stothrams by acharyans 

Acharyan Swamy Desikan

||  MangaLAsAsanam of the Kanchi Lord of Atthigiri   ||


Lord VaradarAjan of Atthigiri , Kanchi


There are special kramam (order) to perform mangaLAsAsanam of the Lord of Atthigiri practiced by AchAryAs of Kaanchi from ancient times. The special kramam and vaikari (style) of Swamy Desikan's mangaLAsAsanam of Lord VaradarAjan on His avathAra dinam is an unique bliss to experience in one's life on this earth. The great AchAryan , Thirupputtkkuzhi SrI KrishNa TaatArya MahA Desikan has protected this kramam and this has been embellished further by another great AchAryan of Kaanchi known as SrI AyyAtthu Swamy. Varadaha GuNAmrutha Varshi,SrI R.SrinivAsa Varadha TatachAr , the disciple of MahA VidvAn , Thirupputtkkuzhi SrI Nrusimha TaathArya Swamy's disciple and ThUppul NarasimhAcchAr Swamy have described the events of the MangaLAsAasanam day at different places. AdiyEn will attempt to synthesize these accounts and present an integrated picture in remembrance of this special day at Kaanchipuram and hope that some of the BhakthAs, who read these postings will be fortunate to experience this bliss personally during the next PurattAsi SravaNam day at Kaanchi adiyEn is grateful to SrIman SaTakOpa TatAchAr Swamy, who presented me a special souvenir on this event and asked me to write about this auspicious event.

This MangalAsAsana kramam uses mostly the slOkams from Swamy Desikan's various SrI Sookthis and Tamil Prabhandhams and relates specifically to the individual sannidhis located on the way from the temple entrance to all the way to Hasthigiri , where the Lord waits for Swamy Desikan to arirve on this
special day .

Let us start from the Sannidhi of Swamy Desikan at ThUppul around 9 A.M and follow the journey to the sannidhi of VaradarAja ,the various stops in between, the descent from Hasthigiri ,the PiriyA Vidai given by the doting Father and Swamy Desikan's return to his aasthAnam around 9 P.M this day reluctantly.

1.The day before PurattAsi SravaNam at ThUppul

For nine days before this SravaNam day , Swamy Desikan has PurattAsi Uthsavam , when He blesses us the sEvai on YaaLi , Elephant Vaahanams et al. On this day before SravaNam ,around 4 P.M , Swamy Desikan will leave His aasthAnam and will arrive at the Thiru MaaLikai , where He used to live during His stay at ThUppul .This year , a new MaNTapam has been consecrated . The areas including the Nadai KiNaRu (Nada Vaapi)are near by. This is where , Swamy Desikan had His nithyAnushtAnams .

Once Swamy Desikan gets seated in the center of that special MaNtapam , He is ready to have His Thirumanjana uthsavam with a simple vasthram and ThirumEni displaying Brahma tEjas. His bewitching smile and VyAkhyA mudhrai makes one think of His being alive right in front of us across the span of seven centuries.


At the end of the traditional Thirumanjanam , He adorns dhivyAbharaNams like ThoppAram and PeethAmbharam and travels on a small kaitthaLam to Lord HayagrIvan's sannidhi nearby. His Hastha Mudhrai has changed now (after Thirumanjanam) from VyAkhyA to Anjali Mudrai to indicate that He is going to perform MangaLAsAsanam of the Lord of His birth place ,SrI DhIpa PrakAsan and SrI Maragatha Valli ThAyAr of ThirutthaNkA that evening and the dhivya dampathis
of Hasthigiri the next day .The power of anjali mudrai has been celebrated by Swamy desikan in His SrI Sookthi, "Anjali Vaibhavam" and in the 30th slOkam of SrI VaradarAja PanchAsath (prathyasthram anjalirasou Tava nigrahAsthrE). It is the counter arrow for the arrow of anger of the Lord over our trespasses. Lord's anger is quenched on seeing His devotee's anjali bhaddha hastham. Anjali is recognized as " am + jalayathi " , melting the Lord as water on seeing the anjali mudhrai shown by the devotee. The power of this mudhrai/Folded hand
gesture is described by Swamy Desikan to confer all the following soubhAgyams in Anjali Vaibhavam :

1. Giving the desired phalans quickly ( aasu- kaarithvam ),
2. Power to destroy all sins ( asEsha-dhOsha- nivarthakathvam )
3. Power to confer all auspiciousness (asesha kalyANa Kaaranathvam )
4. Protecting those , who have links to Him (PrapannAs)(anubhandhi-rakshakathvam)
5. Power to confer eternal soubhAgyams ( akshaya phala pradhathvam )
6. Offering Himself as the final fruit for the Prapannan ( Phala roopa sajAthIya pariNathimathvam )

MangaLAsAsanam at ThirutthaNkA

At 6 P.M , one hears the sound of the mangaLa vaadhyam of Thirucchinnam to signify that the VedAntha Guru is on His way to ViLakkoLi PerumAl Koil. He performs PradhakshiNam and engages in the MangaLAsAsanam of GodhA PirAtti and
Maragathavalli ThAyAr prior to entering the sannidhi of Lord DhIpa PrakAsan . There the SrI Sookthi that He composed for Lord DhIpa PrakAsan (SrI SaraNAgathi DhIpikai) will be recited majestically by the assembled GhOshti . Swamy Desikan
will now recieve SaThAri, garland , Theerttham and other maryAdhais (PrasAdham) from the Lord . After the mangaLAsAsanam of the Lord , Swamy Desikan would continue with His salutations to the AzhwArs and return to His aasthAnam at ThUppul by 9 P.M.

By this time , the golden pallAkku (palanquin) of Lord VaradarAjan for use next day by Swamy Desikan would have arrived. The Lord of Kaanchi sends one of His two golden palanquins for Swamy Desikan's use during the PurattAsi SravaNam day. One of the two PallAkkus is for His use during the 5th day of BrahmOthsavam , when He gives us His sEvai in Mohini alankAram. The other pallAkku is used for transporting the Lord with His Ubhaya NaacchiyArs on the 3rd day of BrahmOthsavam, ThOtta Uthsavam and VidaiyARRi. This pallaakku with the special sambhandham of NaacchiyArkaL is sent for the use of Swamy Desikan next day.Dhivya Dampathi Tatthvam is perhaps revealed here (YuvAm DampathI dhaivatham na:).

The day of PurattAsi SravaNam
The Kaanchi temple Elephant , Horse , ParivArams of Lord VaradarAja would have arrived early at ThUppul in the morning. Swamy Desikan will ascend the Golden PallAkku and start His journey around 9.30 A.M to Hasthigiri followed by Veda PaarAyana ghOshti and preceded by Dhivya Prabahndha GhOshti.

At the entrance of Swamy Desikan Sannidhi at ThUppul, as He starts out , the first of the slOkams describing the celebrations in the sky is recited : There are yaksha-KinnarAs playing on dhundubhi Vaadhyam frequently amd that auspicious
dhvani is heard all directions (dhivyA samprathi dhundhubhir-dhisi dhvAnair-muhu:srUyathE) ; DEvAs are performing Saama ghAnam (dEvAnAmapi hAvU hAvU laharI vikshObhyathyamBaram )and the assembly of Lord's kaimkaryaparALs , the aadhivAhikAs group are showing the archirAdhi maargam to prapannAs and leading them thru the dEvayAna path :

dhivyA samprathi dhundhibhirdisi disi dhavaanairmuhu: srUyathe
dEvaanAmapi haavUhaavU-laharO vikshObhayathyambaram
aarabdha-prathisamskruthi: kruthamukairarchimukhai:SrIpathE:
aj~nAdhAribhirAthivAhika ganai: aadhisyathE paddhathi

The Paadham ThAngis lift Swamy Desikan's Pallakku on their back once the following Yethsarikai is heard:

SrImath VenkatanATArya ! PhaNidharaNidharAdhIsa
dhivya GaNDAvathara!
yethsarikai Swamy yethsarikai
vijayee Bhava Vijayee Bhava
Vijayee Bhava Vijayee Bhava
yetharikai Swamy Yethsarikai

Taniyan for Swamy Desikan is recited here:

SrImAn VenkatanATArya: kavi-tArkika kEsarI
vEdAnthAchArya-varyO mE SannidhatthAm sadha hrudhi

MangaLa Vaadhyams will be playing on ground now as well as Swamy Desikan progresses towards the Western gOpuram entrance of VaradarAja temple after going
around YathOkthakAri Temple on the way. It would be around 10.30 A.M now and people in the Sannidhi Street will be waiting for Swamy Desikan's arrival with PoorNa Kumbham.

After entering the Western gOpuram , the veda PaarAyaNa and the adhyApAka GhOshti bid farewell to Swamy Desikan, who proceeds now towards Lakshmi KumAra Thaatha Desikan sannidhi, where latter's archai is with his dharmapathni, AmmangAr. Darsana ThaambhUlam is presented by Lakshmi-KumAra ThAtha Desikan and Swamy Desikan honors the ThAtha Desikan dampathis with His garland and SaThAri (NayinAchAryan). Swamy desikan descends now from the Tanga pallAkku and is seated on a Golden Kaittalam for mangaLAsAsanam inside the Temple of Lord VaradarAjan.
The Kattiyams for Swamy Desikan are recited by the special GhOshti. The bavani inside the temple starts from here now. GhOshti follows reciting Swamy Desikan's SrI sookthis until he returns back to this same mantapam in the evening.
After being seated on the Tanga Kaittalam , Swamy Desikan goes around the Dhvaja sthambham and arrives at the UdhayabhAnu manTapam prior to entering the ThoNDaradippodi Vaasal. From the Vaahana Mantapam , the sthOthra Paata GhOshti follows Swamy Desikan and recites Kattiyams in between the selected passages form a wide ranging sthOthrams of Swamy Desikan . This recitations continue from the time of starting from UdhayabhAnu Mantapam to return to Vaahana Mantapam during the late evening.



Here, AbhIthI sthavam slOkam (25th ) is recited by the ghOshti:

Bhujanga Vihangama pravarasainyanATa : PrabhO
TaTaiva KumadhAdhayO nagara-gOpura-dhvArapA:
achinthya Bala vikramA: Thvamiha desasamrakshakA:
Jithantha ithi vaadhinO jagadanugrahE jaagrathu

What a beautiful choice of a slOkam for benediction prior to start of the MahOthsavam of MangaLAsAsanam !

(meaning of the SlOkam ): Oh Lord of SrIrangam (standing on Hasthigiri as SrI Varada NaarAyaNan)! AdhisEshan, Garudan, VishvaksEnar , Kumudhan and other leaders of the sEnai, the defenders of Your city, gOpuram and the gates have valor , heroism and strength that is difficult to comprehend and grasp( achinthya Bala vikramA:). They are determined to defend Your dhivya dEsam (APARAAJITHA) like you and share Your zeal in this matter. They are thinking constantly about Your victory over all evil forces and are performing MangaLAsAsanams for You (JithanthE ithi vaadhina:/ May Thou be victorious)). we pray that these divine servants of yours will protect not only Your dhivya desam but will extend the intensity of their protection to the entire world (JagadhanugrahE jaagrathu)!


After the prayer for Jagath RakshaNam , Swamy arrives at ThoNDardippodi gate and the sthOthra ghOshti recites the following slOkam :

visvaprINana visvakarma-rachanA-chAthurya-kaatharyathai:
silpai: kalpayathIva maNDanamasou chEthasTithEr MaNTapa:
ratna-sthambha bhuvOpi rasmaya imE sOpAna gOpAnasI-
madhyam yathra kavakshayanthi vihitha-prathyagra chithrakramA:

One is reminded of the aananda Maya maNTapam referred to by the Upanishad Vaakyam : " Sahasras-sTUNE ". It is filled with the ghOshti of the Lord's nithya kinkarALs.Swamy ParAsara Bhattar refers to this Aanandha Maya MaNTapam in one slOkam of His SrI RangarAja Sthavam .

The Kattiyam for Swamy Desikan rings forth thereafter:

VisvathisAyee VisvAmithra gOthra-bhUshaNa:!
ananthaguNa sEvathE: AnanthasoorE: aathmasambhava!

Oh Swamy who is the aabharaNam of VisvAmithra gOthram , the object of salutation of the entire world ! Oh Swamy who is worshipped by all limitless aathma guNams!
Oh the celebrated son of Ananthasoori!

After this Kattiyam , Yethsarikai to start the PuRappAdu is recited:

Yethsarikai Swamy Yethsarikai
Vijayee bhava ! Vijayee Bhava! Vijayee Bhava!
yethsarikai Swamy yethsarikai!

As Swamy Desikan crosses the ThoNDaradippodi gate , Lord VaradarAjan's PuNyakOti VimAnam comes into sight .


The sthOthra ghOshti salutes now the PuNyakOti VimAnam which arose out of the Agni Kuntam in the Yaaga Vedhi of Chathurmukha BrahmA with the Lord inside it:

YacchAyamAsrithya vinirmitham yath-
puNyam bhavEth kODiguNam vivruddham
Tath PuNyakODithi bhuvi prasiddham
vimAnarAjam bhuvi bhAvayAma:

The world celebrated king of VimAnams named PuNyakODi VimAnam is worshipped here.The origin of the name , PuNyakODi is addressed here .


After PuNyakODi VImAna Darsanam in the yonder horizon, Swamy Desikan arrives now at the first Sannidhi ( Ramar Sannidhi ) for His MangaLAsAsanam. Here SrI Raghu Veera Gadhyam is recited with great majesty( The text and commentary on SrI Raghu Veera Gadhyam has been archived under Swamy Desikan's Page) and the recitation of eight slOkams celebrating RaamAvatharam follow.Two of the eight slOkams are from DasAvathaara SthOthram (8th slOkam) and from SrI VaradarAja PanchAsath (25th slOkam):

The 8th slOkam of SrI DasAvathAra sthothram commencing with the line , " PaarAvArapayO viSoshana kalApArINa kAlAnala--" :

(Meaning ): Lord Ramachandran is a matchless villALan/dhanvI (brilliant handler of the bow and arrows). He is the embodiment of all dharmams (Dharma svaroopi). The activities of the arrows sent by Him are terror striking . His arrows have the power to dry up even the waters of the ocean , when Samudhra Raajan ignored His request for help to build a sEthu (dam) over his (samudhrarAjan's) waters.
Lord Ramachandran's arrows have the power greater than the agni at the time of PraLayam. Our Lord of such valor and glory has the mukhya vratham of protecting every one who sought His refuge even once ( sakruth prapanna janathA samrakshaNaika vrathI) . This Lord of ours known for His soulabhyam and anantha kalyANa guNams should bless us with freedom from practising adharmams of every kind.

The 25th slOkam of SrI VaradarAja Sthavam saluting Lord VaradarAjan as SrI Ramachandran takes this form:

yEnAchala prakruthinA ripu samkshayArTI
vArAm nidhim Varadha poorvam alangyasthvam
tamm veekshya sEthu manunApi sarIravantha:
sarvE shaDUrmi bhauLam jaladhim taranthi

(meaning): Oh the Matchless Boon giver ! Today's samsAris cross the ocean of worldly afflictions known for its six terror causing waves--Hunger , thirst , suffering , ajn~Anam , old age , death--by having the darsanam of the bridge (dam) that you built with the help of monkeys and bears to cross over
to LankA to destroy the raakshasAs there and their king , RaavaNan. The samsAris also overcome their inauspicious six guNAs --desire, anger , greed, ignorance ,
pride and jealousy--and gain auspicious aathma guNams by the darsanam of Your Sethu (Raama Sethu) .

The other slOkams in praise of Lord Raamachnadra are:

1) Nama: Tasmai kasmaichana bhavathu nishkinchanajana-
svayamrakshA dhIkshA samadhika samindhAna yasasE
SurAdhIsa svaira KshaNa kupitha sApAyudhavadhU--
dhrushatthA dhurjAtha prasamana padhAmbhOja rajasE

(Here , Lord Raamachandran's matchless glory of protecting without fail those , who sought His refuge and AhalyA Saapa VimOchanam through the power of the dust from His Thiruvadi is celebrated).

2)rAkAnthE ruddhalanka: chyuthaphaNikadanO DhUmradhrugvajradhamshtrou
bangthvAkampam Prahastham Dasamukhamakutam KumbakarNathikAyou
BrahmAsthracchinna KumbhaadhikamaTa MakarAksham cha hathvEndhra chathrum
jithvaa gasrais thribhstham sahabalamavadhIth RaavaNam Raamabhadra:

(Here , the Yuddha KhANDam activities of Raghuveeran are remembered and saluted.All the events leading up to RaavaNA's death from the arrows of the Lord are recalled).

3) vishayibhirasou vakthrair-ghOram manOrajanIcharam
prasamayathi yO yunjAnAnAm prabhOdhasarOthkaram
Janaka suthayA DevyA jushtO disAthabhayam sathAm
DasaraTa suthO Deva: SrImAN DayAmrutha Vaarithi:

( The nectarine waves of DayA of the Lord Raamabhadran , who grants Abhaya pradhAnam in the company of His Devi, Janaka SuthA is remembered here. The entire Abhaya PradhAna Saaram dealing with Paratatthva NirNayam of the Lord ,His SaraNAgatha Rakshakathvam , SaraNyaseela Prakasa Tatthvam ( Varadha !
SakalamEthath-samsrithArTam chakarTa , the salutation of KurEsar in SrI VaradarAja Sthavam reminding us that the Lord has put at the disposal of His adiyArs His ubhaya VibhUthi , ThirumEni and Aathma Svaroopam), SaraNya Vratha visEsha PrakAsam are implied here).

4) AyOdhyA dhivyEyam vahathi SarayUrathra VirajA
vibHOrEthE yoopA vidhi niyama nirmuktha pasava:
akuNDa svAtanthrya svapadham adhirOhannvasarE
SahAnaishIdhEsha sTira Charamasesham Raghupathi:

Here, the vaibhavam of SrI Raghupathi granting the superior lokams to all chethanams and achEthanams at the time of His return to SrI Vaikuntam at the end of His avathAram as described in the Utthara KaaNdam section of SrImad RaamAyaNam and the ThiruvAimozhi Paasuram of Swamy NammAzhwar ThiruvAimozhi : 7.5.1

( kaRpAr RaamapirAnaiallAl maRRum kaRparO ,
puRppA muthalA pulleRumpAthiyonRinRiyE,
NaRppAl AyOthtiyil vaazhum charAcharam muRRavum ,
naRppAlukkuyutthanan NaanmuhanAr peRRa nAttuLE ).

5) Bhagavathi BharadhvAjE Bukthi: TaTA SabarIgruhE
PrabhuranusruthO VisvAmithra: plavangapathis-taTA
BhrugupathitapO loonam dhrushti: KhagasTa cha DakshiNA
Jayathi lalaithOtthungaa vrutthi: dasaasyaripOrithi

(Some other incidents from SrImad RaamayaNam --Enjoyable Feast for Rama and his retinue at BhardhvAja Aasramam , Sabari's offering of fruits , journey with VisvAmithrA , travel with the chiefs of monkeys , loss of penance by ParasurAma , loss of one eye by Kaakam --are activities of the enemy of RaavaNa , Our Lord Raamachandran.

6) silAdhE: sthrIthvAdhi vipariNathirasthvadhbhutham idham
tathOapyEtacchithram yadhutha dahanasyaiva himathA
thruNasyaivAsthrathvam ripushu nihatharEva hithathA
padhathrENaivEha thribhuvana parithrANamithi cha

The glories of Raamachandran in protecting beings of the three worlds are saluted here.

7. dharpOdhagradhasEndhriyAnana manO nakthanjarAdhishtathE
dEhEasmin bhaavasindhunA parigathO dhInAm dasAm aasthitha:
adhyathvE Hanumath-samEtha guruNA prakhyApithArTa: pumAn
LankAruddha VidEharAja tanayA nyAyEna laalapyathE

Additional vaibhavam of Lord Raamachandran , who besieged LankA in helping the suffering samsAris are saluted here. HanumAn is mentioned here in anticipation a special Haaratthi for him , whose Vaibhavam is the subject matter of Sundara KaaNDam.

After the recitation of the sthOthrams on Raghu Veeran , aaratthi for HanumAn in His sannidhi takes place . A slOkam praising the valour and vaibhavam of AnjanEyar is recited :

pariNatha phalagrAsa sraddhAjigrkshitha BhAskara:
PavanagarudaspardhAna praveeNa javOlpana:
dasamukhapurIdhAhOthsiktha svavAladhi Vaibhava:
Raghupathi RaNArambha kreeDAraTOayamupasthitha:

The early exploits of Baala HanumAn in jumping at Sooryan thinking that latter was a fruit to eat , the quenching of His lit tail in the ocean after burning LankA city and the sportful but deadly activities of HanumAn in the war of
Raghupathi at LankA are saluted here

Swamy Desikan recieves now MaryAdhais from Lord Raamachandra (Theertham , Garland, SaThAri ) and this kattiyam rings forth:

KavithArkika kalabhavraja kaBalIkruthi Simha!
Sakala VidhyA vaahinI Janmasaila!

Yethsarikai is announced and Swamy Desikan proceeds to the next sannidhi of Thiru AnanthAzhwAn, who is a Nithyasoori and serves the Lord in SrI Vaikuntam and VibhavAvathArams .


Anantha-khyAthisampanna: suddha sathva sudhIbala:
dhatthE bahuvidham bhOgai: sruthidhrushti sTiraasraya:

Many glories associated with AdhisEshan as prathama nithyasoori (Umbrella when the Lord is standing , Throne when He is sitting , Bed when He is reclining and sandals , when He walks as well as accompaniment in Raama-KrishNa avathArams and
later as AchArya RaamAnuja in Kali yugam) are hinted here.

JagathyasEshANi yadhEkasEshE paryankathAm yasccha gatha: praTimnA
alankaneeyam mahimAnamanyai: bhajathyasou bhAvitha sEshabhAva:

AdhisEshan's unparalleled sEsha Vrutthi is saluted here once more.
After AdhisEsha mnagaLAsAsanam with the above two slOkams , Swamy Desikan recieves MaryAdhais from AadhisEshan at the MadaipaLLI prAkAram or AaLavanthAr MURRam , where AaLavanthAr first saw from distance RaamAnujA . This is followed by the recitation of the 43rd slOkam of Garuda PanchAsath that begins with : "Slishyath RudrAsukeerthi---" where Garuda Bhagavan's mighty arms are eulogized.The other top nithyasoori is saluted with the above 43rd slOkam .


In the same MadaipaLLi prAkAram is the sannidhi of KarumANikka Varadhar. This is exactly where AaLavanthar saw RaamAnujA as a student and prayed to Lord Varadhan
to enable RaamAnujA to become the illustrious SampradhAya Pravarthakar. That famous SaraNaagathi prayer by AaLavanthAr salutes the limitless power of Lord VaradarAjan that makes deaf hear , blind see, lame run ,the dumb speak and even the maladi gets a child :

yasya prasAdhakalayA Bdhira: sruNothi
pankhu: pradhAvathi javEna cha vakthi Mooka:
andha: prapasyathi sutham labahdhE cha VandhyA
Tamm DevamEva Varadham SaraNam gathOsmi

Another SlOkam starting with , " LakshmI nEthrOthpala-SrIsatataparichayAdEsha samvardhamAna:" is recited next at KarumANikka Varadar Sannidhi.

Kattiyam for Swamy Desikan follows:

sraddhAtavya Saranya dhivya dampathi dayA dhivyApagAvyApaka!
thrayyanthaprathinandahaneeya vividhOdhanatha!

After Yeccharikai , Swamy moves on to the MangaLAsAsanam of MadaipaLLi NaacchiyArkaL with the first slOkam of SrI SaraNAgathi DhIpikai:

PadhmApathE: sthuthipadhEna vipachyamAnam
pasyanthviha prapadanapravaNA mahAntha:
madhvAkyasamvalithamapyajahath svabhAgam
maanyam YathIsvara MahAnasa sampradhAyam

Here the salutation is to MadaipaLLi Vazhi vantha SampradhAyam. The reference is to MadaipaLLI AacchAn , who performed MadaipaLLi Kaimkaryam and served as a prime disciple of AchArya RaamAnujA. another slOkam saluting this tradition that came to us via Kidambi (MadaipaLLi) AacchAn (1057-1157 A.D) is the subject of another Kattiyam:

After MaryAdhai at MadaipaLLI NaacchiyArkal, two more verses are recited to salute KidAmbi (AthrEya) AcchAn :

ithi YathirAjamahAnasa parimaLa parivAha vaasithAm piBhatha
vibhudha parishannishEvyAm VedAnthOdayana sampradhAya sudhAm

VedAnthOdayana was a title given by AchArya RaamAnujA in recognition of his erudition in VedAntha. The salutation to KidAmbi AacchAn is followed by a Kattiyam for Swamy Desikan :

YathirAjamahAnasa parimaLa parivAha vaasitha
VedanthOdayana sampradhAya paripOshaka!
yathipathi sampradhAya nirapAyadhanOpachitha!

Yethsarikai is announced and Swamy Desikan now travels further and has the darsanam of SrI PerumdEvi ThAyAr's KalyANa Koti VimAnam .

In the last posting , we saw Swamy desikan approaching ThAyAr Sannidhi and having the Darsanam of Her KalyANa Koti VimAnam . The following slOkam celebrating the glories of KalyANa Koti vimAnam will be recited :

YacchAyam samupEthya ThAthayaguru: LakshmIkumArAbhidha:
KanyAnAm sathalaksha lakshitha mahAdhAnEna sadhvarNitha:
gArhasTAsramamAkalyya Varadham prINAthi tamm bhAsvaram
sEvE SrI nilayam vimAnamaparam KalyANa kOtyAhvayam

Here, the salutations to the KalyANa Koti VimAnam is linked with reminiscences about Pancha Matha Banjana ThAtha Desikan (1509-1591 C.E), a disciple of the 6th Azhagiya Singar of AhObila Matam and his famous son , Koti KanyA dhAnam SrI Lakshmi KumAra ThAtha Desikan ( 1572-1632 C.E). Both are very closely linked with many kaimakryams at Kaanchipuram temple and their Sri Saila VamsatthAr are continuing those traditions . The golden plates over KalyANa Koti VimAnam , many aaabharana samarpaNams are associated with Sri Lakshmi KumAra ThAtha Desikan.
He was saved by SrI Komalavalli ThAyAr of Thirukkudanathai, when he had a serious illness. Later PerumdEvi ThAyaar told him in his dream that he will receive a golden pot full of gold coind and that he (Lakshmi Kumara ThAtha Desikan) should use that wealth for many temple kaimkaryams. He obeyed PerumdEvi ThAyAr's command and excelled in all types of Kaimkaryams. Many Vaahanams , Many special pieces of
jewelery worn by ThAyAr and PerumAL at Kaanchi are samarpanams of Lakshmi KumAra Desikan. One such aabharaNam is the diamond and gem studded ThoppAram worn by Lord VaradarAjan during His special Vaikaasi GarudOthsava sEvai . Two years ago , one of the vamsatthAr with the same name as Lakshmi KumAran presented RathnAngi and Paandyan KoNdai for Lord VaradarAjan . This vamasatthAr have recognized rights of Mudhal Theertham , Mudhal Maalai, Thriumanjana Kattiyam recital, Manthra Pushpam recital rites , PurANa Patana recital on Kaisika EkAdasi day and other special recognitions at the temple.

Arrival at the Mukha Mantapam of ThAyaar Sannidhi

Swamy now moves on to KaNNan sannidhi located at the muhappu of ThAyAr Sannidhi . Haaratthi for KaNNan takes place and four slOkams are recited by the GhOshti starting with the DasAvathAra SthOthram saluting Lord KrishNa in the Sardhoola VikrIditham metre :

NaaTAyaiva nama: padham bhavathu na: chithrai: charithrakramai:
bhUyOpi bhuvanAnyamUni kuhanaa gOpAya gOpAyathE
KaaLinthIrasikAya KaaLiyaphaNisphArasohaDAvADikA
rangOthsanga Visanga chankramadhurAparyAya charyAyathE

The very many wonderous deeds that KaNNan performed on the banks of Yamunaa river as a shepherd boy --His play with Gopis , Dance on the serpent KaaLiyan's hood --are recalled and He is saluted also for His Jagath RakshaNa vyApAram here.
The other three slokams start with these words:

a. KamsadhvamsaikaveerO --
b. yEkIbhavEthbhirayuthairapi manmaTAnAm---
c. PraNipathAmi Bhavantham ananya dhee:

akhila kaaraNam aasritha charaNam
anugamAdganidhampraTamA gira:
kimapi yathpadham yEkamdhIyathi

After these slOkams are recited , Swamy Desikan receives MaryAdhai from KaNNan and in the ardha Mantapam of ThAyaar Sannidhi , the recital of SrI GopAla Vimsathi commences.

The next major stop for Swamy Desikan is at His Mother's sannidhi, where She has been waiting patiently for Her son to arrive. At the conclusion of the recitation of SrI GopAla Vimsathi at the mukha mantaPam of ThAyAr Sannidhi in front of KaNNan , Haaratthi for ThAyAr will be performed. Following slOkams praising Jagan MaathA and Her divine consort will ring out:

1. anAdhE nissImnO dhurithajaladhEryannirUpamam
vidhu: prAyascchittham yadhuraghudhurINasayavidha:
tadhArambhE tayA giramavadhadhAnEna manasA
PrapadhyE ThAmEkAm SriyamakhilanATasya MahishIm

(BhakthAs: May I request You to have the joy of identifying the source of these verses ? This will be a nice interactivity on Your parts this way.)

2. mahEndRAgnA VishNu prabhruthishu mahathva-prabhruthivath
prapatthavyE tatthvE parinamitha-vaisishtya vibhavAm
adhrushyathvam dhUthvA kamithurabhigamyathva JananIm
Sriyam sIthApAngAm aham asaraNO yaami saraNam

Both of the above slOkams are PurushakAra Prapatthi slOkams addressed to the Universal Mother .BhakthAs are encouraged to link them with their sources and respond .

Three more slOkams from SrI Sthuthi will be recited now:

3. sEvE dEvi thridasa mahilA mouLimAlArchitham thE
SiddhikshEthram samithavipadhAm sampadhAm paadhapadhmam
yasminnIshan namitha sirasO yApayithvA sarIram
varhtishyanthE vithamasi padhE VaasudEvasya dhanyA:
---SrI Sthuthi SlOkam


4. MaathA dEvi Thvamasi BhagavAn VasudEva: PithA mE
JAthassOham Janani YuvayOrEkalakshyam dayAyA:
dhatthO Yushmath parijanatayA dEsikairapyathasthvam
kim thE bhUya: priyamithi kila smEravakthrA vibhAsi
---SrI Sthuthi: 20th SlOkam

(meaning): Oh MahA Devi! When the dEva shtrIs prostrate before You , the flower garlands on their tresses fall at Your Thiruvadi and that scene looks like their archana of Your Thiruvadi with those flowers. Your Thiruvadi removes all dangers for Your bhakthAs and blesses them with great auspiciousness. Those who have performed the easy-to-perform SaraNAgathi at Your Thiruvadi are truly blessed (MahA BhAgyasaalis). They reach Your Suddha-satthvamaya Parama padham (SrI Vaikuntam) at the end of their earthly life and perform nithya kaimkaryam for You
and Your divine consort. Thus a small prostration/namaskaraNam at Your auspicious Thiruvadi yields the greatest of boons. adiyEn salutes those powerful Thiruvadis.

5. KalyANAnAm avikalanidhi: kaapi kaaruNyaseemA
nithyAmOdhA nigamavachasAm mouLimandhAramAlA
sampathdhivyA Madhuvijayina: sannidhatthAm sadhA mE
---SrI Sthuthi: 24th SlOkam

(Meaning): Periya PirAtti shines as the abode of all mangaLams. She is the One , who confers MangaLam on any mangaLa vasthu inthis world. She forgives all the trespasses of Her wayward children and pleads with Her Lord to overlook their trespasses against His sAsthrams. At the time of Prapatthi , She stands as
UpAyam as well as UpEyam with Her Lord and shines as the boundary of DayA. She is praised in the VedAs and vedAntham as " the ever-fragrant garland of MandhAra
Pushpams resting on their heads". She is recognized by Her Lord as His chief wealth. She stays as the divine KaamadhEnu for the whole world and grants Her devotees al what they seek form Her. May this SrI Devi of wonderous attributes stay inside my heart always !

This will be followed by the second slOakm of YathirAja sapthathi:
SahadharmacharIm SourE: sammanthritha JagathhithAm
ANUGRAHAMAYEEM VANDHE nithyaamajna~tha nigrahAm

(Meaning): The AchAryai next to the Lord is SrI Devi, His sahadharmachAriNi. She joins her Lord in thinking about the auspiciousness that She can confer on Her Bhaktha janams(Sammanthritha Jagath hithAm). She is the embodiment of dayA (anugrahamayi). She does not know about punishing chEthanams (Her children) ever.
When her Lord engages in RakshaNa vyApArams , She stands by Him and helps Him perform those duties effectively. adiyEn salutes this periya PirAtti of limitless glories .

The next slOkam salutes the MahA Devi seated in the middle of the Lord's chest (Muramardhanasya bhujamadhya peetikAm):

6) iyamathra VisvajananI samutthiTA
Muramardanasya Bhukamadhya peetikAm
adhiruhya visvamavathi sva-vIkshaNai:
--- Source to be identified by Desika bhakthAs

Following kattiyam for Swamy Desikan is recited aloud so that His PurappAdu with Yethsarikai can be announced by the kattiyam Swamy :

SrIrangarAja dhivyAj~nA labdha VedAnthAchaarya Padha!
TathsahadharmachAriNee krupAtthAkhilatanthra SvAtantrya !

The two titles given by Lord RanganathAn and Sri RanganAyaki (VedAnthAchAryan and Sarva Tantra Svathanthrar) are hailed here.

Swamy Desikan now moves aroud the prAkAram of ThAyAr sannidhi and the powerful slOkam that helped the BrahmachAri to be blessed with the shower of gold coins is remembered:

7) yOgArambhathvarithamanasO YushmadhaikAnthyayuktham
dharmam prApthum praTamamiha yE dharayanthE dhanAyAm
tEshAm bhUmEr-dhanapathi gruhAth amBarAthambhudhErvaa
dhArA niryAnthyadhikamadhikam vAnchithAnAm vasUnAm
---SrI Sthuthi: 16th SlOkam

(Meaning): Oh SrI Devi! Some paramaikAnthis of this world engage in the practice of Bhakthi yOgam for gaining Moksha siddhi. For that they have to practice Jn~Ana yOgam first and for the realization of success with Jn~Ana yOgam, they have to perform karma yOgam before that. As angams for the practice of Bhakthi yOgam as Yaagam, they have to abide by VarNAsrama dharmams. For being successful practioners of this Yaj~nam , they need special anugraham. Because they are ParamaikAnthis, they can not ask anyone except both of You for such an anugraham. When they pray to You both for this anugraham, both of You confer on them much more than what they sought (from every where). Those anugrahms are realized right here like treasures unearthed from the BhUmi. Those showers of wealth can pour out from the treasury of KubhEran. It can be like the wealth that was showered by KubhEran on behalf of Raghu MahArAjan to help Kouthsar. That wealth can come from the sky as in the case of KusElar. That auspiciousness can arise from the ocean as it happens in the case of commerce linked to sea journeys. One thing is for sure. That limitless wealth blessed by You will come even from places that are hard to imagine and will multiply. Such is Your glory!

Swamy Desikan would have arrived now at the MahA Navami MaNTapam .There , He receives SaThAri, sandal paste, ManjaL kAppu and other maryAdhais. All the Sri Sthuthi slOkams are recited now as He ascends the Kola Padi of ThAyAr sannadhi to get near His waiting Mother and thereafter the GhOshti would receive Theertham and SaThAri.

ThAyAr PerumdEvi would be thinking all along about the right kind of present for Her son on this special day. She knows that any Isvaryam will be rejected by Her son with the statement "asthi mE hasthisailAgrE vasthu pathAmaham dhanam". She knows that Her son will reject the boon of kaivalyam or AathmAnubhavam as nasvaram .She now concludes that blessing Her son with sErthi sEvai with Her Lord
would be the only boon that will please him ( ThvadhanjchEth praseedhasi TavAsmi samIpadhaschEth: prayer of Swamy Desikan) . She says : "asthu thE" and gives that boon as Her present (PaaridhOshikam). Lord listens to this and every time He has
PuRappAdu with His dEvi(s), He stops at Desikan sannidhi first at His temple and blesses Swamy Desikan with SaThAri and sEvai with His Devi(s).

The next stops are Garudan Sannidhi and SrI Azhagiya Singar Sannidhi (Guhai Narasimhan Sannidhi) and the respective MangaLAsAsanams there.
After the honors for Swamy Desikan at the ThAyAr sannidhi MahA Navami MaNTapam and recitation of SrI Sthuthi, hAratthi takes place at Garudan Sannidhi and Four slOkams in praise of PakshirAjan are recited by the GhOshti:

1) aryamNA dhuryayOkthra grasana bhayabhruthA
kODaNDajyAm jigrushEdhithi chakithadhiyA
sanktha: SamkarENa
talpE kalpEtha maa thE mathirithi HariNA api
aadharENa anuneetha:
PakshIndhras-thrAyathAm na: Phanadhara mahishI
-- Sri Garuda panchAsath: SlOkam 27

(Meaning): Here, the fear of Sooryan, Sivan and EmperumAn about the destruction of all the serpents due to His anger over them en masse. Sooryan was worried that the serpents serving as the nostril chain (PoottAnkayiru) for His seven-horsed chariot will be devoured. Therefore , Sooryan asked for the intercession of AruNan ,His charioter and the brother of Garudan to intervene and save those serpents , which are integral entities of His raTam. Sivan had a major serpent as the chord for His bow. Sivan was worried about any harm to His bow. EmperumAn was concerned about His bed , AdhisEshan. He requested Garudan not to think about AdhisEshan as His food. In response to these requests from Sooryan , Sivan and EmperumAn , Garudan destroyed all other serpents and made their wives amangalis.
May that powerful PakshirAjan protect us !

2) VaamE Vaikunta sayyA phaNipathi kaDakO
Vaasuki brahmasoothra:
rakshEnnastakshakENa graTitha kaDitaDs-
cchAru KaarkODa haara:
Padhmam karNEapasavyE praTimavathi mahA
padhmamanyathra Bhibrath
chooDAyAm SankhapAlam GuLikamapi bhujE
dakshiNE Pakshimalla:
--SrI Garuda PanchAsath: SlOkam 36

(Meaning): Here , the adornment of famous 8 serpents by Garudan as ornaments in the different parts of His body :He wears AdhisEshan and GuLikan as two bangles on His left and right hands respectively. Vaasuki is worn as His sacred thread; Takshakan is the waist band; KaarkODan is worn as necklace; on his right ear is seen Padhman and on the left ear is seen MahA Padhman as ear rings/KuNDalams; On His Crown is seen the sarpam , SankachUDan . May this Garudan with the adornment of the 8 MahA sarpams protect us !

3) This slOkam salutes the kaimkaryam of Garudan to His Lord during RaamAvathAram from Naaka Paasam on top of SuvEla hills of the city of LankA:

vEgOdhvEla: suvElE kimidhamithi miTO
manthrithO VaanarEndhrai:
maayA maanushya leelAmabhinayathi Harou
labdha sEvA visEsha:
VaidhEhi karnapoora sthapaka surabhiNA
Ya: samAslEshI dhOshNA
thrushNA pAriplavAnAm Sa bhavathu GarudO
dhukkhavaariplavO na:
-- SrI Garuda PanchAsath: SlOkam 48

(Meaning): SrIman NaarAyanan took the avathAram of a Human Being (Son of DasaraTan) and performed the abhinayam of one undergoing the experiences of
joy and suffering with His own sankalpam. During that avathAram, He fought RaavaNA , who abducted His wife (SithA PirAtti) and engaged Indhrajith, the son of RaavaNan in combat. Indhrajith used the serpent arrows (NaagAsthram) to tie down both Raaman and LakshmaNan in the battle field. Recognizing this problem caused by the NaagAsthrams , Garudan swept down in a big hurry. The monkey chieftains on SuvEla malai could not figure out the object moving down with the speed of a missile and discussed among themselves as to what that object would be. Once the serpents binding the Lord and His brother saw the approaching Garudan, they took flight and removed their bonds. Raamachandran got us and
embraced tightly Garudan for the timely service rendered.Raamachandran's shoulders carried still. The fragrance of the flowers worn by SithA PirAtti
in Her ears. May that Garudan embraced by the Lord help us engaged in pursuit of petty things by taking the form of a Boat across the ocean of SamsAric misery.

4) The fourth and final slOkam used for the mangaLAsAsanam of Garudan also comes from SrI Garuda PanchAsath and refers to the kaimkaryam done by Garudan to the Lord during His KrishNAvathAram:

dugdhOdhanvath prabhUtha: svakamahimA praTur-
VishNunA KrishNanAmnA
pincchA kalpAnukalpa: samagaDi sudhruDhO
yathpradhishDa: kirIDa:
virO VairOchanAsthra-vranakiNa guNithO-
sanghAtham sarpagAthI Sa harathu mahathAm
asmath adhyAhithAnAm
---SrI Garuda PanchAsath: SlOkma 49

(meaning): VirOchanan was the son of Bhaktha PrahlAdhan. He was performing Kaimkaryam for the Lord at the Milky ocean. Our Lord was deeply engaged in His Yoga Nidhrai. VirOchanan had an evil thought at that time . He stole the Lord's
crown and ran off to the nether world. When the Lord woke up and blessed the sages that visited Him , they found that the Lord's ThiruvabhishEkam (Crown) was missing and they figured out that VairOchanan must have absconded with that divine crown. They prayed to Garudan to retrieve the crown from VairOchanan's secret hide out in PaathALam. Garudan arrived quickly at the nether world and engaged VairOchanan in combat.Vairochanan hurt Garudan with his arrows and the marks of those arrows added to the welts formed from the earlier comabts of Garudan with Indhran , when Garudan was hit by the VajrAyudham. Garudan chased
away VairOchanan and ascended from PaathALam and travelled across the skies. At that time , Garudan had the darsanam of Lord KrishNan playing with His friends as GOpAlan at BrundhAvanam. Garudan recognized His Lord and descended from the skies and placed that gigantic crown of KshIrAbhdhi Naatan on the head of the child KrishNan (Baala GOpAlan). Once the big crown was placed on His head, the Lord made the Crown fit His smaller head as a child. That crown fitted exactly and became second to the peacock feather , which was His favorite aabharanam. May this servant of the Lord , who presented the divine crown and had the darsana soubhAgyam of His Lord wearing this crown destroy the bonds of SamsAram !

At the end of the recitation of the above four Garuda PanchAsath , MaryAdhais for Swamy Desikan are offered . Next the air is resonant with the auspicious sounds of SrI Garuda DaNDakam . At the conclusion of that recitation , Swamy arrives at Lord Narasimhan's (Guhai Narasimhan's) sannidhi . Haaratthi for Lord Narasimhan takes place. Eight grand slOkams saluting Lord Narasimhan ring forth.

After the honors for Swamy Desikan at the Garudan Sannidhi and the recitation of Garuda daNDakam , Swamy Desikan arrives at Guhai Narasimhan Sannidhi. Haaratthi is performed for Narasimha BhagavAn. Eight slOkams are recited dealing with the different aspects of the Vaibhavam of NrusimhAvathAram:

1. kimathra Haririthyata prakaDithaOpahAsakramam
HiraNya kara gaDDithAth sapadhi jrumbitha: sthambhatha:
pura: sphurathi ssambrama sphuDsaDAcchachaDAchODana
thrudadh gana ganAravadhviguNa brumhitha: SimharAD

Here the NarasimhAvathAram in response to the hitting of the pillar by HiraNyakasipu with the question to his son : Is Your Master Hari in this pillar (Kimathra Hari?). Our Lord jumped that instant out of the pillar that was hit by
HiraNyan and came to the rescue of PrahlAdhan. The King of Simhams (SimharaaD ) jumped out of the struck pillar.

(BhakthAs are requested to identify the source of this powerful slOkam with the figure of speech of alliteration).

2. Bhakthasya dhAnavasisO: paripAlanAya
bhadrAm Nrusimha kuhanAm adhijagmushas thE
sthambhaikavarjam adhunApi karIsa noonam
ThrailOkyam yEtadhakhilam Narasimhagarbham
---23rd SlOkam , SrI VaradarAja PanchAsath

(Meaning): Oh PeraruLALa PerumALE ! Once an asuran by the name of HirNayan displayed enimity towards his son , PrahlAdhan , a great BhAgavathan with limitless towards you. Hiranyan exposed his son to cruel punishments for displaying bhakthi to You. You jumped out of a pillar of HiraNyan's court with the form of the mnost beautiful Narasimha Roopam to protect Your dear Bhakthan. You destroyed HiraNyan and You took the Sanklapam to be present in every object of the Universe to be there , if HiraNyan pointed his fingers at any object and questioned his son about Your being there. HiraNyan chose to hit the pillar in his court and You came out of it immediately to prove that You are there and to protect Your dear Bhakthan on that day.OH Varada NarasimhA! From that time on until now and forever , You are presetn in all vasthus in the form of Narasinghan.Therefore all the objects in the three worlds have You in their wombs (inside them). This is for Sure !

3. SaDApaDalabhIkshaNE sarabhasADDahAsOdhbhaDE
sphurathkrudhi parisphuDadhbhrukuDikEapi vakthrE kruthE
krupA kapaDakEsarin ! dhanujaDimbha dhatthasthanA
SarOjasadhrusA dhrusA vyativishajya thE vyajyathE
---- KaamAsikAshtakam : SlOkam 7

(Meaning): Oh Lord of ThiruvELukkai ! Oh NarasimhaA! Your kaaruNyam is matchless. You devised a unique scheme to come to the rescue of PrahlAdhan and to destroy his offending fathe HiraNyan ;that scheme did not violate any boons given to HiraNyan by other devathAs. You took the Nrusimha roopam , which is neither man or lion and uses the weapon of Your nails to tear HiraNyan apart at saayam sandhyA , while sitting on the door steps of his palace. At that time , Your rapidly moving manes loud , angry looks created terror in the heart of HiraNyan.
At the same time , You cast Your cool glances at PrahlAdhan. Your compassion reached out to HiraNyan as terror-generating glances and as cool , nectarine and comforting glances for PrahlAdhan. This was indeed a miracle that the same glance
created terror in the hear tof HirNyan and comforted Bhaktha PrahlAdhan. That DayAof Yours served as the breast milk of the Mother feeding Her darling little child , PrahlAdhan. Oh VELukkia EmperumAn! We understand now the nature and
quality of Your KaaruNyam !

4. prathyAdhishta purAdhana praharaNa grAma: kshanam pANijai:
avyAth thrINi jagathyakuNDamahimaa VaikunDakaNDIrava:
yathprAdhurbavanAdh avandhya jaDarA yaadhrucchikAdh vEdasAm
Yaa kAchith sahasA mahAsura-suragruhasTUNA pithAmahyabhUth
----DasAvathara SthOthram: slOkam 5


5. vikasvara nakhasvarukshatha HiraNya Vaksha: sTalI
nirargaLa vinirgaLadh rudhira sindhu sandhyAyithA
avanthu madhanAsikA manujapanchavakthrasya maam
aham praTamikA miTa: prakaDithahavA bAhava:
--- SrI KaamAsikAshtakam: 

SlOkam 6 in praise of the nails of Narasimha BhagavAn.

(meaning): The powerful nails in the hands of Nrusimha BhagavAn have expanded to reach a huge form to tear the heart of the offending HiraNyan. They had the strength and power of VajrAyudham . When Lord Narasimhan tore the chest of HiraNyan , the blood that gushed forth reddened both of His hands. That extended red glow looked like a red garland. Those hands compete with each other to perform the duties of Bhaktha RakshaNam and Dushta nigraham. May those hands of
KaamAsikA Narasimhan protect adiyEn !

6. dhambhOLisrENidhIpyath khara nakhara-mukhaksuNNa dhaitEyavakshO
nishDyUthaa-sruksravanthI-bharitha dasa disA darsithApUrvasandhya:
Swami dhvamsaprakupyath suraripu pruthanAsthOmarUpam sa yEsha
BrahmasthambhaikachandrO bahubhiriha karairandhakAram nirundhE

SrI NrusimhAvathAram is once again celebrated here.

(BhakthAs are requested to participate in the quiz to identify the source of this descriptive slOkam and the two more below).

7. VidhArayathi dhAruNair-BalabhidhasthrabhanggOthbhaDAm
saDA vidhuthisambrama bramitha sapthalOka sTithi:
kulAchala silAtala dhraDimaDambarassthambineeam
Prabhu: dhvishadhura stalIm nakhara srungadambhOlibhi:

SrI celebration of NrusimhAvathAram is the topic of this slOkam.
(BhakthAs are requested to participate in this quiz as well to identify the source of this verse . I will come back , if there are no responses ).

8. PrahlAdhAhlAdhanAni praNatha-surajana-prANanaprINanAni
PrathyUDasTEma bhIma praLaya ghanaghaDA ghOshanAmbharANi
Kshubhath-sapdhAmbhudhIni kshuraparusha nakhakrIDitha kshuNNa sasthrO:
asmath bhIthivyapOham vivadhathu NruharE: attahAsAdhbhuthAni

( another topic for the Source identification Quiz)

The events after the destruction by Lord Narasimhan are saluted here. Lord Narasimhan's adhbhutha attahAsams during this avathAram and the Lord's beckning of prahlAdhan to come near Him are covered here.

Swamy Desikan recieves MaryAdhai from Lord Narasimhan. GhOshti recieves theerthama nd SatAri. The MangaLAsAsana yathrai attives now at GodhA PirAtti sannidhi.

The dhyAna slOkam of GodhA Sthuthi rings forth now:

sathamaNineelA chAru-kalhAra-hasthA
sthanabhara namithAngI sAndhra-vAthsalya sindhu:
alakavinihithAsragbhirAkrushDDa NaaTA
vilasathu hrudhi GodA VishNuchitthAmajA na:

(meaning): The dear daughter of PeriyAzhwAr , GOdhA , has the bluish hue like a IndhraneelA gem (sapphire). She adorns a red lotus (senkazhuneer flower) in her
hand. Her heavy breasts make Her bend forward somewhat. She is the One , who forgives our trespasses and showers infinite affection on us. She is the One , who used the garlands worn on Her tresses to bring the Lord under Her control to
help us. May that daya Moorthy, GOdhA be seated in our heart lotus always!

After sannidhi honors are presented to Swamy Desikan on behalf of GodhA PirAtti. Now GodhA Sthuthi is recited majestically. Dear BhakthAs: After MangaLAsAsanam at ANDAL sannidhi and the recitation of GOdhA Sthuthi, Swamy Desikan arrives at VishvaksEnar sannidhi for offering His worship and thereafter, He arrives at the bottom of Hasthigiri (Malai adivAram). Haaratthi takes place at VishvaksEnar sannidhi . Three slOkams saluting VishvaksEnar (SEnai Mudali), the third in our AchArya paramparai, rings forth:

1) VandhE VaikuNta-sEnAnyam dEvam Soothravathisakham
yadhvEthra sikharasphandhE visvamEtadhath vyavasthitham
--- YathirAja Sapthathi: SlOkam 3

(meaning): VishvaksEnar resides in SrIvaikuntam and commands all to perform their assigned kaimkaryams to the dhivya dampathis. He is the commander in chief of the Lord's army. He has always a cane in His hand as an insignia of His authority. When he cracks that cane , the fearful world will not swerve from their assigned status and behaves accordingly. The consort of VishvaksEnar has the name of Soothravathi. adiyEn salutes that VishvaksEnar , who has the power to rule the world at the command of His Lord , Sriya: pathi.

2) asesha-vigna-samanam AnIkEswaram aasrayE
SrImatha: KaruNAmbhOdhou sikshAsrOtha ivOTitham
--- Daya sathakam : SlOkam 5

(meaning): adiyEn offers my salutation to VishvaksEnar, who rose out of the ocean of Lord SrInivAsan's dayA as the instrument (flowing canal) for correcting the offenders transgressing His Lord's sAsthrAs. He removes all obstacles to subha Kaaryams .(we perform VishvaksEna aarAdhanam for that reason first in Vaidhika kaaryams).

After honors for Swamy Desikan , the following slOkam of Prapatthi to VishvaksEnar is recited since He is the third in the line of our AchArya Paramparai. He follows after our PerumAL and ThAyAr:

SurAsurAdhIsvara mouLighAthAth
visIrNa jAmbhUnadha vEthrasrungam
aalakshya santhOsham alakshyam-
anyai: AnIkanEthAram prapadhyE

After this last MangaLAsAsanam at the foot of the Hasthigiri, Swamy Desikan rushes towards the waiting Lord VaradarAjan on top of the Hasthigiri. From here on the mangaLAsAsanams are elaborate and will take many postings to cover. 

Arrival at the foot of the sacred Hasthigiri

After the mangaLAsAsanam at SrI VishvaksEnar Sannidhi , Swamy Desikan arrives at the foot of Hasthigiri hill and three slOkams from his SrI sookthis are recited :

tasyAsthIrE sarsijabhuva: soumya vaithAna vEdhi:
dhivyam kurvan dhramida vishayam dhrusyathE Hasthisaila:
yasyOpAnthE kruthavasathayO yApayithvA sarIram
varthishyanthi vithamasi padhE VaasudEvasya dhanyA:

Here Chathurmukha BrahmA's conductance of a great Yaj~nam using Hasthigiri as the Utthara Vedhi and the appearance of Lord VaradarAjan from that altar with PuNyakOti VimAnam is referred to. The bhAgyam of those , who reside in the proximity of Hasthigiri and their worhipping the Lord of Hasthigiri and reaching the Supreme abode is also referred to here.

The nostalgic visualization of the Lord on top of Hasthi Giri

sanchinvAnA TaruNa tuLasI dhAmabhi:svAmabhikhyam
asyAm vEdhyAm anuvidhadhathI syAmaLam havyavAham
bhOgaisvarya priyasahacharai: kApi LakshmI KaDAkshai:
bhUya: syAmA BhuvanajananI dEvathA sannidhatthE

The dhivya mangaLa vigraham of the Lord of Hasthigiri with garlands made of freshly blooming Tulasi flowers and leaves is invoked here in anticipation of His darsanam on top of the hillock. The ShyAmaLa Moorthy arising out of the Agni Kuntam is visualized here .

This slOkam is a slight variation of the 50th slOkam of SrI VaradarAja PanchAsath:

vyAtanvAnA TaruNa TuLasI dhAmabhi: svAmabhkhyAm
MaathangAdhrou Maragatharuchim pushNathI manasE na:
BhOgaisvarya priya sahacharai: kAapi LakshMI KaDAkshai:
bhUya: ShyAmA Bhuvana JananI dEvathA samnidhatthAm

(Meaning): May the Lord VaradarAjan reside forever in our hearts . He is adorned with fresh green TuLasI garlands and His ThirumEni is even more darkened (shyamALa ThirumEni) with the glances of MahA LakshmI , the sweet companion of the Lord associated with Moksham in the other world and Isvaryam in this world . There on top of the Hasthigiri presides the wonderous Lord , who spreads His emerald like hue every where and is responsible for the origin of the Universe(Jagath KaaraNan).

Tribute to SrI NadathUr AmmAL mantapam

A slOkam from Sankalpa SooryOdhayam is now recited to salute SrI AmmAL Mantapam on top of Atthigiri in the form of AchArya Salutation:

Baladarsana mantapam sruthInAm
Bahubhir-bhAvitha vaibhavam pramANai:
avadhUtha rajastamaskamEthath
sumathEs-sathvamayam vibhAthi soudham

This strength giving Mantapam shines as the embodiment of Sathtva gunam of the sacred AchAryAs and is free from any admixture with rajO and TamO GuNams. This strength giving Mantapam is resplendent with the glories of many pramANams enshrined in the different sruthIs.

Salutation to the 24 steps leading to the top of Hasthi Giri

Swamy Desikan is now before the 24 steps leading up to the top of Hasthi Giri. A respectful salutation to the steps of the Hasthi Giri itself is offered now:

iyam akhila pumarTa prArTanA KalpavallI
sthitamathibhirananyai: sEvithA siddhabrundhai:
dhyuthibhiraviralAbhir-dhyOtayanthI dhiganthAn
visathi sumathisoudham VishNubhakthirvisuddham

Here , the Hasthi Giri is saluted as "Sumathi soudham" and "Visuddha Soudham of VishNu Bhakthi". The Upparikai on top of the 24 steps constituting Gaayathri Manthram is recognized as the abode of purest VishNu Bhakthi and the abode where AchAryAs of noble mind and anushtAnam have worshipped .This Hasthi Giri is also recognized as the boon-granting KalpakA creeper for all PumarTams (all the four PurushArtams) because of the residence of Lord VaradarAjan , who grants all the desired boons in every one of the four yugams .

Hasthi Giri steps are Sudhda Satthva mayam

The next slOkam celebrating the sacred most steps (Suddha satthva maya steps) shown to us by the great AchAryAs leading up to the proximity of Sriya: pathi
is saluted this way:

nirapAya DEsika nidarsithAm imAm
KamalAsahAya karuNAdhirOhaNIm
kramasOsadhiruhya kruthina: samindhathE
parisuddha satthva parikarmithE padhE
Salutation to the Blemishless AchArya Paramparai

Once again , Swamy Desikan is overwhelmed by the NirapAya Desika paramparai and the SrI NadAthUr AmmAL's KaalakshEpa ghOshti and the sacred pravachanams there leading up to the creation of Srutha PrakAsikai.

A slOkam from SrI Sankalpa SooryOdhayam is recited now in anticipation of the imminent visit to the sacred site , where the KaalakshEpa GhOshti including Swamy Desikan's own AchArya thrived:

dhivi bhuvi cha nivishtAn DEsikAN dhivya bhUmna:
praNathi niyatha vrutthi: prArTayE kanchidharTam
adhijigamishurAdhyam dhAma yushmath prabhAvAth
priyagathiranugruhya prEkshyathAm bhruthya yEsha:

As the one belonging to the illustrious AchAryans of resplendent glories staying in SrI Vaikuntam or here , Swamy Desikan prays for their anugraham as the servant
indebted to them.

Salutation to the Blemishless AchArya Paramparai

Once again , Swamy Desikan is overwhelmed by the NirapAya Desika paramparai and the SrI NadAthUr AmmAL's celebrated KaalakshEpa ghOshti and the sacred pravachanams there leading up to the creation of Srutha PrakAsikA and other SrI Sookthis by his sishyAs.

Ten of Swamy Desikan's slOkams from his various works and one benedictory slOkam of NadAthUr AmmAL are recited here to salute the AchArya Paramparai 

First SlOkam saluting SrI AmmAL KaalakshEpa GhOshti

A slOkam from SrI Sankalpa SooryOdhayam is recited now in anticipation of the imminent visit to the sacred site , where the KaalakshEpa GhOshti including Swamy Desikan's own AchArya thrived:

dhivi bhuvi cha nivishtAn DEsikAN dhivya bhUmna:
praNathi niyatha vrutthi: prArTayE kanchidharTam
adhijigamishurAdhyam dhAma yushmath prabhAvAth
priyagathiranugruhya prEkshyathAm bhruthya yEsha:

As the one belonging to the illustrious line of AchAryans of resplendent glories staying in SrI Vaikuntam or here , Swamy Desikan prays for their anugraham as the servant indebted to them.

Second SlOkam saluting NadathUr AmmAL KaalkshEpa GhOshti

asmath guru paramagurUn Yathivara Poornou cha Yaamunam Raamam
PadhmAksha Naatha SaThajith sEnEsa RamA RamApathIn vandhe
The entire series of AchAryAs (AchArya paramaparai) starting from AthrEya RaamAnujar (Guru of Swamy Desikan) to the Lord Himself is saluted here . AchArya RaamAnujA , His AchAryan Periya Nampi( MahA PoorNar) , Yaamuna Muni , Raama Misrar (MaNakkAl Nampi) , UyyakkoNDAr ( PundareekAkshar) , Naatha Muni, SathakOpar (Swamy NammAzhwAr ) , VishvaksEnar , Periya PirAtti and Her Divine Consort are saluted Here in the ascending order.

Third SlOkam saluting NadathUr AmmAL KaalkshEpa GhOshti

SamsAradhva gathAgatha sramaharas sarvAvagaahya : svayam
SrIsamlEsha samullasathganarasa: SrIsastaDAkO mahAn
nEdhishtEna mahApaTEna sugamO yEshAm prasAdhadh abhUth
thIrTam tathra subham prakAsayathu nastEbhyO GurubhyO nama:

The analogy of relief (Srama haram)from the horrid summer heat (the experiences of SamsAric afflictions) by dipping deep in to the cool pond of AchArya anugraham is recognized here and salutation is made to those AchAryaas and their paramparai.

Fourth SlOkam saluting NadAthUr AmmAL KaalakshEpa GhOshti

A slOkam from SrImath Rahasya Thraya Saaram from the Guru ParamparA chapter is recited now:

Gurubhyas Tadhgrubhyasccha namOvAkam adhImahE
vruNImahE cha tathrAdhyou DampathI JagathAm pathI
We invoke the namas sabdham for our immediate Guru and His Gurus. Among them, we elect the SaravalOka SEshis , the Lord and His PirAtti both as UpAyam and Phalan.

Fifth SlOkam saluting NadAthUr AmmAL KaalkshEpa maNDapam

yEthE mahyam apODa manmaTasarOnmATAya NaaTAdaya:
trayyantha: prathinandanIya vividhOdhanthA: svadandhAmiha
sraddhAtavya SaraNyadampathi dayAdhivyApagA vyApakA:
sparthA viplava vipralambha padhavI vaidEsikA DesikA:

This slOkam is an echo of the thoughts housed in the 65th slOkam of SrI YathirAja Sapthathi . The VyApaka AchAryAs belonging to the sath sampradhAyam are celebrated here and contrasted with the aadEsa VaidEsikAs (outside the divine directions of SadAcAryAs belonging to the veda Maargam) , who bring misery.
EmperumAn and His Divine Consort are the trust worthy SaraNya Dampathis celebrated through many charithrams in Veda-VedAntham. Those who spread the GangA of their DayA to us are AchAryAs like NaaTa Muni. These AchAryAs are far away from inauspicious codes of behavior such as (1)insulting others because they are learned (2)destroying ancient sadAchArams (3)being deceitful. In this SamsAric world full of temptatations like lust for the other sex induced by the arrows of ManamTA and other disturbances arising from inappropriate desires , May the Vaibhavams and UpadEsams of these AchAryAs become enjoyable to adiyEn !

Sixth SlOkam saluting NadAthUr AmmAL KaalakshEpa GhOshti

HrudhyA Hrudhpadhma simhAsana rasika HayagrIva hEshOrmighOsha
kshiptha prathyarTi dhrupthir jayathi bahuguNA pankthir-asmath gurUNAm
dhik-soudhAbaddha jaithra dhvajapaDa bhavana sphAthi nirdhUtha Tatthath-
siddhAntha sthOma thUla staBaka vigamana vyaktha-sadhvarthaneekA
The glory of the illustrious AchArya paramaparai and its victories in establishing our siddhAntham with the blessings of the Lord HayagrIvan sitting in the heart lotus of the AchAryAs is celebrated in this slOkam. The auspicious sounds of the neighing (kanaippu) of Lord HayagrIva BhagavAn as Sarva VidhyAdhikAri is saluted. The fluttering of the victory flag of our AchAryAs over
Para mathams is rememembered.

Seventh sLokam saluting NadAthUr AmmAL KaalakshEpa GhOshti

Aabhagavattha: praTithAm anagAm AchArya Sathathim vandhE
manasi mama yath prasAdhAth vasathi Rahasyathrayasya sArOyam
adiyEn salutes the AchArya Paramparai starting from BhagavAn Himself. The essence of Rahasya Thraya Saaram resides in my mind due to their anugraha Balam.

Eighth SlOkam saluting NadAthUr AmmAL KaalakshEpa mantapam

Karma-BrahmAthmakE SaasthrE kouthaskutha nivarthakAn
vandhE HasthigirIsasya VeeTi sOdhaka kimkarAn

The salutations here are to the SadAchAryAs , who kept the highways (Veedhis) of the Lord (i-e)., Veda Maargam , free from any defects and blemishes (spic and span) through their tireless AchAryaka Kaimkaryams .

Ninth SlOkam saluting NadAthUr AmmAL's KaalakshEpa mantapam

adhyAseena turangavakthra vilasaj-jihvAgra simhAsanAth
AchAryAdhiha dEvathAm samadhikA manyAm na manyAmahE
yasyAsou bhajathE kadhAchidahadhbhUmA svayam bhUmikAm
magnAnAm bhavinAm bhavArNava samuttharAya NaarAYaNa:

The great AchArya Bhakthi of Swamy Desikan is evident here. He asserts that he will not consider any dEvathA equal to or greater than AchAryAs. Tribute to Lord HayagrIvan sitting on the throne at the tip of the AchAryA's tongue and the merciful act of PrathamAchAryan, SrIman NaarAyaNan in uplifting those who are drowning in the bottomless Ocean of SamsAram .

Tenth SlOkam saluting the AchArya paramparai

prapadanamayE vidhyAbhEdhE prathishititha chEthasa:
prathipadamiha praj~nAdhAyam disanthu dayAghanA:
SaTharipu Suka VyAsa PrAchEthasAdhi niBhandhana
srama pariNatha sraddhA suddhAsayA mama DesikA:

The UpakArams done by His AchAryAs and the times at which the AchAryAs come to rescue ( steep flight down from the auspicous path, time of delusion about
the vEda maargam established by the praTamAchAryan) are listed here. With sraddha ( conviction/faith), they (AchAryAs) perform their duties and bless us through
their AchAryakathvam bound by the doctrines established by Swamy NammazhwAr , Suka Brahmam , VyAsa BhagavAn and Aadhi Kavi VaalmIki.

Eleventh slOkam saluting the NadAthUr AmmAL KaalakshEpa Mantapam

prathishtAipitha VedAntha: prathikshiptha Bahirmatha:
bhUyAs thrai vidhyamAnyasthvam bhUrikalyANa bhAjanam

This is the benedictory slOkam from NadAthUr AmmAL, when He met the five year old VedAntha Desikan at His KaalakshEpa Mantapam . NadAthUr AmmAL was so taken up by the dhivya tEjas of the child and its precocious talent that His blessings poured forth spontaneously: " Oh Blessed Child! You will establish the deep meanings of VedAs with pramANams! You will destroy the arguments of the enemies of sath sampradhAyam. The great scholars well versed in VedAs and VedAnthams will recognize and praise your erudition with reverence. May all MangaLams come Your way in great quantities !

Swamy Desikan went on to become VedAnthAchAryar and Sarva Tantra Svatanthrar .

Salutation to Swamy Desikan (Kattiyam) & Yehtsarikai

SrImadh-Varadha-GurukrupA-lambhithOddhAma Vaibhava !
SrI VaadhihamsAmbhuvAhAdhAchAryAth aaptha Saasthra!

Oh Swamy Desika , who was the object of the KrupA of Varadha Guru (NadAthur AmmAL) and became celebrated for Your Vaibhavam as a paramAchAryan ! Oh Swamy DesikA, who acquired all SaasthrA instruction from AthrEya RaamAnujA (SrI VaadhihamsAmbhuvAahar), the disciple of NadAthUr AmmAL ! Yethsarikai Swaami Yethsarikai! Vijayee Bhava Vijayee Bhava Vijayee Bhava , Yethsarikai Swami Yethsarikai !

Now Swamy Desikan travels to the Sannidhi of his dear Lord VaradarAjan fro MangaLAsAsanam on his birth day of PurattAsi Sravanam .The Lord has ben waiitng patiently for His dearst one to arrive all morning !

The archakAs hold gently the kaitthalam on which Swamy Desikan is sitting and bring him close to the space below the sacred feet of the Lord . The AchAryan and the Lord are now united together .

adiyEn will describe the special alankAram for Lord VaradarAjan as KaNNan (KaNNan Karigiri mEl ninRu anaitthum KaakkinRAn --Swamy Desikan) for this occasion .
There will be a huge throng of devotees and famous AchAryAs assembled at the Sannidhi to have the unique darsanam of the Lord and His famous AchAryan together on this auspicious day.

The deeply moving MangaLAsAsanam with recitation of many slOkams from Swamy Desikan's SrI Sookthis take place now . The Garbha Gruham resonates with the MangaLa sabdham of vedAnthAchAryan's SrI Sookthis after haratthi is performed
for Lord VaradarAjan.

Last year , adiyEn started a series of postings on the MangaLAsAsanam by SrI ThUppul SrI VedAntha Desikan of Lord VaradarAjan standing on top of Hasthigiri. We started from Sannidhi vaasal of Swamy Desikan at ThUppul listening to the Dhundhubhi Dhvani in all directions and with the sound of Saama GhAnam by the DevAs and the accompaniment of the Sankalpa SooryOdhyam slOkam :

dhivyA samprathi dhundhibhir-dhisi dhisi dhvAnair-muhu: srUyathE
dEvAnAmapi haavhaavulaharO vikshObhayathyambaram
aarabhdha prahti samskruthi: kruthamukhairrarchimukhai: SrIpathE
aaj~nAdhAribhiaathivAhika ganaI: aadhisyathE Paddhathi:

The Yethsarikais resounded in the air:

SrImadh VenkatanATArya PhaNIdharNidharAdhIsa Dhivya GaNDAvathAra !

Yehtsarikai Swami Yehtsarikai
Vijayeebhava Vijayeebhava Vijayee Bhava
Yethsarikai Swami Yethsarikai !

From ThUppul Sanidhi vaasal, the MangaLAsAsanam journey proceeded to the 24 Padis (steps) of Hasthigiri with stops and appropriate MangaLAsAsanams at the following stops with the accompanying GhOshti reciting the carefully selected slOkAs by Thirupputtkuzhi Swamy some one hundred plus years ago. Stops are made at each sannidhi and location in the following order :

1. First stop: UdhayabhAnu MaNTapam at the Temple ( One SlOkam : Bhujagama
Vihangama--from AbhIthi Sthavam)

2. ThoNDardippodi Steps ( One slOkam of VisvaprINana from Sankalpa SooryOdhayam)

3. On Visual contact of- PuNYakOti VimAnam ( YacchAyAm-Asrithya-- slOkam )

4. At SrI Raaman Sannidhi stop ( SlOkams relating to SrI Raamachandran from Four plus Sankalpa SooryOdhayam slOkams , DasAvathAra SthOthram (8th slOkam ),the 25th slOkam of SrI VaradarAja PanchAsath .

5. Haratthi at HanumAr Sannidhi with Sankalpa SooryOdhayam slOkam
and MaryAdhai from Lord Raamachandran

6. ThiruvananthAzhwAn Sannidhi Haarathi , two SlOKams recital and MaryAdhai

7. Haratthi at KarumANikka Varadhar Sannidhi and recital of Swamy AlavanthAr's prayer for Swamy RaamAnujA to occupy AchArya Peetam (Yasya PrasAdha kalayA--) MaryAdhai for Swamy Desikan.Recital of LakshmInEthrOthpala --slOkam , SraddhAtavya SaraNya --slOkam )

8. Haaratthi at ThirumaDaippaLLi and SaraNAgathy DhIpikA slOkam(PadhmApathE: slOkam ) and MaryAdhai. After MaryAdhai , recital of "YathirAja MahAnasa ParimaLa--" slOkam (in honor of MadaipaLLi sampradhAyam).

9. Darsanam of the SrI KalyANa KODi VimAnam of ThAyAr and recitation of YacchAyAm SamupEthya -- slOkam celebrating the Taath.a Desika Vamsam.

10. Harratthi at KaNNan Sannidhi (Gopaala Vimsathi slOkam: NaaTAyaiav Nama: Padham--, Sankalpa SooryOdhaya SlOkams ( Kamsa dhvamsaika VeerO-- and the two slOkams :
yEkeebhavathbhirayutairapi-- and PraNIpathAmi Bhavantham--).

11. MaryAdhai for Swamy Desikan and the recital of SrI GopAla Vimsathy at the ardha MaNTapam of ThAyaar Sannidhi, Haratthi for ThAyAr .

Recitation of following slOkams continue in praise of ThAyAr :

a. AnaadhE nissImnO dhurithajaladhEr----
b. MahEndrAgnAvishNUprabhruthishu---
c.sEvE Devi Thridasa mahilAmouLimAlArchitham tE ( SrI Sthuthi)
d. MaathA Devi Thvamasi BhagavAn VaasudEva: PithA mE (SrI Sthuthi)
e. KalyANAnAmavikala nidhi: Kaapi KaaruNya seemA (SrI Sthuthi)
f. Sahadharmachareem SourE: Sammanthritha JagadhhithAm( YathirAja Sapthathi)
g. Iyamathra Visvajananee samutthithA (Sanklapa SooryOdhayam)
h. SrIrangarAja dhivyAj~nA labdha VedAnthAcharyapadha---

12. Yethsarikai and arrival at the PrAkAram , where Swamy Desikan's SrI Sthuthi arose to help the BrahmachAri to get married:

Recital of YogArambhathvarithamanasO yushmadhaikAnthya yuktham (SrI Sthuthi)

13. Swamy proceeds to MahA Navami MaNTapam for MaryAdhai , GhOshti Theertham , SaThAri and travel to Garudan Sannidhi and haaratthi there .

14. At GaruthmAn Sannidhi, recital of the three Garuda PanchAsath SlOkams:
a. AryamNA dhurya yOthragrasana--27th SlOkam
b. VaamE VaikuNDa sayyA PhaNipathikaDakO---
c. vEgOdhvElas suvElE kimidhamithi---
d. DhugdhOdanvathbhUtha: savakamahimapruTu: VishNUnA---

15. MaryAdhai for Swamy Desikan and Recital of Garuda DhaNDakam .

16. Travel to Azhagiya Singar Sannidhi & Haratthi there

a. Kimathra HaririyaTa ---Sankalpa SooryOdhayam
b. Bhakthasya DhAnava sisO: ( 23rd slOkam of SrI VaradarAja PanchAsath)
c. SaDApaDala bhishaNE ( KaamAsikAshtakam: 7th slOkam)
d. PrathyAdhishta PurAtana PraharaNa grAma: ( DasaavathAra SthOthram:7th slOkam)
e. vikasvara nakhasvara---( KaamAsikAshtakam: 6th slOkam)
f. DhambOlisrENidheepyath---( Sankalpa SooryOdhaya SlOkam)
g. VidhArayathi dhAruNair Bala--( " )
h. PrahlAdhAhlAdhanAni ------ ( " )

17. MaryAdhai for Swamy Desikan & Travel to Andal sannidhi, Haratthi

a. Sathamakha MaNineelA (Godha Sthuthi dhyAna SlOkam)
b.MaryAdhai to Swamy Desikan and beginning of GodhA Sthuthi

18.Travel to Senai MudaliyAr Sannidhi and Haratthi

a. VandhE VaikuntasEnAnyam -- ( YathirAja Sapthathi # 3)
b. asEsha Vigna samanam --- ( DayA Sathakam # 5)
c. SurAsuraadhIswara MouLigAthAth--- ( Slokam on VishvaksEnar)

19. At the foot of Hasthigiri , Swamy has now arrived and 2 slOkams are recited:

a. TasyAstheerE Sarasijabhuva: somyavaithAnavidhi: ( slOkam on Hasthisailam)
b. SanchinvAnA taruNa tuLasI--( variation on the 50th slOkam of VaradarAja PanchAsath)

20. At AmmAL Mantapam

a. Baladarsana maNTapam srutheenAm( Sanklapa SooryOdhayam slOkam ? )

21. Before climbing the 24 Steps of Hasthigiri , the following slOkam is recited:

a. Iyamakhila pumarTa prArthanA kalpavallee
sithamathibhirananyai: sEvithA siddhabrundhai:
dhyuthibhiraviralAbhir dhyOtayanthee dhiganthAn
visathi sumathisoudham VishNubhakthir-visuddham

We will cover the following stages of the journey of Swamy Desikan :

1. At the time of climbing the 24 steps

2. Salutations to AmmAL's KaalkshEpa ghOshti MaNTapam (12 SlOkams)

3. Lord VaradarAjan's Garbha Graham & Haratthi there (31 slOIkams including those from SrI VaradarAja PanchAsath ,Sankalpa SooryOdhayam , SrI HayagrIva sthOthram , NyAsa Dasakam , NyAsa Vimsathi and VegA sEthu sthothram ).

4. MangaLa Haaratthi to MahA Laksmi on the chest of the Lord (2 slOkams).

5. AruLappAdu from Tamil Prabhandhams for Lord VaradharAjan (6 Paasurams)

6. MaryAdhai for Swamy Desikan from the Lord at kOlappaDi of Thirumalai: Theertham , Pavithram , Sandal paste, Garland , SaThAri .(Theertham , SaThAri to GhOshti at AbhishEka MaNTapam ).

a. Recital of SrI VardarAja PanchAsath and thre slOkams from Sankapa SooryOdhayam concluding with MaryAdhai for Swamy Desikan.

b. Sounding of BhEri Vaadhyam and recital of 15 SlOkams from Sankalpa SooryOdhayam and other SrI Sookthis of Swamy Desikan .

7. Pushpa Vrushti and recital of two more slOkams.

8. ThiruvEnthi Kaapu for the Lord and Swamy Desikan's reluctant farewell until the next Thirunakshathram .

9. Travel to the ThoNdaridippoDi Gopuram Vaasal from the top of the hill.

10. Travel to VeNugOpaalan Sannidhi at the bank of PushkaraNi and the recital of YathirAja Sapthathi.Haaratthi & Gopala Vimsathi

11. Travel to and MaryAdhai at SrI VarAhan Sannidhi (4 SlOkams on VarAhar).

12. Arrival at RanganAthar Sannidhi , Haratthi and Bhagavath DhyAna sOpAnam recital.

13. Arrival at Sudarsanar Sannidhi (3 slOkams on Sudarsanar followed by SudarsanAshtakam ; Theertham, garland, SaThAri, MaryAdhai.

14. Arrival at Swamy NammAzhwAr Sannidhi ( 10 slOkams including those from PaadhukA Sahasram); Theertham, Garland , SaThAri.

15. At Swamy Naathamuni Sannidhi .Haaratthi & 3 slOkams.

16. Haarathti at MUdal AzhwArkaL Sannidhi (1 slOkam)

17. Swamy AaLavanthAr Sannidhi (4 slOkams including the one from SthOthra Rathnam).

18.SrI BhAshyakArar Sannidhi , Haaratthi (6 slOkams from YathirAja Sapthathi). MaryAdhai at SrI BhAshyakArar Sannidhi. Theertham, SaThAri at the front of sannidhi for GhOshti.

19. Arrival at Swamy Desikan Sannidhi , Haarathti for Swamy Desikan. DEsika DinacharyA and PrArTanAshtakam and recitation of 2 slOkams.

20. MaryAdhai for ThAtha Desikan from ThUppul Desikan and Desika MangaLa recitation.

21. KavitArkkika SimhAya KalyANa guNa saalinE
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