|The Kendras and Archanas|
Kendras is a unique concept of the Sri Reddiapatti Swamigal adiyargal (followers). There are 12 main Kendras as designated by the Guru
himself. The Kendras are named after the months of the Tamil calendar,
which is similar to the 12 months of the English
Calendar. Each of the Kendra has the responsibility to help devotees
achieve their ends with the help of the Guru Sri Reddiapatti Swamigal.
of these Kendras during the designated month will organise to perform a
“LAKSHARCHANAI” – chanting the 1008 mantras of Sri Reddiapatti
Swamigal so as to achieve 100,000 numbers. The effort culminates with a
minimum of 100 devotees sitting down at a pre appointed place in the house
of the Kendra and offer flowers at the feet of the Guru’s photo with the
intonation of each mantra.
master of that particular house is known as the Kendradipathi.
He has the responsibility to ensure that the devotees are comfortable
during the entire process of the Laksharchanai celebrations. The event
almost resembles a typical South Indian marriage.
pooja commences with the reception of the devotees who are offered the
Thamboolam, which actually denotes a warm welcome.
devotees once seated begin the proceeding with a small stint of meditation.
The all-powerful sound of OM reverberates the enclosed atmosphere from an
audiocassette and the devotees with their eyes closed focus their mind on
the Divine. The fragrance of the agarbathis (fragrance sticks)
fills the atmosphere coupled with the serene silence results in a special
vibration which all the words would not be able to describe.
meditation succeeds the reading of the Arul Vaakku (Divine Message).
Arul Vaakku is actually a conversation with the Guru himself and helps the
devotees to understand the nuances of the mantra with which the Archana is
performed. The Arul Vakku written in the beautiful Tamil language
elucidates the essence of life with lovely anecdotes, which makes one’s
understanding so easy.
we have the Abhishekam for the idols of Sri Reddiapatti Swamigal
and Sri Paripoorna Vinayakar.
Abhishekam is usually accompanied by the singing of the Ganesha
Pancharatna Kritis that has been set to the Carnatic style by the Guru
himself and expounded beautifully subsequently by Arul Kavi Thava
thiru Sadhuram Swamigal who has also attained samadhi. The singing
is either in the form of a concert with all percussions or in the form of
group singing. The atmosphere is charged with the song of the Divine.
Archana – chanting of the
1008 mantras of Sri Reddiapatti Swamigal, follows the Abhishekam. All
devotees sit in absolute surrender to the Divine. A leader reads out the
mantra each of which ends with the word “potri” which also
means “namah” in Sanskrit which means “my humble offering to
you with profound respect.
Ananda Kummi follows the Archana. Ananda Kummi as the names suggest is
a moment of great happiness. After having tuned the mind and body to the
Divine, the body experiences unprecedented happiness and would like to
dance in the joy of the creation. There are special Kummi songs, which are
sung, in rhythmic beats and the devotees go around in a circle around the
Guru’s photograph decorated and kept in the centre. The clapping of the
hands to the rhythm and the dancing really peaks to an ultimate moment
with the Divine.
Divine in such an exalted state is then offered the Maha Deeparadhanai,
which essentially is the chanting of the Vedic mantras culminating with
the lighting of the camphor and invoking the blessings of the Divine.
kendradipathi then provides prasadam - Adiyargal virunthu
- to all the devotees who with tears of joys in their eyes, satiated leave
for their respective homes carrying the pleasant experience of the Divine.
are large numbers of devotees of Sri Reddiapatti Swamigal and each one of
them are desirous of performing the above Archana in their house. Thus in
addition to the 12 main Kendras there are now around 52 other Kendras who
are now called as the Sahasranama Kendras where the achievement of 100,000
archanas is not compulsory.
The 52 Kendras are spread over the States of Tamil Nadu predominantly, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Sri Reddiapatti Swamigal devotees are living in Singapore, the USA, and Germany and also in the United Kingdom