Mahaperiyava At ACPR, Gurudev Mandir In Belgaum (2017)
In the year 1979, from June to September, Mahaperiyava had camped at the Academy of Comparative Philosophy and Religion’s (ACPR) headquarters at Gurudev Mandir, Hindwadi, in Belagavi (formerly Belgaum), Karnataka. Nearly thirty-eight years later, on the 26th of February 2017, Mahaperiyava’s framed photograph was unveiled and the newly renovated meditation hall in Gurudev Mandir was inaugurated by Honorable Shri R.J. Satish Singh, District Judge of Belagavi.
The ceremony was attended by close to 700 devotees of Periyava from around the world including renowned scholars and pandits. The 3ft. X 2ft. portrait picture of Periyava was unveiled to the sonorous chanting of Rudrum, bhajans, and kirtans in praise of gurudeva. This was followed by the lighting of the lamp and the garlanding of the portrait of Periyava with tulasi haaram. The spiritually charged meditation session preceded the melodious rendition of aarti, after which the devotees were treated to a delicious lunch, the taste, undoubtedly, enhanced manifold by Periyava’s grace.
ACPR was registered by guru, Dr. R.D. Ranade at Belagavi in the year 1952. Among the many visitors to ACPR Gurudev Mandir, one of the most illustrious was our guru Mahaperiyava of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam. During Periyava’s camp of over three months, Their Majesties Queen Fredrika of Greece and Queen Sophia of Spain visited ACPR along with the philosopher Dr. T. M.P. Mahadevan. The room in which Periyava stayed and meditated was later converted to a meditation hall. This same meditation hall has now been renovated along with the installation of Periyava’s photograph by the sincere efforts of the members of DMPG.
The photo reveals the radiant face of Periyava with a beatific smile, pouring His grace on one and all. The tremendous vibrations and other spiritual experiences felt by a few devotees is a testimony to the firm conviction that Mahaperiyava still exists in spirit, is continuing to bless His devotees, and is wringing miracles in the lives of all those who are faithful.
Mr. Nagesh Ambardekar, the librarian at ACPR Gurudev Mandir, who served Periyava during His stay there in 1979, considers it a great blessing to attend the unveiling ceremony. Physically advanced in years now but high in spirits and devotion, Mr. Ambardekar remembers with moving emotion that his first meeting with Periyava was “thrilling” and that he was “overwhelmed with joy” at His presence.
If any of you devotees is in the area, visit Gurudev Mandir at Belagavi to experience Maha Periyava’s perennial “sookshuma” presence. Students are especially encouraged to visit here and receive Periyava’s blessings. Finally, we would like to extend our sincere thanks to all the volunteers for their contributions towards acquiring Periyava’s photograph, getting it framed at Sri Vignesh Photographics, Chennai, and renovating the meditation hall. We would also like to thank the caterer, the manager, and the secretary of ACPR for facilitating the ceremony.