Sri Venkateswara Suprabhatam
Every morning, in most households of South India, you can hear the divine music of Sri Venkateswara Suprabhatam being played. It is actually a divine treat to our minds, senses and souls. Lord Venkateswara of Tirumala, Tirupathi is woken up from his celestial sleep every morning at 2.30am to the singing of Suprabhatham. It starts with the verse "Kousalya Supraja..." Lord Venkateswara, who is one of the forms of Lord Rama, the son of Kousalya is gently woken up every morning so that He can give his darshan to the millions of devotees waiting to take a glimpse of His glorious form.
Anyone who has had the experience of getting the Suprabhatha darshan of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala will know what an elevating and ennobling experience it is. I have had the privilege of it just once so far in my 50 years of existence. Around 33 years ago, when I was only a teenager, I happened to get the Suprabhatha darshan. Even though so many years have gone by, this particular morning is etched in my memory and heart because it was the most divine experience of my life. Waking up at 2 in the morning, taking a cold shower (there was no hot water available) and walking to the temple in the still dark and cold, sharp air. I still remember how I was shivering in the cold but in no way was it uncomfortable but actually, the cold was invigorating.
Listening to the Suprabhatham being sung while waiting outside the drawn curtains, followed by the darshan of Lord Venkateswara, it was truly a blessing to my soul. I do not come from a Vaishnavite Brahmin family but God is not partial and belongs to every one of us. That experience, I feel was Lord Narayana's calling to my soul. I still remember how I felt and said: " Two eyes are not enough to see Him" (Kaana kan kodi vendum) " after the darshan. I was a mere college-going teenager, with no spiritual background. Yet, Lord Narayana chose to gift me that exceptional experience.
I do not know if I will ever get a Suprabhatha darshan of Lord Venkateswara again but whenever I listen to Venkateswara Suprabhatham, I re-experience that early morning darshan I had 33 years ago. In this Kali-yuga, where we are surrounded by so many problems, created by other people and our own egos, the feet of Lord Venkateswara is the only solace. Let us all wish with all our hearts to reach the divine feet of Narayana. Om Namo Narayana!