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Monday, March 7, 2016

Thirumalai Ananthan Pillai Thiruvavathara Uthsavam at Thirumala 2016: திருமலை அனந்தான்பிள்ளை திருவவதார மகோத்சவம் :

Wish to experience the extreme Bliss ! ~ even as you start feeling the chillness, most likely the mellifluous song of Sri Annamacharya  would pervade you….
adivo alladivo śrī hari vāsamu ** padivela śeula paagala mayamu ||

One may not know or understand Telugu – still, it is divine, it is the sankeerthana about the most sacred Seven Hills, the abode of Supreme Lord. Sure you would have visited the holy Thirumala, many a times, next time, take a leisurely stroll on the Mada veethis of the holy hill and feel Him fully.

The  Lord Srinivasa [Elumalai vasa,, Govindha, Venkata ramana, Venkatesa, Thirumalesa,  Seshadri,  Bhaktavatsala, Bhagavatapriya, Nityanirmala,  Neelameghasyama,  Nandanandana,  Navaneeta Chora, Papavimochana, Durita Nivarana….. Sri Balaji]  is likened to the  exceptionally shining divine lamp – He is primordial;  He is the fullest nectar gotten from  all the divine Vedas; He is be blemishless Lord of Thiruvengadam – Thiruvengadam Udaiyaan Srinivasar.

எழுவார் விடைகொள்வார் ஈன்துழாயானை*
வழுவாவகை நினைந்து வைகல் - தொழுவார்,
வினைச்சுடரை நந்துவிக்கும் வேங்கடமே, வானோர்*
மனச்சுடரைத் தூண்டும் மலை.

Poigai Azhwar says that the hearts of even the celestials get aroused by this Holy Hill ~ offering worship at Thiruvenkatam and thinking constantly of that Lord with Thulasi garland will sure rid everyone of all their karmas.

The name 'Pandavapura' means "Town of Pandavas".  Pandavapura on the banks of Cauvery having paddy and sugarcane fields is 130 km from Bangalore and 25 km from Mysore.  .. and this post would connect the small village known as Siruputhur ‘Kiranganoor’ [Hale Kiranguru]  to the Holy “Thirumala Thirupathi”

Sri Ananthazhwaan was born in year 1053 in  ‘siruputhoor’ ~ now called Hale Kiranguru.  When Udayavar was rendering kalakshepam on Thiruvaimozhi, (the verse – sindhu poo magizhum Thiruvengadathu – meaning the place replete with flowers), Udayavar asked whether anybody would do the pushpa kainkaryam at Thirumala.  Remember, Tirupathi was a very dense jungle ridden with wild animals with adverse weather.  Ananthazhwaan readily came forward and said that he would go, if Udayavar so desires.  Udayavar was so elated that he praised Ananthazhwaan as the real man and till date, his descendents have the name ‘Thirumalai Ananthanpillai’ meaning manly.

திருமலையில் சிறப்பு வைபவம் -
திருமலை அனந்தான்பிள்ளை திருவவதார மகோத்சவம் :
Thirumalai Ananthan Pillai Uthsavam at Thirumala 2016

Fortunate to attend the 962nd   Thiruvavathara Uthsvam of Thirumalai Ananthan Pillai held at Thirumala Tirupathi on Sunday 6th Mar 2016.

As ordained by Swami Ramanujacharya, Thirumalai Ananthalwan, a great Acharyar did devoted service for Thiruvengadamudayan, about 1000 years ago.  Sure you would have had darshan of Lord Venkateswara – Tirupathi Balaji so many times – the ‘crowbar’ kept at the Main entrance to the temple would sure attract every baktha’s attention and in case you missed that - do observe and bow obeisance the next time, you enter the Holy golden entrance [bangara vagili]  at Thirumala.

Of the many divyadesams sung by Azhwaargal, Thirumala occupies a very prominent position.  Our Acharyan Emperumanaar (Udayavar, Ramanujar, Bashyakarar……….) did many service to the Lord here and Udayavar was instrumental in many of the religious practices being established in Thirumala.  His disciple ‘Thirumalai Ananthazhwaan’  served the Lord here as ordained by his Acharyar. 

Legend has it that Ananthazhwaan was organizing ‘a flower garden’ – he was constructing a lake for supply of water on the hills – an extremely arduous work.  Lord Balaji in one of His Thiruvilayadals, came to the place and tried helping him.  Wrongly assuming the person as hindering the work, Ananthazhwaan threw the crowbar at the Lord (without knowing Him); later realised his folly and got the Divine Blessings of Lord.  This  crowbar is now seen at the entrance of the Templeof Supreme Lord Thiruvengadam Udaiyaan. Thirumalai Ananthazhwaan continued his floral and other services to Lord Srinivasar for many years. He was so devoted in his service ordained by Ramanujacharya that for him, it was service that was of primary importance, even when compared to God.   In the holy shrine of Thirumala, there is the beautiful sannathi of Sri Ramanujacharya.   The Vigraham of Sri Ramanujar that we worship inside the Sri Vari Temple was given by Udayavar himself and installed by Ananthalwar. 

The garden created by Ananthazhwaan is now known as ‘Puraisaivari Thottam’. It lies on the back side of the temple near Chinna Jeeyar Mutt and one can reach this place through the Thirumala Museum also.    Now there is a beautiful nanthavanam  at this place maintained by the descendents of Thirumalai Ananthazhwaan.  The lake created by him now stands majestically as ‘Ramanuja lake” replete with water on the hill !! Twice in a year,  Sri Malayappar visits this place [Baag Savari & Thiruvadipuram day] and honours Ananthazhwaan now in the form of Magizha maram.  ‘Sri Venkatesa Ithihasa maala’ is considered the best amongst the many works of Thirumalai Ananthazhwaan

For the past few years, anniversary Uthsavam of Sri Ananthazhwaan is being celebrated at his place at Thirumala.   It is being organized by his descendents, well supported by Thirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam, through its ‘Alwar Divya Prabandha Project’.   Almost a decade back, when it was organized for the first time, the place wore not so great looks, but over the years has been improved and maintained so well that it is a fitting tribute to Thirumalai Ananthazhwaan who did yeoman service to Lord Srinivasar. 

This year it was 962nd   Birth day,  celebrations were  very well organized.  His Holiness Thirumalai Ilaiya Kelviappan Sri Govinda Ramanuja Chinna Jeeyar Swami,  His Holiness Sriperumpudur Embaar Jeeyar Swami,  Sri Tridandi Ramanuja Jeeyar, Bhimavaram; Thirukovalur Emperumanaar Jeeyar Swami - presided over the divyaprabandha goshti. There were hundreds of Kalakshepa Athigarigal,  Athyapakars from various divyadesams, Ubaya Vedantha periyavargal and many youngsters who participated in the ‘Thiruvaimozhi Goshti’.  There were kalakshepams by renowned scholars too.

Let us worship the feets of Thirumalai Ananthazhwaan who was renowned for his knowledge, devotion, steadfastness and more good qualities. Some photos taken during the celebrations are here  :

Adiyen Srinivasa dhasan. 

 Sri Periya Thiruvadi Garuda at the start of the Hills
and deers on the way  

Divyaprabandha goshti - Thiruvaimozhi at thottam 

 Sri Ananthanpillai - magizha maram and below  

 Sri Ananthanpillai vaibhavam chithiram  

 the Golden Ananda Vimanamu and the mada veethi.

PS :  in the month of Feb 2016 – 19,00,968 pilgrims visited Thirumala Tirupathi. 7,84,936 offered their hair and had tonsure… 16,10,031 had annaprasadam states a signboard at Thirupathi.

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