I think this thread is for bhakthas who follow the Mutt and the Swamiji. If you don't like the thread you need not visit it personally.
Dear Anand, you are right of course -- and therefore, in deference, I shall submit my comment here and avoid my discordant note over at Saidevo's corner.
..... Are you saying this is all just made up and there is no truth in it? Or it could be true but just promotes hero-worship and superstition?
Sishyas make up tall stories as though that is a mark of devotion to their acharya. Our acharya guru paramapara prabhavam are full of such stories. Adi Shankara is supposed to have transmigrated into another's body. Bhagavat Ramanuja, true to him being an Athisesha avathara, is supposed to have taken the form of a snake with 1000 heads, when he debated the Jains in Melkote. There are similar stories about Swami Sri Desikan and Swami Sri Manavala Mamunigal and scores of other Acharyas.
All of these stories start from some over-exuberant sishya who is no doubt impelled by exemplary devotion. Then, the rest, out of reverence for the respected Acharya and a desire not to cause any offense, or as a result of conditioned superstitious mind, just go along. In due course of time these stories take on lives of their own. The mind-set thus created is fertile ground where superstitions grow and flourish.
I don't know why a child-like, unquestioning reliance on inerrant Acharyas is often touted as a mark of true sishya. In fact, the Acharyas themselves seem to discourage this type of over adulation. I have personally witnessed a renowned and respected acharya often admonishing his sishyas for overdoing their reverence with claims that lead to superstitions -- he uses the word "மூட நம்பிக்கை".