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Who was Nappinnai?

Dear Perumal,

Today is the day when the wonderful 18th pasuram of Sri Andal was chanted in the auspicious month of Margazhi. In this pasuram, Goda Devi (Andal) introduces us to Krishna’s wife, Nappinnai. Adiyen has often pondered about the life history of this queen. All that I do know through various upanyasams is that she was the daughter of Yashoda’s brother (Kumbha). Krishna majestically tamed 7 bulls to marry her. And of course, Nappinnai is also known as a Goddess and avatar of Neela Devi. Nappinnai is supposed be depicted holding a ball on one hand (pandar virali) while the other hand rests on Krishna’s shoulders, symbolic of the victory by (her) love over the lord of the universe.

Adiyen was keen to have further information on our ‘pandar virali’ :). On further reading up through various online sources, I have come to understood that Nappinnai was one of the Ashtabharyas (8 principal wives) of lord Krishna – more popularly known in Sanskrit Puranas as Nagnajiti, the daughter of the king of Kosala, Nagnajit. According to some commentaries, she was known by the name Satya at birth. She is also supposed to have had many children with Krishna.

Krishna and Nappinnai

Krishna weds Nappinnai

However, these versions do not mention whether king Nagnajit is the same as Yashoda’s brother, Kumbha. This might require some clarification!

What we can conclude is that Nappinnai is the Southern/Dravidian name given to the princess Nagnajiti.

Request apologies for any error in my post, I am not any expert by any standards!

Nila Devi thiruvadigale sharanam l

Srimathe Ramanujaya Namah l

Srimathe Narayanaya Namah l

Dear Perumale,

This Aippasi month, on the auspicious day of Thiruvonam(Your very own star!) was born the first of the Mudhal Azhwars – Sri Poigai Piraan. His first pasuram “Vaiyyam thagaliyaa…” heralded the beginning of Vaishnava Bhakthi movement.

Sri Poigai Azhwar (Golu bommai/doll)

Sri Poigai Azhwar (Golu bommai/doll)

The azhwar – an amsam of Perumal’s Panchajanyam / holy conch – was the conch itself. No call for attention was necessary as his words spoke volumes of his devotion. Adiyen is quite impressed by the andhadis of the Mudhal Thiruvandhadi where there are a series of questions, such as these:

– When was the ocean churned? For which world did you receive water? I do not know a thing about this. The ocean that a bridge was built on, and then destroyed, and where you sleep on!

– Is it not this Earth, which you created, lifted, swallowed and remade?

– They say it is true that you swallowed the Earth, the mountains, the oceans, the winds and space. Come to think of it, was your mouth as big as the Earth?

The series of questions are actually sung in praise. And also contain deep answers in spirituality, like this one:

– Without contemplating the lord’s names with love, if one were to chant evening prayers, how will it serve any purpose?

Poigai Azhwar Thiruvadigale Sharanam l

Srimathe Ramanujaaya Namah l

Srimathe Narayanaya Namah l

Sources:

Nalayira Divya Prabandham – Srirama Bharati

Mudhal Thiruvandhadi Vyakhyanam – Madhurakavi Dasan TCA Venkatesan

A moment in passing…

Dear Perumale,

Walking down the city roads today, adiyen spotted an apartment by the name ‘Melukote’, with an image slab of Yoga Narasimhar above the name.

melukote apartments

It did bring a smile to my face. If only this was Your real house… if I’d walked inside, I would find the charming Sampath Kumara sitting there, waiting for me with a smile on His face. 🙂

But then everything here is Your abode my dearest lord!

Srimathe Ramanujaaya Namah l

Srimather Naryanaya 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

Dear Perumal,

One thing I like about travelling within the city sometimes is a sticker of You in the bus, or a picture of you behind a vehicle, or the beautiful thiruman symbol plastered on the front-side of an auto rickshaw, or the back-side of a truck! Sometimes when stuck in a jam, these images remind me that one can spend at least a few moments thinking about God.

Whether these vehicles owners care about driving safe or not, at least someone somewhere had a thought about You. Like this one for instance, truly reflecting what You are all about. Always, always concerned whether jivatmas like us would learn how to lead a life enriched with virtues.

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Srimathe Ramanujaaya Namah l

Srimather Narayanaya Namah l

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

Perumale,

Could one be so tied up in the workings of the material world that there would not be much time to be of any service to You? I find myself in such a situation, for over a year now. I do think of You whenever I can, but I know it is just not enough. There is a sheer lack of time for anything.

Is a corporate life so important? Is it worth being dehumanized?

 

 

How have I drifted so far away, my dear lord?

I am coming back!

arjuna prays to krishna

Srimathe Ramanujaya Namah l

Srimathe Narayanaya Namah l

Dear Perumal,

I was determined to return to the blog only after having completed the video of the story of Sri Kulashekara Azhwar, which has been work-in-progress for almost a year now! I am glad to have finally managed to upload it. Again, adiyen is no expert, the following is only a brief narration from details I could gather from various sources.

I dedicate this video completely to an Acharya –  Sri Varthamaana Mudiliandan Swamy –  who is currently recovering from a surgery.

Kulashekara Azhwar thiruvadigale sharanam l

Srimathe Narayanaya Namah l

Srimathe Ramanujaaya Namah l