (the Nadaswaram instrument is played along with Thavil, on holy occasions). For food, one has to give 25 rupees even at those times and one has to bring the banana leaves and other important items from outside to the Tirumala, all these restrictions were there. I thought of all these and thought of my Father, like a nightmare. I felt like I will fall down unconscious.

At that time, the in-charge was summoned by the Peshkar to come at once and so I went along with him.

~ to be continued…!