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Greatness of Sandhyavandanam- Kanndiyan canla - 3 fingers & brahmin- Real story at Tirunelveli -Periyavaa


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Upadesham by H H Sree Sree Sree Maha Periyava

About Sandhyavandhanam – Kannadian Canal

There is a story which really happened about 500,600 years ago. This was also published by Archeology dept., and there are also evidences for this story.

One of the kings of Trivandrum made an idol of Ema Dharma / Kaala purusha using sesame – and filled with Gold and Enormous wealth and he invited the public to receive the idol as dhaanam. [free] [for restoration of his own health*]

Anticipating large wealth inside that sesame idol, many people approached the king , to receive the same, but they could not answer the questions posed by Kala purusha / Ema dharma and as a result some of them died also.

There was a Kannada brahmin in that city. Though he was not well versed in other Vedic Karmas / Vedas / Sastras etc., he used to perform Sandhyavandham 3 times, regularly, without omission. He approached the king for accepting that Sesame idol.

At that time, that Kala purusha idol showed three fingers. That Kannada brahmin refused. Then it showed 2 fingers, for which also he refused. Finally it showed one finger – he accepted.

Then the Kala purusha vanished from that sesame idol and that brahmin accepted all the wealth with that idol.

Three fingers denoted Phala / benefits of 3 times Sandhyavandhana , two fingers denoted benefits of 2 times sandhyavandhana and one finger – benefits of 1 time sandhyavandhana, i.e., benefits of Madhyanhikam only, which that brahmin renounced to Kala purusha and accepted that wealth.

But in view of having relinquished the power / phala / benefits of Madhyanhikam , he has to embrace the resulting papam / ill-fate of that king. [the king recovered from his decease immediately *]
[*as per original story - which is also available in
http://www.kamakoti.org/tamil/7dk212.htm# ]

For knowing the way for removal of that ill-fate, he approached Sage Agasthya – doing Thapas in Hill valleys, after handing over the wealth to a local gurukkal / temple priest, doing pooja in a Shiva temple.

But he could not find the Sage Agasthya. However, Sage Agasthya himself,
as an old Brahmin, in disguise, approached this Kannada brahmin , and inquired , to whom this Kannada brahmin narrated the entire story / happenings.

Then the old Brahmin / Agasthya advised him to perform the following Parihara / i.e., to spend the wealth as below:

  • On the way he would find a cow.
  • From that place he has to dig a culvert / canal till it stops to help the public for irrigation.
  • He must construct reservoirs, in between, wherever the cow dungs / urinates.

Kannada brahmin accepted and approached that temple priest to give back his wealth.

But the priest gave back some Toor dhall only, as in those days the Golds will be in the shape of Toor Dhall and the Sesame idol was originally filled with Golds in the shape of Toor dhall only.

He refused to accept the same and approached the king. But the priest didn’t accept the truth even to the king.

Hence, Kannada brahmin wanted that Priest to make promise by embracing the Shiva Linga, for which he is doing pooja, which was fixed for the next day.

But that Priest, through Abhichara prayoga, transferred the Power of Lord Shiva from that Linga to the near by Tree. However, the lord was kind enough and advised the fact to that Kannada Brahmin in his dream.

The next day, Kannada Brahmin requested that the priest to make promise by embracing the Tree instead of Shiva Linga. Though priest refused to do so, the King ordered him to make Promise as sought by Kannada Brahmin. As a result of false promise, that priest got burned alive.

Hence, that Lord is called Erichukatti Swamy.

Kannada Brahmin then received his wealth back and using the Cow formula told by that old man / Agasthya, he dug a canal which was then named as 'Kannadiyan Canal' – which is now providing water and making more lands of Tirunelveli very fertile.

This story narrates the benefits of Sandhyavandhanam.

Hence, all Brahmins are requested to do Sandhyavandhanam without fail, for the sake of entire community in general and for Moksham for self.
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