Kaisika Ekadesi and the most advanced devotee Nampaaduvaan

 A  true seeker of LORD will  always respect the devotees of Lord .  He never distinguishes about their birth and caste in seeking their association  . A devotees glory  can be seen with  that deep  knowledge and  practices  which takes them nearer to LORD .   It will be a boon serving such advanced devotees .


The most advanced devotee Nampaaduvaan sang in praise of  Lord Thirukkurungudi Nambi   at Thirukkurungudi temple .  He submitted  the fruit of the punya earned by him  to a brahmin turned BrahmaRakshasa  SomaSharma and  thus converted him back into a Brahmin. 


   The  Uttana Ekadasi  glorifies this divine pastime which happened few hundred years ago near a remote village Thirukurungudi  which is briefed in the next few lines .


 Of the Ekadasi marking the annual calendar, the interval  between the Sayana and the utthana ekadasi  represents the span of yoga nidra (cosmic slumber) of Lord  Sriman Narayana  .


 This  shukla paksha Ekadasi  during the  karthika  month is celebrated as Uttana Ekadasi  / kaisika ekadasi when   Lord  wakes up from his  yoga nidra on this day after the  chathurmasyam period .


 Kaisika Ekadesi is a very important day for all Sri Vaishnavites . As per Elders ,even Vaikunta Ekadesi festival stands next to this glorious day . Kaisika Ekadesi is celebrated during the Tamil month of Karthigai ( December ) which precedes Vaikunta Ekadesi.



The belief that those who undertake fast and recite / listen to the Kaisika Puraanam on the Kaisika Ekadesi day, are said to be fortunate devotees . 

The word kaisikam  means swaram  .

This kaiSiki raga, is favorite to Lord  as per the  Srivaraha puranam. The divine message behind the auspicious day reverberates the fact that caste is not a hindrance in attaining LORD and true bhakthi alone is enough.


 Lord varaha Perumal  explains to Mother Sri Bhumidevi the greatness of those devotees who  glorify him unconditionally without possessing any knowledge but just devotion and love towards  HIM .


  Lord  assures  that such a  devotees  even if they go to other planets , they  would not think of the pleasures in such places  and  instead  keep singing deeply moved in   the mood of just glorifying HIM alone thus  eventually they  acquire  HIM without any doubt.




This divine pastime happened in the beautiful  Sri vaishnava divyadesam of Thirukurungudi where Lord appeared as  vaduganambi the close disciple of JagathAcharyar Swamy Ramanuja in a divine pastime appended below……



Once there lived a advanced   devotee  Nambaduvaan  who was born in the fourth varna .   ( Swamy Parasara bhattar aptly names this pious soul as nampaduvan since the purana does not speak about the devotees name . May be Acharyar wanted an appropriate prefix to represent the great avatara purushas like Swamy Nammazhwar , swamy Nampillai , Swamy Nam Jeeyar )


He was a great devotee of  Lord  Kurungudi Nambi.  Every night, he would walk several miles to the Thiru Kurungudi Nambi temple and with utmost devotion  for hours together would stand before the Lord  with  his  Veena  and  glorify the Lord  with his ballads  and before dawn, he would go back to his place, so no one noticed his presence at the temple. This was his daily routine This almost happened for about ten years


 Once during the month of Karthigai ( November- December ) month  Nambaduvaan left to Lord Kurungudi nambi temple to observe his  Ekadasi fast and glorify the LORD  as done earlier.  As he was  passing  in the dark night through the village    he was way laid by a Brahmarakshasa on the way to temple.


The Rakshasa  was looking very fearful and demanded its share of food  and threatened him . Nambaduvaan  was shocked. He  pleaded with Brahmarakshasu that, he would return back soon after his austerity is done  with  the   last darshan of Lord ThiruKurungudi Nambi.


  The Rakshasa was not prepared to believe him  . Nambaaduvan  pleaded the  Raakshasha to allow him to go to the temple for a night which may be his last , so he could sing praise of the Lord one last time and that he would come back in the morning for the Raakshasha to consume him.


The Raakshasha laughed out stating no one in this world would be foolish enough to let go a handy prey. Wanting to meet the Lord one last time, Nambaaduvan requested the Raakshasha several times.


  Finally he submits  with all humility that he will accrue the related sins  mentioned below in case he ignores the promises  .


Nambaaduvan now clearly  makes those  18  such promises that night  and states that if he fails even in one of those 18 promises, he will be a party to committing of  all these 17 deadly  sins.


The 18th promise of Nambaaduvan is the essence of the Kaisika Puraanam and the reason why Kaisika Ekadesi and Kaisika Puraanam are most important to a Sri Vaishnavite is revealed in this statement

Nambaaduvan says

“If one ever tries equating Lord Sriman Naarayana to anyone else in this world, I will be a party to that biggest sin And  may I  never get Moksham from this cycle of births”


This promise reinforces the belief that ….

Lord Naarayana  is  the one and only supreme force  and   is incomparable.  …….

This bold statement by Nampaduvan instills faith in the rakshasa about his sincerity . The Rakshasa  says  Oh ! Nampaduvana  !!!

None would dare to say this .

Anyway ,  I believe on you, and shall wait till  you  return.

jai jai

Nambaduvaan  glad that he was allowed , happily marches to Sri Kurungudi temple, observes his jAkratha vratham , glorifies LORD with his songs for the last time and thanks HIM for his mercy seva for almost 10 years  .


The next  day Nambaduvaan  walks  back to submit  himself to  the Brahmarakshasa as   promised  .  Lord ThiruKurungudi Nambi out of abundant compassion comes before him dressed as an old man  (Nambi kizhavan  ) .


He asks him why is he was  returning  in such a hurry ? Nambaduvaan explains about the incident. LORD advises Nambaduvaan to take another path to escape from the Brahmarakshasa .  Nampaduvan    tells him about the  18th promise  and being a devotee of LORD he does not want to loose that identity in befooling the Rakshasa


The old man replies  “It’s usual in this world to save one’s own life from an enemy, one can promise on various things, but it’s not necessary to fulfill all those vows”.

Nambaduvaan replies that he would stand on Dharma being LORDs devotee and accepts whatsever comes on the way instead of this diminishing life .

Lord Thirukurugur Nambi is pleased with his devotion and blesses Nambaduvaan.


Now as decided Nambaduvaan meets Brahmarakshasa as promised and submits himself to consume him. The Brahmarakshasu is shocked with Nambaduvaan’s humility and requests Nambaduvaan to bestow the punya credited by his songs on LORD which he sang last evening .



Nambaaduvaan states that his glorifying the LORD was not done with any motive. The Rakshasa pleads him to at least credit his punya he got from the songs he sung last night .  Finally the Rakshasa falls at Nampaduvan’s feet pleading him .   Later with further openness the Rakshasa reveals that previous birth he was a   Brahmin vidwan Soma Sarma  and used to conduct Yaagams  ( Havans ) . Due to his arrogance of considering himself as the all knowing, he committed many sins including not completing a Yaagam.


Hence, he had to take the ugly form in this birth.

Hearing the pleas of the Brahmarakshasa, Nambaduvan again says that he never glorified LORD with any motive . But , still he shall pray LORD Thirukurungudi Nambhi to releive him  from all his sins. LORD gives the merit of the last song  and relieves Brahma Rakshasa of its sins.


This divine pastime strongly reiterates that true bhakthi is enough to attain Him and caste of a person is totally insignificant.

Kaisika Puranam, is a part of  Sri Varaha Puraanam and comprises  of several hundred slokas which  glorify  Lord Narayana as the ultimate supreme .


Thiru Kurungkudi is said to be the home to the Sri Vaishnava tradition of ‘Kaisika Ekadesi’ and Kaisika Natakam (drama) worship of the Lord through dance, music and drama is a special event at the Thiru Kurungudi Nambi temple .

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On the Kaisika Ekadesi day  an event that dates back several hundred years is enacted .    There is a mandapam known as Kaisikga Mahatmyam mandapam where Perumal along with naachiyars, azhwars and acharyars give darshan.


  Just  ten  days before this event , the temple servant  who  is  all around in charge of the temple premises and  another two persons  belonging to devadasi vamsam take the blessings of Nambi perumal , undertake a  (vow ) vratham, and are given coconut as prasadam.  They stay in seclusion beside the sannidhi for 10 days, cook food offer it to Perumal and partake the prasadam for 10 days. 


On ekadasi night, they once again take Perumal’s blessings, take the  brahmarakshas’s mask  which is kept behind Perumal and the person acting as brahmarakshas is adorned with the mask .  The drama is enacted amidst the august gathering all through the night till the early hours next day.  Later in the evening, Lord  gives darshan on Garudan.


At  Srirangam , on this day Lord Namperumal is offered 365 dresses and later in the night, descendants of Sri Parasara bhattar read out kaisika puranam along with bhattars commentary.  After this, purapadu of namperumal takes place .


Elders   command that  ” Even if one is born in a  lower caste and still  follows  the Nine  types of  devotional service  and  surrenders to  Lord unconditionally , He automatically  gets   liberated . He  becomes  a scholar by word and deed because of Lord’s mercy on him.  Consuming the devotees  Sripada Theertham is a great blessing  and  serving him is most pleasing to LORD   . Many  incidents appended below  reveal this important lesson for a devotee to progress in spiritual world.



The great devotee Guha  was accepted by  Lord Rama as  his own brother .  Lord Krishna preferred  to stay with  Vidhura to anyother when He came as a messenger  to meet the kauravas .Though  he had many friends and Elders  he preferred Vidhura .  Hence status is no criteria to decide one’s BhagavadSambandham.


Lord Rama left Ayodhya  the land of the learned  scholars to join with the innocent  monkeys and embrace Hanumanji  lovingly and accepted  Sugriva and Vibhishana as His Brothers. The sacred funeral of Vidhurar was done by Dharma putra,  Jatayu by  Lord Rama and Maraneri nambi by Periya nambi .


In the Rajasooya yaga the Agrapooja was done to a  gopala  by name – Krishna. At Thirupuliyur, the Priests  performed Agrapooja to Thirumazhisai Aazhwar who was brought up by a woodcutter.  Kurumbarutha Nambi was  a  great devotee at Thirumala(Pushpa Mandapam) was worshipped and reverred by a great king and Kshatriya  Thondaiman Chakravarthy.


JagathAcharyar Swamy  Ramanujacharya learnt  from Sri Thiru Kachhi nambi who alone was able to talk to Lord Varadar  at Kanchi. At Srirangam the temple  priest Lokasaranga carried Thirupannazhwar on his shoulders into the temple sanctorum .

 During Thiruvaradhanam, Swamy  Ramanujar  used to hold the hands of Sripillai Urangavilli Dasar as Kayasuddhi. After Thiruvaradhanam, Sri Nampillai used to receive Prasadam from Pillai Eru Thiruvudaiya Dasar.

During Graha Pravesha, Sri Vadakku thiruveedi Pillai asked Sri Pillai Ramanuja Dasar to enter His house first.

 Our  Poorvacharyars have written commentary on Vishnu Puranam and Kaisika Puranam only.  Vishnu puranam by Engalzwan and Kaisika Puranam by  Swamy  Parasara bhattar.

 Swamy Paraasara Bhattar had presented a   wonderful commentary for the entire Kaisika Puraanam .


This Divya Desam is located about 30 kms South East of Tirunelveli and near Nanguneri . One can have darisanam of all the  Five temples of Nambi Perumal.

All glories to the devotees who are attending the great festival at this Holy place on November  30th , 2017 .

Adiyen Ramanuja dasan


Pics credits : Google images

video credits : Advanced devotees who attended this seva.


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 Kaisika Ekadesi and the most advanced devotee Nampaaduvaan

  1. Kazhiyur Varadan says:

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

    The Uttana Ekadasi glorifies this divine pastime which happened few hundred years ago near a remote village Thirukurungudi which is briefed in the next few lines . Kaisika Ekadesi is a very important day for all Sri Vaishnavites . As per Elders ,even Vaikunta Ekadesi festival stands next to this glorious day . Kaisika Ekadesi is celebrated during the Tamil month of Karthigai ( December ) which precedes Vaikunta Ekadesi.


  2. Aasoori Mukundan says:

    Superb. He is the omnipotent and omnipresent. With utmost faith and with unconditional surrender to his lotus feet will relieve from the samsara. Adyein Ramunja dasan.

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  3. Sarayu Ramaswamy says:

    Amazing , so inspiring and so informative. The exposition of the the details pertaining to the significance, history of the Kaisika Ekadesi is simply Superb. It is heartening to know that the real characteristic of a true devotee is total sharanagathi and not the caste in which he is born. It also underlines the fact that The Karuna Sagara EMPERUMAN arrives at the right time to save his devotees. I am just speech less with wonder . The pictures to full justice to the noble content of the write up. All my admiration and compliments.

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  4. shanthisethuraman says:

    Thanks a lot for Kaisika Ekadesi Puranam. In our side, the Shawl will be covered to Perumal. Later it will be distributed to the devotees who wants to use it. Then they will tell the story Kasika Puranam. Fasting is not possible to all so the chanting Bhagavan nama will be enough for the people who couldn’t follow the fasting. As mentioned above Bhakthi is more vital than Fasting.

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  5. SATYA GOPALAN says:

    Hari Om!
    How Blessed Adiyen feel to go through Kaisika Puranam & then to observe Kaisika Ekadesi tomorrow! What A Great SOUL Nampaduvan! How many examples & minute explanations which can be elicited only by a Spiritual Soul like Varadan!
    Adiyen – Ramanuja Dasan – Jai Sriman Narayana!

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