Ananthazhvan and the Tiger at Tirumala Hills


Swamy Ananthazhvan and the Tiger at Tirumala Hills

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This incident happened few hundreds years ago  in Tirumala when the temple was very difficult to approach .Many wild animals used to move freely near the temple   .  Swamy Ananthazhvan  the ardent devotee of LORD VENKATESHWARA was once having  a holy dip in the  Swamipushkarini pond .

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  While he ascended the steps, he was astonished to find that his upper cloth got entangled on the ears of a tiger resting  on a  tree.  As he was trying to retrieve his  upper cloth, the tiger remained motionless. The disciples who were along with their master  told Ananthazhvan that the tiger obviously did not want to release the upper cloth as it was desirous of the touch of the upper cloth of Ananthazhvan who could deliver the tiger from bondage of the world.

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They  pleaded  their gurujee  to  confer heavenly boon on the tiger. Ananthazhvan was compassionate and  blessed the tiger and got his upper cloth released.  Later they found the tiger was found dead on the way. The disciples  performed the last rites to  the tiger. When the disciples entered the sanctum sanctorum along with Ananthazhvan, they were  surprised  to find the form of a tiger in the Garbhagriha. The Lord humorously mentioned to Ananthazhvan,”  Swamin !! You have started blessing even tigers with Moksha which is difficult even for Devas.  ??? What work  will the Lord have thereafter? Ananthazhvan may  carry out HIS  work  himself on the Holy Hills and the Lord may  return to Srivaikuntam.”

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Ananthazhvan  with humble obesiances  prayed to the Lord and  submitted that it was only because of the Grace of the Lord he was able to  pray for  the tiger and there were so many animate and inanimate beings who are serving LORD on these Hills seeking Moksha  and as a bhagavatha he was only praying for their upliftment.

Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

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LORD KRISHNA’S VISHWAROOPA DARSHAN TEMPLE AT KANCHIPURAM.


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Pandava Dhootha Perumal Temple  

( Thirupadagam ) Kancheepuram

Pandava Dhootha Perumal Temple  ( Thirupadagam )  is located in Kancheepuram in Tamilnadu.

IMG_2181 1 km West of Kanchipuram Bus Stand we can proceed to this temple to have a darshan of LORD KRISHNA  which is very special We can see  LORD  Krishna in a majestic sitting posture (facing East), almost  25 feet in height suggestive of the Lord’s Vishvaroopam.

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Lord Krishna  in order to make peace with the Kauravas,  goes to Hastinapura to the court of Duryodhana on behalf of the Pandavas.  With a plot to kill Krishna and thus to put all hopes of a peace treaty,  the evil Duryodhana digs a pit and tops it with bamboo sticks.

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On this bamboo topped pit, he puts up a grand stage, thus setting up  Lord Krishna for a mega fall.  Once he enters the hall, the all knowing  Lord Krishna presses the stage with his little toe to send it crushing below. And immediately after, Krishna displays his Vishwaroopam to the blind Dhirdharashtra (and only to him), by giving him the vision.

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After having the darshan of  the Lord in his full divine form, a delighted Dhirdarashtra requests  Lord Krishna to restore his blindness, for he does not want to see anything else after having darshan of  the Lord himself.

 IMG_2175 Years after this episode, Arjuna’s grandson Janmejaya, who listened to the Mahabharata story from Vaisampaayana wanted to experience  the moment (that of Lord Krishna Vishwaroopa darshanam )  .

He undertook penance at this place.  Lord Krishna is believed to have  graced him with darshan , as ‘Pandava Dhootha’, in the same way he had in the Mahabharatha episode. Having played the role of a messenger for the Pandavas,  Lord Krishna, here at this temple, is known by that same name  Pandava Dhootha Perumal.

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 It is said  that in this holy place  there was a 18 day debate between  Swami Ramanuja and a Saivite Scholar. Having lost the debate to Swamy  Ramanuja, the Saivite Scholar is said to have become his disciple and was given the  name to Arulaala Perumal Emberumaanar. His descendents are the ones currently managing the temple.

There is said to have been a 18 day debate between Ramanuja and a Saivite Scholar. Having lost the debate to Ramanuja, the Saivite Scholar is said to have become his discipline and changed his name to Arulaala Perumal Emberumaanar. His descendents are the ones currently managing the temple.

The tower above Lord Krishna in  Pandava Dhoodha Perumal  is called Badra Vimana

Jai Sree Krishna

Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

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Kulasekhara Azhwar and Lord Venkateshwara


Kazhiyur Varadan:

Appearance day of the the great devotee King Sri Kulasekhara Azhwar March 01 -2015

Originally posted on kazhiyur varadan's web blog:

Kulasekhara Azhwar  the great Azhwar  appeared  in  the royal family of the kingdom of Travancore .

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The rulers of the land did not own   but  ministers/ servants  to the Lord, Who was the actual  ruler . The Majesty was undoubtedly our LORD who was  worshipped by the King and the people   LORD Ananta-Padmanabha Swami .

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The Kings of Travancore would  offer obeisance’s   to the Lord  twice a day and   be there inside the temple of LORD  Sri Ananta-Padmanabha Swami. The King would then make his reports to the Lord of his daily administration of the country, of which he was but  just the trustee. (This tradition of the Maharaja of Travancore visiting Lord Ananta-Padmanabha Swami goes on to the present day even though the King has no real political power in the modern Republic of India.) Such was the pious and saintly quality of the ancient line of Vedic kings…

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Having darsanam of Lordships in Ahobilam, Srirangam, Thirukovalur and Ayodhya


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This  Srivaishnava divyadesam is located near Pallavaram in Chennai . The temple is located  on a hillock and one must  climb  around 250 steps to have darshan of the LORD  .The glory  of this divya desam is related to this temple is described in Brahmanda Puranam and other Sanskrit literature.

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This holy  hill was previously known as “Thoyagiri” meaning hill surrounded by water. When our Thirumangai Azhwar had visited this holy spot and glorified the LORD this place  came to be known as Thiru neer malai” . LORD  (Perumal) gives darshan  in 4 Thirukolam which is compared to the other divya desams by Thirumangai Azhwar as given below (2-4-1)
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Nindra(standing):-  Lord Ramar (at foot of hill) =Thirunaraiyur Sri Thirunaraiyur nambi
Kidandha (lying):- Lord  Ranganathar= Thirukudandhai Sri Aaraamudhan
Irundha(sitting) :- Lord Saantha Narasimhar =Thiruvaali Sri Lakshmi Narasimhar
Nadandha(walking):-  Lord Thiruvikraman =Thirukovaloor Trivikraman

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As mentioned earlier, one can have darshan of LORD in 4 places and in  4 forms –as  Lord Ramar in Standing posture at the foot of the hill,  Lord Sri Ranganathar in reclining posture under Sri Ranga vimanam, as  Lord Santha Narasimhar in sitting posture, as  Lord Sri Trivikraman in walking posture.

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During his visit to this kshetram, the great sage Valmiki  of  Srimad Ramayanam fame  , was not content having darsanam of  Lord Sri Ranganathar and  Lord Narasimhar. He had a desire to have darshan of  Lord Ramar also . Understanding the rishi’s desire, Lord Ranganathar appeared as Ramar, Lakshmi as Sita, Adisesha as Lakshmana, Sankhu and Chakra as Barata-Shatruguna, Viswaksena as Sugreevan, Garudan as Anjaneyar and blessed the rishi at the foot of the Hill. Lord whose complexion is dark blue was praised by Valmiki as Neervannan and at the request of the rishi, Perumal continued to reside at the  foot of the hill. The utsava vigraham of Lord  Ranganathar is kept in this sannidhi only.Since this hill was surrounded by water due to incessant rains for 6 months when Tirumangai Azhwar arrived, this place came to be known as Thiruneermalai.

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Earlier it was called “gaandavanam” as mentioned in his pasuram no. 1079 Any  merit (punyam) done here fetches multifold  benefit.  As per the locals ,devotees who visit this holy place  will be blessed with longevity.

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Any homam for longevity, for marriage etc performed here fetches manifold benefit. One can have the content of having darsanam of Ahobilam, Srirangam, Thirukovalur,Ayodhya divya desams here as Perumal gives His darshan as Lord Narasimhar, Lord Ranganathar , Lord Trivikraman and Lord Ramar
SRI ANIMAMALAR MANGAI NAYIKA SAMETHA
SRI NEERVANNA SWAMINEY NAMAH

Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

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BHAKTA ARAVI PERUMAL ( The LORD who is the very life of His dear devotees)


THIRININRAVOOR  is  located 30 kms from Chennai on Arakonam route – and 5 kms from Thinnanoor station is this  Sri Vaishnava divya desam .As Goddess Maha Lakshmi  arrived from SriVaikuntam and stayed here, this place came to be known as “THIRU” “NINDRA” “OOR”   (THIRU= LAKSHMI,    NINDRA= STANDING, OOR=PLACE).

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Lord  MahaVishnu and Samudrarajan,  Goddess mahalakshmi’s  father reached Bhoolokam in search of Thayar as without Her presence, Sri Vaikuntam wore a dull lifeless look.   Samudra rajan ,in the course of his search reached this place. He was overwhelmed to see his glorious daughter Mahalakshmi and addressed Her as “ENNAI PETRA THAI” (mother who gave birth to me emphasizing the fact that Mahalakshmi Thayar is the Divine Mother for the entire world). Varuna, the God of rain, who came in search of Samudrarajan as he had to quench the sea water for forming clouds saw Samudrarajan at this place. Hence, Samudrarajan and Varunan can be seen in the sannidhi along with Divya dhampadhigal.

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Despite Samundrarajan’s pleas to his daughter , Thayar continued to stay here. A small mantapam in front of the pushkarini was built later as remembrance.Perumal conceded to his bhaktan, Samudrarajan’s request to pacify Thayar to return to SriVaikuntam and descended on the earth as  Bhaktavatsalan   (one whose devotees are very dear to Him) and succeeded in the attempt. Based on Samudrarajan’s request who had the darshan of the Divya Dhampadhigal on bhoomi for the first time in Kalyana Thirukolam, Perumal continues to reside here. A sincere prayer to the  LORDSHIPS and  Sri MahaSudarshana Azhwar will definitely be answered. There is an interesting story related with this kshetram relating to our Acharyar. The temple priest informed us that Swamy Ramanujar’s sister and brother-in-law who were childless for a long time undertook  piligrimage to Tirumala from Poondamalli near Chennai  Enroute they stayed in Sri Ramar temple at this place where they had a divine vision of the Lord. Lord blessed them that He would be born to them as Sri Mudaliaandan and do kainkaryam to Swamy Ramanujar who was an amsam of Adisesha and thus refrained them from going to Tirumala. .When Thirumangai Azhwar visited this place, as Perumal did not give darsanam, he left the place without doing mangalasaasanam(without singing in praise of the Lord). Thayar pointed out this lapse of Perumal and persuaded Him to request Azhwar to sing mangalasaasanam. When Perumal approached Azhwar, he was singing in praise of Sthalasayana Perumal at Thirukadalmallai (Mammalpuram(Mahabalipuram) and was having vision of Baktavatsala Perumal in his mind’s eye. He praised that he was seeing the Perumal standing in Thirunindravoor as the one reclining at Mamallapuram. As Thayar was not satisfied with only one pasuram, She again persuaded Perumal to request Azhwar to sing another song on them. By the time Azhwar had reached Thirukannapuram and when he saw the Lord in his divine vision, he compared Thirukannapura Perumal with Thirunindravoor Perumal . Thus azhwar sang 2 pasurams in praise of this Perumal emphasizing that Perumal is omnipresent and He is the same whether He is at Thirunindravoor or Thirukadalmallai or Thirukannamangai. During the month of Panguni, (Mar-Apr), Brahmotsavam for 10 days is performed every year with great fervor by Tirupati Peria Jeer who is in charge of this temple .

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Shri Sudhavalli nayika sametha  Sri Bhakthavatsalla Parabrahmaney namah: :
Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

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SRIMAD RAMAYANA & NUCLEAR EXPLOSION


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Soon after hearing the whereabouts of MOther Sita from Hanumanji ,  Lord Sri Rama marches from Kishkindha(Hampi) towards Sri Lanka along with Vanara army and reaches the sea shore at Thirupullani in Tamilnadu.  Lord RAma decides to summon Samudrarajan  ( the king of the sea ) to pave way for HIS army sitting on dharbam and fasting for three days to invoke his attention. Samudrarajan puffed up with ego doesn’t turn up . Lord  Rama decides to teach Samudrarajan a lesson and takes a sankalpam to dry up the ocean with HIS  mighty kodhandam.

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Samudrarajan  noticing LORDs   mood  repents for his folly and seeks forgiveness and pleads  LORD  Rama to build a bridge with rocks over the sea waters. (NASA has proved the existence of a bridge from SEthukarai) The ever compassionate  Lord  Rama who is a “saranagatha vatsalan” forgives him but as the arrow cannot go waste,  Lord Rama aims at Samudrarajan’s enemies at Durmagulayam on the North-western part of India at present day  “Rajasthan”  on Samudrarajan’s request and destroys them. That place got dried up immediately and is the present day can be seen as  Thar desert.

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Geological Survey of India during their recent excavations have proved the presence of rock salt in huge quantities. This is the evidence that water body existed at that place. It is a coincidence that nuclear scientists have chosen this place for conducting Nuclear Tests .

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Jai Sree Ram

For more info on adiyens piligrimage please check the SRI RAMA ANU YATHIRAI (1) and (2)  in the blog posts

https://kmkvaradhan.wordpress.com/2011/01/26/piligrim-diary-to-sri-rama-holy-abodes/

https://kmkvaradhan.wordpress.com/2015/02/15/sri-rama-anu-yatirai-part-2/

 

Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

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MUKTHI DWARAKA (PRABHASA THEERTHAM)


MUKTHI DWARAKA (PRABHASA THEERTHAM) :

(The holy place where LORD KRISHNA  disappeared)

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Veraval also  known as Somnath and Prabhas  Theertham is located on the western coast in Gujarat and the  last rail head in this route. This place is important for all Vaishnavites  and saivaites . It is important because it was from this place that  Lord Sri Krishna disappeared and ascended to Srivaikuntam as per the request of the devas.  This holy dhaam  is one  among the ” Nava Dwarakas” .(the junction point where Gomathi river joins the sea.

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This event was also a  divine lila enacted by  Lord Krishna.  This  “Prabhasa Kshetram” is also called ” Ban ka Theertham”

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Prabhasam means well illuminating or very bright or well exposed. What was exposed? Some of the auspicious qualities of the Lord are brightly exposed here. In Chapter 4, Arjuna asked the Lord, whether His birth was real. The Lord replied that just as Arjuna’s birth was real, His Avatar also was real. Our bodies are made of Pancha Bhoota [space, air, fire, water and earth].  Then , Was His body also similar? The Lord told that His body was made of Aprakrytam and not made of Pancha Bhoota. His body was made of Pancha Shakti.

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It is neither created nor destroyed. The Three qualities are not in it. Only sattva quality is there. In Srimad Bhagavatam, Sukhacharya tells that at the end of Avatar, Lord  Krishna  proceeded  to  Sri Vaikuntam, with His body as such.

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Lord  Krishna after satisfying Himself that He had annihilated most of the demons in human form after Mahabharata war, decided to ascend to His eternal abode, Sri Vaikuntam. Due to His presence, the Yadus (people belonging to His clan) became proud and arrogant.  LORD who wanted to reduce the burden of Mother Earth decided to put an end to the Yadavas too and  masterminded a plan .

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As it was Lord’s will, he made Gandhari and the sapta rishis utter the curse of annihilation of Yadavas. It so happened that Krishna’s son was dressed up like a pregnant woman and along with his friends approached some rishis to find out the gender of the child which would be born to the pregnant woman. The infuriated rishis cursed that the disguised lady would give an iron pestel which would destroy the entire Yadava race which came true. The shocked Yadus ran to Balarama for a solution. Balarama ordered them to powder it into pieces and throw  the powder  away into  the sea at Dwaarka . The yadus acted accordingly and returned to their palace assuming all is fine now . A big iron piece which could not be powdered was thrown  far away into the sea which was swallowed by a fish. When this fish was caught and cut open by hunter, Jara, he found a big iron piece which he found very interesting . Overjoyed he  fixed the iron piece  to his arrow with which he  harmed Lord Krishna later unknowingly . Over a period of time, the powder got deposited near the shore of the sea at Prabhasa Theertha and sharp blade type grass grew there.

When the Yadus who were fully intoxicated came to the sea shore  the tamo guna in them made a twist in their behaviour .By  arguing with each other, they totally lost their mental balance and started hitting each other with the grass and got themselves killed. Balarama , noticing that it was Lord ’s will decided to leave this earthly residence, assumed his original form as Adisesha and walked into the sea and disappeared. The place where he disappeared can be seen even today in Dwaaraka . Over a period of time, this place has turned into mass of land due to reduction in the water level.  Lord Sri Krishna was resting under a banyan tree with right leg placed on left lap. A hunter named Jara (who was Vaali in his previous birth when Krishna incarnated as  Lord Rama) , mistook ( LORD) Perumal’s thiruvadi to be a deer from a long distance  and shot an arrow from a distance of 1 kilometre.

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The hunter who came in search of his prey was shocked to see the Lord holy feet bleeding  and begged for forgiveness. The Lord convinced that it was as per His   divine plan and narrated his past birth as Vaali when Perumal hit him from behind and thus fulfilled Vali’s desire for revenge. He bestowed moksham to the hunter. This shows Lord’s compassion to persons who try to him. In this avatar, he first killed Putana who had come to kill him and gave her moksham and at the end of the incarnation, he blessed Jara by giving him moksham. As the moment when Lord  Krishna was preparing to ascend to Sri vaikuntam, all the  three crore devatas headed by Brahma and PramaShivan  arrived and  were glorifying  LORD   by reciting Purusha Suktam,  LORD disappeared from this  place in the form of jyothi. (When the jyoti reached Suryamandalam, it transformed into a vigraham and descended on  on Tirumalai Hills .

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The moment Krishna disappeared, Kali yugam started and to save His devotees from Kali, Lord decided to manifest in Tirumala and save the devotees till the end of Kaliyugam.

Krite Nrisimha Bhoothosou Tretaayaam Raghunandanah /
Dwaapare Vaasudevas Cha kalao Vemkatanaayakah //

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“While Narasimha was the Lord of Kritayuga, Rama (Raghunandana) was the Lord of Treta yuga, Krishna (Vaasudeva) of Dwaapara yuga, it is Venkateshwara

(Venkata naayakah) who is the Lord of Kaliyuga.

” Again, of all the mountains where our Lord has taken his abode, Brahmaanda Puraana says- ” Krite Vrishaadrim Vakshyanti Tretaayaam Anjanaachalam / Dwaapare Sesha Saileti kalou Sree Vemkataachalam // 

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As we are in KALIYUGA, we surrender to this KALIYUGA VARADA – Lord Srinivasa.

He proclaimed that the devas as well as humans can have HIS darshan at Tirumala and allotted early morning time for the devas. Even to this day, before closing the temple after Ekanta Seva , the priests at Tirumala temple fill the pancha paathirams with water for Brahma’s aaradhanai which is given as theertham after Suprabhatam. –Similar practice is followed in Badrinath at the time of closure of temple for 6 months during winter. When the Badrinath temple is reopened during April, the lamp which was lit 6 months back still burns and the place would be filled with sweet fragrance of scent.)

Venkatadri Samam Sthanam Brahmande Nasti Kinchana,

Venkatesa Samo Devo Na Bhutho Na Bhavishyati”.

Jai Jai Sree Krishna

GOVINDA …GOVINDAA …GOVINDAAAA

Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

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Sri Rama Anu Yathirai(PART 2 )- A Piligrim’s Diary


Part (1) has been published in below link

https://kmkvaradhan.wordpress.com/2011/01/26/piligrim-diary-to-sri-rama-holy-abodes/

SRI  RAMAJAYAM

Sriman Narayanaya Charanau Saranam Prapathye     Srimathey Narayanaya namahSrI SIta Lakshmana Bharatha Kshatrughna HanUmat sametha SrI  RAmachandra  Parabrahmane namah :

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Apadam-apahartAram dAtAram sarva sampadAm
lokAbhirAmam shrIramAm bhooyo bhooyo namAmyaham

Adiyen bows again and again to Sree Rama who removes (all) obstacles and grants
wealth and pleases all.

ArtAnAmArtihantAram bheetAnAm bheeti-nAshanam
dvishatAm kAladanDam tam rAmchandram namAmyaham
He who annihilates the pain of the distressed, He who destroys fear in the minds
of the fearful, He who is like the Weapon of Death to his enemies, that
Lord Raamachandra do I worship.

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Srimathey Ramanujaya namah

Sri Dasarathaya Namah

Sri Kooresaya namah

Sri Mudaliandan Swamy Thiruvadigaley Saranam

Prostrating at the  lotus feet of  LORD SITA RAM , Adiyen wishes to share travelogue  of   our second phase of our Sri Rama Anu Yatra which was a blissful experience

In the first phase of our yatra, we visited

Bittoor(the place where the sacred epic  SRIMAD RAMAYANA was written),

Ayodhya-the birthplace of Lord Sri Rama ,

Buxar-the place where Sri Rama killed Tataka the demoness

Siddhasramam- where Sri Rama protected Viswamithra’s yaaga

Ahori    -where the padhuka prabhavam of Lord Rama was revealed to the world by redeeming Ahalya from the  curse of the saint

Sitamarhi-the  appearance  place of Mother Sita,

Janakpur- near NEPAL where LOKA KALYANAM took place .

Nandigramam- in Ayodhya-Allahabad route from where Bharata ruled the kingdom as  Lord Srirama’s representative for 14 years.  Here,  Bhaktha Hanuman saved Bharata’s life by informing him about  Lord SriRama’s arrival. Also, the place where Srirama and HIS  brothers  laid down their  attire which they wore for 14 years during HIS exile and dressed in royal robes.

Srungaberipuram-where Lord Rama spent  for the first time  in exile at Guha’s place

Triveni sangamam- where Sri Seetha Rama offered prayers to the holy Ganges

Chitrakoot-where Sri Ramar,Sita and Lakshmana lived during THEIR exile and where Sri Rama gave HIS padhukas to Bharata

Nasik – where Surpanaka was humbled by Lakshmana and Sri Rama defeated 14000 demons

Panchavati-  Lakshmana built a beautiful hermitage for  Lord SriRama  to dwell and  the place the demon Ravana committed the offence

Taket- the place where the valiant eagle,Jatayu fought against Ravana and lost his life for the service of the Lord.  The place where Lord Rama performed last rites to the bird.

In the first phase, we visited the places mentioned in Uttara kandam,    Bala kandam,  Ayodhya kandam,      Aranya kandam.

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In the second phase, we planned to visit the remaining places mentioned in Kishkinda kandam,   Sundara kandam(part),     Yuddha kandam(part) in India and finish our  Lord Sri Rama anu yatra at Srirangam and then proceed to Tirumala-the ultimate destination  for thanking LORD for his abundant mercy in the divine journey .

The ever compassionate Lord who is eager to give HIS darshan to devotees made our journey comfortable and most memorable.

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Circular journey details:- (9th oct-18th Oct 2010) Secunderabad-Hospet-Hubli-Mysore-Vanchimaniyachi-Tirunelveli-Rameswaram-Srirangam-Tirupati-Secunderabad

Eager to take up this divine piligrimage , Adiyongal undertook  Sri Sundarakandam parayanam for successful completion of the yatra.  With ( home )  aathu Perumal’s anugraham, adiyongal started our yatra on 9th Oct.   We boarded Kacheguda-Yeswantpur Express at 2100 hours on 9th Oct and reached Hospet at about 0700 hours on 10th morning.

STONE CHARIOT IN HAMPI (WORLD HERITAGE SITE)

Our KISHKINDA YATRAI  started  from this place . The holy place Kishkinda in Treta yugam is present day Hampi.   The greenery the  hillocks and the  mountains , big boulders at  various places give us the feel that this was truly the VANARA KINGDOM and aptly  connected to  the holy epic  Srimad Ramayanam .  Mother Sita was abducted by  the demon Ravana at Panchavati as per a divine plan for LOKA SAMRAKSHAKA . Lord  Sri Rama and Lakshmana  after the unfortunate incident walked  into these woods in search of  Mother Sita and in due course arrived at Taket  near  present Nasik where they noticed  the  devotee bird Jatayu maharaj .   The ultimate devotee Jatayu informed the whereabouts of Mother Sita  and narrated the incident of the demon  Ravana  abducting mother and  proceeding towards south  direction  and his efforts to stop him was futile and caused his injuries and leave this world . (The demon   Ravana cut his wings and wounded him severely) . After informing  Lord Rama about Mother Sita’s whereabouts, Jatayu breathed his last . Lord Rama performed his final rites and gave him Moksha .  Based on Jatayu’s words,  Lord Rama  set their search operation towards south. Lord  Rama and Lakshmana were caught by Kabandhan- a cursed  huge demon who tried to swallow them.  Lord Rama and Lakshmana defeated the demon who was redeemed by the touch of Sri Rama.   Again by the divine will Kabandha informed that  Lord Rama would be successful in HIS endeavour and suggested him to befriend Sugriva , a vanara who was in exile with whose help HE would be able to defeat  the demon Ravana and rescue Mother Sita.

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Enroute , Lord Rama visits  Matanga muni’s ashram and graceds Sabari- a great old devotee who was waiting for  Lord Sri Rama’s arrival as per her Guru’s instructions.  Th devotee  affectionately served Ramar with fruits and in his presence attained moksham. This place is in Hampi.

There is a beautiful pond  ( saras ) full of white lotuses known as Pampa saras and a flight of steps leads us to a small temple which was Matanga muni’s ashram.

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From here Lord  Rama and Lakshmana set out on their journey go find out Sugriva’s whereabouts.    Bhaktha Hanuman disguised as a Brahmin meets  Lord Rama and Lakshmana to find out about their intentions .  Satisfied that they were not sent by Vali, Hanuman carries Rama and Lakshmana  on his shoulders to Sugriva’s hiding place  at Rishyamukha parvatham.  Sri Rama and Sugriva  become friends and take an oath in agni’s presence to help each other.  Sri Rama coronates Sugriva as Vanara King and Sugriva promises to help Rama in finding out Sita .

Lord Vishnu and Mother Lakshmi

At the place where their friendship solemnized, we now have a beautiful Kodandaramar temple on the banks of River Tungabhadra.  The place from where  Lord Ramar killed Vaali, the place where Rama stayed for four months during monsoon, the place where  Bhaktha Hanuman hands over the choodamani to Sri Ramar , the madhuvan where the vanaras satisfied their hunger and destroyed the beautiful garden are all located in  and around Hampi.  Added to this, we can  have darshanam of the great devotee Swami  Purandaradasar mandapam- the place where  Swamy Purandaradasar stayed during his last days, the Vittal temple and other places of interest which should not be missed.

ON THE WAY TO HAMPI FROM HUBLI

Travelling past green lushy fields, we reached Hampi in about  one hour.    Purified ourselves in the holy Tungabhadra river near Kodandaramar temple.

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The river   is surrounded by Rishyamukha and Matanga parvathams on either sides.

RIVER TUNGABHADRA NEAR KODANDARAMAR TEMPLE, HAMPI

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Sri Sita Lakshmana Hanuman Sugreeva sametha Sri Kodandaramar is  carved out of a single boulder –

Lord Sri Ramar coronated Sugriva as King of Vanaras at this place even before killing Vali.

HAMPLord Rama is seen in Chathurbhujam holding sankhu, chakram,bow and arrow. The priest narrated in detail all the incidents  .Jai Jai Sree Rama

SRI KODANDA RAMAR TEMPLE ON THE BANKS OF TUNGABHADRA, HAMPI

Few yards from this temple, we have Yanthrothkari Hanuman temple.  Usually we  can have darshanam of  Sri  Sudarshana chakram and Narasimhar together.  But here we have Sudarshana chakram and Hanumar together .

The diety here is very powerful and fulfills the wishes of the devotees.  Our only wish was May LORD always give us satsangh and May we keep meeting LORD RAMAS devotees .We had darshanam of  ( abhishekam )  Thirumanjanam   for  the yantram when we visited this temple.  Vanaras honoured Hanuman with holy bath after his return from Srilanka.

YANTHROTHKARI HANUMAR TEMPLE, HAMPI

Hampi , the important  place  of Vijayanagaram Empire  was the erstwhile capital of  King Krishnadevarayar  is famous for stone sculptures.

On the way to Malyavanta hill which is located on the other side of Tungabhadra, we visited Virupaksha temple.

Enroute we can have darshanam of  Lakshmi Narasimhar statue about 6.7 mtrs carved out of a single rock , 3 feet Linga carved out of a single rock,  Bhaktha Purandaradasa mantapam surrounded by water( The great devotee Purandaradasar spent his last days here)  , Vittal temple where Lord Panduranga of Pandirpur was worshipped for sometime by King Ramarayya-the brother of Krishnadeva rayar.

SRI NARASIMHAR CARVED OUT OF A SINGLE ROCK, HAMPI

SRI PURANDARADASAR MANTAPAM IN HAMPI

Lord Sri Rama and Lakshmana stayed at Malyavanta parvatham for four months due to  monsoon.

INSCRIPTION ABOUT MALYAVANTA RAGHUNATHA TEMPEL, HAMPI

Our Maryada Purushotama Lord Sri Rama used to lament thinking of Mother Sita and the troubles she would be undergoing like any human being  and Lakshmana used to pacify the Lord.

Lord Rama used to swoon away recollecting the good days they spent together and the turmoils which Lokamatha was undergoing now.

Lord Srirama is seen  in meditative posture. In the small cave, we can find a boulder on which  Lord Rama  rested.  Recollecting the divine pastimes we had tears .  A beautiful sculpture of  Lord Sita Rama in sitting posture, Lakshmana serving the Lord standing,and  bhaktha Hanuman in kneeling posture  can be seen.

CLOSER VIEW OF HANUMAN WHO IS IN KNEALING POSTURE HANDING OVER CHOODAMANI TO SRIRAMAR,RAGHUNATHJI TEMPLE,HAMPI

Akhand Ramayana parayanam was  being recited  in a close by mantapam which had the reverbations of the HOLY DHAAM .  The place bhaktha Hanuman offered “choodamani” to Lord Rama,  has a  beautiful temple for  Sri Seeta,Ramar, Lakshmana and Hanumar.   We can have darshanam of Bhaktha Hanuman kneeling before  Lord Sri Rama submissively handing  over the choodamani to Lord  Sri Ramar.  There are beautiful pictures from Srimad  Ramayanam on the temple walls.  The priest was kind to narrate the incident while showing  mangala haarathi.

RAGHUNATHJI TEMPLE AT MALYAVAN PARVATH WHERE HANUMAN OFFERED CHOODAMANI GIVEN BY MOTHER SITA TO SRI RAMA

Later we proceeded to  Madhuvan and had darshanam  of the huge  bhaktha Hanuman deity who was covered by sindhoor all over.  While giving aarthi to Hanumar, the priest explained how the vanaras led by Hanuman and Angadhan  entered Madhuvanam and after taking Angadha’s consent, they drank honey to their satisfaction and trampled the garden  overjoy with the good news from Anjaneyar .  Sugriva’s uncle who was the guardian , approached  Sugriva and complained about the vanaras  enthusiasm and their unusual behaviour  expecting Sugriva to rebuke them 

SRI ANJANEYAR TEMPLE IN MADHUVAN, HAMPI

But the wise Sugriva understood that the vanaras would have found Mother Sita and were thus celebrating their joy .  He  was also  overjoyed with the news  and instructed his uncle to send the vanaras immediately to Malyavan parvath where  Lord Sri Rama and Lakshmana were eagerly waiting to hear about  LOKA MATHA’S  welfare.  There is a beautiful pic of Panchamukha Anjaneyar in this temple.

MADHUVAN IN HAMPI

We  proceeded  to Chintamani- for having darisanam at the place from where Lord  Sri Rama aimed arrow at the Vanara king  Vali who was seen on the farther side .

Sugriva who was not aware of Sri Rama’s prowess showed the Lord the mortal remains of Dundhubi who was earlier killed by Vali . Lord Rama also demonstrated  his power ( as if he was a normal king )  by kicking the body which flew and fell many miles away.  To once again show HIS valour and instill faith in HIM, the Lord  with a single arrow destroyed the seven sala trees (   A big pillar with bow and arrow marks the event. An interesting fact is from the place where Sri Rama stood and aimed arrow at Vali, we can see the place where Vali and Sugriva fought but the reverse is not true.  It takes about one hour by road to reach the spot where Vali fought with Sugriva.  Here, we can have darshan of Sri Rama  padhuka as Sri Rama approached Vali while he was breathing his last and answered all his queries and justified HIS action of killing him from hiding.

CHINTAMANI- THE PLACE FROM WHERE SRI RAMA AIMED ARROW AT VALI IN HAMPI

This temple is situated on a small hillock with Tungabhadra flowing on one side.  A wonderful place full of greenery . We can have darshan of  Lord Sri Rama padhuka at the place where HE stood and aimed arrow at  vanara king Vali.

FOOTPRINTS OF SRI RAMA AT CHINTAMANI

A PILLAR ERECTED AT THE PLACE FROM WHERE SRIRAM SHOT AN ARROW AT VALI , CHINTAMANI

We then  proceeded to  Rishyamukha parvatham , the place where  Lord Sri Rama and Sugriva met for the first time.   This is the place where  Sugriva shows  the jewels  dropped by Mother Sita enroute  from the air.   Bhaktha Hanuman had gathered the jewels from the hillock dropped by Mother Sita and gave it to Sugriva who preserved them. Lord  Sri Rama identified the jewels and lamented uncontrollably for Sita’s loss and to see the jewels without Sita who added beauty to them.  Our poorvacharyars say that to attain Lord’s mercy, Mother’s intervention is compulsory.  Here Mother Sita graced the vanaras with HER benevolence in the form of jewels.  On the Rishyamukha parvatham, there is a small cave with platforms on either sides on which   Sri Rama and Sugriva sat.

THE PLATFORMS WHERE SRI RAMA AND SUGRIVA SAT WHEN THEY MET FOR THE FIRST TIME

There is also a small yaga kundam ( havan spot )  at the place where Lord  Sri Rama and Sugriva solemnized their friendship and  mutually agreed to help each other in the presence of Agni. (Agni saakshi).

SRI RAMA AND SUGRIVA SOLEMNIZED THEIR FRIENDSHIP

From Rishyamukha parvatham, we proceeded to Matanga muni ashram on the banks of Pampa saras (a small pond filled with white lotuses).  A flight of steps led us to a small temple.   Lord Sri Rama accepted the fruits offered by Sabari at this place. A serene place ..could feel the fragnance of the flowers and the bhakthi of the great devotee Sabhari.

PAMPA SARAS NEAR SABARI ASHRAM, HAMPI

Having visited the important places in Kishkinda, we proceeded  from Hampi to Hubli which is about 3 hours drive to take the night train to our next destination, Mysore. ( We  Paid Rs.2000 for the car)  .  We reached Hubli at about 7 p.m. and after having dinner boarded Dharwar-Mysore express at 2115 hours  which  reached Mysore at 7 a.m. on 11th Oct.

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On 11th Oct, we hired a cab for Rs.2000 to  have darshanam of  the  Lakshmana Theertha which is about 120 kms from Mysore Near Nagarhole.

We  drove past Rajiv Gandhi National Park where we spotted  animals like deers,elephants, peacocks.

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The road is excellent for a drive . Appreciating nature’s beauty accompanied by HARI NAAM kirtans, we reached Lakshmna Theertham after about 2 hrs drive from Mysore .

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LAKSHMANA THEERTHAM, KOORG DIST.,

We reached Lakshmana Theertha  locally called  as Iruppu Falls.  It was a wonderful site .

Just imagined the scene in RAMAYANA and had tears .  A narrow stone laid pathway leads us to the top.  The weather was chilly and pleasant.

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As soon as  Bhaktha Hanuman narrated the whereabouts of Mother Sita,  LORD Srirama set off immediately with the vanara sainyam retinue to Sri lanka.  Srirama instructed the vanaras not to pass through the villages and cause disturbance to the residents there .  As per  Lord Srirama’s instructions, Sugriva ordered that they take the forest route.  Sri Hanuman carried Srirama and Lakshmana on his shoulders.  While they were passing through Brahmagiri mountains, the vanaras felt thirsty and Srirama ordered Lakshmana to quench their thirst.  Immediately Lakshmana aimed an arrow in the hill and water sprouted and thus the vanaras quenched their thirst.

DEERLAK BUTPEASANDAL

This water contains medicinal properties and is capable of washing away the accumulated sins.  We were delighted to have a dip at the altitude where the water was gushing like hari ki paudi ( similar to ganges falling in Haridwaar)  After having bath in the fresh waters, we approached Rameswara temple for darshanam.

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RAMESWARA TEMPLE AT LAKSHMANA THEERTHAM

AFter reciting the related sarga from Srimad Ramayanam, we proceeded  back to Mysore  to board Tirunelveli Express at 1745 hours and reached Vanchimaniachi at about 1030 hours on 12th Oct.

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From Vanchimaniaachi,  we  hired a cab to  reach  Mahendragiri parvatham ( the holy hill from where Bhaktha Hanuman leapt to Srilanka )  near Tirukurungudi via Nanguneri and drop at Tirunelveli station.

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Enroute, we bathed in Tambaraparani river, the river from where Swamy Nammazhwar’s vigraham appeared.  After purifying ourselves, we went to Vanamamalai temple  and had darshan of  Lord Sri Deivanayaga Perumal and Thayar.  When we went to Vanamamali mutt, saatrumarai was going on and we were fortunate to get theertha prasadam.It looked that all was arranged by HIS abundant mercy .

VAANAMAMALAI TEMPLE GOPURAM

No one could guide us to Swamayamprabha cave which is mentioned in Ramayanam.  (As per Sri Velukudi Swamin’s second trip, this is situated in Ramapuram near Kadiyanallur .There is a beautiful Hanuman vigraham inside the cave along with the image of Swayamprabha.) We just offered our dandaavats to the holy place and   proceeded to Tirukurungudi  At this wonderful place ,  we took a jeep to go to malai nambi temple.  Mahendra giri parvatham from where Hanuman leapt in search of Sita is located here.  Here,Malai nambi Perumal-one of the five nambis of Thirukurungudi gives darshan.

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Driving up the hill on unleveled roads was really challenging.  This drive was similar to the drive for visiting the nava Narasimha kshetrams in Ahobilam.  Chanting Sriman Narayana Kirtans we  thanked LORD for his mercy . The driver pointed us to other jeeps which were numbered saying that all the jeeps were used for Sri Velukudi Swamin’s trip.  Sprinkled  the holy  water from Nambi aaru.

NAMBI AARU AT MAHENDRA GIRI PARVATHAM, THIRUKURUNGUDI MALAI NAMBI TEMPLE

VIEW OF MAHENDRA GIRI PARVATHAM FROM MALAI NAMBI PERUMAL TEMPLE, TIRUKURUNGUDI

CLOSER VIEW OF MAHENDRA GIRI PARVATHAM

The vanaras were spotted everywhere reminding us about bhaktha hanumans journey to Sri lanka . Yes ! SUNDARAKANDAM entry … With  all humilty offered pranaams to all the living , non living things in this holy dhaam . To our surprise the main temple was open   The archakar  was kind to explain the glory of the place .He performed archanai to Malai nambi Perumal and shared with us about Nampaduvan’s charitram which is mentioned in Varaha puranam Kaisika Mahatmayam adding that this Perumal is fond of music. Adiyongal sang few devotional songs.

MALAI NAMBI PERUMAL TEMPLE

We returned to Tirukurungudi temple by 5 p.m.

TIRUKURUNGUDI TEMPLE GOPURAM

We had  darsanam of  Lord Vaishnava Nambi Perumal, the asanam on which Swamy Ramanujar  relaxed  and gave upadesam to Perumal which is adjacent to the garbagriham .   ( Dakshina Bhadri)

We also had darisanam of Tiruparkadal  Perumal  and reached Tirunelveli station to board Rameswaram express

SWAMY RAMANUJAR SANNIDHI IN THIRUPAARKADAL NAMBI TEMPLE

The archakar took us to our favourite Azhwar’s Tirumangai Azhwar Thiruvarasu which is about 2 kms away from the main temple. The youngest among 12 Azhwars reached Lord’s holy feet at this place.  Here Azhwar is seen in Anjali mudra and is not holding spear as he is usually seen in other places.

TIRUMANGAI AZHWAR’S THIRUVARASU IN THIRUKURUNGUDI

From  Rameswaram station, we engaged  a car to visit Navapaasham, Sethu samudram, Thirupullani temple,Dhanushkodi  for Rs.2000/-   Navapaasham  is the holy place  where  all the Navagrahas  together offer obesainces to LORD to protect them from the demon king Ravana .As per locals it was told that all the Navagrahas had offered prayers from the sea for LORDS appearance .

NAVAGRAHAS PRAYING TO PERUMAL TO SAVE THEM FROM RAVANA’S ATROCITIES AT NAVAPAASHAM

From Navapaasham, we went to Sethukarai .  after having samudra snanam at Sethukarai, we visited  Lord Sita,Ramar  temple. It was here Vibhishana saranagathi took place. (Vibhishana along with his two rakshasa friends approached  Lord Srirama seeking asylum from the Lord.  Sugriva and others argued  that he should not be given shelter because  the person who left his brother during crisis was not trust worthy. However, Hanuman vouched for Vibhishana as he was a dharmatma.   Lord Srirama declared to the world that HE would grant asylum even to Ravana,the gravest offender on the earth and it was HIS DHARMA to  protect the person who has done saranagathi to HIS lotus feet. Sri Rama granted saranagathi to Vibhishana and did Pattabhishekam to Vibhishana then and there. This charama slokam is imparted by our acharyars to us at the time of initiation and everyday we recite recollecting the assurance given by the LORD.  A beautiful picture of Vibhishana saranagathi along with the charama slokam attracted our attention.

VIBISHANA SARANGATHI AT SETHUKARAI RAMAR TEMPLE,RAMESWARAM

Our poorvacharyas comment that the  saranagathi done by Vibhishana was successful because he left everything including his family and took shelter at  Lord Sri Rama’s lotus feet.  He was personification of dharma who chastised his brother  Ravana for his demonic act and advised him to return Mother Sita to Sri Rama. He restrained Ravana from killing Hanuman by citing rajadharam that a messenger should not be killed and thus protected Hanuman.   As Ravana didn’t heed to his repeated advise, he decided to leave his brother and continue to tread in the path of Dharma and sought shelter at Sri Rama’s lotus feet with total submissiveness.  (It is stated that when a devotee does total surrender to the Lord with utmost faith, the Lord gives HIMSELF to the devotee.  This has been proved in Vibhishana’s case.  Vibhishana did total surrender to Srirama and the Lord not only coronated him but also gave HIMSELF to him in the form of Lord Ranganatha.)

THIRUPULLANI DARBASAYANA RAMAR TEMPLE, RAMESWARAM

WE  proceeded to  Thirupullani temple to have darsanam of Lord  Dharbasayana Ramar which also happens to be one of the 108 divya desams and as per the sthalavaralaaru,King Dasaratha  worshipped  the presiding diety Sri Adi Jagannathar for progeny.  The Lord graced us by giving darshan in Ekantham, even the priest had gone to prepare prasadam.  So we were left to ourselves to  dissolve in the beauty of the Lord in sayana thirukkolam(sleeping posture) and sang few BHAKTA RAMADASU kirtans and 108 Rama naamvalee  before  the Lordships. The Priest informed  that installing naagams sculpted on stones) will fulfill the desire of progeny. WE can find many such naaga prathishtai in the inner courtyard.  There is a separate sannidhi for Adi Jagannathar.

SRI DARBA SAYANA RAMAR SANNIDHI, THIRUPULLANI

The priest performed archanai  to the Lordships  and narrated as to why  LORD Srirama is seen in this unique asanam and posture. Usually, we  have darsanam of  Sriramar in Nindra Thirukolam(standing posture) holding Kodandam whereas here , LORD gives darshan  in “dharbasayanam thirukkolam”(lying posture on darbha grass.). WE can find Samudra rajan accompanied by his wife praying to Sri Darba sayana Ramar inside the garbagriham on one side and Vibishana Azhwar standing with folded hands on the other side of Perumal.

The vanara army had reached Thirupullani but didn’t know how to cross the ocean and approached  Lord Srirama for guidance.   Lord Srirama  prayed Samudrarajan (the ocean) to pave  route  for them  for the mission taken up . Lord Rama fasted for 3 days to invoke the Samudra   king to respond  and  rested  on darbham ( kusa grass )  . (Our poorvacharyars opine that the saranagathi done by Srirama to the ocean did not fructify because  the person who surrenders must be totally incapable and in this case , the Supreme Lord who is the creator, protector and sustainer  of the Universe, did not comply with this requirement.  Also, the refuge from whom it is being sought must be capable to give refuge.  Only the Lord can give refuge to everyone and hence the saranagathi done by Srirama was not effective. When the ocean didn’t reciprocate,  LORD was upset  and was about to destroy the ocean by aiming HIS powerful arrow.  Immediately  out of fear , Samudrarajan appeared before the Lord seeking forgiveness and requested the Lord to purify him by constructing a bridge over the ocean.  Samudrarajan suggested that the bridge could be built by throwing boulders and rocks under Nala’s supervision and he would hold them.  When Srirama said that the  arrow already taken out  cannot go waste, Samudrarajan humbly requested the Lord to aim the arrow at his demonic enemies who were on the north western side of the ocean.(near present day Dwaraka)  Srirama fulfilled the  kings wish by killing the demons.This  place is the famous Thar desert now .  Sri Kooratazhwan wonders in Athimanushasthavam about  Lord Sri Rama’s valour.  He concludes that how much ever the Lord tries to conceal HIS true identity, it is difficult for him to do so.  Srirama had the capability to vanquish Ravana even without physically going to Srilanka but the Lord took the help of vanaras, bears and squirrels to construct a bridge and go all the way to Srilanka to kill Ravana and rescue Mother Sita whereas HE destroyed the demons who were thousands of miles away from Sethukarai just by aiming a single arrow at them.  Our poorvacharyars glorify the Lord that HE enacted this only to place HIS holy feet on the land which was to be ruled by his dear devotee, Vibhishana.

Offering repeated obesiances , we  moved  to go as close to Dhanushkodi which has been destroyed by  recent Tsunami.  There is a stretch of bridge connecting the land with the sea.  It takes about 20 minutes driving.  On the way, we could see clearly the stones floating on the water.  This was the bridge constructed by the vanaras for crossing the sea.  WE reached Lord  Ramar temple on the shores.   We were keen to have darshanam of the place where Lord Srirama sighted the ocean for the first time .  SriRama along with the vanaras travelled from Hampi via Lakshmana theertham and landed at this place.  The Lord  spotted  the ocean from here and then decided the future course of action-praying to Samudrarajan, deciding to construct a bridge, giving saranagathi  ( shelter ) to Vibhishana .

The priest narrated all the incidents.  Nearby , there is a small well  surrounded by sea water.  This is known as “Villundi Theertham”(the water which appeared as a result of  Lord Srirama’s bow),  The priest narrated that after defeating the demon  Ravana, Sri Rama along with Mother Sita and other vanaras were returning .To quench Mother Sita’s thirst, Sri Rama aimed at the ground and Ganga sprang up to quench Jaganmatha’s thirst.  The water from the well is sweet .There is a small pathway to the well.

VILLUNDI THEERTHAM, RAMESWARAM

The priest gave us a vessel to draw water from the well and taste it.  It was potable. (This incident does not appear in Valmiki Ramayanam.  As per Valmiki Ramayanam, Lord Rama along with Sitadevi,Lakshmana, Vibhishana, Sugriva and other vanaras mounted on Pushpaka vimanam from Srilanka and stopped enroute at Hampi so that the vanara wives could join them to go to Ayodhya.  Srirama stopped at Hampi and at Bharadwaja muni’s ashram in Allahabad before meeting Bharata at Nandigramam.)  As mentioned earlier, there are many such incidents linked to Ramayanam though not mentioned in the Adi kavyam.  While returning to Rameswaram, we stopped at a small temple dedicated to Sugriva.  Sugriva is supposed to have refreshed at this place.  There is a small pond beside the temple and a local caretaker gave aarthi and narrated this. After paying our respects at Rameswaram temple, we reached station to board Srirangam train .

RAMESWARAM TEMPLE

Our second phase of Sri Rama Anu Yathirai culminated at Srirangam in  SriKodandaramar sannidhi.

SRIRANGAM-BHOOLOKA VAIKUNTAM

Offering obesiances  to  Lord Sri Ranganathar, the kula-dhanam of Sri Ramar, we recited pattabhishekam sargam at  Sri Kodandaramar sannidhi on the banks of Chandra Pushkarini in the temple premises.  The gigantic divya mangala swaroopam of  Lord Sri Sita,Lakshmana, Hanumath sametha Sri Kodandaramar , especially the Lord’s  lotus eyes, kodhandam etc is still vivid in adiyen’s memory.  The entire  Srimad Ramayanam in the form of Thanjavur paintings beautifully decorate the walls of the temple and it was like a quick recap for us reviving our entire tour in the sannidhi.   WE then had darshanam of Sita Ramar in Pattabhisheka Thirukkolam in the nearby Pattabhiraman sannidhi.

SRI SITA RAMA PATTABHISHEKAM

Seeking forgiveness for all our shortcomings and requesting the Lord to shower HIS benevolent grace on us and thanking zillion times the vaishanava reformer of the present era , Shri  Sri.Velukudi Swamin for his initiative which imbibed the desire in us to visit the various holy places, we retired for the day.  Next day, we reached the holy Tirumala Hills to have darshanam of Lord Venkateswara  along with our siblings.  While having Moolavar’s darsanam, Sri Sita ,Lakshmana sametha Sri Kodandaramar who appeared to Swami Ramanujar once again poured THEIR benevolent glance on us and graced us during Oonjal seva .

SRI KODANDARAMAR IN TIRUMALA

After reaching Hyderabad, we offered vada malai to  Bhaktha  Hanumar in Kushaiguda temple.  The entire trip was possible only due to the abundant grace of Sri Rama bhakth Hanuman who saved and guided us all through the journey. Swamy  Hanuman is considered as “paramaguru” in Ramayanam as he plays a vital role in joining the Jivatma with Paramatma. Our poorvacharyars compare Lanka with our body, 10 headed Ravana as our 10 senses, Jivatma is Sitadevi , Srirama is Paramatma.  Paramacharyar Hanuman destroys the body and the evil senses which induce us to do evil acts, uplifts our atma and offers it to Paramatma.

Likewise,   Asmath acharyar ,Sri Mudaliandan Swamy graced our kudil in November  performed Dhaati Panchakam homam invoking Jagadacharyar-Swami Ramanujar, initiated adiyen’s daughter, gave mantropodesam to us and allowed us to perform his Thirunakshitram at our kudil.

ASMATH ACHARYAR SRI MUDALIANDAN SWAMIGAL PERFORMING DHAATI PANCHAKAM HOMAM AT OUR RESIDENCE

Holy water which we had collected from all the sacred rivers-Sarayu,Ganga,Yamuna,Saraswati,Godavari,Tungabhadra, Kaveri, Samudram, Swami Pushkarini theertham were all used for performing Sahasradhaara abhishkem to our acharyar amidst chanting of Vedic hymns and playing of musical instruments.   That was the benedictory fruit given to the Lord for our attempt.   The benevolence of our Acharyar cannot be described in words.

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Adiyen just can’t   describe in  words to share the experiences which we had in this trip.  May the Lord bestow HIS cool and benevolent grace on all the jivatmas  and always protect  his children .  May Lord Hanuman bestow us with the opportunity of visiting Sri Lanka . Though some refrain from visiting this place which caused suffering to Mother Sita, adiyen recollects the incident where Srirama after HIS victory asks Sita to cast HER benevolent glance on that land which was to be ruled by HIS dear devotee,Vibhishana.  Also, this is the place where  Lord Srirama placed HIS foot and killed the demonic king,Ravana.  Likewise, may Lord Rama kill the demonic qualities in us and make us a better devotee and live in  our hearts forever.

SRI MUDALIANDAN THIRUMALIGAI PERUMALS GIVING DARSHAN AT OUR RESIDENCE

Adiyen  Ramanuja dasan

Kazhiyur Varadan

JAI SITARAM

Adiyen humbly thanks Srirama bhaktaas for being kind to read this travelogue . Please forgive me for any errors and mistakes which was due to adiyens poor understanding .

Please accept adiyens pranaams for kind words and may all the auspiciousness be with all. I end this travelogue with mangala slokam recited by Sri Manavala Mamunigal.

Mangalam Kosalendraya , mahaneeya gunabhdhaye,

Chakravarthi thanujaaya sarva bhoumaya Mangalam.

Vedavedantha vedhyaya , Megha Shyamala moorthaye,
Pumsaam mohana roopaya , punyaslokaya Mangalam.

Viswamithrantharangaya , mithila nagari pathe,
Bhagyaanaam paripakaya , bhavya roopaya Mangalam.

Pithru bhakthaya sathatham brathrubhi saha seethaya,
Nandithakhila lokaya , Ramabhadraya Mangalam.
Thyaktha saketha vasaya , chithra koota viharine,
Sevyaya sarva yaminaam , dheerodhayaya Mangalam.

Soumithrina cha janakya chapa banasi dharine,
Samsevyaya sada bhakthya , swamine mama Mangalam.
Danda karanya vasaya , khara dhooshana sathrave,
Grudhra rajaya Bhakthaya , mukthi dayasthu Mangalam.
Sadaram Sabari datha phala moola abhilashine,
Soulabhya paripoornaa, sathvodrikthaya Mangalam,
Hanumath sama vethaya , harresabheeshta dhayine,
Bali pramadhanayasthu , Maha dheeraya Mangalam.
Srimathe Raghu veeraya , sethullangitha sindhave,
Jitha rakshasa Rajaya , Rana dheeraya Mangalam.
Vibheeshana kruthe preethya , lankabheeshta pradhayine,
Sarva loka saranyaya , Sri Raghavaya Mangalam.
Asadhya nagarem divyamabhishikthaya Seethaya,
Rajadhi rajaya Rama Bhadraya Mangalam.
Brahmadhi deva sevyaya , brahmanyaya mahathmane,
Janaki prana nadhaya , Ragu nadhaya Mangalam.
Sri soumya jamathru mune krupaya smanu peyushe,
Mahathe mama nadhaya , Raghu nadhya Mangalam.
Mangala sasana paraiir madacharya purogamai,
SArvescha poorvairacharyai , sathkruthayasthu Mangalam.
Ramya jamathru muneena , mangala sasanam krutham,
Trilokyadhipathi Sriman , karothu Mangalam sada.
Ithi Sri vara vara muni swami krutha ,

sri rama mangala sasanam sampoornam

svasti prajabhyam paripalayantham nyayeana margena mahim maheesah
gobrahmanebhya shubamsthu nityam lokah samastha sukhino bhavanthu

May there be well being to the people;
May the kings rule the earth along the right path;
May the cattle and the Brahmins have well being forever;
May all the beings in all the worlds become happy;
Peace, peace and peace be everywhere!

Jai Jai Jai Sree Sita Rama

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‘Let this sloka be recited at the beginning of all Divya prabhandam recitations … just as a Vedic recital begins and ends with the sacred ‘Om’ ordered LORD RANGANATHA


SriSailEsha dayA pAthram dheeibhakthyAdi guNarnavam
Yetheendra pravaNam vandE ramyajA mAtharam munim
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Swamy Ramanuja  had to to complete the original assignment of 200 years as ordered by LORD to uplift fallen souls . With implicit obedience, Adishesha appeared to this world as Swami maNavALa mAmunikaL.     AdisEsha, in his previous incarnation as SriRamanuja, was very much fascinated by Nammazhvars’s appearance and his divine outpouring (thiruvA imozhi), and hence, earned the appellation “mAran adipaNindhu Uynthavan”. In keeping with this overwhelming love for  Swamy Nammazhvar, the second time around, AdisEsha selected Azhvar Thirunagari as the place most suited for his appearance (Swami Manavala Mamuni was the reincarnation of AdishEsha) This was shown in a manifest fashion to his nearest and dearest disciples. Hence we find in his Sri Rangam abode (mutt) a picture on a pillar inside the sanctum sanctorum, depicted as seated on the serpent AdishEsha with several hoods.

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This proves beyond doubt that  swamy  is the reincarnation of Adishesha.SrisailEsha erected a temple at Azhvar-thirunagari for Swamy  Ramanuja and installed Swamys  idol, which had been presented to Sri Madhurakavi Azhvar and  laid  buried at the foot of the famous Tamarind tree Lord realized that this was His opportunity to capitalize and complete his long cherished desire. Lord seized the golden opportunity of Mamunikal’s arrival to the city of Sri Rangam & ordered him as follows,“You shall come to our temple & give a public discourse on the Eedu  (36000 padi), the super-commentary of Sri Nampillai on Thiruvaimozhi along with other commentaries, in your alluring style. You are the most qualified person for this task, as you have the good fortune of being trained by the esteemed acharya Sri SailEsha (Thiruvaimozhip pillai).

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In order to accommodate unhindered conduct for your kAlakshEpam (discourse), I have instructed that all festivities of the temple be held in abeyance during this period. I will be present to partake of your glorious upanyasam(lecture), in tandem with my nAcchiyArs & all Srivaishnavas”. Thus ordered by the Lord Himself, Swami mAmunikaL,with implicit obedience, accepted this clarion call to perform service to the Lord.  On the concluding day of Swami mAmunikaL’s wonderful lectures onthiruvAimozhi and Eedu, the Lord appeared amidst the august assembly of mAmunikaL and sri vaishnavas, in the guise of an archakar’ son by the name Aranga Naayakam and brushing aside the opposition (after all, how is it possible for a little boy to cut through the large, gathered, assembly if He were not the Lord Himself?) preventing Him from getting proximate presence to Swami mAmunikaL’s seat, recited the following stanza in His inimitable, majestic voice resembling the thunder of a rumbling cloud,

“SriSailEsha dayA pAthram dheeibhakthyAdi guNarnavam

Yetheendra pravaNam vandE ramyajA mAtharam munim”

He kept a palm leaf containing the aforementioned sloka on a goldenplate full of flowers, fruits, coconuts and other sacred components of gurudakshiNa (token of appreciation) and after offering it at the holy feet of Swami mAmunikaL, ran towards the sanctum sanctorum & disappeared. To add to this magnificent miracle, Periya Perumal, the Lord Ranganatha Himself, immediately ordered through the archaka – ‘let this slOka be recited at the beginning of all divya prabhandarecitations; just as a Vedic recital begins and ends with the sacred ‘Om’,so also all recitals of the tamil veda, the divya prabhandam, shall commence and end with ‘srI SailESa dayA pAtram’

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Tomorrow , Maasi Krishna paksha dwadasee  16th February 2015 – Swami disappeared from this material world and importantly the day on which Acharya leaves the samsara (sorrow filled material world) and reaches paramapadam (spiritual world of Sriman Narayana ) is celebrated as Thiruvadhyayanam or Theertham.

Swamy Manavala maamuni Thiruvadigale sharanam
Acharya Thiruvadigale sharanam

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Lord Venkateshwara’s “Pranayakopa” (anger in love) on Ananthazhwan…


 

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Once the ardent devotee of Lord Venkateshwara of Tirumala Hills , Swamy Ananthazhwan was engrossed in making garlands for Perumal . Lord sent for him through asuri voice and ordered him to come to the sanctum sanctorum at once. Ananthazhwan waited for sometime, completed the garland and entered the sanctum sanctorum. The Lord was furious at the delay and asked him what he would do if he were to banish him from the Hills. This was out of what is known in Sanskrit as “Pranayakopa” (anger in love) Ananthazhwan submitted before the Lord that he was in the Hills not to obey the Lord’s commandments, but in obedience to the orders of his Acharyar Swami Ramanuja The flowers would lose their fragrance by delay. They had to be strung in to a a garland before they bloomed. This was the order of Acharyar  Swamy Ramanuja. He was fulfilling his Acharyars  command and doing service to the Lord. In this regard he was only emulating the ancient sage Madhurakavi who knew of no other Lord except Nammazhvar and worshiped the Lord because that would please his Acharya Nammalvar. ”It is only to please my Acharya, Sri Ramanuja, “said Ananthazhwan Adiyen is engaged in making garlands and serving at your shrine. I know of no other Lord except  Acharya from Srirangam. I always chant Madhurakavi’s kanninunchiruthambu and think constantly of my Acharya .

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You  may consider me a dasa of Madhurakavi. Has not Nammalvar recited “paran sendru ser thiruvenkatamamalai (Thiru Venkata Hills where the Lord arrived from Sri Vaikuntha) After all you are as much a descendent on the Hills as I am. You came little earlier and  adiyen  came a little later. Adiyen is here to obey the orders of Swami Ramanuja and will refuse to move out.

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Adiyen will continue with my service to you”The lotus eyed Lord was immensely pleased and applauded Azhwans in describing himself as Madhurakavidasa. Since then the descendants and the  disciples of Azhwan chose to add the term ‘Madhurakavidasa’ to  themselves. Like Madhurakavi, Ananthazhwan was also an Acharya dasa.

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Ananthazhwan stood to SwamiRamanuja in the same term as Madhurakavi azhwar stood to Nammazhvar. When Ananthalvan went to Srirangam and prostrated before the Acharya Swamy Ramanuja, he directed him to Sri Arulalapperumal Emberumanar. In implict obedience, Ananthalvan offered himself as a disciple before Arulalapperumal
Emberumanar. . It is noteworthy that at Tirupathi in the Temple of Lord Govindaraja, there is single shrine for both Madhurakavi and Ananthalvan establishing the latter’s Madhurakavidasatva.

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Legend says that Lord Venkateshwara introduced Himself as a disciple of Ananthalvan to the Srivaishnava pilgrims on their way up the Hills and to have called Himself as Madhurakavidasa. Further he chanted the two Thaniyans and distributed holy prasada to pilgrims ostensibly at the behest of Ananthazhwan. This was the affection LORD had for the Azhwan .

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The Guruparampara prabhava and other works make it clear that Swami Ramanuja first sent Ananthazhwan and then only he himself came up the Hills for worship of Lord Venkateshwara . As Swami Ramanuja was returning to Srirangam after worshipping at the Hills and after patting his disciple for the excellent garden he has created, Ananthalzhwan was unable to bear the separation from his Acharya. Swami Ramanuja made one Acharyavigraha of himself and after embracing the same, presented to Azhwan. It is this idol that Azhwan consecrated at the left side of the main shrine on the Hills after swami Ramanujar left for his heavenly abode. According to scholars, this is the earliest idol of Swamy Ramanuja.

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The idols at Sriperumbudur, Srirangam and Tirunarayanapuram (Melkote) were installed during the last days of Swamy Ramanuja. But the idol at Tirumalai Hills was presented to Azhwan by Swami Ramanuja himself in his middle age during his first visit to the shrine. The service that Azhwan rendered by getting an idol of  Swamy Ramanuja from  swamy Ramanuja himself and installing it to the chanting of the Ramanuja Nutrantaati known as ‘Prapanna Gayatri’ has ensured a permanent place for Azhwan in the history of Srivaishnavism.

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Out of absolute surrender to Swami Ramanujar Azhwan himself had composed the Ramanuja Chatusloki singing the glory of Swami Ramanuja. Even this day all the Nithya Thiruvaaradhanai begins from this Bhashyakarar sannithee.There is an Ananthazhwan Vrindavanam on the Hills in the Ananthalvan garden. There is also a Makila tree (vakula) in the garden. According to tradition, it was on the Tiru Adi puram day that Azhwan left to heavenly abode  Even today Lord Venkateshwara with his Consorts comes in
procession to the garden on the evening of Tiruvadi Puram and prasada is offered on that occasion. At the time of His return, the sacred Makila tree is offered flowers from the Lord and also Sri Sathakopa. Outside the Azhwan Thiru Maligai (the house wherein Ananthalvan resided), the Sri Sathakopa is bathed in holy water (Tirumanjana) and Lagu Samproksanam takes place. The Archaka goes to the Svami Puskarini for bath.This tradition which is carried on even today shows that the Makila (Vakula) tree is probably Ananthalvan himself reborn on the Hills. Kulasekara Alvar had wished to be born on the golden Hills in some form or the other. The below two glorification of Swami Ananthawan was done by Lord Venkateshwara in disguise of a small boy to few devotees while giving them prasadam when they wanted to know about his Acharyar .

akhilaathmakuNaavaaSam agjaanathimiraabaHam aachrithaanaam
SucharaNam vanthE ananthaaryadhEsikam”
srimathraamaanujaachaarya sripaathaambOruHathdvayam
SadhuththamaangaSanthaaryam ananthaaryam ahambhajE

 

“akhila bhuvana janma sthema bhangAdi LIle
vinata vividha bhuta vrAta rakshaika dikshe |
Sruti Sirasi vidIpte brahmaNi SrInivAse
bhavatu mama parasmin Semushi bhakti rUpA ||”

May my mind & intellect meditate the form of Bhakti in Srinivasa, the highest Reality, revealed in the Vedanta as the Lord who creates, protects and destroys the whole universe with sportive ease and who has taken a vow to protects all creatures who seek him.

All glories to Swamy Anathazhwan
All glories to Swamy Ramanujar
All glories to Lord Venkateshwara

Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

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