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Perumale,

You did it again. Just as I was wondering why I had not seen Your archa avathara anywhere properly of late, why I had the misfortune of not having seen you in long… you did it again.

Adiyen was invited, out of the blue, for a temple visit by distant relatives. I had the darshan of Perumal and Thayaars up close, right in front of the sannidhi. I was placed right in front of Him, the moolavar. I mean, even if I had looked left or right, I would have only seen Him and Thayaars! I was dazed… staring in disbelief! Saturday being more auspicious (though all days are auspicious for our lord), there was Venkataramana Swamy Perumal decked in a dazzling crown, sparkling shangu-chakkaram, and jewellery. Thayaars Bhu and Neela Devi matched him in beauty.

Bhu-Neela sametha Sri Venkataramanaswamy                   (Source: Facebook)

I should have melted in happiness and worshipped Him in utter joy. Yet, I was just in a state of shock… what was happening, why was I standing right in front of a moolavar, so close? I could not understand!!!! I was suddenly asked to give family names for archanai, my  mind went blank… I gave my usual reply – ‘Perumalukke pannungo’!  – as in, do the archana in the name of Perumal, for Perumal’s benefit…à la Periyazhwar maybe ;). No, I’m nowhere close to any other devotee. Not even close to the dust of their feet. But what have mortals like me done to ask an Archakar to do archanai in adiyen’s name?

Well, maybe I am an over-emotional person. Over reacting all the time.

But I don’t need anything ‘from’ You, dear Perumal. I only need You! Perhaps though I could ask you for a job at the temple, so that I could near You at the temple the whoooole day.

Ah! Perhaps in my next birth I could be born as a kovil Bhattar or Archakar, or maybe the temple cleaners, or the people carrying the utsavars down the street in a procession…. well, if by the end of this life, I do something to deserve it!

Narayana Krishna Vasudeva! Jagad rakshaka!

Srimathe Ramanujaya Namah l

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Adiyen seeks your blessings, Sri Manavala Mamunigal…

also known as

Azhagiya Manavala Perumal Nayanar!

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Sri Manavala Manunigal – Azhwar Thirunagiri (Avathara Sthalam)

Q. How many of us are going to be praised by God Himself with a verse?

A. None.

However lord Sri Ranganatha did so for His beloved devotee. He arrived as a little boy and personally chanted a sloka, impressed with Manavala Mamunigal’s discourse on Nammazhwar’s Thiruvaimozhi at Sri Rangam. The verse is as follows:

Srisailesa dhaya pathram dheebhakthyadhi gunarnavam

Yatheendra pravanam vandhe

Ramyajamataram munim

*Meaning: I offer my respects to Sri Manavalamamuni, the receptacle of Srisailesa’s (Tiruvaimozhipillai’s) grace. He is the abode of jnana, bhakti and all other good qualities, and is forever lost in meditation on Sri Ramanuja

Wish I could sing like this blessed person…

*Wikipedia

Dear Perumal,

Just when adiyen thought there had been no opportunity to visit any new temple of late…

Adiyen came across a hilltop temple at Yercaud called the Servarayan (anglicised to Shevaroy) temple.

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A small cave temple with a low ceiling inside, one has to go bowing down all the way to see Perumal and Thaayar vigrahams (idols)! 🙂

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There definitely was a distinct sensation when standing inside the cave, in front of Perumal. Servaraya Perumal, along with Kaveri Thaayar, are considered the protectors of 65 villages near the hill.

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Servarayan Perumal Temple (front view) – There is a cave inside!

I don’t think it’s specifically a traditional Sri Vaishnavite temple per se, but it is a Vishnu temple nevertheless, with Perumal’s insignia – shangu, chakkaram, thiruman, pictures of Hanuman and 108 Divya Desams.

Srimathe Ramanujaya Namah l

Srimathe Narayana Namah l