Sri Vani Saraswathi
Bestower of the power of the word - VANI SARASWATHI
On a visit to a sthapathi in Mahabalipuram, Swamigal's eyes fell on an unfinished sculpture of Goddess Saraswati. It is quite unusual to see stone idols of Goddess Saraswati in India.
He asked why was it unfinished. Had someone not claimed her? The sthapathi there confirmed that a client from Vĳayawada had placed an order but had not taken delivery of it.
Swamigal decided to take Her to Walajapet, and She was installed after 135 days of homam. The sthapathi was to participate in the installation. The date was fixed, all preparations were executed. Unfortunately, the sthapathi met with an accident and suffered severe head injuries.
Consulting astrologers, Swamigal was guided to tell the sthapathi that he was affected by the evil eye. He was declared to be in a critical condition, a testing moment indeed for a healing complex.
Swamigal consulted the olai chuvadi and learnt that the sthapathi had an unfinished commitment to Goddess Mariamman. Swamigal undertook to fulfil this commitment on his behalf.
During all the 135 yagas conducted prior to Goddess Saraswati's installation, the sankalpam was for the healing of this sthapathi!
Even when he took the idol of Saraswati to Koothanur, the prime centre for Goddess Saraswati, the intention was that the sthapathi should recover completely and be present at the installation. The sthapathi had a miraculous recovery and was present at the installation. In all this anxiety, Swamigal forgot to buy the kalasa for the kumbabhishekamof Goddess Sarawati, but found one inadvertently in his centre.
His sense of fulfilment was complete when six vans full of children arrived to witness the kumbabhishekam. This, he believed, was divine validation.