This is exactly how Kulashekhara a:lwar lead his life. He took care of his kingdom so well that all the ministers wanted him to be their King for as long as possible. While this is the case, he was also a great devotee and always longed to visit Sri Rangam. The distance between his place in Kerala and Sri Rangam was about 1000km. All the ministers were worried that he may not return to Kerala after he sees the beauty of Lord Ranganatha in Sri Rangam. So, they designed a plan to keep him in the kingdom.
Every day, they arranged for a good artist to sing the history of Sri Rama in the kingdom. The king would get so involved that he forgets the trip planned to Sri Rangam. One day, the singer was describing the incident where 14,000 rakshasas came to fight with Sri Rama. The king immediately got up the seat and ordered the commander-in-chief to get ready with army to fight in support of Rama. The ministers had to act and inform the king that ‘We have received confirmation that Rama had won and, so it is not necessary’. The king then withdrew his orders. Now that he is happy about Rama being safe, the king resumes his planning to Sri Rangam. The cycle repeats! :) Such was the depth of king’s involvement and tenderness of his heart. He is a perfect example of how greatly he performed his duty while being beautifully in love with qualities of God. He has written the beautiful, Mukunda Mala sthotram.
Smt. Madhavi ji and Sriman Ramanujam ji also have been following Kulashekar a:lwar. The couple are beautifully balancing their normal day to day routine with their passion to serve acharyas through dance!
They have lead teams of great dancers who performed across the world about the greatness of Ramanuja 108 times! Magnificent efforts.