Once there lived in Trichy a pious devotee of Guru Raghavendra whose name was Ramanathan, and he was a businessman, and he belonged to Hindu Mudaliar Community. Regularly during thursday’s he used to visit the Raghavendra Mutt at Srirangam, and worship Raghavendra Swamigal and Lord Sriranganathar at the Srirangam temple. He got married and had two sons, and the entire family were the believers of Sri Swamigal.
He was doing export business, exporting of food stuffs to other foreign countries. Once he had exported cardamom to Singapore through ship, and he stayed in a hotel at Singapore for a few days. One day night, he had experienced severe chest pain and suffered from severe heart attack. He could not even able to get up from the bed. He had realised that he is at the end of his life. Knowing that, with the severe pain in the chest, he started chanting the mantra
“OM SRI RAGHAVENDRAYA NAMAHA” for countless number of times. When he was almost nearing the death, suddenly a saint who was dressed in a saffron cloth entered his room, and gently pressed his chest in his hands, and left away from that room. He was astonished, and he found himself, that slowly he was recovering from his chest pain. That entire night he was doing meditation on Guru Raghavendra, and after waking up in the morning, he narrated the incident to the hotel management, and after the completion of his work, he returned to Trichy, and explained the entire incident to his wife and children.
After a week, he went along with his family to Mantralayam, and offered prayers to the holy saint, and donated few lakhs of rupees to the annadanam scheme to the temple management. He also narrated the incident to the pontiff of the Raghavendra Mutt, Mantralayam in a joyful manner, and after staying there for a few days he left Mantralayam and reached Trichy. From then onwards, every year during the Aradhana celebration days of Guru Raghavendra, he used to visit Mantralayam along with his family and used to donate sufficient money to the annadanam scheme in the temple office.
Let us worship the great saint Sri Guru Raghavendra and be blessed.