Sri Vaishnavaite and Thennacharya Sampradhayam places great emphasis on following the path shown by Acharyan. Our Sampradhayam is proud of the rich lineage of greatest of Acharyars who have guided us towards salvation. One can easily discern from the Great ‘Thaniyan’ of Swami Koorathazhwaan that we observe daily - “Lakshminatha samarambaam, Nathayamuna madhyamam – Asmath Achaarya paryanthaam, vanthe Guru parambaram” -
For a Srivaishnavaite, Acharyar leads and guides one to ultimate Sriman Narayana. My Acharyar is Cholasimhapuram Doddayachaaryar (presently Sri U. Ve. Kovil Kanthadai Chandamarutham Singarachaar Swamy). We the Sishyas of Swami belong to the lineage, which emanated from the Holy feet of Sri Periya Perumal, Periya Pirattiar, Senai Muthalvar, Nammazhwar, Naathamunigal, Uyyakkondar, Manakkal Nambigal, Aalavanthar, Periya Nambi, Emperumaanar, Koorathazhwar, Mudaliandan, Embaar, Battar, Nanjeeyar, Nampillai, Vadakku Thiruveethipillai, Pillai Logachariyar, Thiruvoimozhipillai, Maanavala Maamunigal, Vaanamamalai Jeeyar to Doddacharyar (of whose lineage we have the present head – Sri Singarachaaryar Swami).
Understand that there were 5 Thirumaligais of the lineage of Doddacharyar earlier. Presently there are only two - the family of Swami Periyappangar Swami - of whose lineage is our varthamana Acharyar - Sri Ubhaya Vedantha Kovil Kanthadai Chandamarutham Singarachar Swamy; the other is that of Swami Vedanthachaar.
12th June 2016 was a great day for the sishyas as the Thirunakshathiram of Sri U.Ve. KKCP Periyappangar Swami was celebrated at Vanamamalai Mutt, Triplicane. Our varthamana Swami descended at Thiruvallikkeni and hundreds of sishyas and members of ‘Sri Koil Kandadai Chandamarutham Periyappangar Swami Sishya Sabha’ gathered to get the blessings of Acharyar.
Tracing back our lineage, Swami Sri Doddachar was born in 1543 in the famous lineage of Swami Mudaliandan. In this Kaliyuga, we know that Thirukachi Arulalar directly conversed with Acharyan Thirukachi Nambigal … and centuries later, Sri Devathirajar had direct interaction with our Doddacharyar Swami too. The most famous amongst the brahmothsavam is the Garuda Sevai – at Thirukachi, Lord Devapperumal is taken in procession on vahanam of Garuda also known as Periya Thiruvadi. Garuda Seva has special significance not only for Kanchi, more so for Sholinghur because of Swami Doddachaaryar connection. Swami Doddayachar was an ardent devotee of Lord Varadharaja and did many kainkaryams to Him. He was a regular in the annual Vaikasi Garuda Sevai of Devathirajar. Legend has it that on a particular year, he was not well and could not attend the Garudothsavam at Kachi. He was feeling desperate about his misfortune of not being able to have darshan of PerArulalar at Kachi on Garuda vahanam. He lamented standing near the Thakkan kulam at Cholasimhapuram (Sholinghur]. He composed hymns on Varadharaja, known as Sri Devaraja Panchakam. He longed for the Lord's sevai and these outpourings were a direct result.
Emperuman will never let his ardent bhaktha down. He came down to Sholinghur and gave darshan to Doddacharyar - seated on Garuda vahanam. Such is the mercy and leela vinotham of PerArulalar. Continuing as it does, on every Vaikasi Garudothsavam day, there is a tradition known as Doddachaaryar Sevai, when the archakas hide Lord Varadar at the western gate for a short time with two umbrellas (thirukudai) just before He leaves the temple. It is believed that Lord goes to Sholinghur for giving darshan to Doddacharyar. The mangala harathi takes place thereafter.
We are proud to follow the lineage of Doddacharyar and follow the footsteps of our Acharyan - Sri U Ve Koil Kanthadai Chandamarutham Singarachaar Swami. Here is the thanian of our Varthamana Swami….
ஸ்ரீமந் ந்ருஸிம்ஹ வரதேஸிக பௌத்ர ரத்னம் *
ஸ்ரீனிவாஸ ஸூரி பதபங்கஜ ராஜஹம்ஸம் *
ஸ்ரீமத் வாதூலகுலவாரிதி பூர்ண சந்த்ரம் *
ஸ்ரீமந் ந்ருஸிம்ஹ குருவர்யம் அஹம் ப்ரபத்யே **
This morning at Thiruvallikkeni, there was Thirupallandu, Thirupavai, Kovil Thiruvaimozhi, Sri Ramanuja Noorranthathi and Upadesa Rathinamalai goshti. Panchasamskaram was performed for some followers of the Mutt. Here are some photos taken during the festivities at Vaanamamalai Mutt. We were too fortunate to have Perumal theertham and Sripada theertham of our Acharyan and darshan of ‘Thiruvaradhana Perumal – Kannan’ of our Swami. With his kind permission, photo of Lord Krishna who gets daily pooja of our Acharyar is also posted here.
Azhwaar Emperumaanar Jeeyar Thiruvadigale Saranam !
Acharyan Thiruvadigale Saranam !!
ஆழ்வார் எம்பெருமானார் ஜீயர் திருவடிகளே சரணம் !
நம் ஆச்சார்யன் திருவடிகளே சரணம் !!
ஸ்ரீவைஷ்ணவனுக்கு உய்ய ஒரே வழி ~ எம்பெருமானிடம் சரணாகதி அடைந்து, திருவடிகளில் பிரபத்தி செய்வதே. ஸ்ரீவைகுண்டத்து எம்பெருமானிடம் நம்மை சேர்விப்பவர் நம் ஆசார்யரே ***
Adieyn Srinivasa dhasan.
12th June 2016.