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
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 .
THIRUMANJANAM AT THE
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.
ANJALI MUDHRAI ADORNMENT
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
WE WILL FOLLOW THIS SPECIAL JOURNEY OF SWAMY DESIKAN STEP BY STEP IN THIS
AND SUBSEQUENT POSTINGS .
1.UDHAYA BHAANU MANTAPAM HALT & PRAYER
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)!
ARRIVAL AT THONDARDIPPODI VAASAL
After the prayer for Jagath RakshaNam , Swamy arrives at ThoNDardippodi
gate and the sthOthra ghOshti recites the following slOkam :
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 .
SALUTATION TO PUNYA KOTI VIMAANAM
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
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 .
MANGALAASAASANAM FOR RAGHUVEERAN
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
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
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 (
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
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 .
SALUTATION TO AADHISESHAN AT AALAVANTHAAR MURRAM
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 .
KARUMAANIKKA VARADHAR SANNIDHI MANGALAASAASANAM
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!
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:
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
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
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
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
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
avikalanidhi: kaapi kaaruNyaseemA
nithyAmOdhA nigamavachasAm mouLimandhAramAlA
sampathdhivyA Madhuvijayina: sannidhatthAm sadhA mE
saishA dEvi SAKALA BHUVANA PRATANAA KAAMADHENU:
---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
1) aryamNA dhuryayOkthra grasana bhayabhruthA
kODaNDajyAm jigrushEdhithi chakithadhiyA
talpE kalpEtha maa thE mathirithi HariNA api
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
rakshEnnastakshakENa graTitha kaDitaDs-
cchAru KaarkODa haara:
Padhmam karNEapasavyE praTimavathi mahA
chooDAyAm SankhapAlam GuLikamapi bhujE
--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
vEgOdhvEla: suvElE kimidhamithi miTO
maayA maanushya leelAmabhinayathi Harou
labdha sEvA visEsha:
VaidhEhi karnapoora sthapaka surabhiNA
Ya: samAslEshI dhOshNA
thrushNA pAriplavAnAm Sa bhavathu GarudO
-- 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
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
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
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-
pincchA kalpAnukalpa: samagaDi sudhruDhO
virO VairOchanAsthra-vranakiNa guNithO-
sanghAtham sarpagAthI Sa harathu mahathAm
---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
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
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
The dhyAna slOkam of GodhA Sthuthi rings forth now:
sthanabhara namithAngI sAndhra-vAthsalya sindhu:
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:
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
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
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:
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:
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
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
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
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
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
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
Eighth SlOkam saluting NadAthUr AmmAL KaalakshEpa mantapam
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
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
Tenth SlOkam saluting the AchArya paramparai
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
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
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
Swamy Desikan went on to become VedAnthAchAryar and Sarva Tantra
Salutation to Swamy Desikan (Kattiyam) & Yehtsarikai
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
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
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 :
dhundhibhir-dhisi dhisi dhvAnair-muhu: srUyathE
dEvAnAmapi haavhaavulaharO vikshObhayathyambaram
aarabhdha prahti samskruthi: kruthamukhairrarchimukhai: SrIpathE
aaj~nAdhAribhiaathivAhika ganaI: aadhisyathE Paddhathi:
resounded in the air:
PhaNIdharNidharAdhIsa Dhivya GaNDAvathAra !
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
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
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
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:
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
b. Bhakthasya DhAnava sisO: ( 23rd slOkam of SrI VaradarAja PanchAsath)
c. SaDApaDala bhishaNE ( KaamAsikAshtakam: 7th slOkam)
d. PrathyAdhishta PurAtana PraharaNa grAma: ( DasaavathAra SthOthram:7th
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
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:
Sarasijabhuva: somyavaithAnavidhi: ( slOkam on Hasthisailam)
b. SanchinvAnA taruNa tuLasI--( variation on the 50th slOkam of VaradarAja
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
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
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).
Sannidhi , Haaratthi (6 slOkams from YathirAja Sapthathi). MaryAdhai at
SrI BhAshyakArar Sannidhi. Theertham, SaThAri at the front of sannidhi for
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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