The continued. We stayed in the big building that belonged to the PANyam cement factory in the place called Nagari.
PeriyavA started his in that place. So, it was not possible to move to any place for the next two months!
Dunlop KRShNan --uncle, my father and I were directed to go to Hampi (the old capital city of the Vijayanagara --empire) and have a look. On our way back to Hagari, he had asked us to bring along two distinguished people at Hospet, who were members of the Hampi renovation council. They came with us in --great happiness.
With them PeriyavA talked elaborately about KIzhambi and Hampi. He explained them the differences in the epigraphs at KIzhambi. He asked them, "What plans do you have for doing --renovation, of Hampi?"
The discussions prolonged. Since it was time for his , PeriyavA got up and went inside. When he came back after his , the notables from Hospet were not to be seen. "Go out some distance and check. If they are seen, bring them along." (He told an assistant).
It was a shock to us that those people went away without taking leave from PeriyavAL. The man who went in search of them came back saying he could not find them.
When the Hospet --friends, were passing BellAry, their car met with an accident. News arrive later on that one of them died on the spot and the other man escaped with heavy injuries.
Perhaps PeriyavA wanted to save them from that accident? Perhaps their fate was stronger (than the sage's wishes).
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1978, July 28.
To the four of us--myself, Dunlop KRShNan, Dr.SubrahmaNiyan, and --handloom shop, VengkaTarAmaiyar--PeriyavA gave an order: "Do daily --recital, of .
The conversation grew on the subject. PeriyavAL talked about AmbalavANa DEsikar (a pontiff of the and NamachchivAya PaNDAratthAr. He said that AmbalavANa DEsikar during his last days got relieved from the MaTham administration, and attained at some other place. It was a surprise to us as to how PeriyavAL gets to know these historical news and keeps them in his memory.
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1978, August 2.
PeriyavA gave an elaborate explanation about the --greatness, of the KAnchIpuram and KumbakONam --sacred places.
He said that the widest roads in the world and the houses built close to each other with no gap in between were to be found in KAnchIpuram. Similarly, he showed how KumbakONam and its surrounding places house the largest number of temples and sacred places.
"There are no hills at all in the Thanjai (ThanjAvUr) district. Yet, if only in that --region, are found the largest number of temples built of rock, the reason was only . Of the 274 , 200 places are in the ThanjAvUr district (presently Thanjai, NAgai (NAgappaTTinam), TiruvArUr districts). There are epigraphs in the temple of NAgesvara-svAmi at KuDandhai--KumbakONam, that --grants, were given for study of the --Hindu scriptures.
"The CholA kings, during the times when KAvEri was in flood, built --floats, and used them to bring the rocks from the Kollimalai, and built the temples.
"There is a called ANDAn-kOvil. An --devotee, called ANDAn lived there, so the village got his name. A canal called ODam-pOkki runs there. When the rocks were brought through ODampOkki to build the temple at TiruvArUr, they took one stone per trip and build the temple at SIrkAzhi. This is a place with numerous epigraphs. In these epigraphs, the content is written first in the , then in Telugu script and thirdly in the ."