“Periyava was in Smiles, but the Chief Justice was in Tears!”
Chief Justice M.M. Ismail used to go to Kanchi, pay his obeisance to Periyava and discuss with Him for hours about spiritual matters of both Hinduism and Islam. On one such occasion it was getting late for Periyava to do His daily rituals and a Sishya informed Him about it very politely.
Periyava then said, “We must give Prasadam to the Judge!”
Everyone was taken aback. ‘What to give? He may not accept it’ was the thought in their minds. Periyava then called a Sishya to come close to Him and whispered something in his ears.
The Sishya went inside and returned with a ‘Velli pezhai’ small Silver container. Again, everyone thought, “Ha, that can’t be the Prasad. There must be something inside it!” And they were curious to know.
CJ accepted the pezhai and opened it. The fragrance of ‘chandan’ Sandal filled the air. Periyava then said, “This is the common Prasad for both Hindus and Muslims. You celebrate ‘chandanakoodu’ festival and we offer ‘chandan’ after abishekam!”
Periyava was laughing but there were tears in Chief Justice’s eyes