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Meenakshi Vs. Ross Peter & Hid White Stallion

Discussion in 'Snippets of Life (Non-Fiction)' started by Thyagarajan, Oct 17, 2017.

  1. Thyagarajan

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    At a time when undivided India was under British empire, an officer from Great Britain was posted by the then Queen Victoria to Madura - now known as Madurai - a city in the erstwhile Madras Presidency of South India. He reluctantly arrived sometime in the year 1812, assumed charges of District Collector of Madura.

    He was totally immersed in the city’s governance and soon got quite acclimatized to nuances of the local culture. He witnessed thousands of devotees collecting around Goddess Meenakshi temple, thronging in and around the shadow cast by towering seven-tier pinnacles and of the domes above the sanctum sanctorum. During popular festivals including chithirai thiruvizha (summer festival), the place attracted thousands from outstations and even from Far East. He was greatly moved and impressed by the faith of the devotees of Goddess Meenakshi.

    This impression had led him to a profound yearning and quest to enter the temple to have a look at the main deity at her sanctum. Under the extant rules of admission to the temple, authorities barred entry to followers of other faiths and religion to the temple and or sanctum. He being a Christian and given to respect other religions and their sensibilities, he did not force an entry into the temple. Day in and day out, this nagging thought of not being able to see the Deity at her sanctum was weighing heavily on him.

    Just around dawn, rain or shine, everyday he used to go around the city. Sitting on a saddle on his fully tacked white tall horse, he used to commence his rounds beginning at the temple, circumambulating the outskirts of huge Madurai Meenakshi temple complex. Residents and bystanders around the temple stood-still in awe, to watch him seated majestically on a robust stout shining horse with his booted-feet supported in glistening metal stirrups on either side. His profound desire to witness the Goddess and proceedings at her sanctum of the temple grew stronger day by day.

    Two seasons went by.

    It was vee hours of the sultry summer night, when he was all alone in deep sleep; he felt he had heard intermittent jingling mixed with chuckle and chortle. He woke up lazily to distant musical and rhythmic sound and then to his delight he saw without batting an eyelid, an angelic girl with a resplendent countenance radiating effulgence that dispelled the surrounding darkness stood tapping her foot at a distance; it was awesome to look at the bright aura behind her, her tresses tumblr styled, head bedecked with a gem-studded golden crown and wearing a flowing dark red skirt and a silk blouse.

    The ankles of her feet were tied with the small musical anklets (metallic bells strung-together). The girl was tapping her foot steadily and softly, beckoning him with her stretched forehands and crooked fingers to come close to her. He stood up lazily in darkness rubbing his eyes softly and stepped slowly toward her. But the distance between him and the girl was lengthening, as the girl was moving backwards producing hypnotizing intermittent rhythmic musical sound emanating from her anklets. He was following her for some time through large hall, long foyer and along the mud-laden tree-lined streets. At last, he found the girl had made him run and panting.

    They both had almost reached the main entrance of the Meenakshi temple complex. A pair of highly crafted ornated thick closed huge wooden doors fixed with numerous metallic bells stood blocking the entrance of the temple.

    At that juncture he felt the nip in the air which turned tad windy, blowing with a roar and kicked out blinding dust vortex followed by an eerie lightning and deafening thunder that pierced across the entire city. He simultaneously saw the angelic girl transformed into an exquisite woman waving slowly at him while aura receding behind her, she passed through the doors and into the temple. She vanished from his view which had left him nonplussed for a while. It was dark around him.

    In lashing rains, he went homewards totally drenched, only to find to his astonishment that his bungalow - an edifice that it was - razed to the ground and stood in a heap of debris. At the same time, the sight of his white stallion standing tall, looking at the distance rubble and kicking in its stable in the far corner warmed his heart. The horse shifted its gaze from the rubble to the master in proximity, its eyes welled-up; acknowledging master’s presence, it lifted its tail, neighed heavily, nodding its head vertically up and down.

    Ross Peter believed and concluded in his heart of heart that Goddess Meenakshi arrived in good time and granted apparition to escort him to safety and saved his horse and him. Many in the city too believed that he and his horse were saved due to the very act of his regular circumambulation on that horse during every dawn the shrine of Meenakshi temple with intense contemplation of the Goddess at Her sanctum.

    As a show of his eternal gratefulness and indebtedness to Goddess Meenakshi, in consultation with chief priest and authorities of the temple, Rose Peter donated a pair of highly decorated golden shoes weighing 28 tolas (A tola is approximately 11.5 grams) studded with 412 red stones, 72 emeralds, 80 diamonds and cat’s eye, pearls, sapphires. Even to this day, during temple festivals, temple authorities use these golden shoes to decorate and embellish replica of Goddess Meenakshi idol before the latter is taken on a tacked horse around within the precincts and the broad streets around the Meenakshi temple.
     
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    Being a Maduraivasi, feel very happy to give the first feed back. you have nicely narrated the incident. Still to day, Annai Meenakshi is playing a lot, doing lot of miracles. You make us others to know this incident by your good narration. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Feeling blessed to read this..Happy Diwali to you and your family sir:blush:
     
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    :hello::astonished:There are two corrections needed -one -in the title of the above posted thread - It should read as - Meenakshi vs. Rose Peter & His Stallion. second one in the last but one para Ross to be read as Rose.Inadvertence deeply regretted.
     
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    :hello:Thank you from the bottom of my heart for Deepavali wishes and thoughtful comments.:hello:Meenakshi memudhum dhehi is wonderful song composed in Sanskrit by legendary Muthuswami dikshidhar in Ragam Purvi Kalyani rendered mellifluously by MS Amma, Sow Sudha Ragunathan and other Carnatic giants. Mere Listening to this song with understanding the lyrics would transport the listener to Goddess Meenakshi sanctum at Madurai.
    Regards. God Bless Us All.
     
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    :hello:thank you . kindly see my notes #5. Regards. God Bless Us All.
     
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    Superb post. Very well narrated.
     
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    @Thyagarajan very nice narration brother.i have read this from one of the story written by Varalotti Rangasamy.He lives in Madurai and he writes mostly about Lord Krishna .
    Happy Deepavali
     
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    @Thyagarajan Sir - Very nice narration ! Ambal's Leelais are far too many. Me too have heard about this particular Leelai. If I am correct,Madurai people affectionately refer this person Rose Peter as ' Peter Pandiyan '. Thank you for mentioning this piece of article of yours in my post and giving me a chance to read and enjoy.

    Namaskarams and Deepavali wishes,
    Pavithra
     
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