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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Sri Udayavar Thiruther - 20200

28.4.2020 was significant for it was the sarrumurai vaibhavam of our Acarya Swami Ramanujar.  9th day would be grand for the twin purapaddus – in the morning it would be siriya thiruther and pushpa pallakku in the evening at Thiruvallikkeni divyadesam.

Life has changed suddenly – people really do not know what to do – 2020 has dawned differently and two months have just passed by with people talking, hearing, rumouring about Corona .. .. a World of fear and not knowing what to do .. .. Severe disruptions to insecticide-treated net campaigns and in access to antimalarial medicines could lead to a doubling in the number of malaria deaths in sub-Saharan Africa this year compared to 2018, according to a new modelling analysis released by WHO and partners ahead of World Malaria Day (25 April).  WHO urges countries to move fast and distribute malaria prevention and treatment tools at this stage of the COVID-19 outbreak in sub-Saharan Africa, and to do their utmost to safely maintain these essential malaria control services. The analysis considers nine scenarios for potential disruptions in access to core malaria control tools during the pandemic in 41 countries, and the resulting increases that may be seen in cases and deaths.

Worser still is the news coming on Covid front.  After recording a dip in the number of cases of coronavirus infection over the past few days, Tamil Nadu again reported a spike, with 120 new cases on Tuesday. Of this number, 103 were recorded in state capital Chennai alone.  The source of infection of a few of the cases is being investigated.  Heavy traffic was seen in three Tamil Nadu cities of Chennai, Coimbatore and Madurai after the state government announced relaxation during the Covid-19 lockdown, news agency ANI reported.  In some media there were reports and photos of traffic jams on the roads of Coimbatore, ridiculous, for there is lockdown and social distancing is the need of the hour.   The Tamil Nadu government had only announced relaxations for Chennai, Coimbatore and Madurai where a four-day “intense lockdown” (starting April 26) was clamped to check the spread of Covid-19.

BhagwadRamanuja with his aesthetic beautiful interpretations occupies the central place.  Sri Ramanujar hailed as Udayavar, Emperumanar, Bashyakarar, Ilayazhwaar amongst other names was born in the year 1017 at Sri Perumpudur on ‘Thiruvathirai’ thirunakshathiram in the month of Chithirai.  The greatest reformer Sri  Ramanuja gave us many vedantic treatises.

**   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” 

Of the three great exponents of Vedanta philosophy, Bhagwad Ramanuja with his aesthetic beautiful interpretations occupies the central place.  Sri Ramanujar hailed as Udayavar, Emperumanar, Bashyakarar, Ilayazhwaar amongst other names was born in the year 1017 at Sri Perumpudur on ‘Thiruvathirai’ thirunakshathiram in the month of Chithirai.  Ramanuja was one of those visionaries  who made us realize the importance of harnessing waters in remote villages. He built a few and renovated many temple tanks right in the middle of Thirunarayanapuram, which not only ensured water for temple, but also for drinking and irrigation.   The crowning glory is  the 2,200 acre temple tank at Tondanur, called Tonnur Kere about 20 km from Melkote,  that provides  water to 70 villages for the last 1000 years.

Hail Ramanuja ~ we fall at the feet of our Acaryar who will take care of us.
உய்ய ஒரே வழி - உடையவர் திருவடி
ஆழ்வார் எம்பெருமானார் ஜீயர் திருவடிகளே சரணம்.

Here are some photos of thiruther last year at Thiruvallikkeni

~-adiyen Srinivasa dhasan [S. Sampathkumar]

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