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Friday, October 28, 2011

Pujya Sri Mahaswamy Divya Charitram Part#104


Government Assistance for Swamigal’s Yatra

Every government ruling India, whether they were Muslim rulers, East India Company or the British rulers that followed, have always helped out with the travel of Kanchi Acharyas and have always waived taxes for the mutt. For example, on 18-4- 1792, the officers of the East India Company issued an order to help the then Sri
Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam’s Acharya Swamigal, his entourage of five hundred mutt employees, twenty five bullock carts, twenty horses, five camels, three elephants and ten palanquins. The whole entourage was traveling to Thirupathi, from there to banks of the river Krishna and then to Rameswaram. The government order requested that all necessary help and security for their safe journey be extended to them.

During our Swamigal’s north India yatra, the Madras government had issued (G.O.MS.612 Public Police Department d/26-11-1933) a  request to other state governments as well as independent kingdoms to make all the necessary
arrangements for Swamigal and his staff. In response to their request, the governments
of Hyderabad, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa, Bengal and West India made all the necessary arrangements for Swamigal’s comfortable stay and journey.

Swamigal started from Tanjore in the second week of September1933. Travelling thirty miles every day, he passed through Thiruvannamalai, Aranai, Velur, Chittur, Palamaneru and reached Madanapalli, where he was given a big reception by the residents. He stayed at Chinnathippasamuthram, a village close to Madanapalli, for a month. Then he had darshan of Sri Narasimhamurthy at Kadiri. From there, he left for Kurnool via Dharmapuram, Anandappar, Thone, Dhronachalam. He stayed in Kurnool
for a week. At every place Swamigal stayed, thousands of people from nearby gathered to
have his darshan and to witness the Chandramouliswarer puja.

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