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Athaamanni - kindest person - paropakari

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  1. lalithavennkat

    lalithavennkat Silver IL'ite

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    Thiruvisanallur is a small village in the bank of cauvery river near Kumbakonam, Thanjavur District.
    There were only 30-40 brahmin families and the total population was around 300 only. Rukku Mami's
    family was a very poor and orthodox family. She got married at the age of nine and lost her husband
    in her sixteenth year. She had only one daughter by name Mogambal. In 1907 female children going
    out for schooling was very rare. Hence Mogam was not able to go to school. But due to her keen interest,
    she learnt Sanskrit by herself from the Sastrigals who were her neighbours.

    Rukku Mami used to make appalam etc and sell for her livelyhood. She used to go for samayal work also.
    She made her daughter marry to Sri Appudu, who was working in the Cooperative Society in Thiruvidaimarudur. Mogam's MIL was also a widow and hence all of them were living with MIL's brother Mali.

    They were living in a neighbouring Village Veppathur. When Mogam got married there were 7 children in
    the age group 2 to 8 and they all used to call her Athaamanni. By then she had become Athaamanni to the
    whole village and she was Athaamanni for everyone till her death.

    Athaamanni hardly lived 8 years with her husband and he died of Cancer. Since then she had started living
    for others only. She had a daughter Rajeswari,a pretty girl. Somehow Athaamanni made her to do her
    school final and got her married to a person who was a teacher in Ganapathi Agraharam.

    After her daughter's marriage Athaamanni went to Kasi (Gaya) removed her hair and started wearing
    Naarmadi, those days widow's style of saree. Even after that also her problems were not over. Her
    daughter who came for delivery died on 16th day of her delivery. Now Athaamanni started living for her
    grand daughter Exactly one year after the birth her grand daughter also died of Jaundice. Meanwhile she
    lost her MIL also.

    At the age of 40 she came to Madras to help one of her distant relatives girl, who was having heart problem, not got married and working in a school. Again Athaamanni 's work started. She had to get up
    early morning to make everything ready for the girl. Athaamanni was helping her till her death. She used
    to tell that she should die without troubling anyone. As per wish, she died at the age of 80 with no trouble
    to anyone. She had even kept some money for, whoever does her last rites. She herself arranged for
    performing yearly DEVASAM at Raghavendra Temple. The only work she left for others were, to inform the
    month and thithi of her death to the Mutt.

    I would prefer this opportunity to show my gratitude to her. I hope she will definitely bless us from the
    Heaven.
     
  2. Meenaneelakantan

    Meenaneelakantan Bronze IL'ite

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    Only a few take that one step forward to help others though not really in a position to do so. <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Ur</st1:place></st1:city> athaamanni should have had lots of determination to see all that happened n she should have had a big heart to extend her hand in help to others. I know of somebody like her, my very distant relative. She lost her husband wen she was pregnant n lost her baby too within a few mins of its birth. As what she started off as a good life seemed to have come to an end within that 12 months time. But she regained her strength soon n made up her mind to spend the rest of her life doing something worth spending this precious life God has given her. She is now more than 65, doing service in a mutt in Chennai, teaching students for the past 40 years. Whenever i hear or think of her, i feel like saluting her. Theres a lot to learn for us from ppl like your athaamanni. :bowdown<st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"></st1:place></st1:city>


    Regards
    Meena
     
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  3. iyerviji

    iyerviji IL Hall of Fame

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    Dear Lalitha

    Your Athamanni seems to be a great lady with will power.After having so many problems and inspite of her husband's death in a short period it was great of her to continue her life and being helpful to others.

    It shows how nice she was that she died without troubling anyone and also to have arranged for her devasam also. A great soul with tremendous
    will power. She will definitely bless u.

    viji
     
  4. kaverivenkat

    kaverivenkat Bronze IL'ite

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    Dear Lalithavennkat,

    Very good tribute to your aththaamanni.
    :hatsoff:hatsoff to her.


    kaverivenkat
     
  5. Nivedi

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    Lalitha,

    This is a heartfelt tribute to many women like your Ataamanni, working silently and making no noise of the brickbats that life throws at them.
     
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    This was touching.Many of us ,who grew up in families that were not nuclear like they are now, do remember someone similar to your athaamanni.We may forget to say Thank You while they were alive or after they have left this world.You chose a good time,the coming week is Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S and you have probably helped kindle good memories of these good souls.
    Regards,Parvat
     
  7. Gowri66

    Gowri66 Gold IL'ite

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    Very touching ! Heartfelt salutations to "Athaamanni" and to her will power !

    An opportunity for us to learn a lot from them ( "Good & Pure" souls ) !
    Thanks a lot for sharing with us ....
     
  8. Anandchitra

    Anandchitra IL Hall of Fame

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    Very well written.. a nice tribute too. There are really very very few such women left and we are fortunate to know of atleast one during our lifetime. Thanks for sharing about a special person worth reading about. Keep writing dear:)
     
  9. Mindian

    Mindian IL Hall of Fame

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    dear lalitha,
    enjoyed reading about your athaamanni..hats off to her....such women are the true liberated women....and it is always a pleasure to read about them...especially admired the way she did not want to trouble anyone over her last rites and devasham...
    Mindi
     
  10. lalithavennkat

    lalithavennkat Silver IL'ite

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    Dear Meena,

    Thank you for your FB. People like athaamanni are still with us.
     

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