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.
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 ….
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..
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 ….
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
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 .
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 ..
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 ……sixth …..
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…
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 seeking pardon …
.Such was the greatness of both the Azhagiyasingars ..the Acharyar and Azhagiyasingar Lord Lakshminarasimha deva ..
Adiyen Ramanuja dasan
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