SWAMY TIRUMALA NAMBI THIRUNAKSHATRAM


Today 10-06-2014 is Swamy Tirumala Nambes Thirunakshatram ( Appearance day ) One thousand years ago Tirumala was not the salubrious and convenient place we know it is today. Tirumala was a rough and rocky terrain and the upkeep of the temple in those days must have been a terribly daunting and unwelcome task. During those hard days there lived a great devotee Tirumala Nambi in Tirumala Hills at Tirupathi . Sri Tirumala Nambi was a great religious scholar in his own right but out of deliberate choice decided to devote his life to “theertha-kainkarya” ( service of bringing water from Papanasanam for worship of Lord of Seven Hills) at the Tirumala . He dedicated his entire life to the services of the Lord and in His aradhana. His entire lifetime was spent living in a small hut on the hills and worked out of it while tending to, maintaining and administering the temple of his beloved ‘tiruvengadamudaiyAn’ ( Lord Venkateshwara ) . Tirumala Nambi used to bring water from Papanasam situated at a distance of 8 kilometers from Tirumala for the daily puja. He was old but never allowed his age to interfere in his services . Lord out of his abundant compassion , wanted to grace his devotee for the great kainkaryam taken up by him. One day when Tirumalai Nambee was walking towards the temple sanctorium from Papanashanam with a pot of water ,Lord appeared before Tirumalai Nambi in the attire of a fowler addressed Nambi as Thatha ( Grandpa) . Nambee was surprised with the address . On turning he found an attractive and handsome fowler who demanded him for water to quench his thirst .Nambee was taken aback and refused to give water intended for the Holy bath (Abhishekum) of the Lord and politely marched ahead . The mischievous fowler he was followed Tirumala Nambi , slowly pierced the pot with a stone , and drank the water which oozed out of the pot. Tirumala Nambee was very sad that he could not fulfill the daily service to LORD .He said to the fowler about his old age and hardship in once again bringing the water that would make HIS LORD wait and as such delay in the service .The fowler said Grandpa , Don’t worry ! I will show a place nearby for you to collect water for the services .Saying this ,he discharged an arrow at the hillock near by in the sky , and lo torrents of water came gushing from the place hit by the arrow.. The fowler commanded that the water for the Lord’s puja should thenceforth be brought from Akasaganga and disappeared. The new fountain is now called Akasaganga . Thirumala Nambee was convinced that the fowler was none other than Lord Srinivasa. He performed various kainkaryams such as Akasaganga Theertha Kainkaryam, Thomalaseva, Mantrapushpa Kainkaryam, Saathumurai, Thirumanjanam and Vedaparayanam. Hence he was called as “Acharya Purusha” of Tirumala Temple. In honour of this humble but most noble ‘teertha-kainkaryam’ that Nambi institutionalized in his times, his heirs and progeny until this very day have been allowed to perform the same service in the temple as matter of heriditary right. The descendants of Swamy Tirumalai Nambi are known today as “Tirumala kumara-s” or “thOzhappachAri-s”. There is a historical evidence that Tirumala Nambi lived in Tirumaaliga, South Mada Street, Tirumala. The temple shrine of Sri Tirumala Nambi that stands today in the south-eastern corner just below the overhead pedestrian walkaway that leads from the Q-complex to the main temple . Now the descendents of Tirumala Nambi are managing the temple at this place where the Utsavar and Moolavar deities of Acharya Tirumala Nambi is housed. The unique Kainkaryams are performed by descendants of Tirumala Nambi even today. Tirumala Nambi, was one of the five gurus of Bhagavad Ramanuja. He was his maternal Uncle who taught the essence of Srimad Ramayanam.

Swamy ThirumalA Nambeegal Thiruvadigale sharanam
Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

 
 
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Swamy Parasara Bhattar reply to King Tribhuvana Devarayan


Swamy Parasara Bhattars Thirunakshatram ( Appearance day ) is celebrated today  08-06-2017  ( Vaikasi Anusham ) in a grand way all over the world.  Parasara bhattar  and Vedavysa  appeared  as divine twins in the month of Vaikasi in the star of Anusham to  Swamy Kurathazhwan and Andal as a blessing token of Aravani Prasadam of Namperumal.  The Divya Dampathis themselves acted as parents for Swamy  parasara bhattar, as he was born after his mother, Sri Andal, partook  “Prasadam” from the Sri Rangam temple .Swamy parasara bhattar was the  disciple of the genius Acharyar  Swamy  Embar and was graced by  JagathAcharyar swamy  Ramanujar from his childhood.

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The whole srivaishnava community  glorifies Swamy Parasara Bhattar  for his unstinted  devotion  to Namperumal. (  Lord Sri Ranganathar of Srirangam ) .

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Bhattar could never move away from Namperumal’s  radiance , and Lord Namperumal could also not bear separation from Bhattar. He was  so attached to Namperumal and Srirangam that he breathed the air of Srirangam and lived in the thoughts of Namperumal alone. Because of his profound unparallel Bakthi, Namperumal and Thayar adopted him as their  darling child. He was then called as  SriRengesa Prohitha.

Swamy was excellent in rendering discourses on Srivaishnava literature .

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Many  devotees  flock to listen to swami with apt attention . One day, as usual, Bhattar’s discourse was going on. The local king named Tribuvana-devarAyan was also listening to Bhattar’s nectarine words mixed with intelligent thoughts.

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The king was simply moved, and wanted to listen more from Swamy Parasara Bhattar. As he was a king and had to look after the welfare of his people, he could not devote time to attend the same .

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So, he went with some pride to Bhattar and said “Swami – Do come to my Palace one day and give your discourses to me there. I shall give you a lot of priceless jewels and wealth”. Swami Bhattar simply looked at the King, smiled at him and said – “Have you ever worshipped Namperumal and had a look at his right hand.

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Do you know what it says?”. The king replied to Bhattar – “Yes, I have heard that it proclaims ‘ abhayam sarvabhoothEebyo dadaami’ (I shall safeguard you from all beings that may pose danger).” Bhattar interpreted that quote and said “Yes, it is giving protection to all. Hence, it is facing towards us. 

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But, one day, even though this will never happen, if it would turn backwards pretending that it could not protect us – even on that day I have no refuge other than Namperumal’s lotus feet ”. 

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The king was astonished at Bhattar swami’s strong faith with Lord Namperumal, and at the same time was ashamed of his attitude and ego. He left, but surely had learned a lesson.
Sri Parasara bhattar Thiruvadigale sharanam!!!!

 

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Bhattar wrote as many as 18 literary works which are gems for our spiritual upliftment 

Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

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LORD LAKSHMI NARASIMHAR DARISANAM


Lord Lakshmi Narasimha temple is located at a distance of 60 kms from Kakinada, 20 kms from Rajahmundry and 110 kms Korukonda Temple, an ancient and historical temple, and an important Vaishnava Divya Kshetram,The temple is called as Korukonda `where koru means wish and konda means hill in telugu’. Thus, it is a wishing hill or God who immediately heeds to the wishes of the devotees. The presiding deity here is Lord Sri Narasimha Swamy. Lord is known as “Satvika Narasimhar”, because he is accompanied here by his consort, Maha Lakshmi Devi. There two temples of Lord Sri Narasimha Swamy in this village. One is at the top of a steep and narrow hill adjacent to the village, and the other temple at the foot of the hill Of the two temples, one is a Swayambhu (self originating) and the other one which has been installed. The swayambhuvu is situated at the top of the hill which a pilgrim can access only through a long flight of 650 steps that are very steep and narrow. Because of this steepness, this temple has been called Korukonda.. The Swayambhu deity is situated at about 120 mts height atop the hill. The temple of the deity which was installed is at the foot of the hill and has much sculpted beauty around it. There are number of shila shasanams (scripted stones) which have appeared at the temple as well as on the top of the hill. The temple was constructed about 700-800 years ago by the family of Swamy Parasara Bhattar, as told by the local priests , whose descendants continue to oversee the affairs of the temple as the trustees of this temple to this day.

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