We feel blessed to have got the opportunity to connect to you and others in Divya Saketham, because of which this divine experience was possible for us. When Mukundan Swamin from Dallas shared his experience and assured we will be able to take my mother who is 80 years old with limited mobility, I was still skeptical, as we never knew anything about the place. The only impulse was that we should take our mother to see the Samatha Murthy statue as she will cherish that.
Our positive experience started once you connected us to Krishna Swamin. Krishna Swamin always responded to our messages and questions and guided us to reach the Ashram, by providing specific details of distance, landmarks and route. This was very helpful to us, as we had language barrier and we showed that to taxi driver.
Krishna Swamin connected us to Sambasiva Rao garu for the Ashram guest house accommodation and he was extremely kind and helpful to us. Sambasiva Rao garu’s wife provided the morning coffee for us even without asking, given that we had my elderly mother with us.
Both of them were so hospitable and guided us for all the places that we should see in the Ashram and Statue of Equality and the options available.(Ramar temple, participate in Sudharsana homam, to know about the blind school, Veda padasala, JIMS hospital, goshala, gardens etc). They always checked on us and made sure if we got food, if mother was comfortable and had good darshan and whether we saw all places. Sambasiva Rao garu was kind enough to see us off and even facilitated our conversation with cab driver, as we had language constraint.
We are also thankful for the food that was served in abundance in the Ashram 3 times a day.
We were astonished by the arrangements and structure in the Samatha Murthy premises, which was seamless even for a wheel chair person like my mother. We couldn’t stop wondering, how much thinking and planning should have gone into it to make it accessible for one and all. We will always remember the kind and professional gesture of Wheelchair helper (Gopal) which kept my mother comfortable throughout and cherish each one of the Divya desams. The unique and unbelievable experience to see all 108 divya desams in one place is a big blessing for us. It will be nice if the 108 divya desam book is made available in tamil language too.
Thank you so much to each and everyone who we came across in this divine journey. The humbleness, dedication and devotion of the people around did transform us in a positive way and assured our faith in Ramanuja way of life.