Grandfather Ganapathi Shastrigal
Next morning, when Sri Swamigal was about to leave the palace, He was requested to sit in an asana under a tree. The King Shivaji Raja showered Sri Swamigal with small gold flowers which covered upto His Holines’s neck. The sudden change in the King’s attitude that had previously rejected Ganapathi Shastrigal’s proposal of Sri Acharya’s Tanjore visit was revealed at that time. Two days before Sri Swamji left Thiruvanaikaval the King had a dream where someone kept asking him how he could not do aradhana for Sri Acharyal and Chandramouliswarar Swamy when they were passing by to go to Thiruvaiyar that is so close to Tanjore. Immediately Shivajiraja made all arrangements including the stay and Kanagabhishekam.
Father Subramania Sastrigal
Mahalakshmi Ammal was born to Nageswara Shastri and his dharmapatni Meenakshi Ammaiyar at the beautiful village of Eechangudi that is four miles east of Thiruvaiyar and on the northern banks of Cauveri. Nageswara Sastrigal hailed in Upamanyu Vasishta Gothram did adhyayanam of Rig Veda and was well versed in Dharma Shastras. Numerous families in Kumbakonam area respected him and considered him their Acharya. One of the families is that of our Swamiji’s grandfather Ganapathi Shastrigal. Once when Nageswara Shastrigal visited Ganapathi Shastrigal’s house for an occasion, he expressed his wish to give his daughter Mahalakshmi’s hand in marriage to their son Subramanian. Who in their right mind would reject Mahalakshmi knocking on their front door? Moreover an offer from his Acharya to wed his own daughter to his son was not something Ganapathi Shastrigal could refuse. The wedding of Mahalakshmi Ammaiyar in her 7th year and Subramania Shastrigal in his 17th year took place at Eechangudi.
2. Mahaperiyava Miracles
“Ghee for 1 Rupee”
Paramacharya then murmered “One Rupee” “One Rupee” [Oru Rupaai, Oru Rupaai]. Devotees who have congeragated there could not understand this and every body started taking One Rupee from their pockets.
3. Voice of the God – Teachings of Mahaperiyava
· Kanchimahanin Karunai Nizhalil – Ananda Vikadan Publications