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Saturday, September 23, 2017

SriVilliputhur Andal Temple ~ Sri Krishna Devaraya ~ and elephant Jayamalyatha

Vishnu Chittar (Periyazhwar) dedicated his entire life in the service of God. Once Pandya King Vallabha Deva of Madurai, was troubled by the thought — ‘What you want after death should be accumulated in this life itself.’ He summoned his chief priest Selva Nambi to find an answer for it.    The answers of most of the scholars were less satisfactory. And when it was Vishnu Chittar’s turn, he stunned the Pandya King with his description on the greatness of Lord Narayana by citing various references from Vedic scriptures. 

Pleased with this explanation Vallabha Deva gave him the prize money and conferred the title of ‘Bhattar Piran.’ He was also taken out on a royal procession on the Elephant mount around the streets of Madurai. As he moved along the procession, Vishnu Chittar had darshan of the Sriman Narayana on Garuda vahana and he sang ‘Thirupallandu’. 

Sri Krishnadevaraya (1471 – 1529) was the emperor of  Vijayanagara Empire from 1509 to 1529.  He was the third ruler of the Tuluva Dynasty. Presiding over the empire at its zenith, he is regarded as an icon by many Indians. Krishna Deva Raya earned the titles Kannada Rajya Rama Ramana,  Andhra Bhoja and Mooru Rayara Ganda (lit, "King of three Kings"). He became the dominant ruler of the peninsula of India by defeating the Sultans of Bijapur, Golconda, the Bahmani Sultanate and the Raja of Odisha.

Portuguese travellers Domingo Paes and Fernao Nuniz  visited the Vijayanagara Empire during his reign. Krishna Deva Raya benefited from the able prime minister Timmarusu, who was regarded by the emperor as a father figure and was responsible for his coronation.  He built a beautiful suburb near Vijayanagara called Nagalapura. He patronized many temples and his rule is vastly celebrated as good for all the people.

Krishnadevaraya’s literary fame rests on Amukta Malyada. Traditionally this work has been included among the five great classics of Telugu literature. It shares the limelight along with Allasani Peddanna’s Manucharitramu, Ramaraja Bhushana’s Vasucharitramu, Pingali Surana’s Raghava Pandaviyamu and Srinatha’s Sringara Naishadhamu.   Amukta Malyada is considered  complex and difficult to master, due to its erudition.   In Amukta Malyada, Krishnadevaraya describes the events that led him to undertake composition of the work.  Sriman Narayana appeared in his dream and ordained him to write about the maiden who used to offer Him garlands, after wearing them herself first, i.e, Kothai Piratti -  Goda Devi [Sri Andal].  The story is set at Srivilliputtur in the Pandyan kingdom. The poet gives a vivid description of the temple town and the life of its inhabitants. Vishnuchitta, an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu, served as a personal attendant at the local shrine of Vadabathrasayee,  manifestation of Sriman Narayana. Goda Devi has the unique distinction of being the only female among the twelve highly venerated Alwars, saint composers and devotees of Sriman Narayana.
Amukta Malyada is a prabhanda and, true to its character, deals with fervour the romantic theme of Goda Devi’s love for Sri Ranganatha  of Srirangam and their marriage.  The name Amukta Malyada means the woman who offered garlands once worn by herself. This is Sanskrit equivalent of her name in Tamil `Soodi-koduttha Nachiyar’.

In my recent visit to the SriVilliputhur divyadesam, had the fortune of darshan of Sri Andal, Sri Rangamannar with Garudalwar ~ and infront of the temple stood majestically, the temple elephant.  The female elephant is named ‘Jayamalyatha’ [probably conjoining Ex CM Ms Jayalalithaa who visited this temple often and the work of Sri Krishna Devaraja – aamuktha malyatha]

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

23rd Sept. 2017.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Mahalaya Amavasai @ Thiruvallikkeni : Sri Parthasarathi Swami purappadu #

Today 19th Sept 2017  (3rd day of Purattasi) is Mahalaya Amavasai.  Navarathri uthsavam starts from 21.9.2017  முழுவினைகள் முன்னம் கழலும் முடிந்து !!   –தொழவேணுமென்று நினைத்த மாத்திரத்தில் பாவங்கள்  தொலையுமா /  அதற்க்கு நாம் என்ன செய்ய வேண்டும் ?? 

அதுநன்று  இது தீது என்று ஐயப்படாதே,
மதுநின்ற தண்டுழாய் மார்வன், - பொதுநின்ற
பொன்னங் கழலே தொழுமின், முழுவினைகள்
முன்னங் கழலும் முடிந்து.

இந்த பூவுலகில் - ‘அது நல்லதோ? இது கெட்டதோ?‘ என்று ஸந்தேஹப்பட்டு ஐயுற வேண்டா ! நம் பேயாழ்வார் அருளுரை இதோ :   எவ்வித மனக்கிலேசமும் இல்லமால், தேன்நிறைந்த தண்டுழாய் மாலையைத் திருமார்பிலணிந்த எம்பெருமானான ஸ்ரீமன் நாராயணனின்  அழகிய, விரும்பத்தக்க திருவடிகளை பற்றி தொழுதால் ஒன்றே போதுமே ! நமது முழு பாவங்களும் முடிந்து,  கஷ்டங்கள் எல்லாம் நம்மை நீங்கும்.   நலம் தரும் சொல் 'நாராயணா  என்ற நாமமே *'.

The moon is on Monday going through a remarkable celestial event, the only one of its kind in a 28-year window. In under 24 hours, the moon will pass in front of three planets and one of the sky’s brightest stars. The last time it obscured three planets in so short a period was in 2008, and the next will be in 2036.  Astronomers refer to the moment when one celestial body blocks out another in Earth’s sky as an “occultation.”  It happens fairly regularly as the moon orbits our world, but it’s unusual for so many bodies to be involved in this way. Skygazers in North America will see the three planets and the star arranged in a wonky diagonal line, with the moon passing downward through them.

Out there in space, NASA’s robotic Cassini spacecraft burned up in the ringed planet’s atmosphere Friday morning (Sept. 15), ending a remarkable 13-year run at Saturn that has revolutionized scientists’ understanding of the outer solar system and its potential to host life. For example, Cassini discovered methane seas on Saturn’s huge moon Titan and geysers of water vapor blasting from fellow moon Enceladus. Both of these moons are worthy of much further study, as is the ringed planet itself and the diverse Saturn system as a whole, Cassini team members said.

Backhome, on the important Mahalaya Amavasai day, Sri Parthasarathi Perumal had periya mada veethi purappadu.  In this earthly World, most worries are in determining – what is good and what is not – why doubt all these, when you have the simplest way out ?   Sri Peyalwar offers his golden advice – he says :  the simplest thing in life that we can do, is worship the Golden feet of Sriman Narayana with a Tulsi garland on this chest,  who is easily accessible to every one of His bakthas.  The sins and karma would vanish without a trace before we age.

adiyen Srinivasa dhasan.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Purattasi masapravesa purappadu at Thiruvallikkeni 2017

Today 17th Sept 2017 was born the month of Puratasi ~ the tamil month of Purattasi has a pride of place.  Devotees throng  Vishnu temples, especially Tirupathi and other temples of Lord Srinivasa.  In this month, there will be the annual Brahmothsavam at Tirupathi.  All the Saturdays of this month are treated as holy days.

In some homes, there is the practice of  ‘Maavilakku’ ~ lighting a lamp on rice flour richly added with jaggery, ghee, placed in a form reminiscing the holy Thirumala hills and the Lord of the Seven Hills – Srinivasa.  People firmly believe that Thirupathi Balaji visits every home when such lamp is lit.

Devotees in large numbers visit Thiruvallikkeni Divyadesam.  Every Saturday of the month of Purattasi, there will be Periya maada veethi purappadu of Lord Azhagiya Singar.  Today at Thiruvallikkeni divyadesam,   being the  masapirappu of Purattasi, there was  Purappadu of Lord  Parthasarathi ~ even as He came out,  it started drizzling – and the purappadu was cut short to be a very small one.

Purattasi is also the time for  9 day Navarathri celebrations.   This year Mahalaya Amavasai is on 19th Sept and  Navrathri festival starts on 5th day of Purattasi [21st Sept 2017].   During Navarathri, there will be purappadu of Vedavalli Thayar inside the temple.

Adiyen Srinivasa dhasan

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Thiruvallikkeni ~ Avani Ekadasi 2017 purappadu

Oh what a day today ! – a beautiful Ekadasi day (16th Sept 2017) [Avani 31] ~ Purattasi month would be born tomorrow.  இன்று ஸ்ரீ பார்த்தசாரதி எம்பெருமானின் அழகு கவர்ந்து இழுத்தது  ~ திருவல்லிக்கேணியை மங்களாசாசனம் செய்த பேயாழ்வார் - பக்தர்களது நெஞ்சத்துக்கு உபாயத்தை அளிக்கிறார். 

வடிவார் முடிகோட்டி வானவர்கள், நாளும்*
கடியார் மலர்தூவிக் காணும் - படியானை,*
செம்மையால் உள்ளுருகிச் செவ்வனே நெஞ்சமே,*
மெய்ம்மையே காண விரும்பு.

நாம் அதீத முயற்சி செய்தால் கூட பலன் இல்லாமல் போகலாம்; எம்பெருமான் தாமாகவே உவந்து நம் போன்றோர்க்கு தனது வடிவழகை, அவனது பொன்னங் கழலிணையை காட்டித் காட்டித் தந்தருளவேணும் என பிரார்திக்கிறார்.  எத்தகையோன் அவன் !!  -  வானவர்கள் - நித்யஸூரிகள் தங்களுடைய அழகிய முடிகளை வணங்கி நறுமலர்களைப் பணிமாறி ஸேவிக்கும்படியாகவுள்ள  வடிவழகிய நம்பி.   இப்படி அவனை காட்டக்காண்கையே செம்மையால் உள்ளுருகி செவ்வனே காணுதலாம். 

It was a great darshan today – Sri Parthasarathi Emperuman dazzled in exceptional beauty making all bakthas bow to Him and yearn  for Him more.  It was periya mada veethi purappadu on Ekadasi day, enabling bakthas to have darshan at their own place. 
Sri Peyalwar advises :  appealing to the hearts – to think, offer self and melt oneself with the desire to see Him as He really is ~ the great Emperuman to whom the celestials bow their crowned heads at His feet offering choicest fresh flowers attempting the means to see Him.   Here are some photos of that great Emperuman at Thiruvallikkeni divyadesam.

~ adiyen Srinivasadhasan.