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Thursday, March 24, 2022

Sri Azhagiya Singar Hanumantha vahanam 2022

ಬಿಡುವೇನೇನಯ್ಯ ಹನುಮ, ಸುಮ್ಮನೆ ಬಿಡುವೇನೇನಯ್ಯ||ಪ.||

biDuvEnEnayya hanuma, summane biDuvEnEnayya||pa.|| 

Very many centuries ago, descended on this earth, the Greatest Maryada Purush, the epitome of all virtues, who showed to all human beings on how to lead the life…. “Lord Sri Rama”. 

Lord Rama descended on earth for the purpose of upholding righteousness and rewarding virtue. The Greatest of  Ithihasa purana ‘Sri Ramayanam’  is the undiluted history of the Greatest Person who descended on this Universe.. .. ..   ~ and there is also the  great character – a warrior, mightily powerful, whose body was as hard as a diamond, whose speed equalled those of fastest flying eagles, who possessed great wisdom, who could organize a group of roaming ones, who can jump hundreds of miles, yet who remained at the feet of his Master, totally committed thinking of their welfare alone – unassuming, yet capable of telling the right things at the right moment – that is Pavana Puthra Hanuman – Aanjaneya, who is called ‘siriya thiruvadi’ – bearer of Lord Rama – who carried Rama on his shoulders during the war in which the demon was killed.   

ஸ்ரீ இராமாயணத்திலே ஸ்ரீ ஹனுமான் அற்புத பாத்திரம்  ~ வாஹனங்களிலே நம்மை கவர்வது கருட, ஹனுமந்த வாகனங்கள் ! ஆற்றல்மிகுதி, கூர்மையான அறிவு,  திண்ணமான எண்ணங்கள் – அமைதியான மனம், எடுத்துக்கொண்ட செயலை செவ்வனே செய்து முடிக்கும் தீர்மை, காரியத்தில் உறுதி, மனம் தளராமை, நம்பிக்கையின் முழுஉருவம் -  இவை அனைத்தும் அஞ்சனை மைந்தனான சிரஞ்சீவி ஹனுமான். கம்ப நாட்டாழ்வான், அனுமனை முதலில் வர்ணிக்கும் போதே : எம் மலைக் குலமும் தாழ,    இசை சுமந்து, எழுந்த தோளான்  ~ என்கிறார். 

The mighty Hanuman excelled in his role as emissary -   Hanuman was destined to bigger deeds – of organizing an army comprising of monkeys in search of Sita, his great leap into the sea, crossing it and reaching the fortified Lanka; slaying wicked demon and meeting Sita at Ashoka vanam; sitting majestically before the King Ravana and burning the whole of Lanka ……… more than all these, the one role he relished most was carrying the ‘Ithihasa Purush’ on his shoulders and thus earning the title ‘Siriya Thiruvadi’ – the carrier of Lord Sri Rama.   

One must keep the kind away from fear – and surrendering to Sriman Narayana,  the Saviour is the easiest way.  We fall at the feet of Sri Thelliya Singar emperuman  and look to him to salvage us.  At Thiruvallikkeni during the special Brahmothsavam  for Azhagiya Singar day 5 today  (24.3.2022)  was hectic -  morning   was  ‘Nachiyar thirukolam;  in the evening pathi ulathal - Yoga Narasimha thirukolam and then the  most majestic ‘Hanumantha’ vahanam ! 

The keerthana at the start – ‘Biduvenenayya Hanuma’ was written by Purandhara dhasar.  Purandhara dasa, a follower of Madhwacharya lived in 15th century and composed many keerthanas, widely referred as Pitamaha of Carnatic music in Kannada and considered incarnation of Saint Naradha.  

Born as Srinivasa nayaka, he was a wealthy merchant of gold, silver and jewellery but  gave away all his material riches to become a Haridasa,  a devotional singer who made the difficult Sanskrit tenets of Bhagavata Purana available to everyone in simple and melodious songs.   He formulated the basic lessons of teaching Carnatic music by structuring graded exercises known as Svaravalis and Alankaras, he introduced the raga Mayamalavagowla as the first scale to be learnt by beginners in the field – a practice that is still followed today.  Purandara Dasa is noted for composing Dasa Sahithya.   Here is keerthana sung by  Dr. Vidyabhushana 

Aanjaneyar with all his might,  always exhibited the rare qualities of kindness, humility, and deep attachment to Lord Rama.  The selfless spirit  of Hanuman  was rewarded by Lord Ram by stating that ‘whenever I am remembered, people will remember you too.’  Imagine that glorious darshan of Sri Azhagiya Singar on Hanumantha vahanam – and for enjoying that, here are some photos from the Hanumantha vahana purappadu of Sri Azhagiya Singar  at Thiruvallikkeni divyadesam today. 

adiyen  Srinivasa  dhasan. 
Mamandur Veeravalli Srinivasan Sampathkumar

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