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History of “Holy Paadukaas” of Parama Poojya Srimad Parijnanashrama Swamiji-III

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HISTORY OF THE HOLY PĀDUKĀS
(By: gourang kodical, bangalore)

SHREE GURUBHYO NAMAHA
SHREE BHAVĀNISHANKARĀYA NAMAHA

On the 28th of February 1977, a group of nine of us from Bangalore (group photo at the end of this article) representing CYMA – Chitrapur Young Men’s Association – a volunteer body in Bangalore, initiated and blessed by PP Parijnānāshrama Swāmiji, reached Rishikesh after a long journey.

The purpose of our visit was to pray to HH Parijnānāshrama Swāmiji III to kindly reconsider His decision to renounce the Mathādhipatya.

At the end of our brief stay of two days in the holy city, even though we were abundantly blessed by being in the Divine Presence of Beloved Swamiji, our actual mission had not been accomplished.

Envisaging this contingency, we had taken with us from Bangalore, a Shawl to be presented to Poojya Swāmiji, a blow up of Swāmiji’s photograph to be brought back with His autograph, and a set of new Pādukās to be brought back as Prāsādik after getting them blessed by Swāmiji.

In the morning of 1st of March – coincidentally Poojya Parijnānāshrama Swāmiji’s Ordination Day – the Shawl was draped on Him by Durganand Mullerpatan. Then, the ever compassionate Swāmiji placed His autograph on the photograph we had taken… and also blessed the Pādukās by keeping His Lotus Feet on them.

We left Rishikesh early on 2nd March bringing with us the sacred Pādukās to Bangalore. On Ugādi day, 20th March 1977, CYMA organised an Utsav with the Photograph and the Padukās. The palki was taken in a grand procession from Canara Union to Shri Chitrāpur Math. The Pādukās were then kept in the custody of Vidyanand & Durganand Mullerpatan (two of the nine devotees from our group and office bearers of CYMA), at their residence. (Sometime at a later date, when Durganand casually asked Swāmiji where the Pādukās should be kept eventually, He had spontaneously replied that naturally, they should be kept in the Math!).

Many of the devotees in Bangalore, especially the members of CYMA, started taking the Pādukās to their homes for worship on special occasions like Satyanārāyana Vrata and Saptāhās. So much so, that for four or five years after Swāmiji attained Māhā Samādhi in August 1991, a group of devotees from Talmakiwadi, Mumbai used to take the Pādukās all the way from Bangalore for Datta Jayanti celebrations. At all other times, the Pādukās remained with the Mullerpatan brothers and they regularly offered the daily Pooja with great fervour.

In January 1998, when the office bearers of CYMA met Parama Poojya Sadyojāta Shankarāshrama Swāmiji, they apprised Swāmiji of these sacred Pādukās. Poojya Swāmiji then expressed His wish to have them in His possession for worship. CYMA members were only too happy to offer them to Swāmiji. On the auspicious day of Sankrānti, 15th January 1998, the Pādukās were handed over to Poojya Swāmiji at the Pavitra Sthāna of the Samādhi of our Ādi Guru, Shrimat Parijnānāshrama I – Bhandikeri Math, Gokarn.

Now, after nearly 31 years, these very Pādukās will be taken first to Karla, and after a ceremonial Pooja there, will be taken with the Guru Jyoti to Gokarn via Goa. In the final lap of the journey, the Pādukās will be carried with pomp and pageantry from Bhandikeri Math, Gokarn to Shri Chitrapur Math, Shirali, a distance of 90+ kilometres. The Pādukās will be escorted by the devotees on foot, led by Parama Poojya Sadyojāta Shankarāshrama Swāmiji, to the accompaniment of Jaijaikārs, Bhajans and Nāmasankeertan.

This stupendous journey on foot between Gokarn and Shirali, termed Guru Jyoti Pāda Yātrā, a pet vision of our Poojya Swāmiji, has been meticulously planned out by Lt. Gen. Prakash Gokarn and his team. This will be the inaugural event, and the most important function of the Tercentenary celebrations of our Math and the Guru Paramparā.

The pādayātra will commence from Shri Bhandikeri Math, Gokarn at 07:00 Hrs. on Wednesday, 13th February 2008 and will culminate at Shirali in the morning of Friday, 15th February 2008. The Dindi (in Vārkari style), will make halts at designated places for rest and refreshments.

The Holy Pādukās will then be installed (pratishthā) in their rightful place, a Sannidhi created specially for THEM in our Math at Shirali – a truly befitting homage to His Guru, by the 11th Guru in our illustrious Guru Paramparā.~~~~~~~

(On Āshādha Ekādashi – 26th July 2007, Divgi Jayashri pachi of Pune handed over to Poojya Swāmiji at Karla, the Prāsādik Pādukās of Poojya Parijnānāshrama Swāmiji given to her by Swāmi Parijnānāshrama soon after giving her the Mantra Deekshā in the year 1972. She had been worshipping these ever since. When Poojya Sadyojāta Shankarāshrama Swāmiji expressed His pleasure at this magnanimous gesture of hers, Jayashri pachi simply said that it was quite commonplace for devotees to offer fruits and flowers to the Guru, but she considered it her extreme good fortune to be in a position to offer this veritable treasure to her Guru.

These Pādukās were reverentially accepted by Poojya Swāmiji and have now been placed among Swamiji’s personal deities for His Upāsanā).

The shawl being draped on P P Parijnanashram Swamiji III by Durganand Mullerpatan in Rishikesh

Parama Poojya Parijnanashram Swamiji III affixing His autograph on the portrait, in Rishikesh

About the Author :

< Sri Gourang Kodical, I was fortunate enough to know this Humble, Down to earth Gentleman (though not met him in person, would love to do so someday). He has always been an ardent devotee of Math, Guru & Guruparampara and he has been fortunate enough to have got the unique opportunity of serving the last three Guru's in the "Parampara".....9th Guru Param Poojya Anandashram (when he was in School/college), 10th Guru Param Poojya Parijnanashrama III and 11th Guru Param Poojya Sadyojat Shankarashrama.

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