..  The divine incident when Lord accepts the Shankhu and Chakra from his dear devotee Swamy Ramanuja ………… Thirumalai-Appanukku Sanku-Aazhi alhiththa Acharya-perumaan Emberumaanaar Jaya Vijayee bhava.”

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“Srivaikunta Virakthaaya Swami Pushkarini Thatey

Ramaya Rama maanaya Venkatesaya mangalam”

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The above famous Mangala sloka  recited in every  temple and household glorifies the Lord of Seven Hills (Tirumala)  Lord Venkateshwara  as “ the  Lord   who out of deep love for his devotees vacated  Sri Vaikuntam along with Goddess  and  choose to  reside on the banks of Swami Pushkarini  in Tirumala ” the sacred hills which is also glorified  as Adivaraha kshetram.. (cluster of seven Hills )

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Various puranas describe  about the appearance of the Lord in the Seven Hills. Adiseshan with seven hoods is believed to have assumed the form of the Nallamalai hills for Lord’s ascent .

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Tirumala is considered to be the head of Adhisesha while Ahobilam is considered as the middle part and Srisailam as the tail of the adiseshan. An aerial view of the hills authenticate the shape of the hills in the form of a  divine snake.

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Those were the days when the famous king Thondaman Chakravarthy was ruling the  southern Kingdom  .  


The King a great devotee of the LORD VENKATESHWARA  ,he used to worship the LORD by reaching the Hills and engage himself in deep meditation at the inner sanctum of Tirumala temple . Most of the time he used to engage  himself in hearing about Lord’s divine  pastimes  from his advisors.  It is believed that there was a secret tunnel for the King to reach the holy abode during some emergencies for seeking solace .

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It was the  auspicious month of Purattasi .The King decided to spend the entire month at Tirumala conducting the Brahmotsavam festival   for the Lord as per Agamas with personnel supervision and  directions . The atmosphere was filled with devotional aura  with the King himself  supervising the grand festival  . The King used to enter the temple inner sanctum and engage in  deep meditation with the Lordships after the days festival  .He used to speak to the Lord for his guidance in conducting the festival in a grander manner .

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Hearing about the King’s  absence, the neighboring state kings decided to invade the Kingdom with the support of a mighty asura  simhanada . As the King was far away from the capital , they decided it was the right time to plunder the kingdom . In the absence of the King , the  armies fought a pitched battle but could not vanquish the enemies .  


Meanwhile an army general rushed to Tirumala to inform the King about the devastation .   On knowing about the actual scenario and the efforts taken by the army , the King Thondaman Chakravarthy ran up to the temple inner sanctum and  surrendered to Lord for his intervention . Firmly holding Lord’s lotus feet he cried for his help as the enemies who besieged the kingdom seemed mightier than his own  army .

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Lord  pleased with his devotion and unconditional  surrender  replied to his earnest prayer ..

My child …  Thondaman !

Dont panic .. …….. ……………….

.he ordered the divine weapons Shankhu and Chakra to take control of the situation .  Always ready to obey Lord’s command ,  the divine weapons rushed to the  battle spot and finished the task of eliminating the dreaded asuras and the enemies in fraction of few  seconds . This happened even before the Army generals  reached the battle field . 

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Once task  was accomplished the   weapons  once again returned back to the Lord  with utmost submission .

Now the Kingdom remained with no enemies .

Thondaiman Chakaravarthy amazed with the  ( divine weapons ) lightening happenings bowed down  and looking at Lord submitted ..

Oh Lord of Lords ! Am blessed to be graced by you with so much mercy on me .

Lord …I have a small prayer  to be  fulfilled.

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I beg your Highness not to show those divine weapons in your hand to the people of this world. I wish  that the coming generations  in this kaliyuga   know that your highness  had sent them to protect me and my kingdom. This  episode will inspire several devotees to surrender to your lotus feet  in the coming years thus making the world know how fortunate I was with your constant friendship.

The Lord smiled and said . ……

If that was your wish ……..Let that be so …..

and continued …

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My child !! In this Kali age ..the  devotees  would  offer a shrine and other paraphernalia  soon … and for your sake   I would definitely accept the Shanku and Chakra  them thus fulfilling your desire too .

Thus the famous emperor Thondaman whose birth had been prophesied in the Puranas  lived in the beginning  of Tirumala history . after the great King Vikramaditya I .Thus to make the people  in the world know this divine incident and make people in this world know he was ready to help his devotees ,Lord graced all of the devotees  by giving darshan without his divine weapons  ( Not able to see the weapons with the  mortal eyes )

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According to Brahmanda Purana the Lord’s appearance was known to the humans somewhere during the First Century. It was  SriRanganatha Yadavaraya after facing the troublesome period of Malik Kafur and Tuglaq invasion restored this grand  holy place .

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Those were the   troubled  times . The cruel Kali age held sway and thus people became indifferent to the duties  cast on them befitting their dharma and sadly the Kings too were prone to sinful acts .People became  hostile towards the sacred teachings of vedas . Few were aghast with true knowledge and with poor understanding started destroying temples targeting HARI  .   Modern  self proclaimed religions with self glorification of individuals  flourished which led to degeneration.

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Lord HARI out of abundant compassion to his children   called his most confidential Assistant who served LORD as a seat  a  bed..

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Lord spoke ……..

My dear Anantha

We are concerned for the happenings there in the other world

Azhwars have appeared and attempted to establish vedic dharma among st them but what I see is slow degeneration in the human kind…


I wish  you take this opportunity  to appear amongst them and establish vedic dharma so that my children realize their purpose of life .

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 Anantha ….. Please go and protect the dharma , vanquish those who are hostile to the vedas and the ones who misinterpret them . Go  !!  protect the dharma and restore the agamic methods of worship as of yore in our temples and establish the kingdom and the command of  us  for the benefit of man kind …

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And as per LORD’s command 4118 years from the advent of Kaliyuga Adishesha appeared at Sriperambadhoor  as Ramanuja .  He grew up into a great devotee of LORD and mastered Sanskrit and Tamil vedas . By the mercy of LORD he vanquished all the opposition and restored purity in the worship by traveling all over and preaching the essence of Vedic dharma .

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Those days  Tirumala was being ruled  by a  Yadava king . The vaikhanasa priests serving the Lord were very few . Due to unforeseen conditions  , they left Tirumala . The temple worship was now left to the available  priests  living around  Tirumala .

During the same  period the great Saiva saints Thirugyana sambandhar , Appar and Sundarar  had  glorified Paramasivan in their sweet compositions  at Thirupparankunram, Thiruvanmiyur , Kalahasthi and other nearby holy places around  Chitoor  but   omitted the reference to Tirumala…..( thus emphasising  Tirumala was a SriVaishnava shrine) .

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The  Saiva  Priests were asked to take over the  worshiping the Lord. The King knowing about the sudden disappearance of the Vaikhanasa priests appointed  the new priests to officiate the worship uninterruptedly .

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Slowly over a period of time the saivites impressed the King about the sacred Hills and  claimed that the Lord worshipped is Skanda  .They further emphasized that even the Pushkarini ( temple tank )  also carries the name Swamy Pushkarini . To make their stance clear ,  they provided the Vamana Purana quotes  . The King was  requested to permit them to carry out the temple  worship as per Saiva Agamas instead of Vaikanasa Agamas  .

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The King  was confused . As he had seen all his  predecesor kings  had continuously worshipped Tirumala Lordships  as per vaikanasa agamas , it was news for him to hear  about a different worship.  He called for a discussion amongst the elite scholars..

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Thirumalai nambi  the grandson of Yamunacharyar and the maternal uncle and preceptor of Swamy Ramanujar and Anantazhwan-the famous disciple of Swamy Ramanujar who were highly knowledgeable  could have refuted but realizing that Lord Srinivasar had a divine plan waited for   Swamy Ramanujar’s arrival. Lord Srinivasar too  wanted to have Ramanuja sambhandham and thus created this situation!!!!

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The elite scholars were also  very confused .Not being very competent to to establish their case in the royal court , the news was conveyed to Jagath Acharyar Swamy Ramanujar   who  was on a sojourn towards Northern  India for bringing the Bodhayana Vritti .

En route he took the road towards Varanaasi , Purushottama Kshetra , Srikurmam and reached Tirumala after coming to know about the worshipping practices .  Moreover, on the authority of the previous worship and practices the King was influenced to mark the place as a Saiva shrine .

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Swamy Ramanujar immediately took leave and reached Tirupathy. He met the Yadava King and blessed him . The King was wonder stuck with the emitting radiance from Swamy Ramanuja  .

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Swamy Ramanuja spoke ..My dear King !! I have come from Srirangam to remove the doubts and ignorance about the great great LORD here in Tirumala

Let all those men who created confusion  assemble here in your presence . We shall establish the divine truth and remove all the doubts  creeping them.

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The King was enlightened .He was thankful  to Acharyar for his kind words and intervention. The King announced about the Acharyars arrival and asked all the priests to assemble for detailed discussions .

The Priests came in huge numbers . Swamy Ramanujar along with few of his disciples were seated besides the King’s  throne .

The Priests were wonder stuck seeing Swamy Ramanuja’s radiance and the benevolent smile .  Swamy Ramanujar looked at the King and said . My dear King  ! Let the  doubts expressed by these men be put forth .

The King continued ,  My dear Priests ! We have among us most revered Acharyar who has specially arrived to clear the doubts and establish vedic dharma in our temple .Please submit your points for broader views about worshipping the LORD as per saiva Agamas instead of the existing Vaikanasa agamas.   

The royal court was packed with elite scholars and priests .

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One Priest arose and humbly submitted .

Oh ! King !! We  have authentic proofs  that Tirumala is a Saiva Kshetram and the Lord here is “Kumara swamy” . The Vamana Purana quotes that It was as per Paramasivan’s command Subramanya swamy meditated at the banks of Pushkarini on the highest truth . He was engaged in deep penance standing and appeared with a matted hair without wearing his weapons and hence we strongly admit the Lord here is Subramanya swamy himself  and as the deity is  without shankhu and Chakra he cannot be Mahavishnu .


 Also , the Lord wears a serpent band and worshiped with bilva leaves .Everything here proves this place to be a Saiva sthalam.

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Another Priest got up and said , Oh King !  Also .. In the  4000 divya prabhandam   Pey Azhwar glorifies Lord here as below…..

oN mazhuvum  ….. chakkaramum  …..

sUzh aravum  …..  pon nANum…… 

thOndRum  mAL……………………………………..

   Azhwar  means  LORD is  having  a jadai ( matted lock of hairs )  associated with Paramasivan ,  and the mazhu ( a weapon  Paramasivan carries )  the ornaments Nagabharanam and then the golden waist thread . Thus this description addresses Lord in  the  form  of  Paramasivan   .

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All of us in one voice proclaim this is a saiva kshetra ..Please allow us to worship the Lord as per Saiva agamas .

Swamy Ramanuja smiled at his speech and patiently listened to  all of them  speak in full.  The King was patiently  was awaiting for Swamy Ramanuja to reply .

After all of them raised several doubts and claimed their stance…..

Swamy Ramanuja replied … My dear children  !   We shall take the same  Vamana Purana,   for reference ….  In 2nd chapter , Skanda asks Paramasivan ,  Father !! which is holiest place where the sacred waters flow that  would  wash away the brahmahatti dosha gained   by me due to killing of Tarakasura.

 

Also  in the  same  chapter,  Paramasivan  replies to Skanda that  the holiest place on earth is Thiruvenkatam ( Tirumala)  as Siddhars and Rishis constantly do penance and this the Holiest place where Lord Narayana resides as Adhivaraha.   My son ! Lord reveals himself along with Goddess Mahalakshmi in this holy abode . And thus this place is glorifies as Varaha Kshetra . And my son ,  the holiest mantra is  Sri Vishnu Rama taraka mantra .

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Swamy Ramanuja continued …

Swamy Pushkarini means the holy tank which is Lord of all the tanks indicating its superiority . Skanda performed penance near this holy tank 

Kon is       LORD and        eri is   tank

In Varaha Purana Lord Varaha states Bhumadevi that Swami Pushkarini is the chief among all the theerthas .

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(  it  is said that Saraswati devi the chief of all the holy rivers  once requested Lord that all the  three and half crores of holy waters  pray her for their purification to get rid of the acquired sins caused due to the people taking a bath   . Lord advised her that let all the waters come here to Adhi Varaha Kshetra  for their purification …

 

She continued ..Oh Lord !   In that case ….Please permit  me to advise them to do the same at the holy waters in Tirumala to cleanse themselves and those waters which approach you at dawn on Shukla Paksha dwadasi during the month of Margazhee ( Dec – Jan ) may  become yours   always  . They will anoint and crown you as their chief

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My children ……This tank had appeared from Sri Vaikuntam . There are so many holy streams  Kapila , Jabali , Kumara  and many more  around the sacred hills .

The  Azhwar’s divine  verse emphasizes something very transcendental

Azhwar describes LORD having  a jadai ( matted lock of hairs ) usually associated with Paramasivan , and says Neela mudi ( associated to Lord Sri Hari )  and the long crown a clear indication of Lord Hari  and then the mazhu ( a weapon  Paramasivan carries ) and then Chakaram the discuss and the ornaments Nagabharanam and then the golden waist thread .

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Thus this description addresses Lord in both the forms of Sankara  and Sriman Narayana  . Elders perspective on this poetic verse is   Azhwar’s a special art in combining that which is different and cannot be joined .The opposites are made to look as one .. ….

 Dear King …!!!  In the Supreme LORD’s body , a place is assigned to Paramasivan in the same manner as his naval is assigned to Chaturmukha Brahma and the bosom is assigned to Goddess Maha lakshmee.

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Dear King !!! the Lord here glows with chaturbhuja and there are  several  Lord Vishnu Temples where the  the deity  Lord Vishnu  does not exhibit  Sanku and Chakra…(Udupi, Poori, Dwaraka etc) and hence he is not skanda as  the same Vamana Purana cities mentions that Skanda as per Paramasivas instructions left to Tirumala carrying his weapons for  meditation . 


My dear King !! Before the Lord  of Lord’s arrived here,  this great Varaha Kshetra was most opted by all devas who did severe penance to realise LORD as  initially Brahma Siva Indira Vayu . Rishis  Gandharvas Yakshas did severe penance to the LORD . Vamana Purana clearly states the appearance of Lord Varaha .

Swamy Ramanujar continued ..

My dear King !! the ultimate authority is vedas  which is eternal / faultless not authored by any person and not subjected to the limitations of the author , declare that this VENKATACHALA is the abode of Mahavishnu alone ..

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Swamy Ramanuja continued   . Varaha Purana  chapter 15  part 1  states Brahma  feasted his eyes with Lord Sreenivasar’s darshan with chaturbhuja.


 Chapter 10 of Padma Purana mentions ” Lord arrived with chaturbhujaas  two holding the divine discus and the conch , with varada hastha another pointing to his  lotus feet ready to grant boons . It  is also mentioned about the srivatsa mark on  Lord’s  chest , kausthuba , vanamala and Vyjayanthee

Chapter 63 of Garuda Purana states that the most fortunate Arundhathee worshipped LORD herein this sacred hills


In the Brahmanada purana chapter 9 , the chozha King Chakravarthy describes LORD  as dark cloud and  has a nestling place for Sri with the mole Srivatsa shining like a jewel on HIS chest holding  two hands aloft carrying the divine weapons .

And as for Skanda the great devotee of LORD , he is ever resident in the region of the kumara dhara in this sacred hills and  he visits the banks frequently and worships the LORD……


And dear King                 

  the Bilva leaves are dear to Lakshmee .. the sloka

adityavarney tapasotijato vanaspatistava vrikshota bilvaha ..

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Oh Sree with a crimson brilliance like the sun by your wish the bilva tree great among trees became very auspicious . For this reason one of the 108 names of Mahalakshmi is Bilvanilaya and it is stated the Archana with bilva nd tulasi leaves is done during Margaseersha month in the early hours  .

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Swamy Ramanujar elucidated his stance further  by quoting various pasurams from Naalayira divyaprabhandham glorified by Azhwars who appeared during 2 nd century to 6 th century who visualized the Lord as Vishnu holding Sankhu and Chakram. Among 12 azhwars, 10 azhwars have glorified this Lord in 202 pasurams.


He referred to Kulasekara Azhwar ‘s pasuram in Peria Thirumozhi where Azhwar dedicated 10 pasurams to Lord Thiruvengadamudaiyan. In the fourth set of ten pasurams (pasuram 677) , he refers to the Lord as the one who is holding Sankhu in HIS left hand “kooneru sangam idathaan….”

Andal refers to the Lord of Tirumala as the one holding Sankhu in HIS left hand in the very first pasuram of Naachiyar Thirumozhi

“Thaiyoru thingkaLum tharai viLakkith *

thaN maNdalamittu mAsi munnAL *

aiya nuNmaNaR koNdu theruvaNindhu *

azhaginukku alangkariththu anangka dhEvA!

** uyyavumAngkolO enRu solli *

unnaiyum umbiyaiyum thozhudhEn *

veyyadhOr thazhal umizh chakkarak kai * vEngkadavaRku

ennai vidhikkiRRiyE “


She has dedicated the first pasuram to the Lord of Thiruvengadam(vengadavarku ennai….) as the

Lord who is holding Sankhu and Chakram . Nammazhwar has referred to this Lord in all his prabhandams. In Thiruvaimozhi, third decad (3-2)

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“Ozhivil kaalam ellam….”,

In “Kundram Endhi kulir mazhi kaathavan… pasuram”,

Azhwar refers to the incident where the Lord who uplifted the goverdhana mountain to protect the folks from torrential rains,the one who measured the whole world with HIS steps , has now come to Thiruvengadam 


In pasuram 3326 , Nammazhwar in sixth decad of Thiruvaimozhi addresses the Lord as the one who has Sridevi on His chest who is inseparable from HIM”Agalagilene Iraiyum Endru….” clearly emphasizing that it is Lord Vishnu who gives darshan in Thiruvengadam and who is the sole refuge for us to get liberation. In these set of 10 pasurams, Azhwar surrenders to the lotus feet of the Lord to attain salvation.


Pey Azhwar visualized the Lord as siva- Vishnu swaroopam in Moondram Thiruvandhaadhi

“Thaazh  sadaiyum, pOn mavuzhum…..”

as ParamaShivan is also part of Vishwaroopam .

Thirumazhisai Azhwar has clearly mentioned in one verse 

Naangam Thiruvandhaadhi” Narayanan  Naanmuganai padaithaan……

He says that Lord Narayanan created the four faced Brahma who in turn created Siva, Indra and other demigods…

So, this clearly proves that Lord  Maha Vishnu is the Lord of the Universe.

The Lord is known as “Eswaran” in a broader sense as the Lord of the Universe and does not mean Siva here . As HE wipes out all the accumulated sins(Vem), HE is addressed as Venkateswaran. The Viswaroopam of the Lord shown to Arjuna during Mahabharatam was also taken as a reference wherein the Lord proved that Shiva and other demigods were part of HIM.


Thus by quoting various references from Brahmanda puranam, Paadma puranam and azhwars pasurams, Swamy Ramanujar clearly established the fact that this Lord is Vishnu swaroopam. The king was convinced and submitted himself to Swamy Ramanujar.

However, the ignorant  priests   expressed Swamy Ramanujar has thrown a spell on them and  thus they could not debate with him.

 Swamy Ramanuja  concluded the debate  with this sloka 

Araayee kaaney Vikatery girim  gachha sadanvey

Sirim  bitasya satvabhi thebhishtwa chaathayaamasee

This is a Rig Veda mantra .. which says this is a vedic mountain

A jeevatma desirous of various fruits like dharma , artha kama  and moksha is taught of the means to attain the desired fruit ..

Oh Jeeva ..twayee aaraaye sati ..

If you are devoid of wealth of this or other worlds

twayi kaane ..sati..

If you are devoid of insight or physical sight ,

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If you are prevented  by obstacles  hindering your realisations Srimibitasya gireem gacha  reach the holy mountains of  Lord Venkatesa and in order to be freed from the above mentioned ills 

twa tebhih sirimbitam chatayamasi ..

meaning amongst the devotees worship the divine LORD

The purport …

When you suffer from the difficulties outlines , seek the company of Lord’s devotees reach the Hills and then pray for deliverance as per veda  Since the vedic formula explicitly asks people to go to the sacred hills of Lord Sreenivasa and approach Lord and in his company of devotees .

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Thus the darkness was dispelled by the aura of swamy Ramanuja ..

Oh King !! These criteria irrefutably establishes that  Lord of Lords ..Sriman Narayana is showering his grace at this place 

The King was wonder stuck  at the cogent arguments presented by Swamy Ramanuja which the learned pundits could not digest . However  much more had to happen as per the divine plan .

The King profusely submitted……

Oh Respected sage .. You have refuted the  opponents and established your views with vedic proofs soundly . The devil of doubts accumulated due to these pundits made me confused .

I am fully convinced .However  I  beg to pray your holiness if you could kindly agree to prove by some means to the satisfaction of the common man as well as the several generations hereafter Lord here is  Venkateshwara himself..

Please accept my request to refute the statements of all these learned men ..

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Hearing the King’s plea .. Swamy Ramanuja smiled and said this was Lords  divine plan may be…………

as stated  in the Brahmanda Purana Chapter 11 ,  Lord  who had vowed to accept his weapons designed on earth  was keen to fulfill the wish of his devotee  and there would be no reason for Lord to deny  now ..

Lord is fond of his devotees and he would definitely concede our request always

Swamy Ramanuja said ……Oh King !! Please listen ..As per your desire ….

Let us place the unique weapons of Lord the divine discus  and the conch .

Let  the pundits  place the unique weapons pasam and ankusam and allow

LORD himself to decide .

The King was extremely happy and agreed immediately to the  Acharyar’s  plan.

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 Acharyar Ramanuja submitted to the Glorious Lord …….

…”Hail  Lord Venkatakrishna,  We understand very well that you are the Krishna here… even though not exhibiting your Divya-Ayudhas Sanku and Chakra.

 

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Contrarily   Oh Lord !  here  at Tirumala  you have to grace us with your  darshan

…we want to recite prayers as well as worship accordingly, with your guidance .

So …Oh Lord !!!!   please let us know… whether you want us to pray as Sankara-Narayarana or Viswaroopa-Krishna as you showed yourselves to Arjuna as the Unified form of all Vedic Gods within one Vishnu the Supreme Lord….

 Lord !!!!


If You are Sankara Narayana…  please adore the  Trishula and damaruka  .By this we will hand over this temple to Saivites…and …similar to all the other Sankara-Narayana temples in the Saivites domain, the worship shall be followed

And Lord !!!!

 if you grace us  in the Viswaroopa Krishna  darshan … then please accept the Sanku and Chakra…

…and show to your devotees as the constant and eternal proof of authenticity… giving the least room for even a trace of doubt nor complication ever in future.

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So we all your devotees of both the sects as Saivites and Vaishnavites are placing before you… both these pairs of options… leaving to your discretion.

Please shower your mercy by showing openly to all the devotees… not only the present… but also the posterity….

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Thus JagathAcharyar Swamy  Ramanuja  impartially spoke out… in the presence of the Saivites as well as the Thondai-mandala Raja,  the King …and left out the Sannidhi.

The divine weapons were placed in the sanctum and locked  .

The next day , all the devotees assembled . While the Sannidhi door was opened in  the presence of the King  and the Pontiffs  and both the Saivites and Vaishnavites…

 

All of them sang ..

How wonderful !!     How  wonderful !!     How majestic …

 

 Our Lord who is on the sacred Hills which is bathed by the great mountain streams surrounding the holy place on all sides shower his graceful looks along with the divine abharanams shankhu .chakraa …

 

..they all were convinced that it is Lord Venkata-Krishna… since he had chosen to adore  Shanka and Chakra…

Swamy  Ramanuja’s joy knew no bounds .His eyes streaming with tears of delight at the miraculous event  thanking Lord for his mercy  fell flat like an uprooted tree …

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Swamy Ramanujacharya  submitted to   Lord Venkateswara to  clarify openly to all… as to what does it indicate.

Then by Asareeri voice…  Lord Venkateswara declared openly

“Oh ……Ramanuja, my Acharya I am your Student  now …

 

You are my  Acharya because you have taught and enlightened me as to what is the best form undisputable exposition during Kaliyuga…

Besides, for one more reason too, I honour you as my Acharyar .

.. You are my Acharya because you have performed Samashrayanam to me by giving me Shanka and Chakra…

 

The King was overjoyed .He rushed towards  Swamy Ramanuja and obediently bowed his head and pleaded the Acharyar to take over the temple administration . Swamy Ramanuja remained in Tirumala and supervised the Mahasamprokshanam ceremonies as per Sri Vaikhanasa agamas and arranged uninteruptted daily worship to the Lord .

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Swamy Ramanujar was thus  instrumental in offering Sankhu and Chakram to the Lord. To avoid such incidents in future, Swamy Ramanujar instructed  his dearest disciple Swamy Ananathazhwan to make a kavacham for the sankhu and chakram submitted  by Ramanujar.  The original sankhu chakram  offered  by Swamy Ramanujar  was later on covered by  another kavacham by  Swamy Anantazhwan form an integral part of the Lordships and are never removed. 


Swamy Ramanujar reinstated the various practices as per Vaiganasa Agamam and all rituals  is performed as per Vaikhanasa agama. He was instrumental in renovating the temple. It is stated in Varaha Puranam 7 th canto, that Vyuha lakshmi- Mahalakshmi seated on lotus in Padmasanam with two hands on Perumal’s chest is very dear to the Lord. So, Swamy Ramanujar arranged for a Lakshmi haaram and adorned the same to Perumal on Shukla Paksha Dwadasi on a Friday in the month of Panguni when it coincided with Thayar’s thirunakshatiram-Uttaram.

During  Abhishekam   to Lordships on Fridays, when the Lakshmi haaram had to be removed for giving separate  Abhishekam  to  Goddess (Thayar) , he ordered  recitation of Naachiyar Thirumozhi which emphasizes Thayar’s craving for reunion with the Lord to be recited .


Namperumal, Varadarajar, Srinivasar, Thirukurungudi Nambi , Andal have all expressed their association with Swamy Ramanujar.

Namperumal made Swamy Ramanujar as the incharge of ubhaya vibhuthis- nitya vibhuti(Vaikuntam) and Leela vibhuti(material world) and conferred the right to grant moksham  to mortal beings .

Lord Varadarajar declared to Thirukachi nambigal that all those who had Ramanuja sambhandam would be granted moksha

Andal came out of the moolasthanam  at  her srivalliputhoor and greeted Ramanujar as “Anna”.

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Saraswati-the goddess of learning  pleased with the commentary given by Ramanujar inSribhasyam for Brahmasutras addressed him as “Bhashyakaarar”.

Swamy Ramanujar is glorified  by this name in  Tirumala ( Thiruvengadam).


Lord Thirukurungudi nambi chose to be Swamy Ramanujar’s disciple by getting mantropadesam and Urdhva pundra dhaaranam by Swamy Ramanujar (the two samskarams which are done during samasrayanam)

Lord Srinivasar chose to get sankhu and chakram from Swamy Ramanujar and thus enacted this beautiful leela.

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Lord Venkatesa adorned the sankhu and chakram by Swamy Ramanujar and thus established Ramanuja sambhandham. Lord Srinivasa also bestowed the special privilege of having sannidhi for his acharyar, Ramanujar in the temple precincts. It may be observed that there is no Azhwar or Acharyar sannidhi within Tirumala temple except Swamy Ramanujar. Also, it may be noted that Ramanujar sannidhi is in an elevated position as he is the acharyar for our Gitacharyar “Lord Srinivasar”.

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The  practice of worship LORD at Tirumala starts at Swamy Ramanujar’s sannidhee. The Guruparampara account reveals that the shrine  for Swamy Ramanuja  at Tirumala opposite to the present Hundi  was constructed by Pillai Thirumala Nambi worshipped as  Bhashyakarar Sanithee.

 

It is believed the worship of the great Lord  is done with the guidance of Swamy Ramanuja even today . This can be observed during Saatrumarai seva. Also, Lord conceded Anantazhwan’s request to give special status to glorification of Swamy Ramanuja in the pasurams ” Ramanuja Nootrandhadhi-” the  wonderful composition comprising of 108 pasurams on  Jagath Acharyar Swamy Ramanujar composed by Thiruvarangathu Amudanar .

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During adhyayana utsavam performed during Maargazhi month(Dec-Jan), the Lord listens exclusively to Ramanuja Nootrandhadhi on the last day.

Hail to Swamy Ramanujar !!

This incident is reflected in Ramanuja Gattiyam which is usually recited during Thirumanjanam for  our dear Jagadacharyar

“APPANUKU SANKHU AAZHI ALITHAAN VAAZHIYE”….

The great saint poet Annamaya  of Tirumala in one of his sweet  composition sings about the  glory of  LORD  VENKATESHWARA which is truly divine …..

Oh Lord! Your devotees visualize You in many ways. They want to see You in different forms and ways. However, the deeper one’s heart envisions You, the more shallower is Your grace felt!

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Vaishnavites assume and believe You profoundly to be Lord Vishnu;
Vedantis envisage You as the ‘Supreme Lord’ or ‘Parambrahma’;
ShAivites and some others deem You as Lord Shiva;
Kaumalikas pray and revere You as Adi Bhairava;
Shaaktheyas presume You to be the incarnation of Shakthi;
You bless all of them in the form they desire You to be in !!

 

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 In this way, Your devotees revere and prostrate before You, giving you the form and shape they wish to see You in.

 To those devotees who see You in the tiniest form, You are the tiniest to them;
Likewise, those who revere you with high esteem, You are the greatest and all-in-all for them.

There is no dearth of anything in this world if only YOU  are beside me!

 Just as a lotus plant creeps all over the span of water (in a pond/lake/river or wherever it is) leaving no space for anything else,

Just as the wells around the great Bhagirathi river never dry up (because the wells are always fed with water from this river beside)

hathirraaaam

(    I pray to You,     Oh Lord!        Please be beside me!     )
If YOU are the Lord incarnated on the Venkatadri mount, YOU are bound to be by my side!
It is You, Oh Lord, who have made me to become Your devotee;
It is You, Oh Lord, who have knocked my doors ~ only to grant me the Protective asylum under Your Lotus Feet;
You are the ONE who enlightened me;
This is the eternal bliss for me!
This is the Para-Tattvam for me!
This is my moksha-marga (and salvation)!

thyagarajaa

 Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

Pics credits : Google images

The experts taken from Sri Venketeshwara Ithihasa mala by Swamy Anantharaya.

 

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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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2 Responses to ..  The divine incident when Lord accepts the Shankhu and Chakra from his dear devotee Swamy Ramanuja ………… Thirumalai-Appanukku Sanku-Aazhi alhiththa Acharya-perumaan Emberumaanaar Jaya Vijayee bhava.”

  1. R.Raghuraman says:

    Thank you very much. Enjoyed reading.

    Sent from my iPad

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  2. SATYA GOPALAN says:

    Hari Om!
    Total BLISS IMMORTALITY SUPREME ADDICTION…….Words falter grips down, In Amudanar’s words, ” Unnai pugalnthal adu Thalvae….” Varadan, Perumal has Granted you such a Gift as to elevate each Bhakta to unknown heights. Next visit to Tirumala will indeed be the most Blessed Samarpanam to Lord Venkateshwara having gained all these knowledge!

    Adiyen Ramanuja Dasan, Jai Sriman Narayana!

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