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  • Glimpses from Sri Maha Periva’s Life History – Volume 7 By Subi Anna Table of Contents Author’s Note ............................................................................ 3 Chapter 16 ................................................................................. 4 More Events in Kashi ..................................................................................4 Kashi Town Hall Meeting ...........................................................................5 Pundits Conference ......................................................................................5 Departure from Kashi .................................................................................6 Visit to Kastar Mahadev .............................................................................6 Patna Visit .....................................................................................................8 Sankara Jayanthi Festival ...........................................................................9 Trip to Gaya................................................................................................10 Deoghar Visit ..............................................................................................11 Maha Periva Visits Calcutta .....................................................................12 Pandit Panchanana Tharka Ratna’s Welcome .......................................13 Shaarada Navaratri ...................................................................................14 Prominent Personalities in Calcutta ........................................................15 Maha Periva in Midnapore .......................................................................16 Kind Gesture to Prisoners .........................................................................17 Travel to Kharagpur ..................................................................................18 Tatanagar Visit ...........................................................................................19 Move to Bihar Kingdoms ..........................................................................20 Keonjhar City, Orissa ................................................................................21 Periva Divya Darshan ............................................................ 22 © Copyrights reserved Kanchi Periva Forum – www.periva.proboards.com & www.periva.org 2
  • Glimpses from Sri Maha Periva’s Life History – Volume 7 Author’s Note Happy New Year 2014! Kanchi Maha Periva was one of the rarest spiritual fountains that poured forth the 'divine wisdom' from the Vedas. Browsing through his speeches, one can feel how nicely he explained the most intricate subjects in the simplest ways so that people can understand them easily. As we continue reading this Ebook series on Maha Periva’s life history, what appeals to many of us is Periva’s utter simplicity, open mind towards all, and an amazing depth of knowledge on a multitude of subjects. In his long Vijaya Yaatra (Victorious Travels) spanning about 21 years, Maha Periva covered over 5000 kms without using any modern transportation and talking to the people of India. Thus, he played a major role in promoting and sustaining Sanatana Dharma. Throughout his long travels across India, Maha Periva had stayed in numerous villages, By Subi Anna had ritual baths in the sacred rivers and prayed at the nearest temples. He was so highly respected that Maharajas, high government dignitaries, chief judges, wellknown scholars, the rich and the poor folks received him with great love and honors. In numerous places, Maha Periva spoke to the local people in their native language. He spoke on a wide range of subjects including Vedas, Vedanta, Puranas, Shastras, Sthala Puranas and others. Wherever he went, thousands of people were attracted to see him and hear his speeches. His communication skills were infinitely charming to pull people from all over the globe. Maha Periva inspired the people of those days and continues to inspire us even today with his life story. With Pranams Subi Anna Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara © Copyrights reserved Kanchi Periva Forum – www.periva.proboards.com & www.periva.org 3
  • Glimpses from Sri Maha Periva’s Life History – Volume 7 By Subi Anna Chapter 16 More Events in Kashi During his camp in Kashi, Maha Periva initiated many holy activities. On February 16, 1935, Maha Periva visited the Kashi Sanga Veda Vidyalaya in Ram Ghat, a popular bathing ghat for pilgrims. Thousands of people including the Maharaja of Kashi and his family members had assembled there to have a darshan of Maha Periva. In honor of Maha Periva, the scholars and administrative officials of the Vidyalaya had composed ten slokas (verses) in Sanskrit. They made a presentation of these slokas to Maha Periva. The Maharaja of Kashi had personally written a Sanskrit essay in praise of Maha Periva. He signed this essay and presented it at the lotus feet of Maha Periva. Maha Periva examined the students of the Vidayalaya and blessed them. He felt immensely happy at the noble work of the Vidyalaya for sustaining Sanatana Dharma. He spoke on Veda Vyasa and the greatness of Adi Shankaracharya. On this day, Maha Periva installed the following pictures at the Sanga Veda Vidyalaya: • Picture of Sripadanarayanar brought by Kashi Maharaja from his palace. • Picture of Adi Sankara Bhagavatpada brought from the Sankara mutt at Hanuman Ghat as per Maha Periva’s instructions. Later, after Maha Periva’s return to the mutt, the Maharaja of Kashi installed a picture of Maha Periva in the Sanga Vidyalaya. All the three new pictures installed at the Vidyalaya were nicely decorated. © Copyrights reserved Kanchi Periva Forum – www.periva.proboards.com & www.periva.org 4
  • Glimpses from Sri Maha Periva’s Life History – Volume 7 Vidyalaya officials had made arrangements for a special puja on that day. Kashi Town Hall Meeting Knowing that Maha Periva had planned to move from Kashi, the people of Kashi had arranged a public meeting on March 9, 1935 at the city’s town hall. 75 prominent citizens of Kashi had signed the invitations that were distributed to the people of Kashi. On the appointed day, several thousands of people assembled at the venue of the meeting to convey their respects to Maha Periva. Volunteers of the Seva Samithi and the local police force regulated the crowds. Amidst shouts of “Jagadguru Maharaj ki Jai”, Maha Periva arrived on time at 4 PM. Felicitation addresses were made in Hindi and Sanskrit. Learned pundits Jaipur Maha Mahopadhyay Giridhar Sharma, MahaMahopadhyay By Subi Anna Panchanana Tarka Ratnam, and Devanayakacharyar spoke on the greatness of Maha Periva and the benefits arising from his visit to the people of Kashi. Maha Periva spoke in Hindi and blessed the local people. Later in the evening, along with others, Maha Periva walked to the Vishwanath temple and inaugurated a large picture of Adi Shankara with his disciples. Pundits Conference With a view to discuss about the Amnaaya Peethas (Centres for study of Vedic texts) established by Sri Adi Shankaracharya and reach some definite conclusions, a conference of Kashi pundits was organized in Kashi on March 9, 1935. Most of the well-known pundits of Kashi and also respected Dandi Sannyasis attended the conference. They examined the texts from various scriptures obtained © Copyrights reserved Kanchi Periva Forum – www.periva.proboards.com & www.periva.org 5
  • Glimpses from Sri Maha Periva’s Life History – Volume 7 from the library of Kashi Maharaja and also books like Sivarahasyam, Anandalahiri, Sankaravijayam and many others. After a detailed scrutiny of these documents, they reached a conclusion that Kamakoti Peetam was indeed the Peetam of Sri Shankara Bagavatpada. In confirmation of this conclusion, they signed a document in the form of slokams and presented it to Maha Periva. Likewise, a few days earlier to the Kashi conference, over 130 pundits from Bengal met in Calcutta under the auspices of Bengal Brahmins Mahasabha. The pundits at this Calcutta conference too researched hundreds of scriptures related to Sri Shankara's Amnaaya Mutts and concluded that Kamakoti Peetam is really Adi Shankaracharya's Adisthana Peetam. By Subi Anna In order to personally present this conclusion of the Bengal Pundits to Maha Periva, two of their representatives namely Mahamahopadhyaya Sri Durgacharan Sanga Theethar and Sri. Damodara Das Khanna had arrived in Kashi on March 1, 1935. They met with Maha Periva at the town hall meeting and submitted their conclusion to him. They also invited Maha Periva to Bengal. Departure from Kashi After accepting facilitations from other organizations such as Brahamins Mahasabha, Varnashrama Swarajya Sangh, and South Indian groups, Maha Periva departed from Kashi to Gaya on March 20, 1935. Visit to Kastar Mahadev On April 2,1935, Maha Periva visited the pilgrim centre of Kastar Mahadev. Hundreds of Sannyasis lived in this centre, © Copyrights reserved Kanchi Periva Forum – www.periva.proboards.com & www.periva.org 6
  • Glimpses from Sri Maha Periva’s Life History – Volume 7 some of them over hundred years old. Amongst them Dandi Baba was a well-known sannyasi. He told Maha Periva that in his younger days, he had the blessings of Kamakoti Peetam’s earlier Acharyas. Maha Periva visited the local Mahadev temple. On April 4, 1935, Maha Periva reached Surajpura. The King of Surajpura received Maha Periva with royal honors and performed ‘paada puja’ at his palace. Traveling through Kasipuri and Buxar, Maha Periva arrived in the city of Arrah on April 19. This historical city is in the state of Bihar, situated on the confluence of rivers of Ganges and Sone, about 130 miles from Kashi. The residents of Arrah had arranged a great welcome reception to Maha Periva. Many scholars came to have a darshan of Maha Periva. By Subi Anna Much to the delight of the local people, Maha Periva had easy conversations with them in Hindustani language. On Sunday, April 21, 1935, Maha Periva visited Koelwar, on the banks of river Sonabadra, popularly known as Sone. This river joins the Ganges west of Patna. Maha Periva had a dip in the Sone River. Knowing that the red stone representing Lord Vinayaka is found in the Sone River, Maha Periva picked up the Vinyaka stones from the river. These stones were later kept in the Mutt Puja. (Note: In the ancient tradition of 'Panchayatana' worship initiated by Sri Adi Shankaracharya, five rare stones each representing the five main deities are used in the Panchayatana Puja. Sun God Surya is represented by a transparent glass-like stone found in Vallam River in Tamil Nadu. Mother Goddess Para Shakti is represented by the Swarnamukhi stone found in © Copyrights reserved Kanchi Periva Forum – www.periva.proboards.com & www.periva.org 7
  • Glimpses from Sri Maha Periva’s Life History – Volume 7 Swarnamukhi River in Andhra Pradesh. Lord Vishnu is represented by Saligrama found in the Ghandaki River in Nepal. Lord Vinayaka is represented by the red Sonabhadra stone found in the river bed of the Sone River. Lord Shiva is represented by the Bana Linga found in the Narmada river.) Patna Visit Traveling through Tanapur, Maha Periva reached Patna city (The Capital of Bihar State) on Wednesday, April 24, 1935. Fig. 64 Location of Patna in India By Subi Anna Situated at the confluence of the Ganges, Gandhaki and Sone rivers, Patna has great historical significance. Known by the ancient name of Pataliputra, the city of Patna is associated with two of the world’s oldest religions, Buddhism and Jainism. Patna was also the seat of the great Maurya and Gupta Empires. The Maharajas of Athwa and Amavan along with many prominent citizens of Patna received Maha Periva at the outskirts of the city. Seated on a high pedestal (Simhasana), Maha Periva gave darshan to several thousands of people. On behalf of the local citizens, welcome addresses were read out in both Sanskrit and Hindi. Led by the two Maharajas and their troops including cavalries, Maha Periva was taken in procession from the outskirts into the city. © Copyrights reserved Kanchi Periva Forum – www.periva.proboards.com & www.periva.org 8
  • Glimpses from Sri Maha Periva’s Life History – Volume 7 On April 26, 1935, Maha Periva attended a conference of scholars (pundits) who had gathered in Patna from Magadh, Videh and other neighbouring districts. The organizers of the conference, Patna Vihara Pundit Samaj received Maha Periva with due honors and read out an address in Sanskrit welcoming Maha Periva to the conference. A popular local English daily “The Searchlight” published an editorial on Maha Periva’s visit to Patna. A part of this editorial is reproduced below: By Subi Anna of these traditions of old that had their roots in the spiritual needs and requirements of the people. The many pitas established in India served a definite purpose and were parts of the close knit religious organization of the times. We have no doubt that Swamiji’s message will leave an abiding impression on all wh receive it, for what he has to say is the result of study and Tapas.” Sankara Jayanthi Festival “Bihar accords a cordial and respectful to Jagadguru Swami Sankaracharya of Kamakotipitam. Heir to a great and honored tradition, Swamiji Maharaj is an object of veneration to Hindus all over India and his presence in our midst is a rare privilege. Religious leadership is on the wane in these modern days but there is something truly majestic and inspiring in some Fig.65 An idol of Adi Sankara with his four chief disciples installed at the Sankara Mutt in Pune © Copyrights reserved Kanchi Periva Forum – www.periva.proboards.com & www.periva.org 9
  • Glimpses from Sri Maha Periva’s Life History – Volume 7 By Subi Anna Maha Periva conducted the 1935 Sankara Jayanthi Festival in the palace of Athwa Maharaja. Rajendra Prasad (later President of India), high court judges, chief engineers and others. On Adi Sankara’s birthday May 7, the local people helped in organizing a large procession leading to the Bagirath Ghat on the shores of Ganges River. Trip to Gaya To the accompaniment of Nadaswaram music in the procession, a majestic elephant carried a portrait of Sri Adi Sankara and the Acharya Padukas. With Maha Periva walking the entire route, thousands of people joined the procession. After the ritual of abhishekam to the Padukas, Maha Periva spoke in Hindi about the birth of Adi Sankara. The next day, members of the Patna Pundit Sabha performed Bhikshavandanam and Pada Puja to Maha Periva. Prominent citizens who had darshan of Maha Periva included the family of Babu Maha Periva moved out of Patna on May 11, 1935. He reached Harihara kshetra on the northern bank of Ganges. Harihara Kshetra's main attraction is the biggest cattle fair in Asia where numerous elephants are lined up and sold in large numbers. Traveling further, Maha Periva reached the holy city of Gaya (about 65 miles from Patna) on May 20, 1935. Gaya is a well-known city that has attained fame as cultural capital of Magadh Region. The city is located at the western bank of the river Falguni. At the border of the city, he was received with due honors by the Dikkari Maharaja and local dignitaries and escorted in a procession to the Royal palace. © Copyrights reserved Kanchi Periva Forum – www.periva.proboards.com & www.periva.org 10
  • Glimpses from Sri Maha Periva’s Life History – Volume 7 Soon after reaching the destination, Maha Periva had a dip in the sacred Falguni river. Later, he visited Buddha Gaya and had darshan of the ancient and famous Bodhi tree under which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment and a statue of Buddha. By Subi Anna one of the oldest believed to be ‘Swayambu’ (self-created). Deoghar itself means ‘The house of God.’ Deoghar is an important Hindu pilgrimage centre with the Vaidyanath Temple being one of the twelve Shiva Jyothirlingams in India. This city is also known as Vaidyanatha Kshetra. Fig. 66 Statue of Lord Buddha, in Buddha Gaya. Deoghar Visit Fig.67 Vaidyanath Deoghar After visiting several other cities, Maha Periva arrived in Deoghar in Bihar (now in Jharkhand State). This city is At this place, Maha Periva first visited the Sanskrit School, and later prayed at the temple of Vaidyanathar and Girija Devi. Temple © Copyrights reserved Kanchi Periva Forum – www.periva.proboards.com & www.periva.org in 11
  • Glimpses from Sri Maha Periva’s Life History – Volume 7 By Subi Anna Maha Periva Visits Calcutta The city of Calcutta in West Bengal is located about 250 miles South-east of Vaidyanatha Kshetra. Earlier, Maha Periva had decided to perform the 1935 Vyasa Puja in Calcutta. With barely 23 days left for this event, Maha Periva had to travel fast to reach Calcutta on time for the Vyasa Puja. On July 13, 1935, Maha Periva reached Howrah located on the southern bank of the river Hooghly, also known as Bhagirathi-Hooghly, traditionally known as Ganga. Prominent citizens of the city accompanied by immigrants from other states like Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu received Maha Periva with great enthusiasm. Fig. 68 A view of the Howrah Bridge across the river Hooghly After staying for a night in Howrah, Maha Periva crossed the river and visited the office of All India Varanashrama Swarajya Sangh. Maha Periva performed the 1935 Vyasa Puja in Calcutta. He continued to stay in Calcutta until September 1935 to observe the Chaturmasa Vratam. The Devasthana Dharmakarthas of the famous Calcutta Kali Temple received Maha Periva at the temple with due honors and read out welcome addresses in Bengali, Sanskrit and English. Later, Maha Periva accepted Bhiksha and Padapuja from many prominent persons including Manmatanath © Copyrights reserved Kanchi Periva Forum – www.periva.proboards.com & www.periva.org 12
  • Glimpses from Sri Maha Periva’s Life History – Volume 7 Mukherjee, Judge of Calcutta High Court, Maharajas of Burdwan and Nador, Mahopadhyaya N.S. Ananthakrishna Sastri, and Sri. Dwarkanath Mittar, Chief of Calcutta’s Government Sanskrit College. Pandit Panchanana Tharka Ratna’s Welcome In Bengal, Pandit Panchanana Tharka Ratna was a highly respected scholar. He served as the president of the Bengal Brahmin Sabha. In response to an invitation from the Bengal Sabha, Maha Periva visited the Sabha’s office in Calcutta. In his welcome address in Sanskrit to Maha Periva, Pandit Panchanana Tharka included the following significant remarks: “The city of Calcutta in the Gauda Mandal is newly built. It does not seem to have any historical fame. On researching the ancient By Subi Anna treatise ‘Brihadsamhitai’ authored by ‘Varahamihirar,’ this region seems to have existed as sandy plains about 2500 years ago. Even after the Europeans settled here, this place did not have full facilities for human habitation. It seems that for a long time, the city was not really blessed by the visit of great mahans like you. We are indeed fortunate to receive you - the 68th Acharya of Sri Adi Sankara’s Kamakoti Peetam and Jagadguru. I had the opportunity to see and perform some research on “Siva Rahasyam” – a rare and ancient scripture carefully preserved in the library of Kashi Maharaja. In this scripture, it is mentioned that after establishing four Mutts – Dwaraka, Jagannath, Badrinath, and Sringeri – in four different directions, Sri Adi Sankara established for himself the “Sarvagna Mutt” © Copyrights reserved Kanchi Periva Forum – www.periva.proboards.com & www.periva.org 13
  • Glimpses from Sri Maha Periva’s Life History – Volume 7 in Kanchipuram attained Siddhi. where he It is also learnt from an old book titled “Anandagiri Sankara Vijayam” that Sri Sureshwaracharya, a disciple of Adi Sankara, lived near Kanchipuram and he oversaw the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam established by his Guru Sri Adi Sankara. You have inherited the generic name of ‘Indra Saraswathi’. It reminds one of the Vedic words “इन्द्रो मायाभि:पुरुरूपडरयते” (Indro Maayabihi Pururoopardayate). The combination of the word ‘Indra’ signifying Paramatmavaachakam and the word Saraswathi signifying Ananda of Brahmavaachakam highlight your high qualities of Brahman. Some people say that right from the days of Sri Sureshwaracharya, the Acharyas of the Kanchi Peetam acquired this title of Indra Saraswathi. By Subi Anna Coming in this great lineage of Acharyas and installing Sri Chakra just as Adi Sankara did, you have been travelling all over India without using any modern means of transportation. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have you in our midst and offer our respects to you. We do not know how to praise a great person like you with such amazing qualities. My speech stutters; my throat whimpers; my eyes are filling up with tears of happiness. On this auspicious day, we welcome you with “Jaya Ghosham” (Sound of Victory) as our Acharya who follows the Sanatana Dharma.” The gathering applauded the speech of Pandit Panchanana Tharka . Shaarada Navaratri On September 28, 1935, celebrations started for © Copyrights reserved Kanchi Periva Forum – www.periva.proboards.com & www.periva.org 14
  • Glimpses from Sri Maha Periva’s Life History – Volume 7 Shaarada Navaratri. In Bengal, this festival is celebrated in a grand scale. By Subi Anna On October 6, Maha Periva performed Saraswati Puja and Chandi Homam in Calcutta. The following day (Vijaya Dasami), Maha Periva continued his Vijaya Yatra. Prominent Personalities in Calcutta Fig 69. Durga idol in Calcutta Maha Periva performed the Navaratri Puja at the home of Sri. M. Subramanian, who served at that time as Bengal’s Accountant General. The expenses for the puja on all days of Navaratri were borne by the local citizens that included Bengalis, Gujaratis, Marwaris and South Indians. On this auspicious event, women were worshipped and given gifts on all the nine days of the festival. There were numerous people who were closely associated with Maha Periva and recipients of his blessings. Among them, some of the prominent personalities in Calcutta included: • Calcutta High Court Judge Sri Manmathanath Mukherjee • High Court Judge Sri Dwarakanath Mitra • Sri Charath Chandra Bose, brother of freedom fighter Subash Chandra Bose © Copyrights reserved Kanchi Periva Forum – www.periva.proboards.com & www.periva.org 15
  • Glimpses from Sri Maha Periva’s Life History – Volume 7 By Subi Anna • The Maharaja of Burdwan headquarters of Midnapore district. • This city has served as a foundation for India’s freedom movement. Many of the freedom fighters who had bravely faced the gallows were the sons of the soil of Midnapore. Sri Damodar Das Khanna In Calcutta, Sir C.P Ramaswami Iyer, member of the Indian Government’s governing council, had darshan of Maha Periva and had long discussion with him. Maha Periva’s visit to Calcutta is an historical event for Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam. The reason for this is the deep devotion of the people of Calcutta and the services provided by them. Maha Periva in Midnapore Continuing his Vijaya Yatra in Bengal, Maha Periva traveled via Janardanpur and reached Midnapore on the New Moon day of October 27, 1935. Background: Midnapore is about 70 miles west of Calcutta. It is the In those days, any freedom movement against the government was viewed as a dangerous activity. In Midnapore, there were strict government restrictions on any form of public meetings. Government had imposed a curfew impacting movement of people after 9 PM in the night. For many years, such government restrictions were in place in Midnapore. Though people were not free, they had very deep feelings about getting freedom. So, despite the government restrictions, the people of Midnapore decided to invite Maha Periva to their city. © Copyrights reserved Kanchi Periva Forum – www.periva.proboards.com & www.periva.org 16
  • Glimpses from Sri Maha Periva’s Life History – Volume 7 Within a few hours of making this decision, the local people quickly set up a reception committee. To personally invite Maha Periva, some members of the reception committee proceeded to Janardanpur where Maha Periva was camping at that time. Maha Periva knew about the government restrictions but graciously accepted their invitation. On hearing this, the people conveyed the news of Maha Periva’s visit to Midnapore to the district collector and higher officials in Calcutta. The government made the people happy by relaxing the restrictions on the day of Maha Periva’s visit to Midnapore. The local people rejoiced this gesture and considered the day as Independence Day. By Subi Anna Kind Gesture to Prisoners The news of Maha Periva’s visit to Midnapore spread to the inmates of the local prison. Many of the prisoners had spent their lives in jail for the sake of country’s freedom. Such prisoners included college students, qualified graduates, lawyers, doctors and other professionals. They sacrificed their livelihood and took part in the freedom movement. Some of the prisoners wanted to have darshan of Maha Periva and expressed their desire to the jail superintendent who was an Englishman. The English official knew about Maha Periva’s visit. Respecting the wishes of the prisoners, the official permitted them to go out on certain conditions. To make sure that prisoners do not escape, he engaged © Copyrights reserved Kanchi Periva Forum – www.periva.proboards.com & www.periva.org 17
  • Glimpses from Sri Maha Periva’s Life History – Volume 7 By Subi Anna armed policemen to escort the prisoners out. person to prisoners. He also imposed a condition that all the prisoners who went out should return to the jail before 6 PM. All of them came back, offered their prostrations and sought nothing but Maha Periva’s blessings for the country’s independence and the welfare of its people. Accepting the conditions, some of the prisoners came to Maha Periva’s camp around 5:30 PM. At that time, Maha Periva was resting after completing the daily puja. So, the mutt staff did not want to disturb him and requested the prisoners to wait for about 10 minutes. The prisoners feared for their lives if they did not return to the prison by 6 PM and left with deep disappointment. A little later, Maha Periva emerged from his shelter and enquired if anyone was waiting. When the mutt staff told him about the prisoners’ visit, Periva immediately sent a bring back the After doing so, they returned safely to the prison before the appointed time. Maha Periva and the local people admired the prisoners’ passion for the country’s independence. Travel to Kharagpur Kharagpur is a well-known city in Midnapore district. (home to the educational institution IIT founded 1950). The Bengal Nagpur Railways (BNR in those days) had set up one of the largest Railway workshops in the country that employed thousands of people from various parts of the country. © Copyrights reserved Kanchi Periva Forum – www.periva.proboards.com & www.periva.org 18
  • Glimpses from Sri Maha Periva’s Life History – Volume 7 By Subi Anna arrangements for Maha Periva’s visit to Tatanagar. Fig.70 A view of the platform at Kharagpur Station Railway Railway The Kharagpur Railway Station – a junction that came up sometime in 1899 - has one of the longest railway platforms in the world. Maha Periva stayed in this city until November 24, 1935. This stay was comparatively relaxed after his hectic travels in the past two years. Tatanagar Visit In response to request from the devotees in Tatanagar, a steel city about 140 miles northwest from Kharagpur, the mutt staff made Travelling through several small towns and crossing the river Swarnalekha at a village called Chandralekha, Maha Periva and his troupe reached Tatanagar on December 5, 1935. Maha Periva performed the Dhanur Maasa Puja in Tatanagar and stayed there until January 27, 1936. Because of winter and continuous travel, many of the mutt staff members were sick. The local South Indian families took good care of them and arranged medical assistance. For the mutt staff, this help from local residents was unforgettable. The management of Tata Steel Company invited Maha Periva to visit their Steel Plant (established 1907). © Copyrights reserved Kanchi Periva Forum – www.periva.proboards.com & www.periva.org 19
  • Glimpses from Sri Maha Periva’s Life History – Volume 7 Maha Periva accepted their kind invitation and visited the large factory where various steel products for the country were being manufactured. By Subi Anna After taking a dip in the Swarnalekha river on a lunar eclipse day in Tatanagar, Maha Periva made a move to Bihar Kingdoms. At that time there numerous small kingdoms in India and Bihar had several such kingdoms. Fig 71. A View of Tata Steel Plant (Courtesy: www.tatasteel.com) Sri. S. Sambasiva Dikshitar, who was then the manager of the steel plant escorted Maha Periva and showed him the various steel manufacturing processes. Maha Periva observed the operations at the steel plant with keen interest. Move to Bihar Kingdoms Maha Periva first visited Seraikela (now in Jharkhand), a small scenic kingdom. The king of Seraikela received Maha Periva with due honors, assembled a darbar and performed Paada Puja to Maha Periva. After staying in this kingdom for 4 days, Maha Periva moved to Chaibasa, the capital of Singhbhum district and later visited Chakradarpur wherein a Railway workshop is located. He stayed in Chakradarpur for four days. Later, he moved on to the kingdom of Kharsawan where © Copyrights reserved Kanchi Periva Forum – www.periva.proboards.com & www.periva.org 20
  • Glimpses from Sri Maha Periva’s Life History – Volume 7 he was received by the King of Kharsawan. During his stay there for three days (February 6, 7, and 8, 1936), the king performed Paada Puja to Maha Periva in his darbar and arranged a huge procession in his honor. From Kharsawan, Maha Periva returned to Chaibasa, stayed there for nine days (February 9 to 17, 1936) and conducted the Parama Guru Aradhanai. Keonjhar City, Orissa Keonjhar city is in Orissa, about 65 miles from Chaibasa. This hilly region is full of dense forests. The local By Subi Anna government had made all arrangements for Maha Periva to travel safely across the region. They had set up many beautiful ‘Parnashaalaas’ – (hut like structures) for Maha Periva’s stay. They had also arranged police protection enroute. On February 23, Maha Periva reached Keonjhar City. The local King extended a Royal welcome to Maha Periva. Responding to the welcome event, Maha Periva spoke on the subject of “Bhakti” in Hindi. © Copyrights reserved Kanchi Periva Forum – www.periva.proboards.com & www.periva.org 21
  • Glimpses from Sri Maha Periva’s Life History – Volume 7 By Subi Anna Periva Divya Darshan © Copyrights reserved Kanchi Periva Forum – www.periva.proboards.com & www.periva.org 22