From S. Subramania Kurukkal

We recently received this archival photo from S.Subramania Kurukkal, Chief Priest of the Maha Ganapathy Temple in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, along with the following note:

"Om Namashivaya,

I am sending you a picture which was taken of Gurudeva's 53rd Jayanti function held in Alaveddy in 1982. In the photo, I am performing the function helped by late Subramania Shastrigal from Nallur.

I wanted to share the story of my meeting Yogaswami: I was maybe the age of nine. After my upanayanam ceremony I was instructed by my uncle to do my daily rituals and pooja for our native Navaly Sinthamany Pilliyar (Ganesha). Then after finishing pooja and prayers I left for home. On the way some gentlemen told me that Swami from Columbuthurai is staying in a house near to our temple, so I was anxious to see him. I went there and looked through the window. I was so scared to see him with his long beard and powerful eyes. Suddenly he turned his head and looked at me and asked me to come inside. I went inside and he instructed me, "don't be afraid, you are a great Gurukkal. You will be a chief priest in Western countries like Canada. Now you can go and play with your friends." I was so happy to hear this news, and I went and told to my uncle. He told me when the time comes it will happen. Do your services to Lord Ganesha."

5 Responses to “From S. Subramania Kurukkal”

  1. Thillaiampalam Sivayogapathy says:

    Aum Sri Ganesha Thunnai!

    Aum Nalluran Vel Muruhan Thunnai!

    Aum Namasivaya !

    Vanakkam to All Sivathondars!

    The Well said Note by Sri Subramaniya Kurukal of Navaly, Jaffna

    & later in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada is a very authentic story.

    The House near the Sinthamany Pillayar Kovil Veethi is the

    ancestors’ Home of Late Mr.S.Ratnakaram, who was a leading

    Lawyer (Proctor) in Colombo (# 7- Wilson Street, Hulfsdorp, Colombo-12).

    Late Mr.S.R was an ardent devotee of Yogaswami & Swami used to visit

    the said Navaly House too. Late Mr.S.R was my father’s Lawyer, as well as a good friend too.

    In one “NATCHINTHANAI ” song, Swami mentioned Late Mr.S.R’s Children’s Names too,

    like Manohari, Aananthaachi, Chellaachi & Kamalaachi.

    Navaly is a Village, next to our Home Village namely Sangarathai.

    I still remember, when Sri Subramaniya Kurukkal was a young, handsome man,

    he used to ride a well decorated New “RALEIGH” Bicycle & pass our Home “Thillai Vasa”.

    The photo of this article is a very rare & memorable one, carries the story of our Parama Guru

    Yogaswami & our beloved SatGuru Gurudeva. ! This shall be cherished by all devotees for ever!

    Aum Siva, Siva!

    Mikka Nanri (Thank you),

    Anpudan, (with Love),


    Thillaiampalam Sivayogapathy,


  2. Rajen Manick says:

    Beautiful testimony indeed about the insight of Great Souls like Sivayogaswami! Aum.

  3. Rajendra Giri says:

    Thanks for sharing,

    Aum Namah Shivay!

  4. muthu says:

    Thanks for sharing

  5. Thanam Joseph says:

    True to the words of Gurudeva, krukal was brought to Singapore pillayar temple by my granduncle
    the late Manickavasar and then to the lucky people of Edmonton.

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