The Untold Story (Part -2)
The house was sold off many years ago and was reaquaired by Gurudev’s family. After it was reaquired, it was completly demolished and reconstructed and recreated exactly how it was. As an example also, the tiles on the roof were made to be brought from Kerela which the previous construction had used. Although, there are many parts of the floorings, etc which are still from the previous construction.
This is where Gurudev have run around playing and eating, it is the first main hall after entering inside the house:
A side of the main hall having a big picure of Gurudev and our beloved Amma. It was such a different feeling to sit around here and know that Gurudev
The Kitchen Area:
This is the picture of the first floor where currently the Pathshala is running: In those days there was no first floor.
This is the view from the balcony on the first floor. Directly in front of the house. In any temple, the dome above the deity are called Gopuram. In a temple there may be 3 or 4 different temples and every one would have a Gopuram of its own. The Gopuram above the main deity of the temple is called Raja Gopuram. It is rare and indeed astonishing that Guruji’s main entrance of the house is parellal to the main Gopuram and the main entrance of the temple. All of them fall in a straight line!!!!!
This the temple where Guruji was often found running away to which is located absolutely opposite to the house! Even as a child, he was never interested in playing football or games, but instead had a Puja Kit of his own and was often found playing with it and praying at the temple or simply sitting there wondering!
Finally this is Gurudev’s room where he rests every time he visits Papanasham. He was there last year also in Papanasham while on tour of Tamilnadu. So so simple…..
I must insist that anytime you are in India next, please do visit Papanasham and relish the childhood of Guruji. The environment, the space, the energy, it was indeed mesmersing. The best way to get there is to reach Kumbhakonnam and stay at Hotel Raya’s, as they excellent rooms and very clean too.
Please get in touch with me should you need any more information.