Kumbakonam is a small town, with the maximum number of temples - large and small, on the banks of the holy river Cauvery, in Tamilnadu, South India. In late 19th century, Sri Kuppuswami Srinivasan of the Madabusi family of Thiruchirai, lived in Kumbakonam. Srinivasan was a clerk in a textile shop in Kumbakonam.
In another small town of South India, called Erode, Sri Thiru Narayanan of Kattur near Thiruvallur (Chennai) lived in the Kottai area with his family. He was the Ameena in the Erode Munsif Court. He had a daughter by name Komalam. The family's Kula Dheivam was Sri Namagiri Thayar of Namakkal, near Erode.
17 Sannathi St.
Srinivasan married Komalam and they lived in house No.17 (now 38), East Sannadhi Street of Sri Sarangapani Perumal Koil. 'Sannathi street' is the street just in front of any Temple; the street leeds straight into the Sannadhi (Sanctum Santorium).
Names Become Respectful with Age
As the couple grew older their names would change, somewhere down the line; they would become Srinivasa Iyengar (Iyengar is the caste title) and Komalathammal (amma or ammal is 'mother' or also 'lady'.) Obviously, by that time, Thiru Narayanan also would become Sri Thiru Narayana Iyengar.
Komalathammal did not have children even after a long time after marriage and this was a matter of great concern for her family. So Thirunarayanan prayed intensely to their Kuladeivam, Sri Namagiri Thayar. One day Namagiri Thayar descended (Avaesam) on Thiru Narayanan's wife, Rangamma and assured that Komalam would get children. Sri Thayar also gifted a bonus; She declared, "I shall be in the tongue of the eldest born." Thirunarayanan was very happy and he immediately tied a small coin-offering to Sri Namagiri Thayar in a small piece of cloth, dipped in a turmeric solution. This tied-coin offering will be deposited in the Temple hundi (money collection box) after the successful birth of the child.
Traditional Child-Birth in Bharat
In Bharat (not really in India), child-birth is a very important event. Parents take their pregnant daughter few months before the expected delivery time, at an auspicious day and time, to their home after performing certain rituals propitiating gods, and happy celebrations. The daughter is under the tender and watchful care of her mother. After she delivers the child, they wait a few more months. Now the child's father and his family come and take mother and child again on an auspicious day and time after celebrating the child-birth.
|Ramanujan's Birth House at Erode|
Ramanujan, was born in this
(his maternal grand-father's) house at Erode.
Photo (January 21, 2015) by me, Doss.
Some elderly people live there now.
|Ramanujan's Kumbakonam House|
Ramanujan lived his life in this house at Kumbakonam.
Photo (April 10, 2013) by me, Doss.
This house is now acquired and maintained as a Museum
by a Private University,
SASTRA UNIVERTISTY of Thanjavur
by the Government of India
by the Government of Tamilnadu!