Cherished Memoirs 89 – My Guru As I See Him
Vikata Kacheri for Sri Mahaperiyava’s Jayanthi
This series chronicles sweet experiences recounted by the devotees of HH Maharanyam Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji as well as some divine experiences of Sri Swamiji himself. These articles are translations from the series “Madhuramaana Mahaneeyar” that is published every month in Madhuramurali Tamil monthly magazine.
This month’s article is by Smt. Jayanthi Janakiraman, from Madhuramurali magazine, March 1997 issue.
I have already mentioned that once Sri Guruji has intended for something, the way it comes together is one of a kind and everything happens in a conducive manner towards that. Similarly, once during Sri Maha Periyava’s Jayanthi celebrations, Sri Guruji intended to arrange for the Vikata kacheri of Sri Chandru-Santhanam. (Vikata kacheri is an art form where artists perform a variety show involving jesters.)
This was due to the fact that Sri Mahaperiyava always had the inclination to protect our ancient art forms. Hence Sri Mahaperiyava has organized several congregations for Agama, sculpture, astrology and other rural arts many times.
Since it was Sri Periyava’s jayanthi, Sri Guruji had this desire. After several inquiries with several places to organize the Vikata kacheri, such a program could not be arranged, and Sri Guruji said that it could be done some other time.
When the Jayanthi celebrations were being held, on the second day, suddenly someone from the Vikata concert troupe came to attend the festivities. He told Sri Guruji that he had come to Madras on some other account but came to attend Sri Periyava’s jayanthi celebrations after hearing about it.
Needless to say, Sri Guruji asked him to perform the Vikata kacheri and was very happy!
Original Tamil article published in Madhuramurali Magazine, Mar 1997 issue
Chronicled by Smt. Jayanthi Janakiraman
Translated by Smt. Mangala Gowri Sridhar, Jacksonville FL