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Monday, May 7, 2007

Mira in T.Nagar

Bhavana & Mira spent 28th night/29th morning with Thatha, Patti,Minakshi & Siddhu at T.Nagar. Guhan went with friend Hari 29th morning. They had breakfast in a nice South Indian restaurant and then went off for a noon show. Shobha & I went to T.Nagar for lunch after which we all left for shopping to RMKV,Panagal Park to buy a Pattu Pavadai for Mira. Onwards for a brief visit to Geetha/Viswanaths (Mira successfully tampered with Viswanaths laptop and all images were coming upside down !) before returning to Woodlands for some well earned rest. Bhavana,Shobha & Mira went out briefly to Arumugams house (Shobha carried gifts for Arumugams daughters) and then to Aswins (Subbis son) to see the new born baby. At Woodlands we had visitors in the evening-Padmini&Ramani and Gopalan&Minakshi. After this Bhavana & Guhan went out for dinner to Hot Breads and then to Madras Central to receive Rohit who was arriving by Shatabti from Bangalore.
On 30th morning Bhavana & Rohit left early for the US Consulate for their Visa interviews. Arumugham came to the Hotel to see Mira. B&R returned by noon after which we all checked out and went off to T.Nagar for lunch. After lunch B&R went off to meet uncle Xavier at St.Thomas Mount while Guhan & I relaxed in the upstairs room (where a new air conditioner had been recently installed) cooling off with thatha (my father). In the evening Shobha & I visited the Saradambal Vidyashram as well as the Venkatachalapati temple (TTD Information Centre) located nearby on Venkatanarayana Rd. Sri Saradambal Vidyashram is built on land donated by a mridanga vidwan (42 years ago) to the then Sringeri Acharya Sri Abhinava Vidya Teertha. His Holiness built a temple and consecrated Sri Saradambal & Sri Ganesha. The foundation stone for the expansion of this temple was laid by Sri Bharathi Teertha the present Acharya and the construction was carried out under the superintendence of Sri Sivasailam, Chairman of Amalgamation Group. Pratishta Kumbabhishekam of Sri Vidya Ganapathy, Sri Saradambal & Sri Adi Sankara was done on 19 May 1995 by the present Acharya. Upanishad & Sloka classes are conducted, Lalitha & Vishnu saharsanamams parayanam takes place and all festivals & pujas are conducted in the same manner as in Sringeri.
The TTD information centre has a Venkatachalapati Temple and an auditorium. The temple is in a large hall and has Utsava Murthy at the centre of the hall and the Moolasthanam at the rear with idols of Lord Srinivasa and Padmavathi Thayar where you receive teertham. Then you partake of prasadam and exit throught he rear where you see a Vainkuntha Perumal in Ananthasayanam posture in the Alamelu Manga Hall.
We were treated to some supremely divine music in the air conditioned Auditorium - a superb violin recital rendered by maestro Sri Chandrasekhar (blind from birth ?) who was playing enthoro mahanabhavulu one of the Pancharatna Keertanais of Saint Theagaraya.

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