devotee:...... Sundaresan, New Delhi
compiler:..... T.S. Kothandarama Sarma
source:....... Maha PeriyavaL - Darisana AnubhavangaL vol.7, page 94-96
publisher:.... VAnathi Padhippaham (Oct 2009 Edition)
type:......... book, Tamil
Sundaresan, New Delhi, had boundless interest towards God NaTarAjA. If --principle of NaTarAjA, was feast for his intellect, NaTarAjA's statues were feast for his eyes and heart.
What is the distinction in the NaTarAjA statue of KonEripuram? Of what sort is NaTarAjA of TiruvAlankADu? What is so special about the sacred physique of Thillai (Chidambaram) NaTarAjA? The largest NaTarAjA --statue in the world is at NeyvEli--he would speedily throw such ample details in no time.
Sundaresan who had unshakable --devotion towards the shaking God, also had solid towards KAnchi MahA-periyavAL too, who was often sitting motionless in silence.
Sundaresan, hands folded on his chest, stood before the mahA-svAmigaL.
"Did you see the MakizhanjchEri NaTarAjA?"
Like an arrow the question hit him.
'I never mentioned my --personal, interest in NaTarAjA to PeriyavAL... How did he know it?'
"No", said Sundaresan.
"It's near the village PanangkuDi, this MakizhanjchEri. You know about the --distinction in that village? NaTarAja Shivam is doing his --permanent living, in the PerumAL (ViShNu) temple! A that is more wonderful than (the one) at Chidambaram. Go and see it. Come back and tell me what speciality you observed in it."
Sundaresan went to MakizhanjchEri the very next day, and went to the PerumAL temple, taking a BhaTTAchArya--ViShNu temple priest, with him. When the priest heard that it was 'periyavAL uthtiravu'--PeriyavA's order, he set Sundaresan in --unity with NaTarAjA.
Inch by inch----(Tam)the circular, decorated, metal frame around the statue, locks of hair that were spread, hand that carried an --(Tam) a small drum, another sacred hand that carried the fiery flame, a beautiful face where a smile of --bliss snaked through, the sacred foot that was aloft, the other foot firmly rooted on the ground--Sundaresan saw every feature in the statue. His orders were to report any speciality he watched, right?
Oh! That flower of the thorn-apple plant! That's it, which lies overturned on the head! Shouldn't it be straight? This one looks overturned and slipping, about to fall over the apex of the forehead? Why so?
Standing ten feet away, Sundaresan watched it. He went to see the back of the statue and was enthralled at the beauty of the back! The statue was created to portray the body-insensate state of the --frantic dance of bliss!
Sundaresan stood before PeriyavAL (who asked him):
"Doesn't the MakizhanjchEri NaTarAjA look like he is in body-insensate ?"
"Yes, it is --very natural, as if the thorn-apple flower on the head overturns and is about to slip through the front of his head."
"!--well! You have looked very well at the details! NaTarAjA has performed different varieties of dance in different s--sacred places. At MakizhanjchEri, it was --crazy, frantic dance, which is an---rare --dance!"
The devotees who were audience to this speech were enthralled, with loss of sensation of their body. But then, PeriyavAL himself, fully conscious of his body, was wandering in the great space of ShivAnanda!