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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sri Manavala Mamunigal sannidhi at Melukote Thirnarayanapuram

I have posted of the Sarrumurai celebrations of Swami Manavala Mamunigal at Thiruvallikkeni Divyadesam....

Miles away is Melukote (Thirunarayana Puram) known by number of other names such as Vedadri, Yadavagiri, Yatisaila, Daksina Badarikasrama…. ~ and Jnanamantapa – a pavilion of knowledge. 

Our greatest Sri Ramanujacharyar lived here for a while and there have been many who have worked for the dissemination of knowledge of Sanskrit language mingled with Sri Vaishnava philosophy.   It was Sri Udayavar’s last advice to his disciples before leaving the mortal coil – if one were incapable of reading and understanding ‘Sri Bashya’ or even the Divyaprabandhas, the least one can do to get the grace of the Emperuman the Lord of Universe is to build an abode and live in the Yadavagiri – the Thirunarayanapuram. So all Sri Vaishnavaites yearn to live in this great temple town.  It is stated that when Sri Ramanujar came to Melukote he was 82 years and when he returned back to Thiruvarangam he was 94 !

The strength of tradition lies in its antiquity. Melukote has the distinction of reviving the reverred Divyaprabandham, the spontaneous outpourings of  powerful feelings of devotion of the Azhwargal.  In Melukote, there is the tradition of reciting the taniyan of Sri Madurakavi Alwar who organized the stanzas of Swami Nammalwar.

Besides the Thiru Nakshathiram of Sri Ramanujar, those of Swami Nammalwar, Thirumangai alwar, Pillai Lokacharyar and Swami Manavala Mamunigal are also celebrated in Thirunarayanapuram.

In the mada veethi of Thirunarayanapura (the abode of Selva Naranar) is the beautiful grand sannadhi of Swami Manavala Mamunigal.  During our visit to this great spiritual place, was fortunate to have darshan of our Thennacharya Acharyar Swami Manavala Mamunigal.

Here are some photos of the sannathi and Sri Manavala Mamunigal.

Sri Vara Vara Munaye Namah; 
Azhwar Emperumanar, Jeeyar Thiruvadigale Saranam.

Adiyen Srinivasadhasan. 
2 photos courtesy : Sriraman Sriram, Aaradhakar, Melkot Sri Manavala Mamunigal sannathi.
With many inputs taken from : Melukote through the Ages –
released by Academy of Sanskrit Research in 1998.

the mada veethi housing Mamunigal sannathi

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