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Sunday, November 29, 2020

Thiruvallikkeni Nampillai Sannathi ~ Thirukkannapuram sarruppadi 2020

Even under worst Corona times, our faith in Emperuman will save us.  Worship him and be rid of diseases.  Swami Nammalwar ordains us to go and surrender to the Lord Sowriraja Perumal at Thirukkannapuram and to those who fall at His feet, there would be no despair !  

Ask any proud resident of Thiruvallikkeni divyadesam – the address or significance of   Saraswathi Bhandaram – once the storehouse of knowledge, that had a great library of books (palm leaf manuscripts !) , that was purposefully built to be a Press for Sri Vaishnava literature (publication of granthams in Telegu) and ran as a manual printing press for many important books .. ..  most likely that people may not know ! but ask them where ‘komutti bungalow’ – is, you could easily be directed to the odd houses in an agraharam near Sri Peyalwar sannathi to the north of Sri Parthasarathi Swami temple. 

The pristine land of Kashmir nestled in the midst of Great Himalayas gets its name from Sage Kashyapa. Legend has it the central valley of Kashmir was once fully inundated making it a huge ocean-like lake. It was  Sage Kashyapa who drained the waters and made the valley hospitable.   The land got its name as Kashyapa-Mira which later came to be known as Kashmir.  This region  is the abode of Goddess Saraswati who appeared to  Sage Paulastya   in the form of a Swan.    The Sharada Peeth on the banks of Krishna Ganga river in Kashmir was the nodal centre of ancient Indian wisdom for centuries.  Swami Ramanujar along with Koorathazhwan went to Sri Bhandaram  at Kachmeeram for Bodhayana vriti – and later became Bashyakarar. 


On 28.11.2020 after completion of 9th decad of Thiruvaimozhi in the ongoing uthsavam at Sri Nampillai sannathi, Thiruvallikkeni – Dr U.Ve. Mandayam Ananthanpillai Venkata Krishnan swami briefed the history of the place and its creators.  Way back in 1874, Saraswathi Bhandaram Committee was constituted  with Yogi Parthasarathy Iyengar as secretary.  With great efforts they collated  manuscripts of works on Visishtadvaita and published them in the Saraswathi Bhandaram Press,  located in what is Komutti bungalow now.  Yogi Parthasarathi Swami who was born in Karthigai Avittam in 1840 (it is his 180th birth celebrations now – 3rd sahstiabda poorthi) brought in knowledgeable resources of grantham and also those who learnt printing technology for publication of rare granthas in book form.  


Yogi Parthasarathi Iyengar hailed from mandya (Mandayam Iyengars) – of a lineage of great scholars who earlier had been appointed royal pandits of King Krishna Devaraya, later becoming Pradhans (Chief Ministers) under Mysore Wodeyar Kings. With Islamic invasion and rule of Hyder & Tipu Sultan – they moved out.  Tirumal Row came to Thiruvallikkeni ,  and Yogi was the grandson born in 1840.  He & his wife Yogi Singamma were instrumental in this Saraswathi Bandaram and later Ammaji mandir in Ayodhya, managed from the funds here.    It is recorded that the scholastic Yogi Parthasarathi Iyengar was suggested to represent Hinduism in World of Parliament of Religions but being very orthodox would not cross the sea.  

Sri Nampillai, in the Acharya paramparai is known for his scholastic excellence. He was the disciple of Sri Nanjeeyar and acharyar of Vadakku Thiruveethipillai. His commentary on Thiruvoimozhi known as Muppathu Aarayira(m)ppadi -  is considered as the best amongst the vyakyanams; considered equivalent to Thiruvoimozhi itself and  is celebrated as “Eedu” .

Saraswathi Bandaram committee hailing Acaryan Nampillai built a sannathi at this place  - later the  idol of Namperumal was also installed alongside.  This year beautiful Sri Ranganayaki thayar is also blessing us here.    In today’s celebrations it was ‘Sri Sowriraja Perumal – Thirukkannapuram’ thirukolam with rendering of Thiruvaimozhi Thirukkannapuram pasuram. 

பாதநாளும்  பணியத் தணியும்  பிணி*

ஏதம் சாரா  எனக்கேல்  இனியென்  குறை*

வேதநாவர்  விரும்பும்  திருக்கண்ணபுரத்து

ஆதியானை* அடைந்தார்க்கு    அல்லலில்லையே. 

திவ்யமான வேதங்களை நன்கு கற்ற  வைதிகர்கள் விரும்பி வசிக்கும் இடமான - திருக்கண்ணபுரத்திலே  எழுந்ததருளியிருக்கிற  முழுமுதற்கடவுளான எம்பெருமானை  ஆச்ரயித்தவர்களுக்கு, எவ்வித துக்கமும் வாராது.   அவ்வெம்பெருமானின்  திருவடிகளை எப்போதும் ஸேவிக்குமளவில், நோய்கள் அறும்,  பாவங்கள் சேரமாட்டா !!  இவ்வளவு சிறப்பு வாய்ந்த திருக்கண்ணபுரத்து சௌரிராஜ பெருமாளை  அடைந்தவர்க்கு ஒரு குறையும் இருக்காது என்கிறார் சுவாமி நம்மாழ்வார்.

Here are some photos of Sri Namperumal & Ranganayaki thayar (sarruppadi – Pillailokam Ramanujam swami); Sri Nampillai  and goshti.  Here is thaniyan of Nampillai

வேதாந்த வேத்ய அம்ருத வாரிராஸேர்*  வேதார்த்த ஸார அம்ருத பூரமக்ர்யம்

ஆதாய வர்ஷந்தம் அஹம் ப்ரபத்யே**  காருண்ய பூர்ணம் கலிவைரிதாஸம் 

Azhwar Emperumanar Jeeyar Thiruvadigale saranam


adiyen Srinivasa dhasan
Mamandur Srinivasan Sampathkumar

PS :  this year celebrating the 180th birthday of Sri Yogi Parthasarthi Iyengar, Dr MAV has organized 10 day Thiruvaimozhi goshti and scores of Thennacharya srivaishnavas have been rendering thiruvaimozhi.  Today, would try to capture a good photo of the surprise gift for all of them  distributed yesterday !!





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