KANCHI MAHA SWAMI
Next Maha Swami went to Madurai,
Ramanathapuram, and Tirunelveli,
To visit all the Temples there,
And to Rameswaram thereafter.
After his bath in the sea water,
He took a handful of sands
To drop it in the Ganges river,
As a religious practice of Hindus.
Then he went to the Temple,
Situated at Tiruvanaikkaval,
Where he was specially invited,
For the religious function held.
It was for changing the earrings
Of Akilandeswari, the Goddess
He was invited, as a matter of right,
Followed by the Kanchi Mutt.
In the year 1844, a similar function,
Was held by the 64th Mutt head then.
And Maha Periyava’s grandfather
Ganapathi Sastri was its Manager.
Sastri received gold coins given
By Sivaji, the King of Tanjore then,
And he made two new earrings
Out of his offering to the Goddess.
Some more fund he raised,
From the gold that remained.
And with that fund he purchased
For the Mutt, 250 acres of land.
Also he started a Veda School,
To teach religious subjects well,
For the students who joined there,
And it became a famous center.
With Maha Periyava’s hands,
This time, two new golden earrings
Were offered to the Temple Goddess
Which added more charm to her face.
Then at Nerur, a religious place,
Maha Periyava paid his respects
To Guru Sadasiva Brahmendrar,
Whose body was laid to rest there.