Sunday, August 4, 2019

Miracle filled 2019 Aadi Krthikai Paada Yaatraa


 
The Divine Experience of Aadi Krthikai Paada Yaathraa during 2018 has been detailed in this blog, which can be found here . This year 2019 also, Srimathy ( Adiyen’s better half ) decided to do all of the arrangements of “Kaavadis”, “Paal Kudams”, food volunteers set up, etc.

But this year, something different happened – and this post is directed completely towards that. Srimathy decided to do the Paada Yaathraa also – from our home to the temple in Middletown – all in all 40 miles ( 60 kilometers ) of tough walking through uphills and downhills alongwith Adiyen. Men may do this, but this is the first time I have seen a lady do it in Connecticut. And Lord Muruga decided to fill the journey with miracles detailed here ……

The journey started with 12 miles on Wednesday July 24th , 11 miles on Thursday July 25th, 15 miles on Friday July 26th and 2 miles on Saturday July 27th around the temple – making a total of 40 miles. No headphones, no music, no ipod, nothing but the Divine Names of Rishis, Gods, Sidhdhars, Gurus during the walk. It was absolutely blissful.

And now the miracles…( co-incidences for the non-believers )

Because both of us decided to do the Yaathraa, there was no one available to provide support system – by way of a temporary stop along with the way with a car so we could cool off and rest up for a few minutes before resuming….this is a serious problem. Finally, the night before the first day, I told Srimathy to call her friend Mrs. Sumathi Karthi in Ellington, to see if she would show up at about the 7 mile mark from home for ten minutes to cool off. We didn’t think she would accept; but miraculously, she said “I was somewhat down on the possibility of having to skip the Lord Muruga function on the upcoming Saturday due to monthly bodily functions and here you are asking for a favor for Lord Muruga for tomorrow….this I take as a blessing from Him – sure I will show up !!” And she did….we are grateful to her !!! And Mrs. Suchitra Subrahmaniam ( Last Name same as Lord Muruga's !!! ) from Glastonbury offered to provide us multiple rest area supports during the very difficult 3rd day !! We are grateful to her !!
At the end of the first day, Srimathy got in the mail, a packet of Kumkumam and a packet of Vibhoothi from the Thiruththani Lord Murugan temple in India !!!! This packet could have come one week before or one week later …. But exactly the first day of the journey? (!)

At the end of the second day, Srimathy called the Chief Priest at the temple and said that by the time we reach the temple, it would be about 3:30 pm on Friday the 26th and that after the long strenuous journey, would like to have darshan of the Great Lord Muruga. To that she was told, “No, the temple would open only at 6:00 pm and so no way.” Srimathy felt totally dejected. The next day, we woke up at 4:30 am and she told me her face had swollen up and eyes had puffed up from the extreme heat weather and was worried. I told her to keep moving and we cannot stop now.
She then went to our Pooja Room in the house and pointed her fingers at all the Gods, especially Muruga and said “Here I am….torturing my body with my face swelled and eyes puffed and body aching and still trying to walk to see You and You are not interested in seeing me ???” ( referring to the temple not being opened before 6:00 pm ). And she continues “ Here is the deal. You better give me darshan TODAY. If not, when I come back, You and me are going to have a fight !!”. In Tamil, such a statement is called “ a Savaal  ”.  We reached the temple at 4:00 pm, completely exhausted. As expected, the main front door was locked. But miraculously, there was a man inside the temple which was dark, with a light in the office room on the phone !! We knocked hard; he opened the main front door and let us in ! But beyond the office area, is another heavy door with a chain and a lock, behind which the Sannidhis ( sanctorums ) of the Gods are. I tried to see if there is any hole through which we could see the Gods. Miraculously, the chain was there, the lock was there, but it was left unlocked having not gone over the other door knob !!!! We opened the door, and felt prostrate in front of Lord Subrahmanya !! My wife Srimathy broke down and started crying !!! Such is the miraculous power of Lord Muruga !! Even Lord Subrahmanya was moved by Srimathy’s devotion and gave Darshan !!

Then we spoke to the Gentleman in the temple. He happened to be an IT professional who was told the payment system had malfunctioned and he was trying to fix it. He could have come to fix during normal hours after 6:00 pm; but decided to leave work early to fix the problem !!! The next day, the payment system had NOT been fixed and they were using an alternate system !! So his being there was of no technical use; yet he was there !!! Lord Muruga did it !!!!!!

My daughter Sapna joined us in the last day for the 2 mile walk in the vicinity of the temple carrying a Paal Kudam !! Son Ajay was not able to attend unfortunately. In the picture at the top of this post, Sapna is wearing a white dotted chudidar dress and Srimathy is wearing a yellow chudidar with a red salwar.

Here are some photos.

 
Day 1: Start. On our back deck.
 
 

 Day 1: Resting on a fallen tree limb in South Windsor.( Note Srimathy's tilak all gone from sweat )
 
 
 Day 1: Mrs. Sumathi Karthi with her daughter giving us a ten minute rest break.
 
 
 Day 2: Start. Resting in East Hartford.
 

 
 Day 2: A kind soul had put a Peace Bench in front of their house in East Hartford. Srimathy resting.
 
 
 
 
Day 3: Mrs. Suchitra Subrahmaniam giving rest support.

 

 
 Day 3: Mrs. Suchitra Subramaniam giving us some food along the way !!
 
 
 Day 3: Srimathy on the Arigonne Bridge !!

 

 Day 3: Srimathy thanking the lonely soul Mr. Hari in the temple !!
 
 
 Day 3: THE UNLOCKED MAIN DOOR !!


The following are short video clips showing the progress.

 
Day 1: 6 miles from home
 
 

 Day 2: Through East Hartford
 
 

 Day 2: 33 miles from home
 
 
 Day 3: In Portland

 
 Day 3: On the Arigonne Bridge !
 
 
 Day 3: 2 miles from the Destination .. My favorite one !
 
 
 Day 3: At the Destination !
 

 

 Day 4: Sapna with Paal Kudam !
 

What an Experience !!  Vel Vel Muruga !! Vetri Vel Muruga !!