SRI VISHNU LOKA MANI MANDAPA MARGADHYAYEE….. RAMANUJO VIJAYATE YATHIRAJA RAJA :

It was Namperumal’s  divine plan  to make  Swamy Ramanujar leave Srirangam  for a short time , and purify other places by placing his holy feet in Melnadu  and retrieve Thirunarayanan who was worshipped by SriRamar and Sri Krishna during Tretha and Dwapara yugas  .

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Peria Perumal thus created a difficult situation by which   Swamy Ramanujar had to leave Srirangam after taking Peria Perumal’s consent and  thus  proceeded towards north accompanied by Sri Mudaliandan Swamy. After many days of travel and undergoing various hardships following the course of Kaveri, Swamy  Ramanuja finally arrived in Karnataka where the local tribals served them.  En route he  met his disciple kongu piratti  and graced her . Later he moved  near Srirangapatinam. The local people who were averse to Swamy Ramanujar conspired a plan to do away with him.  Swamy Ramanujar learning their evil intentions ordered Mudaliandan Swamy to place his feet in the drinking water pond in that area  now called saligrama near Thondanur , which he  politely obeyed. At  salagrama  ,by  partaking this Sripada theertham, the minds of the evildoers changed  miraculously  and they fell at Swamy Ramanujar lotus feet  seeking forgiveness.  Such was the greatness of  Swamy Mudaliandan  .

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Ramanujar named this place as “Saligramam” which is near to  Melkote.  Even today this pond is maintained by the archakar family .  There is a small temple opposite to this pond in which Swamy Ramanujar’s lotus feet  are worshiped.

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Swamy Ramanuja had a large number of disciples at Melnadu .Vangipurathu Achi , Vangipurathu Nambi , Thondanur Nambi  , Marudhur Nambi, Malur Nambi , Anathazhwan  were some of them in the large group of disciples he had at Melnadu.

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 Thondanur Nambi was a great bhagavatha , a saint and most respected scholar as he was  close to the  Royal family .  Thondanur Nambi  , during his pilgrimage to Srirangam was attracted to Swamy Ramanuja . He loved his approach and the simple teachings which leads to self realisation that takes one to godhead.  He was one among the 74 Simhadhipathees .

 

Thondanur was the summer capital of the Hoyasala kingdom ruled by  King Vittala deva who was a staunch  follower of Jainism .They were tolerant to other religions too .   The King had a daughter who was possessed with an evil spirit . No treatment could cure her illness . She was always under the possession of the evil spirit which made her do unnatural things .She was almost dressed like a madwoman and was a big embarrassment to the Royal family .   There was another tragedy , during a war the King lost his finger. This earned him the name  Bitti deva .

 

The King was very upset due to  the deformity and the new worry  of his daughter that took shape . No treatment either medicines or tantric rituals could cure her .The Jain monks also tried their best but nothing seemed possible to relieve her from the evil spirit . Thondanur Nambi,  the disciple of Swamy Ramanujar suggested to the queen that his spiritual master  who arrived recently  and staying at Saligrama was capable of restoring the princess to normalcy.  The Jain king  pleaded Nambi to invite Swamy Ramanuja to his palace . He even promises  that If his daughter  is cured he will adopt Srivaishnava faith and surrender to Swamy Ramanuja

  Thondanur Nambi goes to Saligrama  and surrenders to the lotus feet of Swamy Ramanuja and briefs him about the Jain Kings intentions . It was a wonderful opportunity to grace the King and his people and induct them in the great srivaishnava sampradayam .

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  Swamy Ramanuja and Thondanur Nambi look for an auspicious time and leave to Thondanur to the Royal palace . The Royal couple have the divya darshan of JagathAcharyar Swamy Ramanuja . Both of them fall like uprooted trees looking at Swamy Ramanujas divine aura . They welcome Swamy to their Royal chambers . The  whole Royal family  pay their obeisance’s to Swamy Ramanuja . The mad princess who was irritating the members few minutes back suddenly leaves into another room when Swamy enters the chambers . With some cajoling the princess who  is shabbily dressed is brought before Swamy Ramanuja . Looking at the pitiable state of the princess ,  Swamy gives the holy water that was offered to his Lordships  and applies the holy turmeric paste offered to Lord on her forehead . The moment she sips the holy water and makes an eye contact with the great Acharya the evil spirit vanishes  and she almost faints  before him . The  princess is slowly brought back to senses by sprinkling some water on her . To everybody’s surprise she gets up , looks at herself feels shy and runs away to her chambers . She dresses herself elegantly and offers obesiances to Swamy Ramanuja amongst all the people .  The Royal couple are amazed with the sudden happenings . They accept that the great seer who is with them is a very pious soul who has incarnated to uplift them . Instantly they surrender to his lotus feet and beg to be taken into his fold . Swamy Ramanuja asks them to offer prayers at Nambi Narayana Temple and meet him there .

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At Swamy Nambi Narayana temple , Swamy Ramanuja conducts a discourse attended by many people . The King along with his Royal family too attend the discourse which speaks about the ultimate purpose of life  as a srivaisnava . Attracted to his simple teachings the entire crowd adopt srivaishnavism . Amongst the citizens the King , Queen and all his family members are given Panchasamskara initiation . The King is given a name a Vishnu vardhana  after due initiation by Swamy Ramanuja himself . The celebration amongst the citizens is multifold . All the citizens hail Swamy Ramanujas discourse and accept him as their Jagath Acharya .

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Somewhere down the lane the Jain monks are upset with the happenings .All of them march to the Royal Palace and argue with the king for taking  such a foolish step . They convince the King that their proposed debate  with Swamy Ramanuja will prove Jainism superiority and he must agree to their command .

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The King knew very well that such thing can never happen . However he along with the Jain monks in huge numbers walk up to the Yoga narasimhar temple located on a hillock as Swamy Ramanuja was staying there .

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The Jain monks along with the King  meet  Swamy Ramanuja  and invite him to a debate  on the esoteric truths . All the Jain monks assemble and start posing questions .

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The euphoria around makes Swamy Ramanuja to command his disciples to surround him with a curtain  . Almost 1000 jain monks shoot  questions on him without any break .

It is was ONE  vs   ONE THOUSAND

dhaaThe divine incident of Swamy Ramanuja taking over one thousand  Jain monks was relished by the disciples  . Inside , Swamy Ramanujar  was covered by a curtain  and with his original form  as  Adisesha with   1000 hoods, he answers  every question of the monk with patience and clarity . Thus he defeats  all the 1000 Jains at a time. One monk was inquisitive to find out why the curtain was put .He slowly managed to peep inside the curtain  . To his shock he could see JagathAcharyar’s viswaroopam  and fainted . The Jain monks  had no reply and were forced to accept  defeat and adopt to  srivaishnavism .This incident happened at Lord Narasimha swamy temple  in  Bhakta nagari (presently known as Thondanur).

 Swamy MudaliAndaan who gave us the nectarian sloka   DHAATI PANCHAKA in praise of  Swamy Ramanujar at this place. This place is on the way to Melkote(about 16 kms)  from Srirangapatinam.    The wonderful opportunity  given by Swamy Ramanuja to  Mudaliandaan is remembered even today . “Dhati Panchakam” speaks of the victory of  Swamy Ramanuja over other philosophies – both those that accept Vedas and those that don’t – and his establishing the Visishtadvaita philosohpy that was built by Azhvars and Purvacharyas.

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As the name suggests, it comprises of five slokas The word  “DHATI” means “attacking” – as this work shows the attack that Ramanuja carried over the other philosophies that were widespread at that time, it is an appropriate name for it.  Swamy out of his love composed a wonderful composition on Swamy Ramanuja called “DHATEE PANCHAKAM” which starts with the introductory sloka .. The Varthamana swamy descendant of Swamy MudaliAndaan was kind to recite this sloka at our residence during his recent visit , a clip presented below

and the sloka

http://www.mudaliandan.com/downloads/Web%20Doc/English/SreeMudhaliandanThirumaligai-DhattiPanchakam%20-%20English.pdf

Our moksham is not guaranteed only with the sambandham of any other acharya – but Ramanuja”.

Our daily chant is ” RamanujArya divyAgya vardhatAm abhi vardhatAm. ” It is only he who can command and all our acharyas and we follow his command . Swamy Ramanuja is the only acharya who was referred with respect  and followed by  all other schools in vaishnavism like chaitanya, vallabhacharya, Swamy narayan as the margadayee .

 Uyya Ore Vazhi Udayavar Thiurvadi!

(only way for spiritual upliftment is to take refuge in Yathiraja Padhuka)

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 Adiyen Ramanuja dasan 

 Pictures courtesy : Google images uploaded by several devotees 

About Kazhiyur Varadan

Am seeker of true knowledge , aspiring to serve and share the divine pastimes of Lord and HIS devotees . Interested in meeting devotees and love traveling to all holy places . Major interest is to interact with devotees and be of some use to the world in spreading Lord's divine play . This blog is an attempt of knotting a garland of priceless pearls from Sri vaishnava Divya desam . .....Divya leelai .. .......and .Divyaanubhuthee shared by zillions of hari bhaktaas . Though Adiyen is neither competent or qualified in sharing this elixir of spiritual world , out of abundant mercy from asmath Acharyar His Holiness Sri Sri MudaliAnddan swamigal ,adiyen is attempting to reproduce the same which is done purely by the grace of AchAryar and the Lordships by hearing from various advanced devotees . Am like a bee collecting the nectar from sacred flowers and posting the same in this honey comb blog .. There can be few photographs which would have been uploaded from google images to practically have the feel of the holy place and be of some service to the devotees . In case the owner of the pictures /images, videos has any objections for this adiyen shall remove the same . If any of the images presented here violates copyright issues or infringes anyone copyright or are not under "Fair use" the same shall be removed ASAP . Anything erroneous in adiyens post is completely my fault/ignorance and anything noteworthy goes to the spiritual masters . Any faults are solely due to my poor understanding and seek pardon for my poor expression . All the divine pastimes shared are from the lectures and the ones shared by several advance devotees .All the compliments and praise belong to the great Spiritual masters for their mercy on adiyen ( your servant ) to share and re share in this blog to remain that bliss always ...... Seeking your blessings in this small service of sharing the divine posts .. Adiyen Ramanuja dasan Jai Sriman Narayana IMPORTANT 1) Spiritual Material posted in this blog are just for information purpose and for spreading awareness. Few divine pastimes which was shared in discourses and the holy place is being re shared which are subject to mistakes or discrepancies with time . So, kindly , don't be offensive and don't post any aggressive or illegitimate comments on the blogs due to the differences in opinions. 2) This blog may contain links to other sites through advertisement, user comments, articles. While Adiyen tries to link only to sites that are safe and secure, Adiyen am not responsible for the content or the privacy practices employed by other sites., since the linked site is not under the control of me, am not responsible for the contents of any linked site or contents of the links mentioned in the links site. Adiyen am providing this link just for informational and academic purposes only. 3) This blog may contain inaccurate, incorrect and clerical errors. Adiyen do not warrant nor assure the accuracy/correctness/completeness of the materials/articles or the reliability of any advice, opinion, comment or other information displayed or distributed through this blog . 4) We are in the service of spreading the divine pastimes of LORD and HIS devotees .Please correct adiyen in any shortcomings .
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5 Responses to SRI VISHNU LOKA MANI MANDAPA MARGADHYAYEE….. RAMANUJO VIJAYATE YATHIRAJA RAJA :

  1. madhavi devi says:

    satakoty dasohamulu swamy. chadivi anandinchi dhanyulamu ainamu. melkotey swamy varini darsinchinamu kani appudu paripurnata raledu. pramukhyata telisinataruvata anirvachaneeyamaina anubhutiki lonu ainamu. dhanyavadaulu swami.

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  2. Kazhiyur Varadan says:

    Reblogged this on kazhiyur varadan's web blog and commented:

    Our moksham guaranteed ……..Only with the sambandham of acharya – Swamy Ramanuja

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  3. A.R.Satyanarayan says:

    Very enlightened

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  4. G ANAND says:

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  5. SATYA GOPALAN says:

    Hari Om! Adiyen!
    Incredibly powerful post – As Adiyen travelled through, able to visualize Jagathacharya as Adiseshan, feeling more secured with least fear.Passion elevates to visit Thondanur! Uttered Dhatee Panchagam with Swamy – What a Divine Experience – forgetting the world for a moment – allwhile regretting that I was not born to be with the Satsangh when Ramanuja delivered his Upanyasam in Thondanur! Of course, satisfied with the conviction to reach the Goal set by Acharya with a desire to be reborn at his period in any birth-mysterious desire-unable to withhold – Such is the power of your article, Varadan!
    Ramanujadasan – Jai Sriman Narayana!

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