Sri Govinda Damodara Swamigal Jayanthi Today…

Triplicane Periyava

Today is our Triplicane Periyava – Sri Govinda Damodara Swamigal Jayanthi (Maasi poorattadi). We are happy to share a nice collection of experiences with Swamigal by one of HIS devotees Sri Ganapathy Subramanian. He has shared them as 27 audio files here.

Some of Triplicane Periyava’s devotees transcribed them as a book last week to submit at HIS lotus feet on the occasion of HIS Jayanthi Mahotsavam. This E-Book can be read here.

Note: Sri Ganapathy Subramanian is the devotee behind the treasurable website: வால்மீகி ராமாயணம் என்னும் தேன். He has also written an in-depth article on how Triplicane Periyava led His life as mentioned in Ramayanam which can be read here.

Periyava of Angarai

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HIS DEVOTEES and admirers across the country will sadly miss His Holiness Sri Govinda Damodara Swamigal who attained Sidhdhi in Triplicane on January 19, at the age of 75. His Aradhana is taking place on February 1 (Sunday) in Agraharam, Pazhoor, off Karur Road, seven km from Tiruchi in Tamil Nadu. Known in his Poorvashrama as Sri Kalyanarama Sastrigal of Angarai village (near Tiruchi), fellow devotees of Kanchi Paramacharya used to refer to him even before he took to Sanyas in July 1992 as `Angarai Periyava’ only and never by his name. Though he had a big family to support and no other means of livelihood, this savant from Angarai gave up his Central Government job 50 years ago and took to uninterrupted `seven-day’ recital of Srimad Bhagavatam and Bhattadri’s Narayaneeyam in the forenoons followed by a discourse on it in Tamil in the evenings on the suggestion of Kanchi Paramacharya and brought immense relief and solace to families of countless devotees since then. From 1973 to 1991, he did this `Saptaha Parayanam’ preceding the auspicious Janmashtami every year in the immediate presence of Kanchi Paramacharya. It was delightful to see the Sage of Kanchi sitting nearby and listening to the discourses in rapt attention, as if it were for the first time he was hearing the glories of Lord Krishna!

One of Angarai Periyava’s admirers happened to be none other than a Poorvashrama younger brother of the Sage of Kanchi himself, by name Sadasivan but lovingly known as `Sivan Sir’ who advised his own large circle of friends and devotees to go for advice and solace to Angarai Periyava. And they obeyed Sivan Sir’s advice implicitly all through.

As for himself, this Savant was averse to publicity of any kind he was indifferent to fame or name or circumstance of affluence or its opposite he was fond of quoting the praise of Vedanta Desika by his son extolling such qualities of head and heart in his illustrious father and held that as the ideal of his own life.

No account of Angarai Periyava will be complete without a mention of V. Janakiraman who served His Holiness faithfully for 47 years without break. Angarai Periyava was the very personification of simplicity, compassion and wisdom.


Article Courtesy: The Hindu


  1. Ramani Balasubramanian says

    The explanation provided on all the 27 audio files by Ganapathy Subramanian are simply superb. I have enjoyed listening to all the 27 files. Shivaraman Ji- Thanks for putting this .

    • deepak mari krishna says

      Namaskaram sir my name is deepak mari krishna age 18. iam from tirunelveli. my family was an ardent devotee of shri kanchi mahaperiyava! Shri mahaperiyava was always applied in my dreams at several times and blessed my family! i want to share my experience about shri mahaperiyava! So if you dont mind plz call me this number!! 7339693925

  2. M.Narayanan says

    Mahaan ThiruvadigaLe CharaNam! The EBooks about the Mahaan are real Treasures to the Devotees! Hara Hara
    Shankara, Jaya Jaya Shankara1




  4. Jayasankaran says

    Dear G S Heard all the 27 audio s without break and felt elevated and elated. Your Guru bhakthi is asaathyam and touching. I always think that Mahaperiva my eternal Guru is unique and to have Him as Guru is a great blessing. Similarly you moved with Aangarai Periva in close quarters for a long period and enriched yourself because He deemed you as a fit and proper person (Sathpaathram) and showered his kndness and Aadeervadams in abundance. Your each audio is classic and spirit – enhancer. Your devotion and truth will take you to the similar path by His grace. You are great because of your association with such noble and higjly evolved soul. Our pranams to Him and to you. Thanks a lot for letting me invest in golden time by listening to the audio. 27 audios will etch for ever like 27 stars. My grateful ack. Sir.

    • says

      Thanks for your kind words. Have made some corrections and filled some gaps in this book version.
      srirama chandrashritha sadguroonaam paadaaravindam bhajataam naraanaam |
      arogyam aishwaryam ananthakeerthihi anthe cha vishnoho padamasti sathyam ||
      श्री राम चन्द्राश्रित सदगुरूणां पादारविन्दं भजतां नराणाम् |
      आरोग्यं ऐश्वर्यं अनन्त कीर्ति: अन्ते च विष्णो: पदमस्ति सत्यम् ||

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