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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sri Ramanuja Sahasrabdi at Triplicane : தஸ்மாத்யதீந்த்ர! கருணைவது மத்கதிஸ்தே

‘Ananthah sarasi dhere  Ramye  Bhoothapurivare’ – on the bank of Ananthasaras the temple pushkarini, is the temple of Sri Adhi Kesavar.   Boothapuri, better known now as Sri Perumpudur is the most divine place for us –  the place where our Greatest Acharyar “Emperumanaar, Bashyakarar” the reincarnation of Aadi Sesha and Sri Lakshmanar was born,  in the year 1017  to Kesava Somayaji and Gandhimathi couples.   Worshipping Sri Ramanujar at this temple will cure us of all sins.

Our Srivaishnavism hails Ubhaya Vedabta – there are philosophies restricted to having their scriptures in either Sanskrit or Tamil ~ Sri Vaishnavism has Sanskrit and dravida vedantha in equal parlance. .. .. and we have the noblest of preceptors  - Swami Ramanujar – the King of all hermits guiding us the path.

तस्माध्यतीन्द्र! करुणैव तु मद्गतिस्ते ॥    தஸ்மாத்யதீந்த்ர! கருணைவது மத்கதிஸ்தே ||

He is no ordinary mortal ~ our Acharya through his life showed us boundless mercy to even sinners.  The limitness Karunyam (kind heartedness) shows us the way to Sriman Narayana.   We can take great pride in being ‘Ramanuja dasa’ – the follower of Sri Udayavar without an iota of confusion, as we are assured of a place in SriVaikundam as Ramanuja sambandhi. 

It is our fortune that soon, we would be celebrating the 1000th birth anniversary of our Acharyar Ramanujar.  Sri Ramanuja Sahasrabdi celebrations are on … being celebrated all over the country.   His Holiness Tridandi Chinna Srimannarayana Ramanuja Jeeyar Swamiji  is constructing a statue of Bhagawad Ramanujacharya – the “Statue of Equality”  is being built over 45 acres of land in Samshabad in the outskirts of Hyderabad.  This statue of 216 feet would be the World’s largest sitting statue.  The great project symbolises the equality our Acharyar propounded and would showcase details of 108 Divyadesams; architectural representations of His life and His works; guided insights into cultural heritage of ours and more. 

As part of celebrations, Madras Yathiraja Seva Mahila Mandali organised a yatra in the mada veethigal of Thiruvallikkeni this morning. Thousands of Ramanuja sambandhis in traditional attire singing the glory of Acharyan took part in this procession.  Here are some photos of the Urgolam and revolving,  small size replice of Sri Ramanuja statue

Adiyen Srinivasadhasan.

23rd Oct 2016.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Sri Ramanujo vijayathe ~ Yathiraja Rajaha: Hail Sri Ramanuja 2016

Thiruvathirai ~ celebrating birth of Sri Yathiraja

Blessed are our generation ~ a few more months from now, we are to witness and be part of the grandeur celebrations – Sahasrabdi (1000 years) of our Great Acharyar Sri Ramanujar, who was born in Sriperumpudur in 1017.    It was divinely the constellation of Thiruvathirai in ascendance in the blessed month of Chitthirai  ~ a day  more glorious than other days, as rendered by our Acharyan Swami Manavala Mamunigal.

We must fall and do service to the lotus feet of Swami Ramanuja ~ immerse ourselves to Him -  “ Ramanujam Yatipatim pranamami moordna”  - prostate by putting our head at his feet saying  I am worshipping (pranamami!).  For us nothing gives more pleasure than thinking of our Acharyar Udayvar and we celebrate Thiruvathirai every month.

21st Oct 2016 is also Thiruvadhirai nakshathiram. It was on ‘Thiruvathirai of Chithirai month  ~ almost ten centuries ago’, was born Sri Ilayavazhwar later acclaimed to be Ramanujar – at Sriperumpudur.  Hundreds of kingdoms have fallen wayside – some reached pinnacle of glory but slowly fading to oblivion – amidst  our Acharyar Sri Ramanuja, always has the  pride of place continuing to remain at the helm of all Yathis and all devotees.  Last month had the fortune of rendering ‘Iramanusa Noorranthathi’ at Sri Varadharaja Manavala Mamunigal Thirukovil at Kothawal chavadi area.

 From NSC Bose Road, Flower bazaar PS to Elephant gate area, there are so many narrow lanes and bylanes in what is known as Sowcarpet, a sprawling neighbourhood, far different than the other parts of North Madras.  Here once existed Kothawal chavadi, the wholesale vegetable market which since lost its glory once Govt decided to shift it to Koyambedu.  There are so many kalyana mantaps in the narrow streets of Parrys / Georgetown area – roads so narrow that one would find difficult to drive a two-wheeler, but that is only a perception, for there is so much of heavy vehicle traffic transporting various material into Chennai from other parts of India.

 Of the many winding lanes,  there is Varadha Muthiappan Street housing  this ancient temple Sri Varadharaja Manavala Mamunigal Thirukovil.  Some details of this Temple and sannathies in a different post.  Here are some of the Udayavar here.  The picture at the start of this post was taken at the old library at Melukote Thirunarayanapuram in front of the famous Sri Cheluva Naranar Temple.

Adiyen Srinivasadhasan.

21st Oct 2016.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Thiruvallikkeni Sri Ranganathar ~ Purattasi Revathi purappadu 2016

திருவரங்கத்து உறையும் என் திருவரங்கனே  ! ~ உன்னையல்லால்
என்னை உய்விக்க வல்லவர் எவர்  உளர்  ??

Today 16th Oct 2016 -  is   Puratasi Revathi and Sri Mannathar (Sri Ranganathar) had siriya mada veethi purappadu.  Here are some photos of Lord Ranganatha.

ஊரிலேன் காணியில்லை உறவு மற்றொருவரில்லை
பாரில்நின் பாதமூலம் பற்றிலேன் பரம மூர்த்தி
காரொளி வண்ணனே என் கண்ணனே கதறுகின்றேன்
ஆருளர்க் களைகணம்மா அரங்கமா நகருளானே.

Thondaradipodi Azhwar in his emotive address to Lord Ranganatha laments his misfortune of not having born in divyadesams; has no relatives, nothing to claim for and have acquaintance with the place of the Lord.  Oh Lord of dark radiance, I have not even secured your feet – I scream and call your names and there can be none other that the Great Lord of Thiruvarangam ~ Lord Ranganatha who owns the Universe and resides at Srirangam (described as ‘Arangamaanagar’) who can protect me…

Many of you who have been following would instantly remember that only recently, I had posted on ‘Purattasi Revathi Sri Ranganathar purappadu’.  Yes, this month Revathi occurred twice – on 18th Sept (2nd day of Purattasi) and today (30th day of Purattasi) – and we are fortunate to have darshan of Lord Ranganatha.  Here are some photos taken during today’s purappadu.

Adiyen Srinivasa dhasan.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Purattasi Sani 5 ~ Sri Thelliya Singar purappadu at Thiruvallikkeni 2016

Today 15th Oct 2016 ~ is the last Saturday in the month of Purattasi.  Being the 5th Sanikkizhamai, it was another grand purappadu for Sri Azhagiya Singar at Thiruvallikkeni divyadesam.

கோவலனாய் ஆநிரைகள் மேய்த்துக் குழலூதி,
மாவலனாய்க் கீண்ட மணிவண்ணன்,
மேவி அரியுருவ மாகி இரணியன தாகம்,
தெரியுகிரால் கீண்டான் சினம்.

எம்பெருமானிடத்திலே சரணம் புகுந்தவன் எவரையும் அஞ்ச வேண்டியதில்லை.  காருண்ய சீலனான எம்பெருமான், தனது பக்தர்களுக்கு துன்பம் தருபவர்களிடத்தில் சீற்றம் கொள்வான் என்பதை நாம் உணர்ந்தால்எவ்வொறு பகைவர்க்கும்  நாம் அஞ்சவேண்டாவன்றோ?

நீலமணி போன்ற வடிவையுடைய மாய கண்ணன், இடையனாய்ப் பிறந்து பசுக்கூட்டங்களை மேய்த்து, புல்லாங்குழலை ஊதி அனைவரையும் மகிழ்வித்து இருந்த காலத்தில்குதிரை வடிவு கொண்டுவந்த கேசி என்னுமசுரனை கிழித்தான்.  தனது பக்தன் மீது கொண்ட மிகையான அன்பாலே, பொருத்தமான நரசிங்க வடிவங்கொண்டு இரணியனது முரட்டுடலை  நகங்களினால் கிழித்த நரசிங்கனது, சீற்றத்தை (நெஞ்சமே!) தெரித்துகொள். :  பேயாழ்வாரின் அமுத வரிகள் .

Sri Peyalwar in his Moonram Thiruvanthathi – gives this wonderful piece of advice.  One who has dedicated self to the lotus feet of Sriman Narayana need not fear anything, especially that of his foes. 

Lord Krishna grazed cows, played with folks, enlivened them by playing flute.  The gem hued Lord casually killed Asura Kesi, who came in the form of a horse.  His seething anger was explicit in His slaying Hiranya with  His nails, demonstrative of His exceptional desire to save His baktha and in the process put to hardship those who are enemies to His followers.

Here are some photos taken during today’s purappadu at Triplicane.

Adiyen Srinivasa dhasan

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