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2008

DARSANAM
Feb
2008
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The eMagazine for learning Sri Ramanuja darsanam following the teachings
of Swami Vedanta Desikan.
Tamil
Sarvajith
Year
Tamil
Masi
month

SARVAJITH
MASI MONTH
2/13/2008
The Srivaishnavaite gathering in Oman has grown in numbers since the early eighties
which started as a small group which got together on the occasion of every Sravanam,
(it was known as “Sravana Goshti” in those days) to recite Swami Desikan’s strotramala
and Desika Prabandam. It was a family affair with the whole family participating
conducted in one of the residences and lasting about 2 hours which co ncluded with a
short discourse or a personal experience of some one in the gathering as to his
anubhavam of the pasuram or a strotramala. With the passage of time the awakening
of our Sampradayam is much more than when we started and there is a real interest
among the Srivaishnavites to learn more about our Acharayan which is really
heartening. For someone like me who has been in this wonderful country for over 3
decades nothing is more satisfying than seeing people like Shri Govindarajan and P.V.
Ananathan, Srikanath, Sriram, Venkatesan, Ravindran, Vijayanarayan and others taking
interest in spreading this fervor by organizing various functions to mark the Thiru
Nakshatarams of our Acharayas and Azhwars, in conducting the utsavams and
thirumanajam etc to mention a few of the activities that they have been involved.
Swami Desikan is a treasure that has been given to us through our penance over
countless births. Let us not waste this opportunity. Kaliyugam despite being relegated
to a lowly place is actually blessed more than other Yugas with the path to Moksha
being made easier. Emberuman has made this even easier by giving us an Acharayan
like Swami Desikan. The first step make this a reality is to realize that Swami Desikan
is indeed a treasure. Kaanpanavum Uraiopanavum Matror Andri Desikanaye
Kandu Uratha Kadiya Kaadal is the what we should strive in this life like Paan
Perumaal practiced in His illustrious avatharam in Srirangam. Anyone who is reading
this article is presumed to have crossed this stage. The next stage is to learn all His
works by heart and keep repeating the same at all times whenever one is free in mind.
This I think will come by practice. Why sing a film song when we can recite the
Thriuchinna maalai which is more melodious. The next stage is to understand the
meaning and discuss with others who have similar bent of mind. My first advise is for
each of you to start with your spouse as there is no better way of having the
anubhavam of Swami Desikan. The final stage of anubhavam is when you discuss with
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Dhurandars and seek their views. I must confess however that Swami Desikan is like a
Saagaram (ocean) and any anubhvam that one may have is only the tip off the iceberg
as one may out it. But the sheer joy of sharing anubahavam is difficult to describe.

I hope the magazine will be used as a forum to exchange our anubhavams, inform each
other of important utsavams in each of our native places, conduct joint pilgrimage for
important utsavams like Purattasi Sravanam, Udayavar Thirunakshatram, Kaliayan thiru
Nakshathram, Vaikasi Visakam, aazwaar, Nammazhwar thiruvadi thozhugai etc.
I pray to Swami Desikan (in Thoopul, Thiru Ahendipuram and in each of our Hridaya
Kamalam) Swami Bhashyakar, Perundevi Thaayar sametha Kanchi Varadan, Alarmel
Mangai sametha Thiruvenkata Mudaiyan, Nanganallur Laskhmi Hayagreevan and
Lakshmi Nrisimhan to bless this venture of ours .

I also seek the blessings of HH 45th Jeer of Sri Ahobila Mutt, HH 44 th Jeer Mukkur
Swami to whom I was personally attached, HH Srimad Andavan, HH Srimad
Poundripuram Swami and HH Srimad Parakala Mutt Jeer. (The order is not intentional;
to me all the matAdhipathis are equal)

I also seek the blessings of Desika Rathnam Seva swami of Villivakkam, Srirama
Desikachariar of Uppiliappan Sannadhi, Purasai Swami, Abhinava Desikar Swami and
Dasarathi Swami of Kanchi who were all breathing swami Desikan all through their
great lives in this Bhoo Lokam. Adiyen is deeply indebted to each of them . I may have
missed many more scholars, because of my ignorance. I seek their forgiveness for my
ignorance

Vazga Pallandu Thoopul Pillai Vazaga Pallandu nam Desikan

Nangainallur Venkatesa Dasan

As Sri. Nangainallur Swami said Swami Desikan is indeed a treasure to


Ramanuja Darsanam. Swami was praised by all the scholars in our Sampradayam.
Many books were written in praising the qualities and greatness of Swami Desikan.
Some of them are :
1) Sri. Kumaravaradachariar – a) Swami Desika Mangalam b) Vedanta Desika
Prarthanaashtakam c) Vedanta Desika Prapatti d) Vedanta Desika Dinacharya
e) Vedanta Desika Vigraha DyAnam f) PillayandAdi (Tamil).
2) Sri. PrativAdi Bhayankaram Annan – Saptati-Ratna-mAlika – 73 slokas in
Sanskrit.
3) Vayalur Sri. KandAdai MannappangAr – Desikar andAdi - 100 poems in
Tamil.
4) Solingar Sri. Doddachariar – Srimad Vedanta Desika Vaibhava PrakAsikA
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stotram – in 168 slokas in Sanskrit.


5) Sri. Periyappangar – prime disciple of Sri.Doddachariar swami – Srimad
Vedanta Desika Vaibhava PrakAsikA – in prose – in manipravAlam.
6) Sri. VenkatAdwari – Acharya PanchAsat – 55 slokas in Sanskrit. Download
with English notes. link : http://www.ahobilavalli.org/acharya_panchasat.pdf
7) Sri.SrinivasAchariar – Acharya Champu – in 6 chapters – complete story in
Sanskrit.
PANCHANGAM
Name of the month : MASI (SARVAJITH)

Date Day Item Festival Spl


One day Brahmotsavam
13-02-08 Wednesday Masa Pirappu Ratha Sapthami
in Tirumala
Tirukkachi Nambi
16-02-08 Saturday Mrgaseersham
Tiru Nanakshatram
17-02-08 Sunday Ekadasi Tiruvadirai Bhashyakarar Monthly TN
Muscat Srinivasan
Kulasekhara
Dwadasi, Vaarshika Utsavam,
18-02-08 Monday Alwar
Punarvasu Acharya Paduka
Tirunakshatram
Aradhanam
20-02-08 Wednesday Poornima Samudra Snanam
Tirumalai Andan,
21-02-08 Thursday Masi Magam Manakkal Nambi Samudra Snaanam
Tiru Nanakshatram
03-03-08 Monday Ekadasi
04-03-08 Tuesday Dwadasi Paduka Aradhanam Sravana Vratham
05-03-08 Wednesday Sravanam Swami Desikan monthly Tirunakshatram
Srimad Manavala
Maamunigal
06-03-08 Thursday Avittam Maha Sivarathri
Tiruvadyayana
Utsavam
07-03-08 Friday Amavasya Pitru Tarpanam
Nonbu time 7.30 to 8.30
Panguni Masa Kaaradayar
14-03-08 Friday am (Change of
pirappu Nonbu
Tirumangalya Saradu)

February 13, 2008


Ashtabhuyakaram
by Setlur Singappiran Venkatesan

One of the 108 Temples & Celestial Abodes of Vishnu revered by the Tamil hymns of
the Alwars of the 1st millennium CE

Location: Kanchipuram (Tondai Naadu)

Moolavar : Adikesava Perumal (Ashtabhuja Perumaal)

Taayaar: Alarmelmangai (Padmasini)

Theertham :Gajendra Pushkarini

Paasuram :Tirumangaialwar, Peyalwar

Vimaanam : Gaganaakriti, Chakrakriti

Travel Base:Chennai, Kanchipuram

Description: This Divyadesam is located in the temple town of


Kanchipuram, 1.5 km west of the Varadaraja Perumal temple.

The Divya Desams revered by the Alwars in Vishnu Kanchi are Attigiri (the vast
Varadaraja Perumal temple), Ashtabuyakaram , Tiruttankaa, Tiruvelukkai and
Tiruvegkaa, while those in Shiva Kanchi are Tiru Oorakam (Ulagalanda Perumaal Koyil),
Tiru Neeragam, Tiruppaatakam, Nilaattingal Tundam, Tirukkaaragam, Tirukkaarvaanam,
Tirukkalvanur, Tiruppavalavannam and Parameswara Vinnagaram. The vast
Ekambreswarar temple(Prithvi Stalam) revered by the Tevaram hymns, is located in
Periya (Shiva) Kanchi, as are the Kamakshiamman and the Kumara Kottam temples.

Deities: The Moolavar here is Adikesava Perumal


also known as Gajendravaradan or Chakradharar,
in a standing posture facing west. Thayaar here is
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Alarmelmangai or Padmasini. The image of


Adikesava Perumal has 8 arms, with 8 weapons
(the discus, sword, a flower, an arrow, the conch,
a bow, a shield and a mace). The Utsavar has 4
arms bearing a mace and a spear.

The temple: This temple with a single prakaram covering an area of about an acre has
a 3 tiered rajagopuram in its northern entrance and the temple tank Gajendra
Pushkarini across from it. There are shrines to Bhusvaraahar, Aandaal, Peyalwar and
Hanuman.

Legends: This temple is associated with the legend of


Gajendra Moksham (as in the Varadaraja Perumaal Koyil and
Kapistalam), where it is believed that a devout elephant
Gajendran, who was in the habit of making an offering of
lotus flowers from the Ashtabhuja temple tank, to Vishnu
was caught by the grip of a crocodile. The pleas of the
elephant were answered by Vishnu who vanquished the
elephant with his disc. Legend has it that Peyalwar was
blessed with a vision of Gajendramoksham at this shrine.

Legend also has it th at a vast army of titans sought to upset


a ritual being conducted by Bhrahma and upon his request,
Vishnu arm ed with eight different weapons warded off the intruders. Ashtabhuja
Perumaal is Vishnu conceived and worshipped thus.

Festivals: Bhramotsavam is celebrated in the month of Chittirai and Gajendramoksham


in Aadi.

Mangalaasaasanam : Peyalwar 1 pasuram


and Tirumangai Alwar 11 pasurams (periya
Tirumadal 128th pasuram)

Swami Desikan has composed a stotra on


this deity called “Ashta-bhuja-ashtakam” in
which Swami Desikan praises Adi Kesava
Perumal @ Ashtabhujam perumal in 10
slokas in which last two slokas are
palasruthi. The 9th sloka of this stotra

p`pnnajanapaqaoyaM p`ip%saUnaaM rsaayanama\ .


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Eaoyasao jagatama\ ett\ EaImadYTBaujaaYTkma\ ..


This stotra is food for the Srivaishnavas who has performed Prapatti and medicine for
those who want to perform Prapatti. This stotra removes all sins of the soul and create
mahaviswasam and leads towards prapatti. Chanting of this stotra carries the blessings
of Goddess Mahalakshmi and Ashta-bhujam emperuman (Lord Narayana with 8 hands)
to the world.
(by Kumari Ritika Rajan)
? Chetanar (Jeevatma) are of 3 types. Who are they?
? Whom did Sri Alavandar send to Kanchipuram to fetch
Sri Ramanujar from Yadava Prakasar’s hold?
? Yamunachariar is also known as …………………..?
? As soon as we get out of the bed, keeping our right
toe down on the floor, which holy name we should
recite? How many times?
? Why the author of Sri Ramayanam is called as
“Valmiki”?
? Who is Srimath Ananthasuri?
? On the banks of which river “Panchavati” is located?
? In our Ithihasas (Ramayana & Mahabharath) there are 5
women, who are considered to be Ratnams as “Pancha
Kannigai”. Who are they?
? There are two birds, who helped Sri Rama in searching
Sitadevi. One is “Jatayu” and who is the other is……..?
? What are the three modes of Gunas (qualities) of material
nature?

Find the 10 Avathars of Lord Sriman Narayana (by Sri.Rahul Rajan)


P A R A S U R A M A F

I Q K M Z B O U V P M

K Y U R L A Y J Q A A
February 13, 2008

L U R U S L B A T M N

A X M F B A U S P U A

K L A L C R Y K Y A M

V A R A H A K P D M A

P O M N B M D A A P V

U T A N H S I R K Z B

A H M I S A R A N T H
(by Smt. Suchitra Rajan)
We all know that Krishna married to eight Kanyakaas. They are Rukmini, Satyabhama,
Jambavati, Kalindi, Mitravrinda, Nagnajiti, Bhadra and Lakshana. In this series of article
we are going to read the short details of all these wives of Krishna.

Rukmani’s kalyanam
The king of Vidarbha, Maharaja Bhismaka was a very qualified and devoted
prince. He had five sons and one daughter. They are
Rukmi, Rukmanatha, Rukmabaahu, Rukmakesaa,
Rukmamaali and daughter Rukmini. She was beautiful,
chaste, intelligent, with auspicious physical features,
liberal-mindedness, righteous behavior with all
transcendental qualities i.e above the modes or gunas
like satva, rajas and tamsas. She had the desire to
marry only Lord SriKrishna and SriKrishna also had
heard about her. The king Bhismaka decided to give
Rukmini in marriage to Sri Krishna, while Rukmi had
Sishupaala, the enemy of krishna, in mind. Rukmini
keeping Krishna in her mind and heart with
determination sent her message of love to Sri
Krishna through a qualified Braahmana, who was
always truthful and is a devotee of Vishnu to Dwarka.
Sri krishna, heard about the message sent through the learned Braahmana and
welcomed him with all humility and with Vedic etiquette. Sri Krishna Himself says, “I
offer MY respectful obeisances to Braahmanas and Vaishnavas for the Braahmanas are
always self-satisfied and the Vaishnavas are
always engaged in actual welfare activities for
human society. They are free from egoism
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and are always in a peaceful condition in


mind”. The Braahmana satisfied by the
transcendental welcome of the Lord, gave the
written message of Rukmini to Lord Sri
Krishna. Rukmini said the following words,
“My dear Krishna, O infallible and most
beautiful one, any human being who happens to hear about Your transcendental form
and pastimes (leelas) immediately absorbs through his ears. Your name, fame and
qualities; thus all his material pangs and sufferings subside, and he fix your form in his
heart and by this process all his desires are fulfilled. Similarly, I have
heard of Your transcendental qualities. I may be shameless in
expressing myself directly, but You have captivated me and
taken my heart. You may doubt my steadiness of
character, since how could an unmarried young girl like
me approach You without any shame? But my dear
Mukunda, You are the Supreme lion among human
beings, the supreme person among persons. I know
that You are the husband of goddess Lakshmi and very
kind towards Your devotees; therefore I have decided to
become Your eternal maid servant. My dear Lord, I
dedicate my life and soul unto Your Lotus Feet and
therefore I request You to accept me as your wife. O
lotus-eyed one, now I belong to You. If that which is
enjoyable for the lion to eat is taken away by the jackal, it
will be a ludicrous affair; therefore I request You to immediately take
care of me before I am taken away by Shisupaala and other princes like him. My dear
Lord, in my previous life I may have done public welfare work like digging wells and
planting trees, or pious activities such as performing ritualistic ceremonies and sacrifices
and serving superiors like the spiritual masters, Acharyas, Braahmanas and Vaishnavas.
By these activities, perhaps I have pleased the Supreme Lord Sriman Narayanan. If this
be so, then I wish that You, Lord Krishna and the brother of Lord Balaraama, please
come here and catch hold of my hand, so that I shall not be touched by Shisupaala and
his company”.
On reading this Sri Krishna immediately ordered to bring four
special horses. The names and descriptions are mentioned in
Padma Purana as Saiba (green colour), Sugriiva (grey colour
like ice), Meghapushpa)colour of new cloud), Balaahaka (ash
colour). They left Dwarka to the kingdom of Vidarbha and
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reached with one night (1000 miles) to a town called Kundina.


In the meantime, after Rukmini knew that her Krishna is
coming for her, she dressed up happily and beautifully and went
toward the temple (as a custom to go to temple before
marriage). Lord Krishna came a like a wild wind and kidnapped
Rukmini as easily as a lion takes away a lamb from the flock. All the
devataas, great heroes and kings of the world offered their respects and prayers at the
lotus feet of Lord Krishna. Link : http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/45238
(Tirunakshatram on Masi-Mrgaseersham – 16 th February 2008)
Courtesy : Srirangasri. Article by : Sri.Madhavakkanan, Singapore

Maasi Mrgasirsham is Thirunakshathram of Tirukkachi NambigaL, who had the greatest


special blessed privilege of conversing with Sri Varadaraja PerumAL Himself. He was
blessed with this extraordinary privilege for performing the Thiruvaalavatta (fanning)
kaimkaryam to PerumAL with utmost bhakti and
involvement. In fact, NambhigaL (KaanchipoorNar) was
born to Sri vaishnava Vaisiya (Chettiar) kula Sri
Veeraraghava Chettiar and Kamalai at Poovirundhavalli.
Though his parents were quite wealthy and were
successful businessmen, NambhigaL had his mind only
on Bhagawath, BhAgawatha aimkaryam.

He became a sishya of Sri YamunAcharyar (Sri


Alavandhar) along with other sishyas namely, Periya
Nambhi (Sri mahApoorNar), ThirukkOttiyoor Nambhi, and
others. Sri Alavandhar named NambhigaL as pEraruLaaLa
dAsar, while Sri Varadaraja PerumAL (PeraruLALan)
Himself named him as GajEndra
dAsar. NambhigaL is the one who
showed Ramaujar to Alavandhar
from afar at Kanchipuram Sri VaradarajaperumAL temple.
Ramanuja, after breaking up from Yadavaprakasar, (when he
was doing theertha kaimkaryam at Varadaraja PerumAL Koil)
approached Thirukkaccchi nambhigaL and learnt tatvaartham
from him. Thirukkacchinambhi is the one who asked (on request
from RamanujA) Sri Varadaraja PerumAL and obtained from
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Lord Varadaraja the famous ' Six Words ' and passed them on to
RamanujA. The six words given by Bhagawaan are: (as told by Lord Varadarja Himself
to NambhigaL)

1) ahamEva Parathvam. I- "Lord Narayana" is the Paramatma.


2) dharsnam bhEda Eva cha . :Indivi dual souls are different from Paramatma.
3) upAyEshu prapatthisyAth- Prapatti (SaranAgathy- Complete Surrender) is
the means to attain mOksham.
4) antima smruthi varjanam- Last remembrance of the Lord on the death bed
is NOT necessary.
5) DhEhaavasaanE mukthisyAth- mOksham can be obtained the moment
one (prapannan) lays off the present mortal body.
6) PoorNaachaarya smaashrayam- MahApoorNar (Periya Nambhi) is the
AchAryan for RamanujA, under whom RamanujA should take refuge.

Thus, Thirukkacchi became most important Sri


Vaishnava link for ALL OF us. Though he was born in
Vaisya kulam, he was greatly revered by YathirAjar.

I have read that PerumAL (Varadan) gave


Thirukkacchi NambhigaL some words upon Nambhi's
request for tatvaartham from Him. They are:

1) Only by AchAryan's kattaksham, the disease


of births and deaths will get cured.
2) BhAgawtha sEshathvam is more enjoyed by
the Lord than Bhagawath sEshathvam. Serving
Srivaishnavas and devotees of Sriman
Narayanan is more pleasing to the Lord than
serving Him. PeriyAzhwAr has mentioned that Srivaishnavas of ThirukkOttiyoor
can even sell AzhwAr for their use. (Lord Rama was quite fond of Shathrugnan
out of three brothers.
3) The Lord can NOT forgive and tolerate apacharam to BhAgawathAs, and
treating His devotees based on their caste, colour, welath, Gothram etc.
Also it is Thirukkacchi Nambhi who showed Ramanuja (from afar) to Sri Alavandhaar
[when Ramanuja was walking with his then teacher - Yadavaprakasa in the temple
premises] who blessed him with his merciful glances on him and gave the Acharya
kataaksham - saying "Am mudhalvan ivan" [quoted from Thiruvaaymozhi]

Last day, PerumAl Himself offered NambhigAl Theertham and SadagOpam and took him
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to Paramapadham. NambhigaL lived for 55 years and remained a bachelor (?).


NambhigaL composed Devaraja ashtakam, on Devaraja PerumAl (pEraruLALan). Sri V.
Sadagopan has written a lovely post on Devaraja ashtakam in Feb 96. Please read here
and be blessed by Thirukkacchi NambhigaL, by paying obeisance to him. (please correct
for any mistakes)

AzhwAr EmperumAnAr Desikan ThiruvaDigaLE SaraNam


namo narayana, dAsan Madhavakkannan, Singapore
The concluding
Swami Desika Vandanam
part of
jayait EauitcaUDaya- : Tirumazhisai
Alwar
EaImaanad\Bautcand`maa: . Vaibhavam in
saklaa ya~ ih klaa: inama-laa: the next issue…
DoshA:
ina%yapuYklaa:.. KshantavyA:
Gist: Srimad Vedanta Desika is shining like the moon of Chaitra
month. The arts of Swami Desikan are free from faults and filled
everywhere.

(by Villiambakkam Govindarajan)


Kulasekhara Alwar was born in Tiruvanjikkalam in Chera nadu. Alwar was born on Masi
Punarvasu in ParAbhava year, in Kolli Nagar nagar in 8th Century AD. Alwas was born as
the amsam of Lord Sriman Narayana’s Kausthubham. Kulasekhara was well learned
right from his young age and expert in
warfare. When Kulasekhara became king,
Pandya and Chola kings jointly invaded
Chera Kingdom. But, both the kings were
defeated by Kulasekhara and became the
emperor of all 3 ancient states.
Kulasekhara married to Pandya princess.
In course of time Alwar being blessed by
Emberuman learnt all the tatvArthA hita
purushArthA s. Slowly Kulasekhara
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turned to spiritual life and merged in


enjoying the divya-avathAras of Sriman
Narayana. Kulasekhara spent his life
by reading and listening to Ramayana.
Once during the discourse Ramayana, the scholar was describing the
battle between Rama and Kara, DUshana and 14,000 rAkshasAs. Kulasekhara who
immersed in the anubhavam ordered his ministers to go with his army and support Ram
in defeating the RakshasAs. The minister understood the feeling of the King and
signaled the scholar to complete the episode quickly.

Sri. P. Dileepan Swami writes about Alwar’s Anubhavam on RamAvatharAm


“Kulasekaraazhvaar was a legendary Rama
bhakthaa. He devoted almost a third of his verses
to Lord Rama. While other Azhvaars celebrated
Rama's victory over evil Ravana, Kulasekaraazhvaar
chose to sing lullaby to Rama, with ``RaaghavanE
thaalElO.'' In another part of his poem, he pours
out his heart and wails ``emm iraamaavO''
expressing Dasarathaa's sorrow upon Rama's
departure. Azhvaar's Rama bhakthi was so intense
that one day, during a discourse of Srimad
Ramayana, he became distraught and ordered his
generals to get his armed forces ready so that he can rush to the aid of Lord Rama!”.

The ministers noticed the change of their beloved King Kulasekhara and influence of
Srivaishnavas in the palace. They decided to separate King and the Srivaishnavas and
made a plot. During the festival King Kulasekhara noticed that his deity Rama’s
navarathna necklace was missing and when checked with ministers, one among them
told, as per their plan, “May be one of the Srivaishnava who serves in this sannidhi
might have taken”. King Kulasekhara was shocked with this news and the statement,
with shivering body he replied the minister “Do you think the
AdiyArs of Lord Narayana will steal the ornaments of Lord?
Don’t you shy to blame innocent Bhaktas?” Further he vowed
that the Srivaishnavas are innocent and asked to bring a pot
with poisonous snake in it. When the ministers did so, he set
his hand inside the pot telling “if all of you (the council of
Ministers) feel that the innocent AdiyArs have stolen the
necklace of the Lord, let this snake bite me”. But the truthful
snake did not touch Kulasekhara and kept silent. The guilty
ministers told their intention, but the King decided to leave
the kingdom crowning his elder son as the king.
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King Kulasekhara tuned Kulasekhara Alwar and visited the


abodes of Lord Narayana such as Srirangam, Tirumala and
others. Alwars work is called “Perumal Tirumozhi”. The
Mukundamalai a stotram is also considered as composed by Sri Kulasekhara Alwar.

Alwar sung prabandams on Srirangam, Tirukkannapuram, Chitrakootam


(Chidambaram), Viththuvakkodu, Tiruvenkadam (Tirumala), Ayodhya and
th
TiruppArkadal. Alwar Tirunakshatram falls on Monday, 18 March 2008.
(by Purisai Ananthan)
th
On 14 Jan., 2008, The Srivaishnavas in Muscat had celebrated BOGI festival with
ANDAL thirukalayana utsavam, evening at 8.00pm in the shiva temple hall, on a very
traditional way. As per our sampradayam, the Kalyana-utsavam was celebrated with
exchange of garland, flower ball throwing, Oonjal sevai and ended with Aakshata
AsivAtham and Swasthi VAchanam. Ladies enjoyed with traditional dance of “gummi”,
and Kalyana pattu and one senior lady from Madurantakam sung Perumal Odam which
was exciting. Almost all our sampradya disciples were present and witnessed this grand
function. Continuing this Kalyana Utsavam, Perumal and thayar had enjoyed the
PONGAL festival. On the Kannu pidi day, the traditional “pidi sadam” was arranged for
Thayars’ to keep kannu pidi and followed by Thirumanjan and other Special
TiruvArAdhanam .

February 13, 2008


Bagvad Ardhana Kramam- A Recent initiative to all Darsanam members
(by KandAdai Srikanth)
Adeyan would like to immensely thank Govindarajan Swamin for all the pains and
efforts he had taken for the last three Fridays to train about 10 of our Darsanam
members at his house on how to perform Bagvad Aradhana Kramam.

As a recap for all the 10 of us and as information sharing with the other members with
the group, Adeyan would like to highlight our experience on our learning...

A typical lazy Friday and all of us were ready at 8 A.M with 12 T hirumans and Kacham...
The first Friday was declared a Divya Desam since there were 14 + Salagramams and
the sight of having all the Peumals together in one place was remarkable...

We formed two batches to learn the theoretical and practical session which even
covered basics of making a Pavitram and Koorcham... Now I can proudly make one
myself in any Vaidigha Kariyams before my Vadiyar Swamy does one for me.
Some of the highlights on our learning…
? A Detailed way of how to perform Aradhanam
? Practical sessions included in we all performing for all our own Aathu Perumals
? A Detailed written document was published by VCG Swamin as a ready reckoner
? All Mantras like Kurma Deen, Mantra Puspam, Nayasa Dasakam along with the
entire Aradhanam seesion ( Audio) was recorded and will be burnt in a CD for
distribution.
? Thanks to the contribution from the better halves like Ms.Chitra Venkatesh,
Ms.Suchitra Rajan, Ms.Suja Sriram and Ms.Vidya Govindarajan who made Divya
Prasadms for all the three weeks.
Overall I would say that the knowledge we have gained is invaluable and many thanks
for Govondarajan Swamins time and dedication.
Adeyan Dasan
Kandadai Thittai Srikanth Rengarajan February 13, 2008
Swamin Desikan Mangalam
(concluding part)
Courtesy : Srirangasri
Napasyamaasi srOnaayaam…… mangaLam
MangaLam to Swamy Desikan born in VisawamithragOthram on Purattaasi
ThiruvONam.

PithaayasyaananthasUri…thasya mangaLam
MangaLam to Swamy Desikan, son of AnanthasUri and ThOtharambai, and grand son
of undareekaaksha sOmayaaji.

VEnkatEsaavatharOyam… vidharkyaayaasthu mangaLam


MangaLam to Swamy Desikan, who is praised by elders
and scholars; who is the amsam of YathirAjan; who is
the amsam of the Divine Bell of Sri Venkatesa; who is
also considered as an avtaar of Sri Venkatesa Himself.

Sri Bhashyakaara… mangaLam


MangaLam to Swamy Desikan who is called as the
very Sri Bhashyakaarar Himself in order to expound
the Sri VisishtAdvaitha philosophy (propounded by Sri
Bhshyakaarar earlier)

YO baalyE.. mangaLam AND prathishtabidhvEdantha


poori kalyANa bhAjanam MangaLam to Swamy Desikan -
who was brought to that highest level by Sri AppuLLaar; - who
had been blessed by Sri Nadadhur AmmAL, (Vaatsya Varadhacharyar) his praacharyar,
“All mangaLam to you to propagate the Vedic religion (Sri Ramanuja siddhaantham)
and conquer the non vedic other religions, uproot them, and be praised by Ved ic
scholars”, when Swamy Desikan was a young Boy.

Raamanujaayaath AthrEyaath maathulaath sakalata kala: … mangaLam


MangaLam to Swamy Desikan the greatest scholar, who had learnt all saasthras before
he attained 20 years of age, from his uncle Kidaambi appuLLaar.
February 13, 2008

sruthaprakaasikaabhUmOth.. srEshtAya mangaLam


When there was disturbance due to Thurushkars (Muslims) Swamy Desikan not only
protected the Sruthaprakaasika – the commentary on Sri Bhashyam, written by Sri
Sudharsana bhattar, Swamy Desikan also propagated the same through learned
scholars (by teaching them). MangaLam to Swamy.

Saamskrudheepi: sEvyaaya mangaLam


MangaLam to Swamy Desikan, fit to be worshipped, due to his parama upakaram of
writing very many granthas (works) in Tamil and Sanskrit, thereby saving the humanity.
Yakyaadhi laabha.. mangaLam
Fame, benefit, name, - these were not sought after by Swamy Desikan, who serves
Srivaishnava Bhagawathas saying “these Bhagawathas (who call Kesavaa,
PurushOtthamaa) can even sell my body” (in the words of PeriyAzhwAr). MangaLam to
Swamy Desikan.

YasmaadhEva.. mama nAthAya mangaLam


MangaLam to Swamy Desikan, -VenkatanAthan- my
Nathan (master), from whom adiyEn had learnt all
saasthraas.

PithrE brahmO.. vEmkatEsaaya mangaLam


MangaLam to Swamy Desikan, whose name is
VenktEsan, my father; one who initiated Gayatri
(BrahmOpadEsar) to adiyEn; who is my spiritual
teacher; who is My God; who is the means, my refuge
as well as the Goal Himself.

Ya: krutham.. bhavEth mangaLa bhaajanam.


Those who recite this Swamy Vedanta Desika mangaLam
composed by Kumara varadaachaaryar, daily, (or read
these translations) will also attain all mangaLam.

[Dearest Srivaishnavas, Thanks to each one of you for your patience in bearing up with
aDiyEn's posts on Thuppul PiLLai and encouraging adIyen's efforts through personal
emails as well. Please forgive me for eroors and omissions. If at all there is any good, it
is due to the Great book of Prof Srinivasa raghavan's and the glories of Acharya
saarvabhouman Swamy Nigamantha Mahadesikan. ]

Swamy Desikan ThiruvadigaLE SaraNam


AchAryan ThiruvadigaLE SaraNam
Madhavakkanan, Singapore
February 13, 2008
Photo gallery of this month :

February 13, 2008

The First issue of eMagazine “Darsanam” was released by Serankulam


Setlur Sri. Venkatesan Swami and received by Alwar Tirunagari Sri.Ravindran swami
during Bogi Utsavam.