Day and night she doesn’t sleep , in floods of tears her eyes swim ….


  The most revered srivaishnava Acharyar  Swamy Parasara Bhattars  was conducting a class at his Gurukulam .

He was explaining the three stages of love to LORD …

Recollection   ,  Trance    and Rallying … 

Recollection is recollection of all the past ravishments  of soul ..vouchsafed by LORD

Trance or Fainting is consequent on desolation at this recollection not yielding to the present enjoyment

Rallying is the sudden lucidity whilst in this state of trance which is considered as a  extreme advanced state  in devotion which our Azhwar’s possessed..

Bhattar continued with an example from Swamy Nammazhwars hymnal 1000 verses called Thiruvamozhi dedicated to LORD Ranganathar of the Holy  Capital SriRangam ..

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Swamy Nammazhwars amorous longing and panting to see LORD found vent in a pasuram ( song ) of his in which Azhwar considers  himself to be a mistress in love with LORD and seized with deep emotions swoons .

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The speechless heart at such juncture is however revealed orally  through  another person which Azhwar  himself adorns as a mother of the helpless daughter and describing the latter’s condition to her neighbors  are out poured  on the spot …..

Day and night she  does not sleep

In floods of tears her eyes swim

Oh Discuss …Oh Conch  she cries …

And clasping her hands , and bowing to them

Oh Lotus eye one…she weeps and reels

Ah !! how is that without you I can bear

She pants and feels all earth for HIM

Oh Lord Ranga abiding where

waters abundant flow …and where fish

maddened with joy all leap and dance

How …and How with my daughter will you deal …

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Bhattar meditated on this verse and with intense emotion placed both his palms over his head and shed tears ……………………………..

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Stone hearted  we are … ……..how are we going to realize the depth of Azhwar’s love as uttered in this divine pasuram …..we who cannot realize  in the least of his sentiments ……..we who cannot understand his heart ……. …

Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

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When anger turns to friendship by praise even among men , how much more is LORD won by dependence and devotion …….


In the Gurukulam at Srirangam , the revered Acharyar  Swamy Parashara Bhattar was explaining the incident in Srimad Ramayana the scene about  the Ocean King  .

When Lord Rama decided on coercing the King of Ocean to put in his appearance by driving a shaft into his bosom , the  ocean king was stuck with terror .He forthwith offered humble obeisances to Lord Rama and offered apologies for ignoring his call.

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Lord was  pacified but said that  the bow is never lifted in vain .Once lifted  its fury must vent somewhere and so as pleaded by the Ocean king the arrow was fired at northward direction where the Abhirakshas lived .

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Thus Lord pardoned the king and transferred the punishment prepared for  him  to  his  enemies .

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There was a new disciple who was not looking convinced with the explanation  . Bhattar  understood the mood of his disciple and thus related with a comic anecdote.

He said , my child Listen !!  There was a  land owner whose head was bald . He was busy measuring out the new harvested paddy on his land .

A beggar approached him and said …Sir ! How are you ? and How is it you are busy with grains while your fine locks uncared for ?   He praised the landowner  repeatedly ….

 

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The landowner was glad to hear  him .. as it was music for his ears and replied ..

How is that friend,  you came so long and what brings you here ?   The beggar replied … Nothing particular ..I just came to simply see you my master …..

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The landowner was pleased .He  offered one sack of grain and placed the same on his head . The beggar was pleased and  en route when a wayfarer inquired about the unusual  full sack of grain being carried by him , he  replied …

Look …there that bald headed man gave me this .

The wayfarer went to the landowner and told him the impolite way the beggar spoke about him .

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The landowner became too angry . He gave the beggar a hot pursuit .

The beggar turning around said .. Oh Master !!     Listen …..

What makes you run this fashion thy fine locks so dancing ?

The Pride of the landowner was flattered again and forgetting his own baldness said ..

My friend………  I just came to remind you that you were supposed to take one more sack of grain along with you ..

When anger turns to friendship by praise even among men ….

How much more so is LORD won by dependence and devotion …

Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

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Swamy Ramanuja’s replied . ….My child !! When Vibhishana was allowed to approach Lord Rama , no separate invitation was needed for the four attendants who accompanied him..


One morning Swamy Ramanuja was conducting  a discourse  about the doctrine of free grace to frail humanity as illustrated in Srimad Ramayana. Swamy narrated the wonderful  incident of surrender to Lord Rama by Vibhishana the  rakshasa .

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Pillai Urangi dasar the new disciple was listening .

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Swamy continued Vibhishina though born among Rakshasas ( demons) was quiet saintly in nature .He tried his best to dissuade his sibling Ravana from his evil ways , but he would not listen . With disappointment , he severed himself swiftly from all connection with him and his kingdom , Vibhishana  soaring into the sky crossed the ocean along  with four  of his attendants to surrender to Lord Rama. 

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Lord   was encamped with his army on the other shore  Sethu near Rameshwaram.

Vibhishana descended from the skies and with folded hands approached the august assembly …and spoke ..

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Oh Lord !! I am Vibhishina ..Ravana’s brother , disgraced by him !!! I seek  refugee …..

From Lanka , ..I left my  wealth , honor  friends ,children and my wife and come here for life …Please accept me  my Lord ……he pleaded ….

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The vanara chief was watching the rakashas .. ..He got up and  pleaded LORD to permit him to  punish him  and kill all of them having come from the enemy camp ….Bhaktha Hanuman swiftly  interrupts  and  certify s  vibhishana  good qualities .He confirms the assembly that Vibhishina  follows  dharma  and he has seen his behavior in the royal palace .  raamaaaLooking at the vanaras discussing in confusion  , Lord  Rama  smiles and announces  my dear friends ……………………………..  “not only Vibhishanan,  even If Ravana approaches me  with remorse I shall protect him too  . I am accepting vibhishana as my brother immediately …..
On hearing the sweet pastime , Dhanurdasar stood up and cried……………………raam…… My Master !!      If  Vibhishina who left his wealth , honor , wife , children and all in order to seek refuge with Lord Rama deserved to be punished   by the vanara chief , how much more indeed do I deserve that kind of treatment as  I who have made no renunciation at all like Vibhishina !! Swamy Ramanuja with abundant compassion replied , Listen to me my son ! I will unfold the secret of salvation ……..jai2Sridevi  the spouse of Lord Narayana ever stands by HIM as our mother -mediator  .She is the personification of the most exalted attribute of Lord , grace of mercy ..When our Lord through Sridevi is ever anxious to shower HIS mercy unstintingly on HIS erring children on earth , what fear is there for us ?We have a unbroken chain of apostles reaching down from LORD ..first grace to Sri the next  saint Satagopa and he has declared in unmistakable terms that he has obtained salvation ( Moksha) .As he has won , Saint Nathamuni has won  and as  Nathamuni has won , our Yamauna has won , and Yamuna winning my  guru above me  Periya Nambi ,Manakal Nambi , Periya Thirumala Nambi , Thiruvarangathu Arayar ,Thirukachi Nambi , Thirukoshtiyur Nambi have won and as all of them have won ,  I have surely won and when I have won indeed all of you have won ……Child !!!  Take comfort from this thought .. jai jaiDwayam  mantra which has been initiated on all of you declares that  the unity of Lord with His grace Sri and an unbroken chain binds LORD and his creatures in one bond from which it is impossible to escape and stand aloof. My child !! When Vibhishana was  allowed to approach Lord Rama , no separate invitation was needed for the four attendants who accompanied him,  and  had the vanara chiefs wished to drive those four separately ..FB_IMG_1459346843008and remember , With me goes my entire flock ….the flocks have more merit than the shepherd ..Shatruguna had more merit in following  Bharata and Bharata had more merit  in following Lord Rama , and our Madhurakavi Azhwar had more merit in following Nammazhwar and Andaal had more merit  following Peria Azhwar ……….Adiyen Ramanuja dasanImages : Google pics

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..Andaal…One who rules the Lord ….


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Srivilliputtur  beautiful village turned ” town” houses two famous  temples-

 Vatapatrasayee kovil     ( sri vaishnava divyadesa kovil) and  Andal kovil(Godadevi’s residence). 

  Located in Virudhunagar District about 75 kms away from Madurai from north and about 70kms away from Tirunelveli from south ,this temple is famous   for Andals appearance and presently the Rajagopuram of the temple  which has  eleven tiers and  192″ height being  one among the tallest towers of temples in  the state is Tamilnadu Government’s official symbol .

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This place is  worshipped  as Varaha kshetram.  Bhrigu and Markandeya maharishis  were performing penance at this holy place .The  demon Kalanemi was troubling them causing hindrances  . Lord killed Kalanemi using Sudarshana Chakram. The sudarshana chakra  cleansed its blood stains by taking a dip  in this  tank located inside the temple  in which the rivers  Ganga , Yamuna and Saraswathi  reside . Hence, this  temple tank is called as Thirumukkulam tank.  The Saints pleaded the LORD to reside at this holy place and out of mercy Lord conceded their  request  and continued to reside in this place in sayana thirukkolam under a banyan tree.  Hence,  Lord is worshiped here as  is VATAPATRASAYEE

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 Over a period of time  this place got covered by mud and then huge vegetation and over a long period got converted into a dense  forest .   Due to the passing time , the   deity  also got submerged in the soil.  Later, Villi a hunter came in search of his brother happened to take rest under a  banyan tree.  He heard an asareeri ( divine voice )  saying  Lord is lying down under the same banyan tree.  He was instructed to clear the woods and build a temple for the Lord.  Villi  rushed to the King and thus , with the help of Pandyan king, cleared the place, took out the  deity , built a temple and town.  Hence, the place got the name Villiputtur. Sri was prefixed to the name after Andal ( Godha)  appeared at this place  .

The divine pastime is to be cherished on this auspicious appearance day of  our divine mother Andal .

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Vishnu chittar,( Peria Azhwar )  an amsam of Garudazhwan, was  performing pushpa kainkaryam to the Lord in this place. Azhwar was offering morning ablutions and after watering the flowers and the Thulasi plants plucking the blossoms and Thiruttulai dalams was moving ahead towards the temple .

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He suddenly espied at the foot of a cluster of Tulasee plant a little baby girl moon faced with curly hairs and the smile resembled the fine gentle flutter of petals of a golden lotus .  Peria azhwar was wonder stuck  with the divine play .It was a feast for his eyes looking at the abundant merciful eyes of the baby girl .He accepted her as his daughter as per the divine will and took her home .The girl displayed extraordinary features of divine beauty and love for Azhwar .

Azhwar brought her up with utmost care and affection .He became her mother father and protector .He named her Godha devi ( Godha = Earth )

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THE GIRL WHO EMANATED FROM EARTH .

Godha displayed divine qualities .She was alike the moon and her presence was an object of decoration for the Tulasee garden and she appreared as an incarnation of beauty , wisdom and piety .

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Right from her childhood Godha temperaments and attitude were different from those of the children of her age .She appeared a philosophical genius of saintly nature almost like a girl saint always contemplating about Lord and the  divine pastimes  .Always immersed in Krishna katha , she helped her father in watering the flowering plants in the garden .She used to follow her father like a shadow in all the divine services , preparing garlands for the Lord , worshiping and offering prayers . She was always found muttering LORD’s holy names and became an angel in the lives of Azhwar and disciples . She was seen in  gentle smiles of  understanding and appreciation and sat like a saint in penance always in the mood of Krishna .

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One evening Azhwar went into the garden  to pluck the flowers when they  were about to bloom  .Each flower had a specific time when they used to bloom . He collected all those flowers meticulously so that the fragrance is enjoyed by the LORD .After preparing the garland of fragrant flowers and the Tulasee he hung the garland on a wooden peg across a wooden pillar within the ashram . He had to go to the temple after sunset and hence he took a stroll . One day ,when he returned , he saw Godhadevi having worn the  fresh garland,  was looking into the mirror her own reflection imagining Lord Krishna’s presence .  Azhwar was stuck with dismay and confusion at the unpious act of his daughter . He entered the abode sad and with a troubled voice gently lamented

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..My child Godha ..

What is this you have done ?

How could you choose to adorn the garland that was made for the Lord ?

This garland has now become impure ..

And it is  already late and there is no time left to pluck the fresh flowers and prepare a new garland for Lords service and the time for temple worship has already begun . My child ..Today Lord will not adore a garland and this  is a sin … My child  I will be committing an offense today  without adorning him with a fresh garland……………….

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Godha was cool and gentle .She never spoke a single word ..

After offering services to Lord Azhwar came back to Ashram and was upset for chiding Godha . He did not sleep . He recounted those days of service and pleaded forgivance to Lord . Somehow he was filled with remorse and he woke up early to meet his daughter .But he could not find her inside  .He raced into the garden to check ……

 

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Godha was already there playing with someone in the garden  . Azhwar stood behind a tree and was watching patiently .Godha was in a different mood running around the cluster of Tulasee plants trying to catch some one .She was whispering Krishna

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..Not there ..Here . I found you …..and laughing …in ecstasy  she ran and calling Krishna’s names ..

Azhwar quickly realised Lord was really playing  with her .He was in a fix . Should he embrace his little daughter and kiss her or should he prostrate on her little  feet for her exalted piety. He walked into the Ashram and looked at the wooden peg . The garland of flowers and Tulasee appeared  fresh as it did previous night .Without any hesitation he carried the garland to the temple and offered it to Lord Krishna …

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He submitted with reverence   Oh Lord ! Godhais my daughter that providence showered on me . Its your divine play .Please accept her garland as she is always in your thoughts .

Time passed . Both father and daughter were together in all the divine services .Godha was nourished with Lord’s kalyana gunas . Godha was  now 12 years .She acquired erudition and scholarship in Tamil and Sanskrit . All the thoughts focused on Lord Krishna .She desired Lord to be her husband ……………………..

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Mentally fixed in Lord’s anubhavas she was transcendental soul .

One day Azhwar leisurely asked ..

My dear Child ..Godha .. You say you would marry Lord Krishna himself

…Fine ……………

But my dear ..Tell me !! How did this thought  arrive ?

Goda answered !!

Father ..whatever the reason ..Only LORD KRISHNA will be my husband …

And I shall be HIS only …she was serious …

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and Azhwar could not question her decision even if it was childish .

. However he once again approached and said ..Godha

My dear child ..I accept but tell me …

LORD KRISHNA is omnipresent and tell me how can you marry Lord in Nirakara roopam ?

Godha smiled and said …Father !! I wish to marry Archavataram which is there signifying the Omnispresent Lord ..

Azhwar continued ..Fine my child ..But …………..,

there are 108 Archavataram of Lord in Divyadesams ?

Godha was quick to respond  without any hesitation .

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.Only Arangan … The Lord  of Lords at Srirangam … I choose my  Ranganatha …

She learnt about the Kaathyayini nombu observed by the Gopikas of Vrindavan during Margasira month (Dec-Jan) and nurtured a desire to do similar nombu to attain  Lord Krishna.  She imagined herself and her friends to be gopikas in Vrindavan, observed nombu in Margasira month by personally inviting her friends to participate in worshipping the Lord . She composed Thiru paavai comprising of 30 pasurams to attain the Lord .  Thirupavai is known as the seed of Vedas –

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“Vedam annaithukkum vithu”.

In the fifth pasuram-

Maayanai mannu vada Madurai maindhanai…..,

she says “vaayinaal paadi, manathinaal sindhithu….. by doing so, our sins get burnt like a cotton which falls in fire. This is the tamil translation of Lord Varaha murthy’s advise to Bhudevi—kirtanam, smaranam,, vandanam  etc. Mentioned earlier in the post.

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She proceeded in her divine outpourings on the Lord  further which is known as “Nachiyar Thirumozhi” comprising of 143 pasurams invoking the Lord at Thiruvenkatam, Thirumaliruncholai , Vrindavanam etc.  Nachiyar Thirumozhi expresses the pangs of separation from the lover.   Our poorvacharyars comment  that we get golden ornament only when it is put in fire.  Likewise, the Lord out of HIS compassion on us, restrained from giving darshan as HE preferred to listen to HER hankerings  for HIM. During abhishekam to Lord Srinivasa in Tirumala when the Thayar from the Lord’s vakshasthalam( chest ) is removed for a while ,  Swamy Ramanujar instructed Nachiyar Thirumozhi to be recited.

Her bhakti was unparalled which made Lord Ranganatha of Srirangam to appear in Periazhwar’s dream.  Lord ordered him to bring Andal dressed as a bride  to Srirangam where HE would marry HER. Azhwar was keen to undertake her wish . He thought as per  Lord and Godha’s wish , he would ask her to dress in a brides attire and proceed to Srirangam .There she would stand before the LORD and in adoration worship and pray .That micht surely afford her satisfaction to her fancy .

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Azhwar announces his decision among st his disciples .Godha comes to know about her fathers decision and feels elated . The good  news reaches the Pandayan king who was a disciple to Azhwar after getting to know about Azhwar greatness 

. He had already seen Periazhar devotion to Lord . The Royal couple reached the Ashram of Azhwar and pleaded Azhwar to handover all the responsibilities of conducting the divine marriage by them . During the discussions ,the chief Priest of Srirangam temple arrived at Azhwars ashram and informed Lords eagerness to meet Godha .Periaazhwar was overjoyed and thanked all of them for their concern.

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The Chief Priest offered the silk clothes and ornaments of Mahalakshmi  to Godha . Godha was now dressed like a bride .  Dressed  in yellow colour silk profusely golden laced , the golden ornaments glittering with navaratnas and flowery decorations profusely dressed on head and plait ,

Godha was perfect bride for our LORD of LORDS our RANGANATHAR ..

She sat inside the palanquin arranged by the royal couple.  The august assembly had famous musicians , vedic pundits , dancers and several artistes  .  The procession began with pomp and show the entire pathway  was colorful with flower decorations  .With musical bands ahead followed by Royal couple , the vedic priests , PeriaAzhwar along with his disciples the men , women and the children followed  the palanquin . Fireworks  all over , the celebration was unique and the entire population followed the palanquin ..

 The procession reached the  Srirangam temple entrance .

Godha got down and paced towards the sanctum quickly as if she was so familiar .  She walked straight into the sanctum sanctorium after crossing Garuda mantapam…

 She came near  the main temple … And …kept walking briskly with her anklets jingling in  the background ..

The temple sanctum sanctorium where only the priest enters  arrived ..

LORD who was also eager to meet Godha had a bewitching smile ……………………..

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She  stepped in ..and  reached seshapanpu  ( fourteen folds of Adhishesha ) walked over the folds of Adhishesha and reached the lotus feet twain of Lord and sat at HIS lotus feet .She touched those wonderful sacred feet  with her tiny beautiful tender hands and dissolved in HIM  once for all ….

Periaazhwar  was watching  .He was speechless . Standing motionless with tears and grief  he went near the sanctum and with a quivering body and lips shivering , expressed in broken words ..

Lord !! Where is my child Godha ?  Oh Ranga !!  My child Godha … a small girl who was everything to me ….. and just stood like a pillow gazing at LORD …

A pin drop silence for few minutes  prevailed ……………………….

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A divine voice was heard by Periaazhwar asking him to be composed as the entire divine play was enacted by Lord for our upliftment ….

It may be noted  ,  Andal is given more preference than Ubhaya nachiyars in our temples.  In Srirangam, Namperumal’s  garlands are offered to Ranganachiyar on Panguni Uthiram, with Kamalavalli nachiyar on Panguni Ayilyam, with  Cherakulavalli Nachiyar on Maasi Punarvasu but Namperumal doesn’t accept their garlands!  It is only one sided whereas Namperumal exchanges garlands with Andal.  First Andal’s garlands are worn by Perumal and then Perumal’s garlands are offered to Andal.

In Kanchipuram, the processional diety Varadarajar  exchanges garlands with Andal everytime before HE goes to HIS abode

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In Tirupati, Swamy Ramanujar arranged Andal as Lord Govindaraja Swamy’s consort.

In Tirumala during Brahmotsavam, on Garuda vahana utsavam  day , garland from Srivilliputtur is offered to Malayappa Swamy.  This custom is followed in almost  in all the divya desams.

Last but not the least, in Srivilliputtur, the garland worn by Andal on the previous day is taken out in a procession on the next day to  Sri Vatapatrasayee temple and is decorated to the Lord.

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Thiruaadipooram is the most important festival celebrated in Srivilliputtur lasting for 10 days. Neeratam festival during the last six days of Margazhi  ( Dec- Jan ) month attracts millions of devotees ..

Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

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Azhagiyasingar the “Acharyar” and Azhagiyasingar Lord LakshmiNrsimha deva


Blissful are the experiences of our Poorvacharyas and Peetathipathis .The mystic experiences shared by the great souls instill confidence in a devotee in his spiritual advancements.

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Appearing out of a pillar neither man nor an a animal and yet both man and lion HIS avatara bespeaks of LORD’s supremacy and transcendence . Lord appeared from this place because  the   devotee child prahalada wanted him to appear  .

Thirumangai Azhwar visualised Lord Lakshmi Narasimhar in Ahobila Kshetra as the Lord who had thousand shoulders and sang several pasurams glorifying this holy place and the Lordships  .On his journey to Ahobilam he  sang few pasurams which  speaks about the tough conditions prevailing those days to seek Lords darshan  ….

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Senru kandarku Ariya koil

A temple where one cannot go with ease and offer worship to Lord

Deiva mallal sella vonna

Except for devas no one can attempt to seek darshan here

soorai kaatru kattu theeyai akasam varaiyil kondu sllugirathu

The devilish whirl wind blew with such force that the flames of the forest fire in that hill almost reached the sky

kanaitha theeum kallum atta villudai vedarumai

the blazing fire and the cracking noise of the dry heat is resounding in the hills.

Thinai thanayum sella onna

It is very difficult to go near this holy place even for few minutes..

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All the above said , Lord  Narasingha deva out of abundant mercy   to uplift the jivas decided to make himself available for darshan by  commanding  the the first Pontiff His holiness Sri  Sri Adivan Satakopa Yateendra Mahadesika Jeeyar during the period 1400 to take him to places and instruct  jivas  in the Ashtaksharam , Dwayam and the charama sloka and  guide them in spiritual insights for salvation ….

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The presiding deity Sri Lakshmi Narasimhar glorified as Malola  ( The lord who is always fond of his consort Mahalakshmi  as the meaning conveys ) .To prove this point the LORD is seen with HIS left hand wound around the divine mothers slender waist  . HIS  glance overlooks our faults  .  Lord Malola  wears a paduka indicating his divine will to grace us by traveling places

Azhagiya Singar in tamil means beautiful Lion and has been used from time immemorial to glorify Lord Narasingha deva and in recent centuries  as a mark of  respect to  presiding Pontiff of Sri Ahobila Matam ..

A divine incident reveals the greatness of the Lordships and Acharyar both of whom are lovingly called as Azhagiya Singar

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During a    journey few hundred years ago ,  Lordships was traveling  along with the    His holiness Sri Sri Athipattu Azhagiya singar 34th jeeyar and  disciples along with  entire paraphernalia . A  local  affluent devotee  approached his holiness and offered ingredients to prepare  Ksheerannam as bhoga  for the Lordships .

Accordingly the sweet preparations was made and several huge vessels of the nectarine dish covered  to the brim  with  ghee and milk and pieces of cashew nuts , dried grapes , diamond sugar  floating over  the offerings were placed before Lord Malola as naivedyam and  the curtains were drawn. The bells were  rung  along with the auspicious  drumming  and cymbals being played with devotion .

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 The Jeeyar with a beatific look folded hands and gleeful heart entreating the LORDSHIPS to have a morsel of bhoga .A morsel from  Acharyar  Azhagiyasingar’s hand , the LORD would certainly have with great relish .

BUT …. ..Today ??

No ..Nothing of that kind  happened ..

 Lord Malola a did not stir from his royal seat . The Jeeyars importunity , prayer and beseechment did not invoke  any response  from the LORD ..

He implored the Lord to give him some reason in rejecting the offering  ..

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At last the LORD spoke . Swamin … .This food contains few strands of human hair ..and hence we would not have this ..

With tears Jeeyar sought repeated  forgiveness ,  and rushed to the devotees and advised them to immediately prepare  a  fresh offering  to the Lordships . The kainkaryaparas were informed about the grave mistake committed  . At his instance Pongal was prepared quickly and offered to Lord with all reverence  .

However the cooks who prepared the Ksheerannam possessed of curiosity , began to examine the contents of the several vessels . The count went on …the first vessel ..the second …the third …..fourth,   fifth ….

Nothing was discovered …

One of the cooks even expressed  a derisive laughter as only two more vessels  remained  to be checked   . The last vessel was being cleared now .. And to the astonishment from under its depth strands of hair stuck out !!

The cooks were dumbfounded…

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They realised that the Jeeyar was indeed having a dialogue  with Lord daily..

Unable to contain their awe and reverence like a fallen staff all of them prostrated at the lotus feet of Jeeyar .

.Such  was the greatness of both the Azhagiyasingars ..the Acharyar and Azhagiyasingar  Lord Lakshminarasimha deva  ..

Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

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At Tirumala !! When the screens opened by themselves……


 Innumerable  Emperors , Kings ,  Rich  , poor ,   people following different religions  have worshiped  Lord  Venkateshwara  at Tirumala  from times immemorial and have been blessed  with prosperity .  There is never  any person who had  darshan only once .The thirst to seek HIS mercy takes one to the Holy abodes several times . The Glory of  of the Lord of Seven Hills is vast and is beyond words to describe Every devotee will have a experience to share .

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The unique status of those blessed to have His darsanam at Tirumala is hinted by Kulasekhara Azhwar in one of the verses of  Mukunda Mala ……

  For him , who had the darsana sowbhagyam of  Lord Venkateshwara   , this wide earth is a small speck , the rolling oceans a water drop , the raging fires a mere spark , the shoreless winds a mere breath , the vast sky a pin hole.

O Lord! May Your unbounded Majesty excel !! ”

Azhwars advise in their pasurams, the purpose of this Life is  to seek HIS lotus feet in this birth without wasting time 

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It was during the year  1839  the great devotee of Lord Rama   Sri Thyagaraja visited Tirupati,  on a piligrimage . A staunch Lord Rama’s devotee trekked the holy hills in the mood of seeking Lord’s darshan . Always absorbed in the divine pastimes of Lord Rama ,absorbing Lord’s kalyana gunas the devotee used to emotionally outpour the krithis which have become a prayer book to all of us . 

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The trek was long as those days there was no proper roads and one had to cross  the jungles and stay over night en route.  . Thyagaraja was eager to seek Lord’s darshan  .He was told by several devotees about Lord’s magnificent appearance and the speciality of Tirumala . 

It took almost 1 full day to reach the holy shrine  and happened to be Friday. Thyagrajar walked uptil Swamy Pushkarani the holy tank besides the temple  and took a  dip .  He  quickly  walked  towards   Sri Varahaswamy temple and had darshan .

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Overjoyed he proceeded towards Ananda Nilayam . The eagerness to have darshan of Lord was at its peak . Being Friday , Lord after having his ceremonial holy bath was being adorned with Royal clothes by the temple priests and hence the  screen  was put  .There were several pilgrims eagerly awaiting Lord’s darshan near the entrance  .

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 For a moment Thyagaya was sad as he had to wait for Lord’s darshan . His eagerness to have Lords darshan was suddenly stopped by the  screen . He was always in the mood of Lord Rama’s glories …..

He mentally prayed  …Oh Lord Venkatesha … Every one says ,You are the Supreme LORD  gracing every one who surrender to you .

Oh Lord !!! I cannot  wait further without seeing your majestic form ..

He  emotionally bursts out with a  melodious kirtana which was specially sung for Lord !!!

“Teratiyagaraadaa” whose meaning is

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Oh  Lord !!   Tirupati Venkataramana! Could you not remove the screen,

the screen of anger,  delusion ,arrogance and jealousy, which is  taking a firm stand within me,

Oh Lord ! that screen which  keeps me out of the reach of dharma and other  four Purusharthas Dharma ,Artha, Kama and  Moksha? 

Oh Lord !!! This screen which  effectively hides  me  from vision, the immaculate light of the lamp, Jnana.  And…….

My Lord !!! by the existence of this screen,  this  mind gets caught by evil, just as ignorant beasts are got into the Hunter’s net…….

Oh Lord !!!  I have been following you faithfully…….

Oh Lord   I pray sincerely ….. please please  remove the screen and allow me to have your darshan………..

The kirtan was so melodious and Lord was listening ..

It was the time LORD wished to see his devotee  .

Suddenly !!the screens fell  without any one attempting , much to the astonishment of all the devotees . 

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Lord’s darshan to saint Thyyagaraja was just one to one .Thyagayya was shell shocked . With copious tears he addressed Lord with choked voice ..

Oh ! My Lord Venkataramana …. My saviour !!! What a magnificent darshan 

!! Oh Lord !! am blessed to see this wonderful form , I am immersed in that deep nectarine experience 

On that divine  forehead , I see the bright  Urdhva Pundram . The Peetambaram , the sahsranamamala  ,the nandakam , the lotus hand that is pointing your Lotus feet .My Lord  !!!  Your two lips shine in their redness like the ripe bhimbha fruit  and those lips sport a gentle smile arising out of Your  abundant  grace on me …

Oh Lord !!  May that beautiful face with such beauty marks  appear before my mind always ! ! Am blessed ..truly blessed to have this darshan …

and the great devotee of Lord Rama emotionally  sings ……………………………

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“Venkatesha ninu sevimpa”………….. in his happiness on seeing the Lord.

Oh Lord!! To have this darshan !!! these two eyes are insufficient … I need few  more thousands of eyes my Lord !!

Oh Lord! Pankajaksha …. What’s my eligibility to have your wonderful darshan ..Its your kindness and  mercy on me .. Else which mortal can be  here ….

Saint Thyagaraja had a unique combination of the  devotion of Prahlada, the music of Narada . The Pancharatna Kritis are the most representative of Saint Thyagaraja’s art as a composer. The Divyanama and Utsava Samprathaya Kritis composed  are melodies. The vanity of wealth or the pomp of power never tempted the great saint .Thyagaraja was constantly repeating the Rama Shadakshari mantra for  over 21 years and  had  completed almost  96 crores of Rama Nama. It is believed  Lord Rama appeared before him  in his dream and assured him salvation.

 

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ALI.PIRI…THE GATEWAY TO TIRUMALA


It was during 1783-84 ,  a time when the atrocities of the  foreigners  were unbearable . Their  hatred for idol worship made the locals  tremble, not in fear for their lives, but in fear of the possible damages that the age old  holy idols in their ancient temples would suffer. Drastic measures were made to save the deities  from disrespect.  However the demons used to destroy them and if that was not possible, deface them. The smaller utsavar idols made of the expensive Panchaloha were carried off in large heaps to Delhi, to be melted into new ornaments.

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The priests did their very best to cover the sanctum with bricks and send the smaller idols for safekeeping with trusted families. The forces however, kept driving further  in conquest. People mourned the deaths of their near and dear in the struggle .  The invaders were ruthlessly  attacking the temples and looting the jewellery .It was a dark period for the Hindus  .

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Hyder Ali  thus  invaded the Chandragiri Fort and marched in the surrounding areas to loot the temples . The ones who opposed were punished and were exiled.

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 It was a bright sunny day . The green meadows and the hilly terrain was a treat to the eyes .Galloping on the horses they reached the foot of the Tirumala hills . The magnificent Hills were a feast to watch . The aroma from the trees the water falls around  tempted the general to march ahead . All of them looked closely  around . The magnificent mountains and the seven peaks were looking stunningly beautiful with the glowing sun .

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The news about the ruthless invaders reached the  temple priests  at Tirumala .They  were very scared to face the enemy . The news that they were looting other temples  was already known to them,but they never imagined that they would reach Tirupaty.

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All of them assembled at the temple premises and chalked out a plan . The Senior Priest announced ,  My dear Swamin ! There is no escape now . We will be finished in no time the moment the evil  forces reach here .Let us attempt to save our Lordships by carrying him along with us .  A old devotee replied , How are we going to leave the Hills ? Why not face the enemy bravely and sacrifice our lives than being cowards running away  .This is VarahaKshetra and Lord Venkateshwara  has his own  plans . Let us seek his lotus feet and then decide . The suggestion was well taken …

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All the devotees rushed to the temple sanctorum , offered a mangala haarathi and pleaded LORD for his mercy .  Oh Lord !Our Savior …. We are in utter confusion .. We will sacrifice our lives but will not allow the enemy to enter the temple .

Please save us from this agony. Its your DIVINE WILL that’s final . 

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The Elder Priest announced , Look  children  ! Its our turn .Let us face them bravely .When HE is there why worry ?  LORD will never leave us …

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All of them decided to sacrifice their lives than remaining as a  mute spectator . This was the last darshan .With copious tears each went up near the LORD  had the last darshan feast fully  and left the temple . They  descended the Hills with anguish imagining that was their last darshan . The sun was radiating severe heat . Passing the terrains and the hillocks the priests along with the devotees marched fearing sudden attack . They managed to reach   some where  near  to the foot  of the Hills  .The commotion was pathetic as the families also joined them fearing death and few escaping into the jungles calmly . They reached  the last hillock and to their shock they saw a battalion  of armed forces on their horses looking all around .They had  weapons and looked ferocious . It seemed they had travelled from Chandragiri Fort  . The courage and enthusiasm to face the army suddenly vanished .

All of them were trembling with fear .

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There was a shout from the battalion .  A stout man looked like the General  screamed …Hey !!! All of you come here ….He was looking dreadful ..

. He was speaking in  Urdu  . He screamed again …

UUPAR  KAUN HAIN ?  ( WHAT IS THERE OVER THERE ?)

Once again he yelled ….

Hey Bomman ……………… Uupar kyaa hain ?

( What is there over there )

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The Priests were calm . All of a sudden they heard a  sweet voice among them . All turned around . They saw a small boy  glowing with divine aura smiling and bravely walking before the army chief .The voice was clear and gracious and  in the same language . For a minute the Army Chief Hyder Ali was bewildered . The Priests  were shocked to see the new entrant  .

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Who is this boy ? He was not seen when we descended .Did he join us enroute ? Many questions were being whispered among them .

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The boy bravely walked before Hyder Ali and replied .

Haan    …. Iss jagah pavitra hain …………Varah kshetra hai …

( This place is holy and is  resting place of  Varaha )

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Aadhi Varaha Kshetra kahatey hain

Hyder Ali is stuck with the boys beauty .Naturally even a stone hearted person also will get intoxicated with HIS looks ….

 He said …….. Yeh bolo . …… Varaha matlab kyaa  hain ?

( What do you mean by Varaha  ? ) 

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The moment he asked this question ,suddenly there was a loud noise from the hillocks . To the surprise of the devotees ,  Hundreds of wild boars in herds rushed in lightening speed making the army tremble and run for their lives .The whole battalion vanished in no time looking at the huge  boars chasing them .

The place this divine leela happened was Adi Padi (  foot path in tamil )  and over a period of time got corrupted as Alipiri …( May be as Ali ..Hyder Ali  left ).

The Priests understood  the divine  boy was LORD himself who appeared to save them …

They chanted the holy names of LORD and ascended the HILLS with vigour and joy …

Pilgrims take a vow to go on foot from  this place  Alipiri the gateway to  to Tirumala to have darshan of LORD .  There are two footways. 1) Alipiri footway and  2) Srivari mettu foot way  from the other side of the Hillocks near to Sri Kalyana Venkateshwara swamy Temple at Tirupathi.

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 Alipiri ,  most used footway by piligrims is  9 km trek  . Enroute a pilgrim finds solace in the holy hills trekking watching hundreds of devotees chanting the HOLY NAME .The pathway is  laid  with comfortable steps and shelters. There are  around 3500 steps and  it  takes approximately 3 – 4 hrs to climb as per once health and age Pilgrims can keep their luggage at Alipiri luggage center and can proceed to Tirumala. TTD runs two free buses from the Tirupati Railway station to Alipiri, with a frequency of 30 minutes. Pilgrims who intend to walk up the hills to Tirumala can use these buses. Apart from buses there are many auto rickshaws to Alipiri from Bus stand, Railway station. Elders advise one to have a holy dip at Azhwar Theertham

( DETAILS OF AZHWAR THEERTHAM  IS APPENDED IN THE BELOW POST 

https://kmkvaradhan.wordpress.com/2016/07/07/azhwar-theertham-at-tirupati/

( Presently called as Kapila Theertham ) and proceed to trek the Hills.

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Adapted from a  discourse shared by Elders

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Pictures : credits Google Images uploaded by several Hari Bhaktas

Videos: Thanks to Sri Hare Srinivas ( Tirumala Tirupati ) 

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Azhwar Theertham at Tirupati


 ” TIRUMALA  is  Bhooloka  Vaikuntam and Lord  Vaikuntanathan  out of abundant mercy has appeared  as Lord Venkateshwara in this yuga for our upliftment . The sacred TIRUMALA Hills consists  of seven peaks considered to be seven-hooded Adhisesha . Before  seeking to  have  darsanam of LORD ,  the devotees  are  supposed to shed  the    inherent tamasic  qualities and approach with  sattva gunam for  HIS darshanam .

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 Elders advise us to  reach the foot of the  Tirumala Hills and have a holy dip at Azhwar Theertham presently called as Kapila Theertham  before ascending the Hills. This divine place is located enroute to Tirumala .  Out of the   1008 theerthams  located in and around  TIRUMALA  HILLS , Azhwar  Theertham ( Kapila Theertham)   is the only  natural spring  located  at the foot of the Hills.  

On the shores of Alwar theertham is  enshrined Sri Lakshmi Narayana Perumal gracing the devotees . Lord  is gracing with goddess  Sri maha Lakshmi . On the other side we can  have darshan of  Lord Venugopala Swamy

It is believed that this holy water  springs source is   from  Lord’s  lotus feet and hence is considered to be very sacred. Near the water falls  of  Azhwar Theertham  there is a  small temple of  Swamy Nammazhwar .

Further ahead we see a small cave. Many years back,  this region was ruled by Emperor Thondaiman, who  used to visit Tirumala daily.

Since it was difficult to cross all the Seven hills in the normal way, it is believed that  the Lord had shown him a shorter route  to reach him via this  cave!

It is  said  that there was a  temple  for Lord Sri Narasimha inside the cave .

Presently ,  the Azhwar Theertham is known as Kapila Theertham .This place is glorified for the Paramasiva temple  installed by  Kapila Rishi  and hence the name  Kapileswara. This wonderful temple is  one and half miles from Tirupati.  It is also said ,during  the ‘Kartika’ month  on the ‘Purnima’ (full moon) day,  many locals assemble to have darshan of Azhwars and Paramasivan

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In the Tamil DivyaPrabhandam sree sookthee Azhwars have sung  around 202 divine pasurams on LORDSHIPS   . By  having a holy dip in Azhwar Theertham,  the devotee  gets purified physically

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  This is similar to our journey to Sri Vaikuntam. It is explained in detail  about  the journey in the Archaradhi gadhi, that enroute the  jiva atma  has a purificatory dip in Viraja Nadhi .

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 As Tirumala is  Bhooloka  Vaikuntam,  Alwar Theertham is like Viraja river  and so it would be appropriate to take a holy dip  here before we have darshan  of LORD up hills!By doing so, the soul sheds the  Tamo and Rajo  gunam and proceeds to Alipiri, the foot of the Hills. Trekking  up the holy  hills  is considered to be very sacred. Recalling the inner meanings of the Azhwars divya prabhandam and Acharyars  who have glorified the Holy Hills in their outpourings one  treks with reverence to have LORD’s darshan ..

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 All animate and inanimate beings on the Hills are  worship able on this sacred Hills  .

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A view of the sacred  hill from the   footpath at Alipiri is seen to be believed. As the summit opens into a spacious, charming valley, the range of the  splendour breaks through several outlets like fantastically shaped rocks in the form of serpentine roads.

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The flora and fauna on  the Holy Hills  provide an example of a perfect ecological balance by nature.

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  The imposing chain of seven hills extending in curves with its intermediate ranges and ridges  resembles the divine serpent, Adisesha.

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It is mentioned in Sri Venkatesa Suprabhatam, the range of 7 hills are  celebrated   as Seshalam, Garudachalam, Venkatadri, Narayanadri, Vrishabhadri, Anjanadri, Neeladri  and represents the great serpent bed   As per Upanishads ,  in brief  the Jeevatma passes through five stages in its spiritual evolution , namely, Annamayya  kosa , Pranamaya kosa , Manomaya kosa  Vignanamaya  and Anandamaya kosams.

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The  devotee  sheds Annamaya kosa at this holy place Azhwar Theetham . After a  holy dip  and blessings  of Swamy Nammazhwar  he   ascends the holy hills  in the  Pranamaya stage on  to the Hills. Once he  reaches the Mokaala Parvatham (the knee breaking ascent )  with abundant mercy  he moves  into Manaomaya kosam and  with serious quest to seek LORD from  heart and the mind he approaches JagathAcharyar Swamy Ramanujar  shrine . ( The appended post describes about this ancient temple )

https://kmkvaradhan.wordpress.com/2015/07/17/the-temple-of-swamy-ramanuja-on-tirumala-hills-mambazha-emperumanar-throva-bhashyakar/

The darshan enlightens  him with knowledge  of the  real relationship between prakruti,  jeevatma and Paramatma  .  

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With the  blessings of Swamy Ramanuja he   reaches the  sacred hills . He is advised to take a dip in Swami Pushkarini near the temple. From here he gets inspiration and seeks the lotus feet of Lord Varaha  ( Gnana Piran) (Sri Bhoovaraha Swami ) and gets  further enlightened  thus the  the Vignanamaya kosa is activated .  The final stage is reached when he  seeks union with the supreme  Lord  our  Lord  Venkateshwara  in the Aananda nilaya vimanam.

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 When Anandam( bliss )  takes possession of the soul, there is no further need for  any desire other than reaching his lotus feet permanently ……  The great devotee Annamaya submits to the LORD in this appended kirtana a jivas struggle to reach HIS lotus feet … Check the meanings too in this clip ….

 

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The great devotee Thirukkanna mangai Andaan


Thirukkannamangai  temple is  one amongst the   srivaishnava divya desam in Kumbakonam. This divine place is located in Tanjore district of Tamil Nadu. Around 8 kms  from Tiruvarur amidst  a huge tank  Darsha Pushkarini this   temple  is located  near  Western banks  .  Azhwar  keeps comparing the Lordships  here to  the sugarcane and also refers to the village as the place where blue lotuses bloom. While those flowers may not be so visible now, the sweetness of the shrine cannot be denied.

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About 25 miles from Kumbakonam, the temple is among the Pancha Krishnaraya kshetrams– the others being , T mihirukannapuram, Thirukanankudi, Thirukannamangai and Thiru kapisthalam. This holy  place is also called as “Sapthamirtha Kshetram”.An unique darshanam for the devotees  at this temple is of Mahalakshmi thayar. This sannidhi where Abhishekavalli thayar is in a resident posture . ( Erundha thirukolam ).The sanctum  has an artha mandapam and maha mandapam too. In this artha mandapam, there are beehives in the rectangular windows on the south and north walls.

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The gopuram has four levels and the sub-shrines to the Goddess Abhisheka Valli and Andal have wagon-vaulted roofs to the pavilions fronting them.

Peria Thiruvadi ( Garudalvar )  gives darshanam  in standing posture and is considered to be a very powerful giver of boons. He is not clad in the standard red bordered white dhoti but in a multi-coloured silk sari! And on his neck is placed a sweetmeat offering that is unique to Tirukkannamangai. It goes by the name of Amrita Kalasam and resembles a laddu.  Maha Abishekams are performed for Garudalwar  every Sunday.

. It is believed that the four Vedas took the form of four pillars and the pavilion goes by the name of Veda Sagara.

The Goddess is in a shrine to the left of the outer corridor. Abhisheka Valli derives her name from the legend that she was ceremonially bathed with the  holy waters of the tank before her marriage to  Maha Vishnu. A beehive is seen inside the temple  that waxes and wanes with the seasons .

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The bees shift home every six months, residing to the left of the Goddess during the Dakshinayanam (July to December) and to her right during Uttarayanam.( January to June).The 33 crore devas took on the form of these divine insects to witness the heavenly wedding of the Lord and  goddess  as per the legend.

The same was sung in one of the hymns of Thirumangai Azhwar”Kalivandaraiyum pozhilsoozh Kannamangaiyal kandhu kondene” It is believed that the bees are the Gods who came to attend the wedding and decided to stay on, being enchanted with  the holy place Tirukkannamangai .

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 On other side of a bigger mandapam , there are eight pillars .Each pillar features a painting of one each of the asthalakshmis.The presiding deity of this temple is Bhaktavatsala perumal who gives us darshanam in standing posture and thayar is glorified as Abhisekhavalli thayar .

A very important  divine pastime must be cherished .

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In  this Srivaishnava Divya desam there lived a great devotee by the name Thirukkanna mangai AndAn who was a disciple and nephew  of a great srivaishnava Acharyar  Swamy Nathamunigal and  the foremost disciple to learn Naalayira Divya Prabhandam from his Acharyar . He was performing daily services in the temple unconditionally  without any desires .He used to pluck the grown grass and make the pathway clean for the devotees  .He used to be always ready to do any menial service that was fit for the temple .

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One day, he saw two dogs fighting with each other. The sight of this fight drew the attention of the owners of these dogs to quarrel and beat each other to the extent they both got badly injured and one almost lost his life .

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Thirukkanna mangai AndAn witnessed this. He thought to himself, “if the owners of the dogs have so much affection and sense of ownership for their loyal dogs that they are ready to give up their lives, then why would not our LORD who owns this dog-“Thirukkannamangai AndAn,” if dedicated to Him, not come to his protection?”

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Thinking this way, he served the LORD and entered the kOvil and rested on the floor in a small room near the entrance. Deeply engrossed in his realization to serve the LORD , the very next second, he attained the lotus feet of LORD . Renouncing the intent of protecting himself, he subjected himself to the mercy and protection of LORD .The Priests in the temple could see some unusual object gushing inside the temple sanatorium confirming the great devotees love to the LORD .

As per legend it is told one who spends a night in the vicinity of the temple attains Moksha .( Also glorified as Dakshina Pushkarani .)

Today Aani Sravanam is the appearance day of the great devotee Thirukkanna mangai AndAn.. ( June 24th 2016)

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Lotus feet !! tad-vishhNoH paramaM padaM, says the Upanishads meaning the Divine feet are the supreme..


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The absolute sense of surrender echoes the feeling that we have none other to protect us  other than our divine parents and seek their lotus feet .Our karmic parents , husband , wife friends even the demi gods will not be able to rescue us  and it is LORD SRIMAN NARAYANA alone who can take care of  us all the time .The divine feet constitute the ultimate solace for all sorrows.

Peria Azwar expresses his musings about Lord Krishna’s  stay at Gokulam , Mathura and Vrindavan in his divine out pourings Naalayira Divya Prabhandam ( Appended link below about the divine pastimes )

https://kmkvaradhan.wordpress.com/2015/09/04/chinni-krishna-and-peria-azhwar/

The holy feet which walked on the ground had impressions they called it as  samrajya lakshanam .All those divine marks on the soles of his lotus feet , those lovely impressions were visible on the ground in gokulam .

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Azhwars and Acharyas have expressed their divine thoughts about the lotus feet of Lord Krishna in several slokas . The holy feet is so tender that even when the goddess mahalakshmi the divine consort massages with love and tenderness the feet becomes red .

Jagath Acharyar Swamy Ramanuja surrendered to the lotus feet of  Lord Ranganatha

Swamy Desikar surrendered to the lotus feet of  Lord Varadarajar.

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 In the Holy Epic ,  Srimad Bhagavatam at one place the great devotee   Akrura comes to Vrindavana to meet Lord  Krishna.  He  has the darshan of the the footprints of the Lord on the dust of Nanda-grama.  Immediately , with tears  he at once  jumps  on the  holy spot  of Vrindavana and rolls  about among those footprints  overjoyed and   expresses …

”  My fortune !!!!!  This is the dust from my master’s feet! How wonderful and blessed I am …

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All together,  around  eleven  distinguishing marks are decorated  on the soles of Lord’s  lotus feet.”  (  Few scholars conclude there are Nineteen ) …

The  auspicious marks on the soles of Lords feet   bears the marks of a banner , a pot of ambrosia , an umbrella , a thunderbolt , a lotus , a  kalpavruksha , a conch  , the ankusa/spade, a fish , a rose apple   and  a disc  .

Similar feelings were experienced by the  advance devotees of Lord , the gopis of Vrindavana seing Lord  Krishna’s footprints in the dust.  The gopis became overwhelmed simply by seeing those marks  imprinted on the ground.  

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 When Krishna went away from Vrindavana the Gopis could not forget their Lord . On the land of Vrindavana are the impressions of His footprints, that are the residence of the goddess of fortune.   Just by seeing Krishna’s all-attractive footprints, the gopis  remembered many  divine pastimes with  Krishna.

The divine feet is the most important place for any devotee . At several places Lord reveals this place pointing one of his lotus hands towards HIS feet hinting that is the place we need to seek salvation . A sloka from Rig veda  glorifies …….

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Tad vishno: paramam padam sadaa pasyanti sooraya: |  diveeva chakshuraatatam 

Tad vipraaso vipanyavo  jaagruvaagum sassamindhatae vishnor yat paramam padam

   Acharyas have expressed the auspicious qualities of the imprints , viz:  the conch bestows knowledge to the devotees , the disc ensures the Lord shall destroy the enemies and get rid of our sins , the kalpavruksha  fullfills all our wishes , the banner captures the attention of the devotees ,  the umbrella  protects him with shield from material desires ,as a fish cannot live without water a devotee cannot live without LORD’s association , the lotus lends fragrance to those who seek succor at HIS lotus feet , the spade controls the elephant mind and bestows boons to a sincere seeker in his up liftment

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In this manner, the Lord’s lotus-feet destroy all the inauspicious qualities of His devotee and confer  him  with supreme bliss.

Lord Srinivasa graces through   His lotus  Feet to  the devotees  by pointing His right Hand down and asks them to surrender for their redemption. Nammazhwar in his divine out pourings expresses  his  ineligibility ,  helplessness and having no one else to save and protect him.  Having no qualifications, disability to pursue any other means  be it Jnyana Yoga , Karma Yoga , Bhakthi Yoga  and  realizing the eternal nature of being His servant  only always- seek HIS lotus Feet.

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The lotus feet of the Divine are ageless and faultless, they eradicate all our misdeeds –

so goes one Vedic mantra …

caraNaM pavitraM vitataM purANaM yena pUtas-tarati dushhkRtAni. 

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The steps that the Divine Feet took  are so great that LORD  is glorified  as ‘the Great Lord who measured  the whole Universe’  ulagalanda-perumAL (in tamil) details mentioned in the below  link …

https://kmkvaradhan.wordpress.com/2015/09/02/the-lord-who-measured-the-worlds-brahma-kadigina-padhamu/

 

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