Dear KrishNa BhakthAs :
On this day after KrishNa Jayanthi day , when we celebrated the arrival of
Kutti KaNNan , adiyEn seeks the blessings of Swamy Desikan to share
with you all the greatness of the divine kaavyam of
This is Srimath VedAntha Desika Virachitha MahA Kaavyam .
It has been commented upon by Sri Appayya Dikshithar .
The DippiNi for this MahA Kaavyam has been provided by
Abhinava Desika Sri UtthamUr VeerarAghavAcchAr Swamy .
The Nrusimha PriyA Trust has released this Sri Sookthi with
the above content in 1998 .
Sri YaadhavAbhyudhayam is one of the five mahA Kaavyams
bequeathed to us by Swamy Desikan . The Five Kaavyams
of Swamy Desikan are :
(1) Sri YaadhAbhudhya : This covers selected incidents from
th avathAram of BhagavAn Sriman NaarAyaNanan as Lord KrishNa .
It starts with salutation to the Sri Jayanthi Sambhavan ( First slOkam of
SrI Gopala Vimsathy ):
VandhE BrundhAvanacharam vallavee janavallabham
Jayanthee sambhavam dhAma Vaijayanthee vibhUshaNam
(Meaning): I salute that Divine effulgence named Gopala , who was born on
the Sri Jayanthi day ( day when RohiNi nakshathram is united with Ashtami
tithi ) and roamed in the forests of BrundhAvanam wearing the unfading
garland made of wild flowers of the forest known as Vyjayanthi Maalai .
This garland was His charactrestric decoration . He enchanted the Gopis
of BrundhAvanam . I salute this illustrious JyOthi
( http://www.sadagopan.org/acharyans/sd11.htm for the slOkams of
Sri Gopala Vimsathy of Swamy Desikan )
At the end of the 24 sargams containing 2,640 slOkams , Swamy Desikan
instructs us on the reasons behind his composition of the Kaavyam of
YaadhavAbhudhaya ( The Last slOkam of YaadhAvAbhudhayam) :
surabhitha-rasamEthath soonrutham VenkatEsa:
vyatanutha Yadhuveera preethim-icchan prabhUthAm
KavikaTaka mrugEndhra: kshEmadham Kaavyarathnam
(meaning): This gem among Kaavyams has been composed by
the lion among poets and logicians , Sri VenkatEsa Kavi solely
for the pleasure of the Yadhu Veeran ( the hero of the Yadhu vamsam ,
Sri KaNNapirAn . This poet , VenkatEsa Kavi has been empowered by
the superior blessings of AchAryAs of blemishless minds , who are totally
devoid from ajn~Anam . This Kaavya rathnam dealing with the charithram of
Yadhu Veeran will bless every reader with Yoga KshEmam since it is
an abode of true meanings of the eternal Tatthvams .
There are 2,640 poems in beautiful as well as rare (Vichithra) metres and
some of the slOkams are set up in the form of Chithra Bhandhams ( Turanga ,
ShOdasa Padhma DhaLam , SarvathOmukha , ardhabramaka and Muraja
Among the 24 Sargams , the First one starts with 100 slOkams and the last one
concludes with 95 slOkams . Right at the middle ( 12th and the 13th sargam is
Sri RukmiNi KalyANam with 202 slOkams) .
Let us look at the content of the individual Sargams now to get an idea of
the genius of Swamy Desikan in organizing content (100 slOkams) divided across
8 sub-themes :
a. Kaavya Arambham / Introduction (SlOkams 1-8 ) starting with
the First SlOkam of Sri Gopala Vimsathy as Naandhi /Mangala SlOkam
b. Descriptions of Yadhu Vamsa Kings (SlOkams: 9-36)
c. Bhumi Devi's complaint to DevAs about the burden of carrying
the earth , when Kamsa's injustices were increasing (SlOkams 37-41).
d. DevA's arrival at the MIlky Ocean and their eulogy of Ksheera Saagara
NaaTan (SlOkams 42-64 ).
e. Sriman NaarAyaNan's Granting of Darsanam to the DevAs and
their anubhavam of the Lord's Soundharyam (Slokams 65-75).
f. DevA's and Bhumi DEvi's prayer to their Lord to intervene
to remove Kamsan's injustices ( SlOkmas 76-02)
g. BhagavAn's assuring response and promise to take avathAram
as the son of Devaki and VasudEvar of Yadhu Kulam (SlOkams 93-99).
h. BhagavAn's entry in to the garbham of DEvaki at Mathurai (SlOkam 100) .
adiyEn will highlight individual slOkams from the First Sargam and continue
with the other Sargams . When we reach the 12th Sarga m , adiyEn will cover
fully the Mangala Charithram of Sri RukmiNi KalyANam .
May Sri RukmiNI Kaanthan at ThiruvallikkENi grant His blessings in
this Likhitha Kaimkaryam !
Sri KrishNa ParabrahmaNE Nama:
Daasan , Oppiliappan Koil V.Sadagopan
P.S : The rest of the Four MahA Kaavyams of Swamy Desikan in addition to
YaadhavAbhudhayam are listed for completeness here :
(2) Sri RanganathA PaadhukA Sahasram ( http://paadhukasahasram.sadagopan.org)
(3) Sankalpa SooryOdhayam (http://Sadagopan.org/acharyans/ssmain.htm)
(4) Hamsa SandhEsam ( http://www.ibiblio.org/Sripedia/ebooks/Vdesikan/hamsa_sandesa)
(5) SubhAshitha Neevi .
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