BHARATHAZHWAN — THE EMBODIMENT OF TOTAL SURRENDER TO LORD RAMA


Bharataaya param namostu tasmai

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it was Bharata to be praised as the most supreme devotee among the devotees of Lord Ramachandra .The reasons quoted are enlightening .

Though Bharata and Lakshmana were both immensely devoted to Lord Rama and wished to serve him , the one who obeyed was Bharata .

He submitted to Lord Rama by ruling Ayodhya for 14 years patiently bore the sorrow of separation and ruled the kingdom to the joy of the people .

Even though he was the King , he wore matted locks and the bark of a tree , denied himself the prosperity of the Kingdom , slept on the floor and led a harsh life .

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Out of the innumerable avatars ,  Lord  Maha Vishnu incarnated as   Lord Rama…

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Lord   appeared  to establish dharma in the world by following the rules and regulations laid down as per  the Shastras. 

  The purpose of his appearance was to annihilate the evil forces  torturing the world in the form of Rakshasas headed by Ravana and establish dharma .

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Dasaratha Chakravarthy who ruled the world from Ayodhya performed Putrakameshti yagam and was blessed with NECTAR  which was distributed amongst his three wives- Kousalya who was given half the share, then to Sumitra with one-fourth share , and then to Kaikeyi who was given one-eighth share and the balance of one-eighth was again given to Sumitra.  Kousalya consumed first, followed by Kaikeyi and then Sumitra who had two shares consumed the one-fourth share and then one-eighth share.  Based on this sequence, four  lovely sons were born to Dasaratha…

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…You might feel offended if I say this. But, I cannot resist telling the truth for your own good……. Will you hear me?


Sonnaal virOdam ithu aagilum solvEn kENminO
Ennaavil in kaviyaan oruvarkkum koDukkillEn
Thennaa tenaavenru VaNDu mural tiruvEnkatathu
Ennaanai ennappan emperumaaLuLan aagavE

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Before the one omnipotent Lord , all the devas ( demigods) tremble and crouch . One such incident happened during the time of Pillay Uranga Villi dasar .

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Pillai Uranga Villidasar  was  a favourite disciple to Swamy Ramanuja .He became very close to his Master so rare that was his piety  though belonged to a lower caste he had privileges conferred upon him .

 He was previously a wrestler who by grace of JagathAcharyar turned to become Swamy Ramanuj’s disciple .

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His turning into disciple can be read in the appended blog post

https://kmkvaradhan.wordpress.com/2015/05/12/the-wrestler-and-the-most-beautiful-eyes/

https://kmkvaradhan.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/caste-verses-virtue-swamy-ramanujas-lesson-to-disciples/

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  One of  Villidasar’s  land tenant was put into torture by the village deity called Aiyanar .  

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“Aiyyanar” shrines are  located at the peripheries or boundaries of rural villages, and the  village deity is seen with a sword riding a white horse who eternally ,fight against demons and evil spirits vigilantly who threaten the villagers .

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 The deity was…

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“Marra Prabhuhu”… the Lord of trees …..


Lord Krishna  in Guruvayoor stands out and has enticed everyone the most.  The beautiful stature of Lord Guruvayoor attracts the devotees to come in large numbers  and imagine to  hug the Lord.

Guruvayoor is located in Trichur district in Southern India.

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Sri Narayana Bhattatri composed the beautiful Narayaneeyam, containing thousand slokas which is sung in most of the houses in India .

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Guru and Vayu  adorned  the  deity  of Lord  Krishna to Narayana Saras and  ParamaShivan  was residing in a temple. On seeing  Lord  Krishna, it is said that  Shiva moved out of the temple and shifted to a place called Mammiyoor.

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So  ParamaShiva gave his own place to Lord Krishna and that is verily where Guru and Vayu consecrated Krishna. The little Krishna stands there as “Guruvayurappa” even today. ParamaShiva’s temple in Mammiyoor is about a kilometer away from the Guruvayur temple. It is believed that  Shiva looks at Lord Krishna and is doing penance in Mammiyoor.

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Poonthanam was a great devotee of Lord Guruvayurappan . (Kerala ) . He was an ordinary and simple man . He was not familiar with Sanskrit . He used to sing praises of the Lord in Malayalam which was his mother tongue. 

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Out of sheer love he wished to chant Sri Vishnusahsranamam  .

He  started  reciting Vishnu Shahasarnamam .

Among the 1000  holy names  at one particular place ,  instead of reciting the Holy name  as “Amara Prabhuhu” he recited it as “Mara Prabhuhu”.

Amara connotes Devas and Amara Prabhuhu means the ‘Lord of all Devas’.

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Another great devotee of Lord Krishna ( Guruvayurappan ) Bhattathiri   a Sanskrit scholar the author of the epic Srimad Narayaneeyam , who was passing by  , heard Poonthanam reciting the nama as Mara Prabhuhu.

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The next day, Poonthanam again recited the name as Mara Prabhuhu. Bhattathiri who was passing by  became  upset  hearing Poonthanam’s recital of Vishnu Shasarnamam He walked near to his place and roughed him not to  chant Vishnu Shasarnamam since he had not learnt it properly. Poonthanam was sad for the offence .He pleaded LORD to forgive for his poor knowledge in Sanskrit.

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That very night, the all compassionate Lord  Krishna  arrived in Bhattathiri’s dream  and commanded  him that he was pleased with Poonthanam’s  devotion more than Bhattathiri’s scholarliness.

He also clarified that the holy name  he chanted was correct and  is indeed “Mara Prabhu” which connotes “Lord of all human beings, plants and animals”. 

Coming to terms ,  Bhattadri realises the offence he had committed .

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The very next day, Bhattathiri  rushed to  his house and prostrated unto Poonthanam and that “Amara Prabhuhu” and “Mara Prabhuhu” are indeed correct and requested him to continue chanting the nama verse as “Mara Prabhuhu”.

It was indeed a divine play of the Lord to show that he was indeed “Mara Prabhuhu”.

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There was a follower  of Poonthanam who would string garlands to  Lord Guruvayurappan. She would offer the garland to the Lord every evening.

One day she was running a little late as she had some chores to complete. By the time she reached the temple,  the Dolotsavam  was  over  and the temple was closed.

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There was no one else in the temple and she saw Poonthanam, who was the last person to come out of the temple. She offered her obeisances  to Poonthanam and  expressed her  sadness  that she was not able to get the garland Lord  on time

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Poonthanam took her near a tree before the temple  and asked to offer the same .This  tree called “Manjulal”  is housed outside Lord  Guruvayurappan temple.

One would first have the darshan of the  holy tree before entering the temple.

Since the Lord was “Mara Prabhuhu” who is the Lord of trees [Mara], Poonthanam requested the girl to offer the garland to this  tree. She implicitly obeyed Poonthanam and offered the garland to Manjulal.

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 The next morning, when the priest  opened the temple to wake up the Lord, they saw the same garland around the Lord’s neck. Such was the Lord’s compassion on that little girl who verbatim obeyed  a devotees words.

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Narayana Narayana Narayana Narayana  Narayana

Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

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Saligrama sila in a Areca nut wallet


ust by pretending to carry streaks of their bhakthi by chanting their nectarine words, we receive the grace of the Supreme.

What if someone live his entire life chanting their works and serving Lord .

The mood is transcendental and every cell vibrates with his HOLY NAME ..

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Of the five fold manifestations of the SUPREME LORD ( Param , Vyuham , Vibhavam ,  Archa and antharyami  ) , the worship able form of  Archa moorthy is easily accessible and takes one into permanent state of bliss .

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The reason being Lord as Parama padha nathan is always surrounded by the divine planets and the Oceans and it  is not of easy to access for the ones residing on earth with this material body.

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The second manifestation of the Lord  as ” Ksheerabdinathan”   is  in the middle of the milky ocean.  LORD graces as Ksheerabdinathan to  the demigods and the revered blessed sages . Even this darshan is not accessible with our material bodies.

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The third manifestation of the LORD is what we have been celebrating as Lord Rama and Krishna  avatars  . The blessed manifestation was cherished by the great devotees of those times , the gopikas and…

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