Category: Sri Krishna


In the auspicious month of Margazhi, a month blessed by Sri Andal, adiyen is happy to present a new video about Andal’s father… Sri Periyazhwar… the Azhwar who composed the ever-famous, the one and only, Thiruppallandu! The incessant flow of care, affection, motherly love for Perumal expressed by Periyazhwar opens ones eyes to true devotion, of a type that is unconditional. Often we forget to stop asking Perumal for boons to be granted. We even forget about showing him any kind of affection! And Sri Periyazhwar’s pasurams show us the way.

The story of Sri Periyazhwar was long overdue, simply because of lack of time as adiyen got tied up in responsibilities of this samsaara!

Adiyen prefers to create ad-free videos as this is not being done for any monetary purposes. It took a while to choose copyright-free music, but somehow managed to put it together. Due credit to all the artists has been given, mentioned in the video description.

One slide I wasn’t able to include in the video is the following, about a temple in the hometown of Sri Selva Nambi – a scholar mentioned in the Thiruppallandu pasuram ‘Alvazhakkonnum illaa anikottiyar kon, abhimaana thungan Selvanaip pola…’.

perunkarunai_selvanambi_varadarajan

This Varadaraja Perumal temple at Perunkarunai was lying in ruins until recent times. I’m sure it is still in need of funds, so any contribution should be welcome.

Srimathe Narayanaya Namah l

Srimather Ramanujaaya Namah l

Dear Perumal,

Today, November 2nd – 2013, devotees following South Indian and Sri Vaishnava traditions observe Deepavali. (Deepa – meaning light/lamp, aavali – meaning row).

The 14th day of the month of Aippasi (Ashvin) is recognised as Naraka Chathurdasi, the period when Sri Krishna returns with Satyabama after killing the powerful and evil asura – Naraka. In the process Krishna also frees 16, 100 women captured by the asura.

Krishna Satyabhama NarakasuraWhat would this signify for a straw-like devotee such as me, Perumale? Apart from the fact that the entire episode is worth celebrating in great pomp, it signifies that once you let the lord enter your being (though in fact He is always present), all malevolent forces are destroyed at once!

Yes, Krishna is the effulgent light, destroying all darkness within.

The Chathurdasi day is also observed in some parts as Hanuman Jayanthi, while others mention that it was on this day that Hanuman returns to Ayodhya, bringing information on the return of lord Rama and Sita, to everyone’s joy!

hanuman ram prays

Adiyen pays respect to the beloved lord Narayana on this auspicious day.

Srimathe Ramanujaaya Namah l

Srimathe Narayanaaya Namah l

Dear Perumal,

Adiyen’s favourite idols this Navaratri-Golu festival was this set, Sri Krishna and Andal. I do not know whether the divine radiance is due to the work of the artist who created them and the ones who painted them, or, the very fact that it is the radiant Krishna and Andal! 🙂

Sri Andal - Golu doll

Sri Andal – Golu doll

Krishna

Sri Krishna – Golu Doll

Srimathe Ramanujaaya Namah l

Srimathe Naryanaya Namah l

Dear Perumal,

Once adiyen had a darshan of You at a ‘Venkatachalapathy’ temple tucked away near the tea estates in a quiet corner of Conoor (near Ooty). The specific area where it is located is called ‘Chinna Thirupathi’. Though this was not a Sri Vaishnava temple, it was good to behold your sight nevertheless.

Sri Venkatachalapathy temple, Chinna Thirupathi, Coonoor

Sri Venkatachalapathy temple, Chinna Thirupathi, Coonoor

 

Sri Krishna flanked by His favourite plant -Tulsi

Sri Krishna flanked by the green branches of a plant

Sri Jayanthi - Navaneetha Krishna

Sri Jayanthi – Navaneetha Krishna

Whether it was celebrated on Ashtami (28th of August) or on Rohini (29th of August), who among you – the devotees of Sri Krishna – would have not had a smile on your face just thinking about the most adorable form of the lord?! 🙂

Srimathe Ramanujaaya Namah l

Srimathe Narayanaaya Namah l

Dearest Perumal,

No amount of excuses would suffice to cover any single day when one hasn’t prayed to you, or atleast thought of you in passing. Adiyen has been tied with time-consuming work and travel and have not been able to contribute much as part of regular kainkaryam. However, the thoughts and daily worship have not been compromised on. I love you dear Perumal and that is something quite consistent and constant compared to the ever-changing happenings in the material world!

All this having been said, I wanted to share some pictures from the new Navaneetha Krishnar idol placed at the Perumal room. This idol was bought at adiyen’s second visit to Sri Aprameya Swami temple situated near Channapatna at Doddamallur, right on the Mysore high way. Apart from the main deity of Sri Aprameya Perumal, there is a sannadhi for the crawling baby Krishna, where devotees regularly pray for progeny. Well, adiyen cannot think of any baby more charming than the lord Himself in this form!

Navaneetha Krishna idol

Navaneetha Krishna idol

The dark hue of the lord simply reflects on the idol. A simple dress and a tilak later, this vigraha truly started emanating complete radiance of baby Krishna! 🙂

Navaneetha Krishna mandap

Navaneetha Krishna mandap

 

Srimathe Narayanaaya Namah l

Srimathe Ramanujaaya Namah l

Dear Perumale,

The lord who slayed Narakasura and destroyed the evil within us…

Sri Krishna rescues 16,100 women abducted by Narakasura!

 

The lord who returned to Ayodhya after having destroyed the ten-headed Ravana and thus the 10 forms of vices…

Lord Sri Rama returns to Ayodhya with Seeta and Lakshmana

We observed these events and paid respect to the lord this Deepavali on the 26th of October, 2011.

It is believed that this is also the period during which Sri Maha Lakshmi emerged during the churning of the milky ocean when the Kurma avatar of the lord had descended. Adiyen’s respects on the appearance of mother Lakshmi.

Mahalakshmi - the benevolent Goddess and consort of Sriman Narayana, appears from the churning of the ocean

Srimathe Narayanaaya Namah l

Srimathe Ramanujaya Namah l

Sri Jayanthi 2011

Dear Perumale,

This year Sri Krishna’s birthday was marked on 3 different consecutive days in different parts of the country.

21st was Gokulashtami as observed by the Smarta tradition, the 8th day of the month of Avani.

22nd was Krishna Janmashtami throughout North India and a part of the Sri Vaishnava community as well. This is the day the famous Dahi Hundi breaking happens in Mumbai.

23rd was the janma nakshatram of the darling of the gopikas and celebrated as Sri Jayanthi by another part of the Sri Vaishnava community. Rohini is definitely one of the most special stars of all! 🙂

No matter which day was observed as Krishna’s birthday, adiyen hopes it was celebrated with great happiness and love for Krishna. I am reminded of a saying according to which whenever one does aradhana or offers any kind of prayers to the lord, it should be done with preethi (love) and not bheethi (fear). Adiyen has observed celebrations in various houses on different occasions where there is a lot of anxiety, stress and worry on how things are conducted. This amount of stress just negates any spiritual growth. Indeed one may offer patram (leaves), phalam (fruits), pushpam (flowers) or just thoyam (water), but when offered with true devotion and love Sri Krishna would readily accept it with utmost affection.

With these thoughts I pray lord, that all your devotees are awakened to the very purpose of pooja which is a celebration of devotion, best done with joy in the heart!

Footsteps of the divine child

Makhan chor Krishna in chapram, with laddu Krishna (Gorakhpur painting)

Karnataka style crib for Krishna with hanging fruits

This child and His butter are never separated!

Thavazhara Krishnar inside Kovil Azhwar - sits on swing for Sri Jayanthi

Thavazhara oonjal Krishna, on another oonjal!

Sri Krishna with his cows

A smiling Guruvayurappan

This Sri Jayanthi I hope Adiyen has done justice to Your birthday dear Keshava. Forgive me for any shortcomings. And I say this not out of fear, but with love. 🙂

Srimathe Ramanujaaya Namah l

Srimathe Narayanaya Namah l