KANCHI MAHA SWAMI
All the devotees at Tirupati
Gave the senior Maha Swami,
Such a warm welcome there,
As if it was never seen before.
The Temple Management Heads,
Received him with full honors,
And gave him the silk dresses
Worn by the presiding God.
It was an occasion for them,
To respect and glorify him,
And the Lord of the temple
In the prescribed grand scale.
He offered the Lord then,
Silk-wears, gold ornaments,
Nine kind of valuable stones,
As his humble submission.
He was happy and enjoyed,
All the three days he stayed,
By taking his bath in waterfalls,
At Papanasam and other places.
At nights, he gave nice lectures,
In simple Telugu, to all devotees,
And glorified the Mutt’s Pundits
By offering them Silk-Shawls.
To Venkatagiri, he then moved.
In the new Sankara Mutt he stayed,
And celebrated the Sankara Jayanthi,
The festival that was due for that year.
He offered to the King and Pundits,
Silk-shawls as valuable gifts to them,
And the King, in return, gave him,
A silver vessel with thousand holes.
Wherever Maha Swami went,
He was received with due respect
For his encouraging lectures,
That uplifted the ignorant masses.
“Maha,” means the great.
“Periyava,” means the eldest.
To respect his position well,
His devotees gave him this title.