Archive for November, 2010


Venkataramana at Bangalore

Dear Perumale,

Thank you for the oppotunity, for the nth time! Adiyen would only want more of this…my only wish in this Bhuloka. Enough and more opportunities to see you and your various forms! Today was one such opportunity…

Adiyen happened to visit the Bhu-Neela Devi Sametha Venkataramana temple at BEML road (off ITPL road) at Bangalore. And lo! Nadaswaram sounds greeted me. There was a Kalyana Utsavam sponsored by a Bhagavataa couple. It was such a pleasure as adiyen sat through the entire event and participated in it as well. Srinivasa perumal utsavar wedded his consorts (Bhu and Neela Devi). I hope your Kalyana Utsavam continues, Perumale, as long as mankind is in existence in Bhuloka! I would like to thank the couple for sponsoring the same.

Sri Bhooneela Sametha Sri Venkataramana Swamy Temple

BhooNeela Devi sametha Sri Venkataramanaswamy – BEML layout, Bangalore (Source: 

The temple is a recently built one, and is very clean and simple. At the entrance is Hanumar on the left-hand side and Ganesha on the right-hand side (yes, I know there are plenty of discussions on why Ganesha should be there in a Sri Vaishnava temple, but then he was not the main deity so it is okay I guess!). There is also a small sannadhi for Pakshi Raja – Garuda. Then there is the main sannadhi of Perumal with Ubhaya Nachimaras.  There is also a small sannadhi for our beloved saint Ramanuja. In the same campus of the temple is a Navagraha mandapam (for people who wish to pray to the planets for protection, though Narayana contains everything within Him! 🙂 ) and a separate hall to conduct homams and other activities. The temple itself is located in a quiter road, thus lending to the peace and calm.

Throughout my journey back, adiyen couldn’t help but smile thinking of You. 🙂 Thank you Sri Venkataramana.. thank you Bhu Devi, Neela Devi.

Adiyen Ramanuja Dasan.

Srimathe Ramanujasya Charanau Sharanam Prapadyel

Srimathe Narayanaya Namah l

Dear Perumale,

It is the day of Thiru Karthigai, the festival of lights. As usual I have seen how a large number of people observe this festival on the 21st of November, while a group of Sri Vaishnavas celebrate it on the 22nd of November, 2010. I still am unread when it comes to figuring out the Sri Vaishnavite significance of Karthigai. Yes, light denotes God, and a roopam of Lakshmi thaayar. Apart from that it is said this was the period when Sr Maha Vishnu in the avatara of Vamana, placed his feet on Mahabali. Therefore Karthigai would signify that as well. I continue to search for answers for these.

 

But, adiyen cannot deny the significance of the birth day of Azhwars! No matter what the most popular days in the month of Karthigai are celebrated for, one gains immnse joy while observing the stars which shine for Sri Thirumangai Azhwar and Sri Thiruppaan Azhwar. This year they fell on consecutive days – 21st of November and 22nd of November. Thirumangai Azhwar, the reformed realised soul. Thiruppaan Azhwar, the musical devotional gemstone. On your Thirunakshatrams, dear Azhwars, I promise to learn more about you. More about the strength of your pasurams. More about how Perumal grew in praise and stature (if that is possible!!) as a result of your bhakti. 🙂

Also want to wish Sri Arulalap Perumal Emperumaanar who’s Nakshatram also feel two days back. It always touches an emotional chord when I think of how Emperumanar once was almost ready to accept defeat and yet at the end Arulalap Perumal bowed down to our Udaiyavar. What a heart-warming incident! And also, when a Matam was built for you, dear Arulalap Perumal.. you demolished it simply because you didn’t want to be spoken about being equal to Emperumanar! What humility… are these incidents true one wonders… when you think of the enormity of the hearts of these mahaans! There is much to learn. Much to learn.

Adiyen.

Srimathe Ramanujasya Charanau Sharanam Prapadye l

Srimathe Narayana Namah l

Dear Perumale,

Had been reading up on the life of Thirumazhisai Azhwar from various sources. Really wanted to put it all together. There were several incidents and it had taken months to complete this task. Finally a two-part video on the Azhwar has been made. This is just representative and may not be entirely factually correct. This is purely for my understanding as well as to share it with others who are newcomers to the concept of Sri Vaishnavism. Adiyen’s video might have many flaws and hence apologies for the same.

Thirumazhisai Azhwar Thiruvadigale Sharanam! Dear Azhwar, hope I have done justice to atleast a small extent in visualising your life!

The story of Thirumazhisai Azhwar – Part 1

The story of Thirumazhisai Azhwar – Part 2

Srimathe Ramanujasya Charanau Sharanam Prapadye l

Srimather Naryanaya Namah l

Srimathe Ramanujaya Namah l

Dear Manavala Mamuniye,

Today is your Thiru Nakshatram. Adiyen haven’t been able to do anything special. But prayers are always there in my mind. I had the good fortune of having seen your Thirumanjanam along with Sri Adi Kesava Perumal at Mylapore.

Manavala Mamuniye! Praise be to you for a hundred, thousand years to come! Hope with time, adiyen is truly worthy of being part of your acharya-sishya lineage.

Adiyen Ramanuja Dasan

Srimathe Ramanujaya Namah l

Srimathe Ramanujasya Charanau Sharanam Prapadhye l

Dear Perumale!

Adiyen had been wondering why You had not invited me to visit You at any of the beautiful temples which house you in quite a while. I have been believing that one gets the opportunity to visit select temples only if You will it. Just when I had been doubting whether I deserve such visits You gave me two such magnificent opportunities!!

1. The chance to view the entire Thirumanjanam/Abhishekam of Utsava Moorthies of Sri Adi Kesava Perumal at Mylapore! This was right on Deepavali Day, November 5th, 2010! Start to end, in close view. Sridevi, Bhudevi, Mayura Valli Thaayar, Andal – all underwent Thirumanjanam along with Sri Manavala Mamunigal!

Mayuravalli Thaayar Sametha Sri Adi Kesava Perumal - Mylapore

What an enchanting sight! What a blessing…

2. The next day after Deepavali, on 6th November 2010 was adiyen’s visit to Sriperumbudur. Another Adi Kesava Perumal temple! It was unplanned but it happened! Perumal was as glorious as ever, and thaayar was special over here – Yathiraajanaathavalli thaayar – the Goddess named as a consort of the lord of Ethiraaja! The name is derived from Ramanujar, and that is unique! Inside the Adi Kesava Perumal temple is the vigraham of Ethirajan in the form of ‘Thaan Ugandha Thirumeni’. What beauty…!

Adi Kesava Perumal Temple - Sriperumbudur

Temple Walls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The temple area is famous for an aspect which brings joy to all Sri Vaishnavas – as the place where Ethirajar was born! Blessed is the soul which gets an opportunity to visit the birthplace of Sri Ramanujacharya.

An arch which indicates the entry towards Ramanuja's birthplace - Sriperumbudur

The title board indicating the place of birth of Ramanujacharya - Sriperumbudur

Birthplace of Ramanujacharya - Sriperumbudur

Sculptures depicting the life of Ramanuja - Sriperumbudur

 

It sometimes gets confusing as to who is more beautiful.. Perumal or Emperumaanar! I am sure if they were to discuss this issue between themselves, the Acharya would point to Perumal and Perumal would point to our Acharya, as the one who is has the most beautiful thirumeni!

Garudazhwar - Sriperumbudur

 

Kesane! Thank you for giving me these opportunities, especially when I was pining for a temple visit which adiyen hadn’t experienced in a while.

Srimathe Ramanujaya Namah l

Srimathe Narayanaya Namahl

Azhwar Acharyargal Thiruvadigale Sharanam Prapadhye l

Adiyen Ramanuja Dasan

Dear Perumale,

During this year’s Golu Pandigai, adiyen’s favourite idols were the following:

Ramanujacharya - Golu Bommai

Kanchi Varadar - Garuda Sevai Golu Set

Ramar Set - Golu Bommai. How Sublime!

Ravan to be vanquished on Vijayadasami! - Ram Lila Golu display

What is a Sri Vaishnava Golu without the dolls depicting the beauty of Perumal!!

Adiyen Ramanuja Dasan l

Srimathe Ramanujaya Namah l

Dear Perumale,

Been a while since I wrote to you on the cyber networks. But I had a lot of thoughts to pen down, rather type out! Let me start with the simplest one.

The other day I saw a crow on a tree by the balconey. It seemed to look at me. And I wondered, if I could talk in a language it could understand what would I say…?

Nature always seems to connect me to You, my lord. When I looked at the crow I knew at once I could relate to the song by the great poet Subrahmanya Bharathi. The first few lines are produced below:

“Kaakkai chiraginile Nandalaala, Nindan Kariya Niram Thondruthadaa Nandalaala!

Paarkum Marangal Ellam Nandalaala, Nindan Pacchai Niram Thondruthada Nandalaala!…”

How even the wings of a crow remind one of the dark complexion of Hari in Krishnaavataram! And the trees remind one of the green hue of the lord (in Rama avatar)!

Truly, in which part of nature can one not find the beauty of the  lord. Our Azhagar! The beautiful one!

Srimathe Narayanaya Namah l

Adiyen Ramanuja Dasan!