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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Sri Udayavar Uthsavam 6 ~ tholukku Iniyan 2019

**   ஸ்ரீ ராமானுஜோ விஜயதே யதிராஜ ராஜ:  **
“Sree Ramanujo Vijayathe – Yathiraja Rajaha

– the concluding lines of ‘Thadi (dhaTee) Panchakam’ – rendered by Swami Mudaliandan, which speaks of the  victory of Swami Ramanuja over other philosophies and his establishing the Visishtadvaita philosophy that was built by Azhwars and Purvacharyas.  In those golden days when Swami Emperumanar walked on the streets of Thiruvarangam and other Divyadesams – tens of thousands of his disciples and hundreds of Jeeyars followed him hailing “Ramanujo Vijayathe – Yathiraja Rajaha” 

There exists one and only all embracing Being called Brahman or the highest Self ~ the Lord = Sriman Narayana.  He is endowed with all auspicious qualities, all pervading, all knowing, all powerful and all merciful.  His nature is fundamentally antagonistic to all evil [akhilaheya pratyanika] ~ the greatest  commentary to Badrayana’s Vedanta sutra preaches us.   

Our darsana Sthapakar, Sri Ramanujar is rightly reverred as ‘Yathi Rajar’ ~ the king among yathis [hermits and sages],  it is our Acharyan who showed us the right direction to follow. The greatest reformer he was, Ramanuja gave us many vedantic treatises.  Sri Udayavar, toured the entire Country, making the Srivaishnavatie tradition flourish in all his path.  He was a great administrator too.  He created flawless systems, corrected the administration of Sri Rangam ensuring the proper maintenance of the wealth of Lord Ranganatha and creating teams to properly continue all kainkaryams to the Lord. 

At Thiruvallikkeni, it is a 10 day Uthsavam with purappadus in the morning and evening as well….  Today it was another hectic day ~ - vellai sarruppadi in the morning, Thirumanjanam, thiruppavai sarrumurai (Thirumozhi thodakkam); mangalasasanam; evening purappadu in Tholukku Iniyan, Thiruvaimozhi sarrumurai and rest.. ..

Here are some photos of evening purappadu ~ the floral crown was an added attraction.

~ adiyen dhasan. S. Sampathkumar
5th May 2019.

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