exceptional Tara Maa Devotee called Andy :~
Egon Harweg (Andy), a
name not at all familiar amongst us. To begin with he,
a German served 10 years in the German Airforce. He
was an Aeronautical Engineer, an MCSE.
Financially he could support himself very well.
He was a master in Bujitsu. Bujitsu has long been regarded
as a premiere form of self-defense.
So basically, he was a worldly man, enjoyed his life
to fullest, and earned plenty.
Once he went to Bangkok in the year 2000. There on his
way to India he met an Indian man, a devotee of Taramaa
in the airport lounge. They exchanged smiles and started
talking to each other. Then they boarded the flight
which was coming to Kolkata. In the flight they spend
some quality time, chatted on various topics but Andy
said he wanted to go to Bangalore from Kolkata.
also said from Bangkok he had made an appointment with
a Bangalore based palm reader. On being asked why he
was traveling all the way from Bangkok to meet him in
Bangalore he said he wanted a Direction in life. Then
the Indian man told him about A Tara Maa Mandir (Temple)
in Kolkata. After landing in Kolkata Airport that Indian
man helped him to book a flight to Bangalore, gave his
phone number and told Andy to contact him whenever he
After a day from Bangalore Andy called up that Indian
man and said he could not find that palm reader. He
said he wasted his time, money and energy. He was very
disturbed, disgusted and promised he would never come
back to India. He also said that he didn't have enough
cash to board a flight from Bangalore to Kolkata. He
only had a few travellers' cheques which he didn't know
from where to encash. This Indian man advised him to
take a train, book a seat in an Air-conditioned coach
and come to Kolkata.
He landed in Howrah Station, phoned that Indian man
to say that he was really tired and didn't have any
idea as to what was happening with him. The Indian man
told Andy to take a cab (Taxi) and reach Hotel Taj Bengal.
Andy reached there and waited for his Indian friend
in the lobby. Andy's Indian friend reached there bought
him some snacks in the hotel's coffee shop and took
him to his house. On their way to his house they went
to that Tara Maa Temple.
This Temple was in a Tara Maa devotee's house. He went
inside the Temple and was awestruck after seeing Tara
Maa's life-size laminated photo. Andy was overjoyed,
excited and energized to see Tara Maa. He immediately
took his words back and said he would surely return
to this place. The next day he went back to Germany.
matter which part of the world he was he would keep
regular contacts with his Indian friend over telephone.
He started to visit Kolkata. Initially, it was 1 month
in a year. He would come and extend his stay and eventually
it was 6 months at a stretch. During his visit he would
stay with his Indian friend and would visit Tara Maa's
Temple every now and then. He learned all the Hindu
ways of worshipping God, how to offer a Puja to a Deity,
what to do in a Temple, and learned many Sanskrit Shlokas
or Prayers. He would offer the best of sweets (mishtis/mithais),
freshest fruits of the lot to Tara Maa, buy costly saris
in which Tara Maa would look extremely beautiful.
He had quit drinking, smoking, given up non vegetarian
food items, onions and garlic. He would all the time
pray. Andy had given up on all the worldly pleasures
of life. The whole day he was either listening to holy
songs and mantras on his MP3 player or uttering mantras
by counting on the beads from his Rudraksh necklace.