We all know Pradosham Mama also known as Pradosham Venkatrama Iyer (Meela Adimai as he refers himself), the 64th Nayanmar as fondly referred by none other than the Pratyaksha Parameshwara Sri Sri Sri Maha Periyava….
Mama’s Bhakthi towards Maha Periyava is beyond words… One of the depictions of Mama’s Bhakthi is “Mani Mantapam For Maha Periyava” – The Spiritual & Architectural Marvel Of The World In This Century !!!
Pradosham mama’s divine celebration of Maha Periyava never rests a single day (till date carried over with intense bhakthi by mama’s followers) nor does it settles for anything less than a Celestial Festival. As much as mama is known for his Bhakthi, we also hear about mama’s kovam (though it vanishes the next moment)…
Besides his daughter Lalithambal, Mama had two sons Arunachala Ramanan & Ganesan who were physically /mentally challenged from the wordly views though referred to as “Rishi Avatharam” by Periyava Himself… We can keep reading and hearing more & more about Pradosham Mama…
As much as we come to know about Pradosham Mama, His Bhakthi, His Followers & Their Ardent Bhakthi towards Maha Periyava, we cannot help but adore yet another great soul who is none other than Smt. Vedhambal, wife of Sri Pradosham mama.
“யாவற்றையும் உதறி பதிக்கு அடிமையேற்றால்தான் மகான்” (79 H)
“பெண்டிரால் அடைய முடியாத நிலை துறவி” (79 I)
in his book Yenipadigalil Maandhargal… and Sri Sar explains it further as
புருஷர்கள் உலக பாசங்களனைத்தையும் விலக்கி தெய்வ பாசத்தில் மட்டும் லயிக்காத வரையில் அவர்கள் ‘மகான்’ நிலையை அடைய முடியாது. ஆனால் உலக ஆசைகளை துறந்து பகவானுக்கும் முக்யமாக கணவனுக்கும் அடிமையேற்று விட்டாலே ஓர் மனைவி மகானாக மாறி விடலாம். மகான்களாக இயங்கக்கூடிய ஸ்திரீகள் மறுபிறவியில் புருஷர்களாக பிறந்து துறவியின் நிலையை அடைபவர்களாவர்.
Mami has been a real pillar of strength in Pradosham mama’s life.
There is a quote that goes like this: “Motherhood is near to divinity. It is the highest, holiest service to be assumed by mankind”. We all know that no occupation in this world is more trying to soul and body than the care of young children and specially children with special needs! What patience and wisdom, skill and unlimited love it calls for. Mami has proved her divinity by taking care of her kids besides mama’s busy commitments.
Being a devoted wife and a loving mother, her bhakthi towards Maha Periyava has been equally intense like mama’s.
Here is Mathrushri Vedhambal Mami’s Photo in her ripe age today: