Glory of the great Acharyar “Swami Thirukachchi Nambi ” and guide to Swamy Ramanuja who conversed with Supreme Lord Varadaraja of Kancheepuram


Swami Thiru-kachchi Nambi occupies a very unique position, both as an Acharyar, and as an advanced  devotee in srivaishnava  guru parampara .


Swamy Nambi  is one of the very few devotees with whom the Lord Himself conversed regularly.


Swami Thirukkachchi nambi appeared  in a place called poo irunda valli      (currently called poonamallee, near Chennai ) which falls on    21-02-2021  Maasi Mrigasira Nakshatra this year .


Swamy moved to kAnchIpuram, and started performing  devotional service to LORD Varadaraja at Kancheepuram temple.

His unique  service was to fan the Lord of Kanchi, Swami Varadaraja, everyday in the late morning-early afternoon, and in the night before Lord takes rest .


While doing the  fanning  service (called thiru-Ala-vatta Kainkaryam in tamil), Lord Varadaraja used to  converse  with  Swami thiru-k-kachchi nambi about the happenings around the  world.

The topics used to be anything from how the temple was being run, to the happenings in the city of Kanchipuram and esoteric topics about philosophy.

The Lord considered swami thiru-k- kachchi nambi as His closest friend, and talked to him just like any friend would.


All this was due to the great qualities of swami thiru-k- kachchi nambi – his supreme devotion to Lord Varadaraja, his being devoid of any ego, and his being a true servant of the Lord, wanting no other thing but service to the Lord.


One incident in his life is used to show how much Lord cared for him.


One morning, after the morning  holy rituals were completed in the temple, everyone  left as usual. Lord Varadaraja and Swami thiru-k- kachchi nambi were discussing , with Swami thiru-k-kachhci nambi performing the usual Kainkaryam of fanning the Lord. They were immersed on some interesting topic, and time passed without both of them noticing. Suddenly , It began to rain very heavily.



The time for thiru-k- kachchi nambi to go home for his afternoon prasadam arrived, and Lord seemed to be resting.

So, swami thiru-k-kachchi nambi  took leave from  Lord, and went outside the covered Mantapam.


It was raining very heavily, and hence he could not move out . He was getting concerned that if he is delayed now, then he will be delayed coming back to the temple for evening services.


Suddenly, an aged Sri Vaishnava person appeared with an umbrella, and told swami thiru-k-kachchi nambi that Lord Varadaraja had instructed him to accompany swami thiru-k-kachchi nambi to his home with the umbrella, and bring him back.


wp-1488810159192.jpgSwami thiru-k-kachchi nambi was very moved with this kindness, and thanked the Sri Vaishnava and the Lord for the great help …

Evening came, and swami thiru-k-kachchi nambi was delayed a little bit in starting for the temple.


The Sri Vaishnava who accompanied him to his house was still there, waiting for him, so that he could accompany him back to the temple.

Meanwhile, in the temple, the priests arrived  to start performing the evening rituals.

When they entered the sanctum sanctum, they were shocked and taken aback.


The Lord was not there in the temple!

They looked everywhere, and the Lord was not there!

They were much worried, and were waiting for swami thiru-k- kachchi nambi to come back so that they can ask him if he knew where the Lord went, or if the Lord was upset  with some mistake that might have happened.

After sometime, Swami thiru-k-kachchi nambi came  along with the SriVaishnava.


The priests immediately went to him, and explained the situation, and asked him with great concern if he knew anything.  Swamithiru-k-kachchi nambi told them he had no idea about what might have happened, and immediately started  shedding tears .


After all, Lord Varadaraja was not just the Supreme Being to him…

He was also his closest friend.


 Swami thiru-k-kachchi nambi was anxious about the sudden happenings .

Offering prayers silently he attempted to check all the places he was familiar inside the temple ,like how a father would search for his lovable child so as to get any clues from there.


He went to the usual place of the Lord, and lo and behold, the Lord was there,smiling and with a very satisfied look on His  lotus face!

Immediately, swami thiru-k-kachci nambi rushed  to the priests and conveyed the happy news about the great Lord arrving …


Everyone wanted to celebrate, and looked for the Sri Vaishnava who had accompanied swami thiru-k-kachchi nambi so that they could invite him to join the celebrations too.


They could not find him.

He had vanished.

When the priests went near the Lord to start performing the services ,they saw water droplets on Him!

Everyone now realized what had happened.

The Lord Himself, unable to bear the thought of swami thiru-k-kachchi nambi getting wet by the rain, had accompanied him to his home.

Not only that, He waited there so that He could accompany swami thiru-k-kachchi nambi back to the temple!


Such was  the greatness of  the revered Acharyar  Swami thiru-k-kachchi nambi…


Later during his last days  ,  once Swamy Thirukachi nambhigal while continuing his fanning service to Lord Sri Varadaraja Perumal his aalavattam (fan) slipped and fell down….

Very disturbed he realized  his  body  was not supporting his  most blessed kainkaryam ….


Thirukachi Nambh was sad ..

He  realized that the time for him to leave this materialistic world had come as the body was not serving its purpose of serving the Supreme Lord


Nambhi offers obeisances and   submits to LORD and requests Perumal to grant him liberation as he is not able to be of any use to Lord with his physical  body  .


Lord Varadaraja Perumal  smiles and replies

 My dear  Nambee !!…

granting Moksham needs  

“Bhaagavatha Sambhandham”.

Your fanning made me speak to you ..

Neer Veesiner, Naan Pessinen”.


Thirukachi Nambhigal  understands that devotees association is paramount in the process of  Moksha. 

He decides to “earn” some Bhaagavatha Abhimaanam by serving the pure  devotees .


He takes permission  from Lord Varadaraja and  proceeds to the home of the great Acharya Thirukostiyur Nambhi at Thirukoshtiyur a place  near to Madurai 


He  realises that Thirukostiyur Nambhi (Swami Ramanuja’s acharya) would not accept as a domestic help someone whom Lord Varadaraja himself had conversed with.


So Thirukachi Nambhigal under the guise of a common peasant  meets some of his disciples and introduces himself as Gajendra Dasan (his Birth name) and requests for some  small work at their  ashram …


Unaware that he  was the great devotee , Thirukostiyur Nambhigal asks  his disciples to engage him to take care of his cows and bullocks in the Goshala .

Always in the mood of serving Lord Varadaraja he takes up the new service of go seva


jai-srikrishnaThirukachi Nambhigal   was relieved and happy that he has had got  an opportunity to serve a great Acharya.

  Days pass …

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The routine service in the Goshala , grazing the cows , fetching fodder , milking the cows , farming with bullock  by the disciples was  supervised  by Nambhigal  ..

One rainy day  the Goshala boys report  to Thirukostiyur Nambhigal  about few cows missing  from the cow shed  due to thunder and  unexpected rain .

Acharyar asks for Thirukachinambi   as  he doesn’t want the  boys  to get drenched in  the heavy rains  and blowing winds.


 Thirukostiyur Nambhi decides to look for the cows by himself .

Thirukachi Nambhigal  very eager to serve Acharyar , instantly replies ..


  your servant is awaiting for your instructions ….

Thirukostiyur Nambhi  is  surprised  as the voice is unique …and looks in the direction of the voice.


To his wonder, Thirukachi Nambhigal had  already brought the cows home and  covered them with his own clothes .


Thirukoshtiyur Nambhi is instantly pleased at Thirukachi nambhigal’s devotion . He  calls his wife and  advises her to honor the disciple with prasad….


Since his Master  had called him as  his own disciple he is overjoyed  that signifies a relationship ….and hence Bhagavatha Sambandham Nambhi is overjoyed ….

Thirukoshtiyur Nambi is shocked to see Nambigal real identity .

He honours him and discuss esoteric truths.

 He reveals his identity and narrates the sequence of incidents that led him to coming as Gajandra dasan to Thirukostiyur Nambhigal.

Thanking his Acharyar for the association he takes leave to Kancheepuram.


Lord Varadaraja is happy to see his dear devotee friend .


         Like an eager mother expecting her child back, Lord Varadaraja with open arms welcomes Nambhigal right at the steps and praises Thirukachi Nambhigal’s steadfast devotion and affection.


The emotional outpour  “Devaraja Ashtakam”, glorifying the Lord’s boundless love for His Bakthas  is revealed ……and the pains of this materialistic world!


 Swamy Nambhigal attains moksham to serve Sriman Narayana in Sri Vaikuntam permanently .

Today  14-3-2019 ..being

Swamy Thirukachi Nambi 1010th appearance  day ( Thirunakshatram) ….

lets pray for steadfast devotion from  our revered Acharyar …

Adiyen Ramanuja dasan


Pics : Courtesy Google images and several advanced devotees 

Videos : Sri Devanathan & Sri Padmanabhan..