Update : Can Prayer Heal the Sick?

Happy Dasara and Vijaya Dashami

Thanks a million for all your wishes, emails, prayers, texts and messages. I have undoubtedly done something very great in my previous births to have you all in my life. It is just unbelievable how many of you wrote to me, suggested prayers, sent me well wishes. THANK YOU!

Now back to my health issue. The pain continued as usual. Every step I took, I recited names of Shree Vadirajaru, Shree Raghvendra Swamy and Shree Bhoota Rajaru. I went back to the Doctor twice. She did ECG and many more blood tests. Everything came back normal, and the pain continued as is. I couldn’t sleep, nor sit. On Wednesday last week, it was just too much pain, and before going to bed, I looked at the photo of our Beloved Rayaru and asked him “Why am I suffering so much, what is the reason, is this going to be another long road for recovery just like my foot pain?”. I had tears in my eyes, even though I was very optimistic about Doctors reports and all, I am still  a human being. I can take only so much pain, right?

Around 5.30 AM Thursday morning I had an amazing dream, I was with my Husband Raghavendra in an old temple belonging to our beloved Rayaru. There were thousands of people. The Priest calls me and my Husband and gives us Panchamruta. I immediately consume, look around and everyone else is still holding it in their hands. I immediately apologize to the Priest and he says “No worries, I gave it to drink, see I will drink it to show that it is OK”. We moved forward,  and there are many people around Singing one of my favorite Rayaru songs “Raya Baro Thande Thayi Baro”. My Husband looks at me and says “Meera, you sing this song with so much devotion, why not sing here”. I tell him “No, Raghu I don’t want to sing in public”.He keeps telling me ” you are a great devotee of Rayaru, and hesitating to Sing”. I immediately sing the song. And at this point, I was startled and got woken up. To have received Panchamruta in a mutta and in my dream was an attestation that Rayaru cannot see us crying. 

It was an amazing dream and since that last Thursday, my pain has been going away slowly. Earlier, I used to take 3 800 mg Motrin. Now this week, it has reduced to 1 in the night. No more pain when I eat, or sneeze. Too much sitting still hurts, but when compared to how much pain I suffered, it is way better.

Once again, thanks a million to each one of you who sent me messages, emails, comments, texts. Many of you prayed for me. Many of you told me you were thinking of me. Many of you shared your own pains, aches and troubles. All of which showed how much I mean to you all. THERE IS NO WORD IN THE DICTIONARY TO THANK YOU ALL. IT IS A SMALL WORD. I AM HUMBLED, BLESSED TO HAVE YOU ALL. GOD IS GREAT, AND YES PRAYERS HEAL THE SICK.

From posts which talk mostly about food and festivals to this one, you may be wondering right? Let me give you all a few updates. The past few months had been busy, very hectic with work and festivals. You all saw the pictures I posted for many of the Shravana Masa festivals and Ganesha festival as well.

After Ganesha Festival, starting September 20th, I had severe cough. For someone who boasts to be the most healthy lady, it completely took over me. I don’t remember the last time I had cough in my life.

I tried everything from, Kashaya, Honey, Tulasi with Pepper, Cloves, you name it I had it. However, the cough got worse and worse to the point where I had to finally go to the Doctor.

Doctor confirmed it was a bacterial infection, gave prescription medicine. 7 days went by and nothing changed. Went back to the Doctor, and she gave me Robutussin with Codeine to sleep. Last Friday, the cough reduced a little bit.

As I was struggling here, my Daughter was suffering with severe mouth ulcers. She hadn’t seen us in months, and so we decided to drive to North Carolina on Saturday last week. We reached there and from Saturday night I started having severe chest pain.

The pain was on the right side, so we knew it was not a Heart Attack. Sneha did some tests, and gave some pain killers. By Sunday, it became worse. We decided better to be home, than in a different place and we drove back home Sunday night.

All the way, you know what I did. Kept praying to our Beloved Rayaru to help tolerate the pain. Monday morning, I woke up to pain which was so severe, and I felt very nauseated. We rushed to the Hospital, they checked the vital signs like BP, Pulse, heart and said it is not serious and asked us to wait.

After almost 3 hours the Doctor came back, did all other tests. I was all the way thinking something had gone wrong and I would be having some kind of surgery. I kept thinking it might be Appendix which might have burst, it might be a Cyst which might have burst, having the web at your finger tips doesn’t help either. You keep entering the symptoms and worry about all the issues which might have happened.

Finally, the Doctor told me I was not having a heart attack, nor was I having any serious issue. The severe cough I had for more than 2 weeks, had caused a problem called as Chondrocostal junction syndrome or Tietze syndrome.If you read about this on WIKIPEDIA, it says “The main presentation of the syndrome is significant, acute pain in the chest, along with tenderness and some swelling of the cartilages affected, which is commonly palpable on examination. Perceived pain is often exacerbated with respiration.[4] Although many times it can be extremely painful, to the point of being debilitating, Tietze’s Syndrome is considered to be a benign condition that generally resolves in 12 weeks. However, it can often be a chronic condition. The pain can be identical to a heart attack and can cause hyperventilating, anxiety attacks, passing out, panic attacks and temporary numbness/paralysis.”

The Doctor gave me even more high dose pain killers, asked me to do some heat therapy and sent us home.  What a relief to come home without any surgery.

The pain even now is quite severe. It is hard to sit or sleep, but I can keep walking all day and night long. I am trying to work from home as much as possible. The faith and belief I had and the prayers I kept saying might have made a difference for me to bear the pain. I now know how anyone feels when they are having severe pain, and the one and only thing which kept me sane was the name of our Beloved Rayaru.

I might have recited our Beloved Rayaru’s name almost a million times the last few weeks. I am also so glad the diagnosis was not something major. I really might have done something good to have just come out of this bad few weeks with just pain.

If you want to learn more Chondrocostal junction syndrome or Tietze syndrome, read this article on the wikipedia.


Like I said, prayer, faith and belief in our beloved Rayaru kept me going. God will not take away the pain, but he will definitely help us in managing the pain. He will give us the strength to overcome the pain. He will give us the belief that all is going to be OK. He will show us miracles will happen.

It is not possible in this world to be healthy all the time, we are humans and we will have to undergo sickness and pain. The prayer and faith we have will reduce the intensity. It reiterates to me that “God listens to our Prayers”.

Hopefully, in the next few weeks the pain will go away, and Meera can be herself.

Do you think prayers can heal the sick? What are your thoughts? Share your experiences.


79 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mallika M L on October 10, 2015 at 9:53 am

    hello madam,

    wishing you quick recovery and good health…
    Why fear when Bhava Roga Vaidya Shri Guru Raghavendra is with us……..

    Take care…

    See you soon with Dasara recipes and celebrations…


  2. Posted by Ramamurthy K N on October 10, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Get well soon Meera ji, our prayers are as much with yours, with our beloved Rayaru

    Santāna sampathu parishudda bhakthi vijnana vaghdè hasupātāvDin

    Dwatha sharirothā samasthu doshanü hathvā sā novyāda Guru Raghavendra||


  3. Posted by P B Srinivasa Rao on October 10, 2015 at 11:47 am

    I also pray RAYARU  on your behalf to  get relief from your pain at the earliestp b s rao bangalore


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  5. We Praya mantralaya Mahan for your quick recovery and good health. Don”t worry Madam Rayaru Grace is always with you, It will protect you from any illness.


  6. Posted by Sudhindra Murthy on October 10, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Dear Meeraji, I also pray to Lord Raghavendra Guruji for your speedy recovery & welfare of all.


  7. Posted by shanthisethuraman on October 10, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    What a shock news you are telling. Don’t worry about your health,keep praying, our prayer will also heal your pain, with Rayuru grace definitely you will be cured from your pain and and you will be happy to meet all without any problem. You pray with Rayur that what best you can do for my health you do it for myself. Rayuru knows very well about health, he will take care of you in any form like Doctor, when you take medicine, you chant his name few times and take the medicine. When you go to hospital you take some Mandhadra Akshathai & Rayuru photo with you so that you can be free from all the worries, Rayur is with us. Our Prayer will also cure your pain. Be calm and do meditation about Rayuru.
    Guruve Saranam.


  8. Posted by BRS on October 10, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Dear Meera ji,
    This blog has time and again reinforced my beliefs, particularly when I was passing through a difficult time. My own experience is that by praying to our beloved Rayaru, problems get dissolved like how rising sun dissolves the mist. Please continue to keep the faith and I am 100% sure all will be well.

    best regards,


    • Posted by meeraghu on October 10, 2015 at 1:26 pm

      Yes, have utmost devotion towards our Beloved Rayaru. Each time I have this severe pain, keep saying his name.


  9. Posted by sheethal on October 10, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    dear madam, while reading about your health problems it reminded me of the cough i was suffering for YEARS. Even going to doctor didn’t help as they told me, may be its due to some allergy and even suggested some medicines which didn’t help either. For years, i was coughing, spitting, sometimes vomiting while coughing due to this i was not able to carry on my regular work properly nor sleep peacefully at night. Though i pray to Rayaru regularly i never complained to Rayaru about this but one day when it became so unbearable i prayed to Raghavendra Swami to do something about this. On the same day night, Rayaru came in my dream, he plucked some leaves from the garden made some paste out of it and gave me, BELIEVE ME THE NEXT MORNING THE COUGH WHICH TROUBLED ME FOR YEARS WAS GONE!!!!


    • Posted by meeraghu on October 10, 2015 at 2:45 pm

      Wow, Sheethal. You are such a great devotee. I hope for some miracle like that. The pain is unbearable.


  10. Posted by Dt Rangarajan on October 10, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Dear meeraji rayaru will definitely take care . Believe him that’s all. Wish u speedy recovery


  11. Posted by Sudha Rao on October 10, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Dear Meera,
    May Rayarus blessings and grace be with you a,ways.
    Wishing you a speedy recovery and back to normalcy soon.



  12. Posted by Sudha Rao on October 10, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    May Rayarus blessings and grace be with you always.
    Wishing you a speedy recovery and back to normalcy soon.



  13. Posted by Shweta on October 10, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    Hello Madam,

    This is such an optimistic post. Must admit that I am not surprised to see how brave you are. Even in your past blog posts you have mentioned how you overcame most chronic pains by God’s grace and will power . It is very inspirational that you are looking at this positively.

    Like they say ‘Mukham karoti vachalam, pangum langhayate girim.Yat krupaha tamaham vande parmanandam Madhavam’. We are very positive that the kind lord will bestow all his infinite grace on his staunch devotee like you.

    And yes prayers do heal. My grandfather was telling about his acquaintance who was a staunch devotee of our dear Rayaru. At his old age this person had lost his strength to move about and was mostly bed ridden. In those days there were no medical facilities like today. But he was praying to Guru Raghavendra all the time without fail. One fine day he noticed that the garland on Rayaru’s photo on wall had fallen and he wanted someone to put it properly. Since he couldn’t find anybody he himself tried to do it and unknowingly got up from the bed and corrected it. This is just one of infinite ways our beloved Rayaru has showered his kind grace on his devotees.

    We will surely include you in our prayers. Thanks to dear God hope you feel better in no time:)Wishing and praying for your speedy recovery.Do keep us posted.


    • Posted by meeraghu on October 10, 2015 at 7:49 pm

      How lucky I am to have supporters like you. I am blessed. And the miracle about grandfather is heart touching. Yes, please do include me in your prayers. I will keep you all posted.
      Humbled by all your comments, emails and prayers.


  14. Posted by Triveni on October 10, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    Dear Meera,

    Let rayaru bless n be with
    U during your get well process. God will never let our prayers go unanswered . Take care 3veni


  15. Posted by B.Raghavendra Rao on October 10, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    Hello Madam,

    I sincerely on my daily pooja for your speedy recovery. Guru Raghavendra is always with you and you will soon be well.


  16. Posted by K G Bhimsen Doss on October 10, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    I fully agree with you. Last year I had two health problems – In August, I had to undergo angioplasty of LCA. Prior to this I had undergone bypass surgery of LAD (in 1994) And Angioplasty of CFX artery (in 2003). The third angioplasty (in Aug 2014) was followed by urinary tract infection. Simultaneously I had severe cough. All through I used to recite one simple prayer – “HARE RAMA HARE RAMA, RAMA RAMA HARE HARE HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA, KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE”.This definitely helped me to face the inconvenienes more resolutely. – K G B Doss


  17. Posted by Champa Sreeram on October 10, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    Get well soon, Meeraji. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


  18. Posted by Bharathi Rao on October 11, 2015 at 12:25 am

    Dear Meera,
    First of all glad to know that you are doing better. Of course with the blessings of our karunasagara Rayaru. Definitely prayer is the one which gives us the mental strength to overcome the physical pain.

    May Rayaru’s blessing be always with you.

    Bharathi Rao


  19. Good Afternoon, Dear Meera, hope you are recovering.

    I recommend you classic Vaishnava-Upayas to recover – “Shree Narayana-Kavacha” + “Shree Vishnu Sahasranam”. I read them every morning for many years in a row, never got ill since, as Both Prayers are very powerful.

    If you are very short of time or weakened by your ailment, then please try “Shree Vishnu PanchaYuddha Stotra” + “Shree Sudarshana Ashtakam” (Both Prayers are very short, but very powerful).

    And please be very careful with devata worship.

    I have understood from your blog that you belong to Shree Madhwa-Sampradaya, but saw some Ganesha-related poojas in your blog. Ganesha is actually vighna (obstacles) creator.

    I am informing you because long time ago I had serious troubles after making poojas to Ganesha. Bhagavan Shree Narayana forbids us to worhip devatas, in case of Vaishnavas devata worship will only cause the anger of Bhagavan Shree Narayana and a lot of obstacles (ailments too as a minor punishment).

    Anyway, worship to Ganesha without Shaiva-diskha is a very bad idea.

    And if you are interested in obstacle-removing Poojas, please refer to The Poojas devoted to SHREE SUDARSHANA-CHAKRA – all of them are against obstacles of all kinds.

    So, I hope very much that Bhagavan Shree Narayana will cure you in a wink.

    Yours sincerelly, Vishnudut1926, http://vishnudut1926.blogspot.com/


  20. Posted by V GOPALAKRISHNAN on October 11, 2015 at 2:53 am

    Very disturbed to read your health problem and at the same time glad to hear your prayers to Our great RAYARU has relieved you .I also Pray Him to bless you to get well completely cured from pain etc. MAY HE give you strength to continue to serve with your valuable timely inputs to us.


  21. Madam, prayers really do wonders and I am sure Rayaru will bless you with good health. I pray for your speedy recovery.


  22. We pray the Almighty to restore your health early


  23. Posted by Lakshmi on October 11, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Dear Meera,
    With so much of Prayers and the good you are doing, He will definitely take care of you… Its nothing but His Blessing that you have come out without any major issues……..Wish you a speedy recovery… Get well soon
    God Bless You.


  24. Posted by kumar on October 11, 2015 at 10:29 am

    We will include you in our prayers to Shri.Raghavendrasway from now on. You are very valuable to the community and therefore we are sure to hear good news about your health soon.


  25. Posted by Padma on October 11, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Hello Meera,
    Prayers can do wonders on our mind and gives us strength to deal with pain and I’ve experienced it many times. I suffer from Sinus headaches and infections so frequently and although i’ve incorporated many changes in my diet, started doing Pranayama every day, something triggers the and it goes on for 3-4 days a week and I can’t focus on work or household responsibilities which makes me feel very sad. But, I’ve great faith in Rayaru and I believe he’ll help me fight this simple but chronic challenge. I feel the same way for you as you’re doing such a noble service thru’ Kalpvavriksha Kamadhenu and also being a big devotee of Rayaru. As we know obstacles will be there but, god will help us navigate thru’. Wish you a speedy recovery. Please take care.


    • Posted by meeraghu on October 11, 2015 at 11:47 am

      Thanks for such wonderful message. Like I said, we are human beings and have to go through some tough challenges. Just hoping this is also a passing phase.


  26. Posted by savitri on October 12, 2015 at 3:30 am

    wishing u early recovery & sound health why fear when Roga harane krupa sagara Sri Guru Raghavendra paripaliso ur prayer listen rayaru


  27. Posted by savitri on October 12, 2015 at 3:34 am

    meeraji, bhagavat bhaktara mele gurugala anugraha idde iruttade


  28. Posted by Jamuna Srinivas on October 12, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Please get well soon. I will also pray to rayaru to bear the pain and for it to go away. please take care of yourself.- jamuna


  29. Posted by Veena on October 12, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Hello Meera, Please take care and get well soon. Also sending you the link to the Hanumantha song Yeshtu Saahaswantha Nine Balawantha, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Bjew_PRai0. Please listen to it if possible.



  30. Posted by Venkatesh on October 12, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    Get well soon & wishing you a speedy recovery! I will offer prayers for your quick recovery,
    You sure have a special connection with prayers , remember your post on severe leg pain that was healed only by prayers ??



  31. Posted by shashikala on October 13, 2015 at 2:25 am

    Dear Meera
    I was shocked to read about your illness, i think Rayaru wants to show his miracles to people through you as you are a great devotee of Rayaru and Rayaru will never leave the hands of his bhaktharu as lot of miracles have happened in my life. Whenever i feel sad he will appear in my dream and whatever we need he has provided and tears are washed out by him. But the service you rendered to him is very great and he will never leave you . Some times some dushta shakthis will create some problems and it will be obliterated by Rayaru with lot of prayers to rayaru and DO NOT WORRY Rayaru is there .We will pray for you and your blog has to enlighten so many people for so many years With lot of prayers to rayaru we will get rayaru’s blessings


  32. Posted by N Venkataramanan on October 13, 2015 at 2:52 am

    Dear Meeraji
    u will get soon definitely because that rayuru will never let any of his bhaktas down – wishing u a speedy recovery


  33. Posted by Sumana K.V. on October 13, 2015 at 4:47 am

    Get well soon, Meeraji. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


  34. Posted by Kum on October 13, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Meera, I hope you feel better. Do you beleive in astrology? It would be great if you can consult a astrologer…

    Take care!


  35. Posted by Sandhya Gangadhar on October 14, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Dear Meera read about ur cough ,it was scary but has you said Our Dr Rayaruis always there for us we have so many times problem like mountains , once I had a lump in my breast it was so scary I did’nt have anyone to speak aged parents to take care ,brother in u s younger sister working to take care of parents I was childless whom to ask my Rayaru was the only person whom I could speak cried in front of his photo next day was my results I was so scared of this life result but you know how My Rayaru helped meit was just a cyst nothing to worry I kissed is photo thanked him so much even today I take his name & then go. Has long as ur Rayaru is there nothing to worry ,take care all the best


  36. Posted by Bhamini on October 16, 2015 at 12:34 am

    Get well soon Meeraji. Will pray for your quick recovery.


  37. Posted by Roo on October 18, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Hi Meera,

    I’ve been following your blog from quite sometime. You are a blessed devotee, certainly rayaru has been there n will continue to be with you in your every step. I’m carrying for #2 baby. N was diagnosed as having viral infection+ dengue n was admitted for 8 days in hosp. Just been out of hosp n have terrible after affects of the fever..platelets are normal but seem to have terrible pain in both hands..I must say terrible is not the word can’t express enough on the pain. But just two days it has been since I’m out of hosp.. Pain is kind of settling now.. I also have a very sensitive throat n seem to cough up all the the time. Rayaru has played a major role n prayers have worked wonders to me in this point in life. Like u said even I must have taken rayaru’s namasmarane countless times. He is the only hope nn bright light in our lives.

    Vidyabhushan’s Vishnu sahasranama is very soothing n also one pounded camphor pill in lil bit of oil.. Apply this on throat n chest area n see if it works for you.

    Get well soon!
    Om shree raghavendraya namaha!


  38. Posted by Kum on October 22, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    I’m so glad that the pain is reducing…

    I’m sure you will be perfectly fine in few days.

    Take care!


  39. Posted by Prahlad.K on October 24, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Meera avare,

    Pleased to know about your recovery.No doubt you have blessed with Rayara complete anugraha.till as a well wisher one suggestion from my side.Pls try Pranayama
    in Padmasana (after consulting your doctor’s advice) daily for ten minutes only.I know thatu have a very busy schedule,still consider my suggestion.




  40. Posted by shashikala on November 3, 2015 at 3:38 am

    Dear Meera
    I am happy that you are keeping well by the grace of RAYARU and you will enthrall all of us through your deepavali acharane celebrations in your home and the photos and dishes will be beautiful and colour ful to watch.


  41. Posted by shanthisethuraman on January 3, 2016 at 4:47 am

    Wish you and your family for a Happy & Prosperous New Year 2016.
    Of course I have been also suffering from Knee pain since last month, since I have great fain in our Rayuru, he would take care of my health.

    I have not seen your post for a long time. I hope your health will also be recovered by Guru Ragavendra by this time. Wishing you once again Happy and Healthy life to you & your family.


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