” Poigai Azhwar “…..wishing to witness the charming divine effulgence of the Supreme Lord Of Lords again and again, instantly lit a spiritual lamp imagining … .. Mother earth as the physical lamp structure, the sea of ether as the ghee for the flame, and the lit flame being verily the Sun himself !. ….. vaiyam thagaliyA, vArkadlE neyyAga veyyakkadirOn viLakkAga sudarAzhiyAn adikkE soottinEn son mAlai Idar neenghugavE enRu……

The stage was set at Thirukovilur and the divine plan was already about to reveal. Lord Sriman Narayana achieved this by making the Azhvars meet and become the harbingers in the effort towards the composition of the holy Dravida Vedas.,,
Thus Lord arranged a divine plan and made each of them go to the town Thirukovilur which is located 75 kms from Cuddalore and about 200 kms from Chennai.The rain clouds had overcast the sky and cover of darkness spread all around in the holy town of Thirukovalur . The torrential rain began pouring generously . It was as if the sky will tear open to give its opulence .Proceeding the temple streets , Poigai Azhwar found out a small front passage ( dehali or rayzhi , thinnai in tamil ) in front of Mrikanda Ashrams hut ( the present Thirukovalur temple sanctum sanctorum ) which was fit for one person to lie down.

kazhiyur varadan's blog

  “Azhwar” are  saintly souls who had  immersed  themselves in the exclusive devotion  to  Lord  Sriman Narayana  in  unconditional surrender.  The advanced  saints,  were the supreme devotees of Lord  propagating  Sri Vaishnavism among the masses through their poetical compositions glorified as  Divya Prabhandams   highlighting the beautiful effulgent form, auspicious attributes and divine deeds of the Supreme Lord in His various incarnations based on their personal mystic experiences.  They lived as  human beings and burst out bhakti laden great works for the  sake of humanity.  The direct result of the Lord’s divine grace  on Azhwars  made their outpourings  special and therefore  called ‘ Divyam’. It is  because of this that the works of Azhwars  are  called ‘ Divya Prabandham’  and are 4000  poems (pAsurams). 

aaaazhwarrsss2The Divya Prabhandams of the Azhwars are, therefore, held in as great veneration and reverence as the Vedas in Sanskrit. All the Azhwars held the view that Lord  Sriman…

View original post 1,319 more words

‘The Acharyar who was glorified by LORD himself at Srirangam ……….. SWAMI MANAVALA MAMUNI VAIBHAVAM

Lord Sriman Narayana  incarnated in  different  avatharas in this world, for spreading the message of the liberation for the jeevatma  from this material bondage .

Anathya swaroopam
Anathya swaroopam

Unsatisfied ,  LORD summoned His serpent couch, the nitya-soori (eternally free soul) .


 Adisesha, and instructed,

My dear Adishesha !  

“Go down to the mortal world and live there for 200 years, and through your exhortations, empower the people with knowledge about their true nature and make them come to..

My world, so that they enjoy “eternal bliss” forever …….




Accordingly,  Adishesha appeared as “Swamy Ramanuja” in the age of Kali, where Adharma  was in the forefront due to the karmic vasanas .


Swamy Ramanuja followed LORD;s directives by spreading the divine message of  Azhwars  and the true knowledge to seek Lord’s mercy  and disappeared at the age of 120.


 The Lord was not satisfied  with the developments and felt the mission was incomplete Hence he once again advised  Swamy  Ramanuja  to complete the original assignment of remaining in this material world for complete  200 years and uplift the jivatmaas .


With implicit obedience, Adishesha  who appeared as Swamy Ramanuja once again appeared as Azhagiya Manavala Perumal Nayanar at Sikkil Kidaaram .  In his early years he  was  trained by  his  father Tigazhaakkidanthan  on Vedas and the Divya Prabhandam .

He  moved from Sikkil Kidaaram to Azhvar Thirunagari to become the disciple of the revered  Acharyar  Thiruvaimozhipillai who was the disciple of Loka Acharyar Swamy Pillai Lokacharyar .

Thus our Saint Vara Vara Muni was the last of the poorvacharyas  amongst  the  grand galaxy of  preceptors of Srivaishnavam.

Check the appended blog post for more details



It is believed , AdisEsha, in his previous incarnation as Swamy Ramanuja, was very much attracted to Nammazhvars’ s appearance and his divine outpouring (thiruvAimozhi), and hence, earned the appellation “mAran adipaNindhu Uynthavan”.



In keeping with this overwhelming love for Swamy  Nammazhvar, the second time AdisEsha selected Azhvar Thirunagari as the place most suited for his  appearance  and thus Swamy  appeared   in the month of Aipassi  under the  star Moola  and was named “Azhakiya maNavALapperumAL nAyanAr by his parents  .


This was an year after Swami Desikar ascended to Srivaikuntam 

  Swami Azhakiya maNavALapperumAL nAyanAr   excelled as the disciple of Swamy Tiruvaimozhi pillai . 


One day  Swamy Tiruvaimozhi pillai  while meditating on the great qualities  of saint Ramanuja, pondered over those stanzas of Thiruvarangath-amudanar………….
depicting Swamy  Ramanuja as a staunch devotee of Saint  Nammazhvar  proclaiming to the inhabitants of this wide world, end to  end, the great glory of the Azhvar’s hymns.


Swamy Tiruvaimozhi pillai ( Srisailesar)  decided  for  raising a fitting memorial  for Swamy Ramanuja, right at  the  appearance  place  of Swamy  Nammazhvar (Azhvar Thirunagari).  This took concrete shape soon thereafter.

nammalvar 1

Tiruvaimozhi pillai  with the support of the villagers after clearing the wild vegetation at Azhvar-thirunagari  took all initiatives in bringing back the sacred deity which was lost during invasions . 


Swamy  thus  had  erected a temple at Azhvar-thirunagari for Swami Ramanuja and installed Sri Ramanuja’s deity ( Swamy Ramanuja’s Bhavishyad Acharaya vigraha ) which had been presented to Sri Madhurakavi Azhvar that  lay buried at the foot of the famous Tamarind tree few hundred years back .


The surrounding streets were  named  as Sri Ramanuja Chaturvedi Mangalam   and  were permanently inhabited, exclusively  by the ardent worshippers of  Swamy Ramanuja.


The zealous disciple, Azhakiya Manavala Nayanar, was called upon by Srisailesar  to stay in this new colony and look after the daily routine of the temple.


  Nayanar s extra-ordinary devotion to this great cause earned the unstinting  approbation of  his Acharyar 


Srisailesar, who started calling him a  Yateendra Pravanar  signifying the enormous love and devotion borne by him for Swamy  Ramanuja, the  Prince of ascetics  a name which became immortal .



Over a period of time , Swamy Tiruvaimozhi pillai  ordered his ardent disciple Azhakiya maNavALapperumAL nAyanAr who had learnt all sastras , to  propagate the divya prabandham ( azhvar’s 4000 hymns and their commentaries) to the world.


   He wished that living in Sri Rangam and propagating the true tenets of the Sri Vaishnava Sampradaya as given in the hoary aruLiccheyal (divya prabandham) was the need of the hour. Hence advised him to proceed .


The devoted disciple that he was, Azhakiya maNavALapperumAL nAyanAr   did act according to the commandments of his  Acharyar    Thus Azhakiya maNavALapperumAL nAyanAr  spent  his time in  giving divine discourses at Srirangam  .


Once during this period , few relatives passed a message about  some asowcham                     ( impurity ) which was  coming in the way of service to the Lordships .

Not being able to be kept out of  service  even for few days,  Nayanar decided to take up sanyasam and requested  LORD’S  permission. 




After accepting sanyasa, Nayanar  offered benedictions   to namperumal for uninterrupted services forever . Pleased with nAyanar, NamperumAl blessed him with theertham, thirumAlai,   thiruparivattam, and Sri sadagopam and  gave him a  honorable name 

                                     AZHAGIYA    MANAVALA   JEEYER.

Thus the bonding between LORD and his disciple became  closer and closer .


Lord Ranganathar ( Peria Perumal ) had a desire to be accomplished through Azhagiya Manavala Jeeyer  in Srirangam.


He seized the golden opportunity  and  ordered him to give a public discourse on the Eedu (36000 padi), the super-commentary of Swami Nampillai on Thiruvaimozhi along with other commentaries, in  alluring style for having the good fortune of being trained by the esteemed  Acharyar  Thiruvaimozhip pillai .( Srisailer )



 In order to accommodate unhindered conduct for the  divine  discourses all festivities of the temple  was kept in abeyance . History  reveals   that for a whole year,  Namperumal had enjoined cessation of all festivals  which proves the  dedication of the disciple and the Acharyar .


On the final day of the discourse , and  uplifting event occurred ,  which was interestingly, by the “Ani thiru-moola”  star. 


And hence the  Sri Vaishnava-world attaches equal importance to this Ani moola star  auspicious day also, in a manner akin to the day of  Acharyar’s  “Aippasi Thirumoola” appearance  day.


 Lord appeared amidst the august assembly of Acharyar  and  galaxy of sri vaishnavas, in the guise of an archakar’s (priest) son by the name Aranga Naayakam and brushing aside the opposition getting  into proximate presence to Swami mAmunikaL’s seat

recited the following stanza in

His inimitable, majestic voice resembling the thunder of a rumbling cloud……………


“SriSailEsha dayA pAthram dheeibhakthyAdi guNarnavam
Yetheendra pravaNam vandE ramyajA mAtharam munim”

  LORD in the guise of an archakar’s (priest) a small boy   ( kept a palm leaf containing the above sloka on a golden plate full of flowers, fruits, coconuts and other sacred paraphernalia   of guru dakshiNa (token of appreciation) and after offering it at the holy feet of Swami mAmunikaL, walked towards the sanctum  & disappeared.

To add to this magnificent miracle, Periya Perumal, the Lord Ranganatha Himself, immediately ordered through the archaka……….


let this slOka be recited at the beginning of all divya prabhanda recitations  just as a Vedic recital begins and ends with the sacred


so also all recitals of the tamil veda, the divya prabhandam, shall commence and end with

srI SailESa dayA pAtram’.

adiyArgaL vAzha arangka nagar vAzha
sadakOpan thaNdamizh nUl vAzha * –

kadal sUzhndha mannulagam vAzha *

maNavALa mAmuniyE * innum oru nURRANdirum *

These holy verses extols Swamys contributions to continued existence and prosperity of Sri Vaishnavaism, the followers, their holy temples, scriptures, traditions, and the well being of the whole world, and concludes with the prayer, that the great  saint  Swamy Manavalamaamuni live for another hundred years for fulfilling  that purpose.

Swami mAmunikaL’s life was punctuated by many events that demonstrated that he was no ordinary person. In fact, authentic accounts of Sri Vaishnava literature and lineage, position Swami maNavALa mAmunikaL at the very pinnacle of the orthodox lineage of Sri Vaishnava AchAryas (called `OrAn vazhi’) and  with the above divine incident , identify him as the Acharya (guru) for Lord RanganAtha himself!!

The apparent conflict between 100 years and perpetuity is resolved, when one understands the key link of devoted Sri Vaishnava devotees, their ongoing practice of the prayer and traditions as a “Vaazhaydi Vaazhai”, for the perpetuation of the faith.


Thus the  100 and more number of years down the line there will be faithful chanting  of the divine  prayers  for the same for the  infinite future.

 Among several disciples  the foremost eight disciples  were very special . They are glorified as  as “Ashta Dhig Gajams”  or the mighty elephants guarding the eight directions of earth who are as below (1) VaanamAmalai Jeeyar (2) BhattarpirAn Jeeyar (3) ThiruvEnkata RaamAnuja Jeeyar (4) Koil aNNan (5) PrathivAdhi Bhayankaram aNNan (6) ErumpiappA (7) aAppiLLai  and (8) AppiLLAr .


 Swamy Erumbiappa, one of the astadiggajas  glorified   100  verses  adorning the divine qualities of  Swamy Manavalamamuni  .

In  Srivaishnava  sampradayam,  Azhvar it indicates to only nammAzhvar, the term swamy refers only to  Swamy Ramanuja  and Jeeyer is a special term indicating Periya Jeeyer, our  Sri Vara Vara Muni.

The  verses  of  Swamy erumbiappa are called as Vara Vara Muni sathakam .

Swamy   prathivAdi bayankaram annan  had  also  glorified the divine qualities of  his Acharyar .

 Swamy Maamuni had the highest regard for Swami Desikan and used to refer him  with great affection as ” ABHIYUKTHAR ” OR THE REVERED ONE  likewise Swami Desikar  had the highest regard for the Achaarya of  Swamy Maamuni’s own Achaarya, Swamy  Pillai LokAcharyar.


 Swamy has been glorified with several names  like  Varavaramuni,     Periya Jeer,   Vichatavak Shikhamani ,  Sowmyajamatrumuni,  ramyajamatra muni,   Sowmyopayanthrumuni, Sundarajamatrumuni, , YatheendraPravanar .


“Upadesa Ratinamala” is  a  wonderful work composed by   Swamy Mamunigal which  has 73 verses that  gives  the details of Azhwars  and  Acharyas appearance  & their  divine works.

Swamy  Erumbiappa composed the 74 th  verse and pleaded  Lord Ranganathar requesting  LORD  to accept them and hence as a result of Lord’s command, the following verse  was included in Upadesa Ratinamala.

The verse goes like

“mannuyir_kAL ingE maNavALa mAmunivan *  

senkamalappOthukaLai * –

unnis siraththAlE  theeNdil

 amAnavanum nammai *

karaththAlE  theeNdal kadan “

The   Meaning  of the above verse ………….

“Oh  my dear  devotees  who desire  for Moksha seeking Swamy  Mamunigal’s lotus Feet listen …. 

taking refugee   at  the Lotus  feet of Swamy  Mamunigal will definitely lead us to the  blessings of “Amanavan” who allows us at the  entrance into  Sri Vaikuntam” as we are Swamy Manavala mamuni’s disciples …


Swami Manavala Mamunikal  is compared favorably with the kind of divinity exuded by Swami Ramanuja. After all, they were both the incarnation  of our Lord’s dear serpent servant Adi sEsha.

. Fortunate are the devotees who are at Srirangam and Azhwar Thirunagari celebrating  the grand dayof Aani Thirumoolam

Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

Swamy Manavala maamunigaley thiruadigaley  sharanam



Pictures credits : Advanced devotees  serving Lord

videos : At Sri MudaliAndaans swamy Thirumaligai


At Tirumala !! When the screens opened by themselves……

Oh Lord !! Tirupati Venkataramana! Could you not remove the screen,

the screen of anger, delusion ,arrogance and jealousy, which is taking a firm stand within me,

Oh Lord ! that screen which keeps me out of the reach of dharma and other four Purusharthas Dharma ,Artha, Kama and Moksha?

Oh Lord !!! This screen which effectively hides me from vision, the immaculate light of the lamp, Jnana. And…………………
My Lord !!! by the existence of this screen, this mind gets caught by evil, just as ignorant beasts are got into the Hunter’s net…….

Oh Lord !!! I have been following you faithfully…….

Oh Lord I pray sincerely ….. please please remove the screen and allow me to have your darshan………..

The kirtan was so melodious and Lord was listening ..

It was the time LORD wished to see his devotee .

Suddenly !!the screens fell without any one attempting , much to the astonishment of all the devotees . …..

kazhiyur varadan's blog

 Innumerable  Emperors , Kings ,  Rich  , poor ,   people following different religions  have worshiped  Lord  Venkateshwara  at Tirumala  from times immemorial and have been blessed  with prosperity .  There is never  any person who had  darshan only once .The thirst to seek HIS mercy takes one to the Holy abodes several times . The Glory of  of the Lord of Seven Hills is vast and is beyond words to describe Every devotee will have a experience to share .

jai jai

The unique status of those blessed to have His darsanam at Tirumala is hinted by Kulasekhara Azhwar in one of the verses of  Mukunda Mala ……


  For him , who had the darsana sowbhagyam of  Lord Venkateshwara   , this wide earth is a small speck , the rolling oceans a water drop , the raging fires a mere spark , the shoreless winds a mere breath , the…

View original post 844 more words

I am deeply attached to my devotees……… In fact , I am controlled by them ….. “aham Bhaktha parAdheena: hyasvatantra iva dhvija …. sadhubhi: grastha hrudhaya: bahkthairbhaktha jaanpriya:…..

A  true seeker of LORD will  always respect the devotees of Lord .  He  will never distinguish  about their inheritance  of  birth and caste while seeking their association  . A devotees glory  can be seen with  that deep  knowledge and  practices  which takes them nearer to LORD .   

Featured Image -- 23427

Elders advise us that It would be a boon serving such advanced devotees .


Sastras  command that  ” Even if one is born in a  lower caste and still  follows  the Nine  types of  devotional services  and  surrenders to  Lord unconditionally , he automatically becomes  very  close to Lordships  .  Consuming such  devotees  Sripada Theertham  ( charan theerth)  is a great blessing  and  serving him is most pleasing to LORD   .


The most advanced devotee Nampaaduvaan sang in praise of  Lord Thirukkurungudi Nambi .

Check the divine pastime in the appended blog..


  and ….

with abundant compassion  granted the fruit of the song sung by him to LORD  to a Brahmin turned BrahmaRakshasa -SomaSharma and  thus converted him back into a Brahmin.


Was it not a singer of the so referred low caste who rescued a  upper caste Brahmin?

 The great devotee Guhan ( boatman )   was accepted by  Lord Rama as  his own brother . 


Lord Krishna preferred  to stay with  Vidhura to any other when He came as a messenger  to meet the kauravas .Though  having  many friends and Elders  he preferred Vidhura   Hence status is no criteria to decide one’s Bhagavad Sambandham.


Lord Rama left Ayodhya – the land of the learned  scholars to join with the innocent  monkeys .He embraced  Hanumanji  lovingly and accepted  Sugriva and Vibhishana as His Brothers. The  funeral of dasi putra  Vidhurar was done by  Yudhishtra ,  bird Jatayu by  Lord Rama and  Swamy Alavandar’s disciple Maraneri nambi  ( a low caste born ) by  Acharyar Periya nambi.


In the Rajasooya yaga the Agrapooja was done to Lord Krishna.

At Thirupuliyur, the Priests  performed Agrapooja to Thirumazhisai Aazhwar who was brought up by a woodcutter.


  Kurumbarutha Nambi was  a  great devotee  of Lord Venkateshwara and he stayed at Tirumala. For his devotion to LORD  he was respected and glorified by the revered great king a  Kshatriya  Thondaiman Chakravarthy.

JagathAcharyar Swamy  Ramanujacharya learnt true knowledge   from Sri Thiru Kachhi nambi who conversed daily with  Lord Varadarajar   at Kanchi.

At Srirangam the temple  priest Lokasarangamuni  carried Thirupannazhwar on his shoulders into the temple sanctum as commanded by LORD  .  

Featured Image -- 23406

During daily rituals to Lord , ( Thiruvaradhanam) , Swamy  Ramanujar  used to hold the hands of Sripillai Urangavilli Dasar as Kayasuddhi.

After Thiruvaradhanam, Sri Nampillai used to receive Prasadam from Pillai Eru Thiruvudaiya Dasar.


During Graha Pravesha, Sri Vadakku thiruveedi Pillai asked Sri Pillai Ramanuja Dasar to enter His house first thus proving devotion is supreme .

Once Sage Durvasa   met the King Ambarisha who was observing Ekadashi Vratha . The next day  was Dwadasi and  in order to  honor the sage  and due to constraints of time to break the fast without any iota of offense ,  the king sipped  Sripada Theertham The sage became furious. He pulled a hair from his matted locks  ordering  a  fierce demon to  harm  the King  .


The King obediently folded his hands and surrendered . At the same time Sudarshan disc  destroyed the demon and started chasing the sage Durvasa . The Sage who went to all the worlds seeking protection finally surrendered to Lord SrimanNarayana who replied …..


aham Bhaktha parAdheena: hyasvatantra iva dhvija
sadhubhi: grastha hrudhaya: bahkthairbhaktha jaanpriya:

O Great Sage ! I am deeply attached to my devotees.

In fact , I am controlled by them …….


Therefore I am incapable of doing anything
out of my own volition in such cases involving  any offense to my dear  devotees .
My love for my  devotees  is greater than that for Myself or My consort ,
Maha Lakshmi ……

Oh sage  !!!…

Penance  austerity and knowledge are fruitless without humility……



The ones who do not understand the quoted  simple truth remain as  decorated corpses. There is no discrimination for devotees in the eyes of the Almighty.

He is waiting for those who have devotion in their minds.

HE accepted the coarse grains  offered by Vidura.

HE protected  child Prahalada in the house of demons. 

At Pandharpur , HE helped  Rohitdas to dye clothes.


HE helped the great saint  Kabir to weave clothes ….

As Vittala  HE helped  Sajan, the  butcher selling meat.

HE helped   the great devotee in Maharashtra Sawata Mali in petty agricultural operations.

HE helped  the great saint  Narhari in performing chores of a goldsmith.

HE helped Chokhamela by grazing  his cattle.

HE drove  the chariot of Arjuna.

HE accepted   with great love the  beaten rice  offered by Sudama.


In the homes of milkmen HE  undertook the task of maintaining cows.

HE acted  as a doorkeeper for King Bali.

HE repayed  loan of Santh  Yekoba.

HE drank that  glass of poison for  Saint Meerabai.

HE transformed as  a low breed person to pay off loan of  Santh Damaji.

HE carried earth for  Santh Gora Kumbhar. HE repayed  loan of Santh Narsi Mehta. 


HE is Our Lord Vittal 

HE  who  is still standing on a brick for all of us ….


 Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

Pics credits : Google images

videos : Thanks to Sri Hariprasad for  uploading Annamya kirtanas sung by                 Sri Balakrishna prasad garu

Kongil Piratti worships Swamy Ramanuja padukas……

One day they observed huge number of srivaishnavaites following Swamy Ramanuja to the banks of cauvery . Curious to know about the following , they followed Swamy Ramanuja and found the entire place were his followers . The elderly lady was charmed by the divine tejas of Swamy Ramanuja . She walked near the banks and asked the villagers ,Who the revered swami was and those followers . The group replied that Swamy Ramanuja was the king of Ascetics and he moves along with 700 ascetics 74 Acharya Purushas , 1200 Ekangees and 300 kotti ammai . Several kings and sattadars are his disciples .You are blessed to have his darshan remarked a old man ……………

kazhiyur varadan's blog

Many years ago there was a severe drought in  melnadu located  near  present coimbatore  . The drought continued for almost  12 long years . An old couple  who were living there decided to leave  to the banks of cauvery  and reside near the holy Sri Ranga Kshetra . They shifted their camp near to the  Lord’s  temple .  Good or bad is Lords divine will .They surrendered to the Lordships and managed their daily lives .


One day  they observed huge number of srivaishnavaites following Swamy Ramanuja  to the banks of cauvery . Curious to know about the following ,  they followed Swamy Ramanuja and found  the entire place were his followers .  The elderly lady was charmed by the divine tejas of Swamy Ramanuja .  She walked  near the banks and asked the villagers ,Who the revered swami was and  those followers . 


The group replied  that Swamy Ramanuja was…

View original post 1,493 more words

………..Yatra yatra Raghunatha Kirtanam… Tatra tatra kritha mastakanjalim Bhaspavaan paripoorna lochanam Marutim namata rakshasanthakam………………. ….. The Sundarakandam discourse notes ( Prose in tamil for daily recitation)

On the  upcoming auspicious eve of  “ SRI RAMA NAVAMI ” an attempt has been made to present

Sri Sundarakandam prose in tamil for daily recitation ..


The entire  nectarine discourse was given by His Holiness Sri Sri Krishna Premi Maharaj  ( Sri Anna ) .which was attended by a advanced devotee Smt Malathy Kesavan .

She had  made a handwritten synopsis of the entire Samshepa Sundarakandam .


The handwritten  prose was given to  adiyen’s wife  in tamil .


The nectarine prose  is being shared through a digital print for  daily recitation ….


Click the appended link for printouts and non stop reading ….






Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

 Audio Sound Cloud : Thanks to Smt Visakha hari ( uploaded from web ) 

Sincere thanks to Smt Malathy kesavan and Smt  Subhashini varadan

” Thiruvaaimozhi pillai vaibhavam ” Parama guru of Lord Ranganathar…. …. Swamy Manavala Mamuni attributing everything to the lotus feet of his legendary Acharyar… ( Yendhai Thiruvaimozhi Pillai Inn arulaal..)”


The most revered Acharyar in Srivaishnava sampradayam was Swamy Srisailesar . Srisailer was disciple of the legendary revered  saint Swamy Pillai Loka Acharyar.


( The most respected and adored saint who played a very important role in Lord Ranganathar’s safety during the Turks invasion few hundred years back )

Check the appended post for more details ..



Swami Srisailesar appeared in a illustrious village kunthinagaram   near  Madurai.        His parents named him as “Thirumalai azhwaar”.

A very intelligent and highly talented young lad who assimilated all types of knowledge including administration with dedication was loved by one and all . He had samashrayanam (initiation ) done from his Acharyar Swamy Pillai Lokacharyar and was given a name as Satagopa dasar.

Those were the times when the illustrious Pandyan Kings were ruling Madurai. King Kulasekhara Pandyan had two sons Sundara Pandyan and Veera Pandyan. Contrary to tradition, the king proclaimed that his younger son would succeed him. Sundara Pandyan was agitated and by a coup occupied the throne .

The local chieftains swore allegiance to younger brother Veera Pandian and thus a civil war broke out . Sundara Pandyan was defeated and was forced out of the country. He sought help from Sultan Ala-ud-din Khilji who entrusted the task to General Malik Kafur to handle the problem .



With Sundara Pandyan’s assistance, the army entered Madurai and looted the city for their benefit . They plundered the wealth from all the temples . The citizens were in fear and the threat of being killed by these ruthless invaders .

To their worst nightmare Sundhara Paandyan passed away . It was chaos all around the whole city of Madurai as the invaders looted the nearby areas and the people had to suffer in the enemy’s hands . Sundhara Pandyan legal heir “Paraakrama Pandya” who was very young occupied the throne . It was a tough task managing the kingdom in such a deep crisis . As the prince was too young to take up the responsibilities , the queen requested the learned Swami Srisailesar  to take care of the administration of the kingdom . 


Swami Srisailesar  understood it was need of the hour to protect the Kingdom. He took over the responsibilities as defacto King and as an able administrator was managing the show with long sighted acumen thus protecting the prince and the kingdom.


Years passed , Thirumalai azhwar was missing his favorite service of attending to the revered saints and Acharyas association in learning true knowledge . He developed deep interest in sampradayam and quenched his thirst by knowing several esoteric truths from scholars regularly by inviting them to the royal chambers .

Day by the day the thoughts to resign from the assignment given to him became stronger and love to the Lordships increased manifold. Over a period of time as things settled down , he decided to quit the job and seek Acharyar’s lotus feet once for all .

In the other part of the kingdom , Swamy Pillai lokacharyar instructed his chief disciple, Sri Koorakulothamadasar to enlighten Srisailesar by teaching our sampradayam who would be succeeding him in Acharya parampara.

(Similar to how Manakal nambi based on Nathamunigal’s instructions personally interacted with Yamunacharyar who was a king and taught him about our sampradaya and made him a prominent Vaishnava acharyar) .

Due to his advanced age, Sri Pillai Lokacharyar  attained Acharyar’s  lotus feet  ( leaving his mortal coils at Jyotishkudi near Madurai .



( The divine pastime is appended in the blog post url ..


During the plundering expedition of Malik Kafur, one of the worst period in Srirangam, Sri Pillailokacharyar’s disciples took our adorable Lord Azhagiya Manavalan ( Namperumal ) to Thenaikidambai, a village near Kozhikode, Kerala from Jyotishkudi after Swamy PillaiLokacharyar’s heavenly sojourn.


In other part of the Kingdom , due to the invaders torture ,parallely to protect saint Nammazhwar’s deity , few devotees from Azhwar Thirunagari carried the Lordships and reached this place carrying swamy Nammazhwar.

May be It was Lord’s arrangement !!!

Lord Namperumal and Swamy Nammazhwar met at this very holy place .What else can be the divine plan when both the Lord and his dearest devotee move out from their respective abodes and purify the nearby places by giving opportunities to his dearest disciples to carry them .

Nammazhwar was duly honored with Lord’s (Perumal’s parivatam) royal clothes , (kavacham made of pearls) . Both the teams discussed about the future plans in protecting the Lordships . They had to part ways for further safety .

From this holy place the disciples carried Lord Namperumal towards Melkote and later to Tirumala…..


Lord Ranganathar enjoyed the company of Lord Venkateshwara for almost 40 years .


We can have the darshan of the divine abode Of that mandapa where Lord Ranganathar stayed at Tirumala .

The devotees led by Swamy Thozhappar carried Swamy Nammazhwar diety and proceeded towards Kerala and halted at a place ” Munthirupu” .


The revered Acharyar Thozhappar was carrying out the divine service for months traveling avoiding eye contact with the ruthless invaders carefully avoiding the army who were looting the temples and the Priests .

As it was too hectic and difficult to face the invaders they carefully had Azhwar’s diety put inside a well covered box hid the same in a valley. In the tough task being carried out by the team , Thozhapar attained Acharyar’s lotus feet .

With no other option left out , the disciples slowly proceeded towards  Madurai  to seek  Srisailesar’s help in safeguarding the deity .

 At  Madhurai  , Srisailesar  by Azhwar’s grace,  was now detached from the royal affairs Srisailer who had resigned from the ministerial post approached his Sri Koorakulothamadasa for receiving the instructions from Acharyar ….

As per Acharyar Swamy Pillailokacharyar’s orders and Koorakulothamadasar’s instructions, Srisailer approached Swamy  Pillailokacharyar disciples.

As similar how Swamy Ramanujar approached five Acharyas , Srisailesar also approached   .

Featured Image -- 23298

Swamy Vilaancholai Pillai taught him the intricate meanings of Srivachana bhooshanam the magnum opus work by Swamy Pillai Lokacharyar at Thiruvananthapuram.

Swamy Thirukannangudi Pillai taught him the divine pasurams of Thiruvaimozhi .

Swamy Nalloor Pillai taught him the intricate meanings of 3000 vyakhyanam

Swamy Thiruputkuzhi Jeeyar taught him the intricate meanings Thiruvaimozhi

Nallooraachan pillai-the illustrious son of Nalloor pillai continued to teach him the meanings Eedu 36000 .

Thus another versatile Acharyar was guiding the sampradayam .

Thozhappar’s disciples reached Madurai  and approached Srisailer . The mission was divine . Srisailer was eager to have darshan of Azhwar .He  along with the disciples proceeded to Munthirupu and located the valley . With Azhwars grace , they were able to locate the deity .With all honors, the deity was safely kept at Thirukannambi.


  Time passed quickly , and one fine day, Lord appeared in Srisailer’s dreams and advised ,

My dear Thirumalai aazhwar , the temple near Thirukurugoor is in a dilapidated condition which needs to be attended immediately .

I am sure you would initiate action

Thirumalai azhwar understood Lord’s divine command …

He immediately started towards Thirukurugoor along with few disciples .Praying Lord for his mercy he started searching the village . Somewhere far , he felt there could be Perumal sannidhi and Nammazhwar sannidhi. But was not sure if he was at the right place. A barren and waste land nearby made him go closer . He was confused thoroughly because he did not even expect the place to be in such a poor condition.

He met the villagers and requested them to guide him in locating the temple of Azhwar and Perumal . The villagers were also in poor memory .They informed that due to the Moslem invasion in the Pandyan kingdom all of them were scattered and they were also cognizant of the poor state of azhwar and Perumal sannidhi.


They feared that due to invasion, the whole area became like a waste and barren land . One old villager came running and offering obesiances said ,

Revered swamin …….

From childhood I have been going to Azhwars temple for serving the Acharyas . I remember during the looting expedition by the invaders , the brahmins keeping the security of Swami Nammazhwar in mind, carried Lordships and Swamy Nammazhwar deity to a place in Kerala that was engulfed by forests.

I was told by my elders that they had kept azhwar’s vigraham in a cave in that forest. 

 Srisailer was overjoyed . Thanking Swamy Nammazhwar for his mercy he proceeded to Thiruvananthapuram (capital city of Kerala) and approached the king there.

The King was kind to receive the saint . He ordered his minister to extend all the help to Srisailer . Using their help,  he located the place where Swami Nammazhwar resided . The place was called “Thirukanaambi”.



The entire group was overjoyed having darshan of Swamy Nammazhwar who was safely residing in a small box inside a valley . Glorifying the Lordships and Azhwar the group lead by  Swamy Srisailer  proceeded towards Thirukurugoor.

Chinnajeeyar visit to Bhadri (9)

Now the task as allotted by Lord himself was taken up enthusiastically . All the villagers started to clear off the engulfed forest like area. One day ,while  Srisailer  was passing on pitch dark night, with a small lamp in his hand, he saw the ( Tamarind ) “Urangaapuli” tree and also the surrounding vimanam around it .




  He was overjoyed . Realizing the importance of the holy place recollecting those divine pastimes of Swamy Nammazhwar and dear disciple Swamy Madhurakavi Azhwar, he called the villagers and explained the glory of the holy place . The mission was to make the divine place just like place it was during the heydays of Swamy Madhurakavi azhwar.


With the abundant grace of Ahzwar’s and Lord Polindha nindra piraan’s anugraham, the mission of renovating the temple was accomplished in grand scale .


Glad with the service of Srisailer’s services  and his recitation along with nectarine explanation of Thiruvaaimozhi, Swami Nammazhwar himself christened the name of “Thiruvaaimozhi pillai”.


Now , Thiruvaaimozhi pillai started to revive all the lost and hidden traditions of the great place called “Thirukurugoor” ( “Aazhwar Thirunagari”). He took interest in educating the villagers.


With their active cooperation he got  the forest area cleared  and constructed a temple for Swamy Ramanujar who is worshipped as “Bhavishyad Acharyar” which is know glorified as Chaturvedi mangalam (called “Raamanuja chaturvedhi mangalam” ).


Thiruvaaimozhi Pillai  used to contemplate on the divine pasurams of Thiruvaimozhi explanations always given in Eedu . 

10006240_668610866543385_2019358936778376616_n Mylai Madhavan

His attachment to Thiruvaimozhi was so much that he instructed his prominent disciple, Sri Manavala Mamunigal to always contemplate on Thiruvaimozhi .


Sri Azhagiya Manavala Perumal (Manavala mamunigal) belonged to Azhwar thirunagari and  was  direct  disciple .He got his initiation from Srisailesar. Sri Azhagiya Manavala Perumal was Srisailesar’s favourite student who later on took sanyasam and came to be known as  Swamy “Manavala Maamunigal” who rendered EEdu vyakhyanam in the presence of the processional deities in Srirangam  (Azhagiya Manavalan/Namperuamal) for one full year .


The famous invocatory sloka rendered Supreme Lord Sriman Narayana residing as Sri Ranganathar in Srirangam which every Srivaishnava recites daily at the beginning and end of Thiruvaraadhanam starts with the words

SriSailesa Daya patram DhiBhakti Adi Gunarnavam

Yatindra pravanam Vande Ramyaja Mataram Munim

This invocatory verse was given to Swami Manavala maamunigal by Lord Ranganathar himself .


The Lord addresses Acharyar Mamunigal as “Srisailesa Dayaa paathram”-one who is the recipient of Srisailesa’s mercy.


Among-st the august gathering ,the Lord disguised as a boy came forward and gave the  glorification  verse (thanian.) ….through the Archaka .

He accepted  Swamy Manavala Mamunigal as HIS acharyar. The Lord also gave HIS serpent bed, Adiseshan to Swamy Manavala Mamunigal as aasanam.

The kalakshepa mandapam in Manavala Mamunigal’s Thirumaligai at Srirangam is called as “Thiruvaimozhi Pillai mandapam”


Swamy Manavala Mamunigal in his wonderful  work “Upadesa Ratnamala” starts the invocation verse ( thanian) as

“Yendhai Thiruvaimozhi Pillai Inn arulaal……”

He attributes everything to the lotus feet of his acharyar.

Upadesarathinamalai,’ has 74 verses.

As the name indicates it is a jewel of noble precept – gems, a treasure house of essential knowledge for Srivaishnavas. These verses are chanted by the congregation (goshti) in temples and all vaishnava homes .

Swamy  Mamunigal states in the very first verse that these essential precepts were received by the grace of Thiruvoimozhi Pillai, his preceptor-Acharya.


After explaining an authoritative chronology of the appearance of revered Azhwars into this world with their appearance day details and places of birth, the hymn introduces the greatest of our acharyas, Swamy Ramanujar..


Elucidating further the commentaries by our acharyas on the hymns of the Azhwars, the importance of Nammazhwar’s Thiruvoimozhi is brought out by an enumeration of the five commentaries, of different lengths, that have appeared for these eleven hundred verses and how the ‘Eedu’ (36,000) commentary came to be written and propagated.More emphasis on the precious jewel, ‘Srivachana Bhushanam’ and the greatness of this ‘secret’ document is glorified .

The conclusion of this great treatise is that the grace of the preceptor-Acharya is the surest-gateway to salvation .


The sacred verses concludes  that  a reverent study of ‘Upadesarathinamalai’ is certain to beget the generous grace of Swamy Ramanuja.

The final (74) verse  was an  addition by Erumbiappa disciple of Swamy Mamuni  that  the fortunates  heads who   seek the holy feet (Sandals) of Sri Manavala Mamunigal are certain to be touched by Amanava at Srivaikuntam . This contact would cleanse the emancipated soul of the last traces of karma and render it pure to enter the land of Bliss.


Adiyen Ramanuja dasan


Inspired from a discourse rendered by a revered   Acharyar

Pictures : Courtesy Google images


Musings of Lord Krishna and Thirumangai Azhwar … a divine pastime

Lord Krishna’s appearance day (Aavani (tamil month) Rohini nakshatra ) also coincides with a very revered Acharyar Swami Periyavaachan Pillai appearance day .

Periyavaachan Pillai elucidates about a revered venerated great teacher .

We have glories to Periya perumal ( Lord Ranganathar) Peria Azhwar ( Bhattarpiran ) Periya Jeeyar ( Swamy Manavalamamuni) and Periyavaachanpillai ( our great teacher) .


Thirumangai Azhwar, the last Azhwar was affectionately called as Kaliyan . He was the valiant army chief of the then Chola King.

For his valour the king gifted him with a small territory to rule over. Hence, he was known as Thirumangai Mannan .


Thirumangai Azwar had initiated lot of services to our LORD at Srirangam. The hundred pillar mandapam for the yearly festival adhyayana uthsavam was his contribution .

He also built the north and south gopurams at Kulasekaran thiruveedhi ( streets ) the fourth compound wall ( Mathil suvar) which is called Maharlokam .


The outburst 1253 of HIS EMOTIONAL OUTPOURING BLISS was shared through the divine pasurams sung instantly during his sojourn to almost about 86 divyadesam temples.


His compositions were Periya thirumozhi ,Periya thirumadal , SiRiya thirumadal ,Thiru nedunthANdakam , Thiru KurunthANdakam , Thiru vezhuk kurrirukkai.


During his piligrimage to Divyadesams , one day Azhwar majestically marches to Thirukkanamangai a divine place located in Tanjore district of Tamil Nadu which is around 8 kms from Tiruvarur amidst a huge tank Darsha Pushkarini near Western banks.


This temple is 25 miles from Kumbakonam and is among the Pancha Krishnaraya kshetram. The others being Therazhandur, Thirukannapuram, Thirukanankudi, Thirukannamangai and Thiru kapisthalam. Few include Thirukolur.

This holy place is also called as “Sapthamirtha Kshetram”


Azhwar offers poetic glorifications to Lord Bhakthavatsala perumal .Azhwar keeps comparing the Lordships here to the sugarcane and also refers to the village as the place where blue lotuses bloom.


Azhwar swooned in the beauty of Lord and both exchange words …


Lord speaks … My dear Azhwar !!

How is that you instantly pour the nectarine pasurams …?

For which Azhwar humbly submits ..Lord !!

ven cengamon erndiya kanna

nin tanakkum kurippakil

karkalam kaviyin porul taaney… ( 7-10-10 )


meaning .. Kanna ..the bearer of the white conch ..should you be so inclined …

You can also do that ….

This offer by Azhwar could not be accepted by Lord for the protocol of Archavatara ..


Thus after few years ,

Swamy Periyavaachan Pillai appeared in the same aster ism as Lord Krishna namely Rohini star in tamil month of Aavani

and the illustrious Acharyar Swamy Nampillai appeared in the same asterism of Thirumangai Azhwar namely Krittika asterism in the tamil month karthikai.


Periyavaachan Pillai appeared at Chenganoor near Thiruvelliyangudi divyadesam. At a very young age he went to Tirumala on piligrimage .He was blessed by Lord by giving him a deity of Lord himself which he carried and worshiped all through out his life.

Srirangam Sri Ranganathaswamy Kovil

Later he moved to Srirangam and became a direct disciple of the illustrious Acharyar Swamy Nampillai . Under his Acharyars care , he learnt several commentaries of Srimad Ramayana and sastras. He thus inherited the widest and richest legacy of srivaishnava sampradayam from his Acharyar . The desire was thus fullfilled by Perumal himself.


Swamy Periya vachan pillai is the only Acharyar who had written commentaries of all the 24 compositions of Naalayiram DivyaPrabhandam.


Pacurappadi Ramayanam is a great work which has not a single word of his own. With sentences , phrases and divine words recognisably found in DivyaPrabhandam , Acharyar had reconstructed the whole Ramayana in just two pages without omission of any important incident .


The legacy was carried further to his disciple named varadarajan who was very ordinary person serving Acharyar in all means . Once few disciples of the celebrated poet “Appaya Deekshittar” an advaitik scholar reached Swamy’s Ashram .

They started discussing about the incidents of Srimad Ramayanam . The discussions attracted Varadarajan to come out of the kitchen and find out what was the discussion about .


He approached a vedantin and requested him to share the content of the topic being discussed . The Vedantin looking at ignorant cook , with arrogance replied .

Oh !! yeah … Its your content of work we are discusing …

Yes about Musalakisalayam…. ( The wooden pestle used for dehusking the grains )

The group left after meeting Acharyar .

Varadarajan was eager to know about the vedantin words .

He approached Acharyar and begged to know about the Musalakisalayam..


The Acharyar replied there was no book about Musalakisalayam .The group just made fun out of him . Varadarajan was deeply hurt. He wept and holding Acharyar’s feet seeked mercy to make him of some worth in understanding scriptures.


In course of time Acharyar with merciful attention taught him several topics and thus he became a revered scholar .

He was glorified as Vadikesari Azhagiyamanavalla Jeeyar .


Azhagiya Manavalla Jeeyar wrote commentaries on Thiruvamozhee called Pannirayarappadee which is an authority giving word by word meaning to the treasure given to us by Poorvacharyas ....

Swami also wrote a book naming it MUSALAKISALAYAM …

All glories to Acharyar Swami Periyavaachan Pillai


Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

Pics credits : Advanced devotees who have uploaded in Facebook, Google pics

….. THE LORD WHO MEASURED THE WORLDS………Brahma kadigina padhamu …

This Viswaroopam of Lord is glorified as Trivikraman . One can have darshan of this Divya Roopam at 3 Srivaishnava divya desams in Tamil nadu- namely,

  1. Kaazhiseerama vinnagaram (Sirkazhi )
  2. Ulagalandha Perumal kovil at Thirukovalur
  3. Ulagalandha Perumal kovil at Kanchipuram.

As per elders version, in Sirkazhi, Lord Trivikraman measured the first step. Vamana murthi grew in size and taking the Viswaroopam measured the world with HIS left foot here which is on the air.


kazhiyur varadan's blog

Lord Krishna declares in Bhagavad Gita

” paritranaya sadhunam              vinasaya ca duskrtam
dharma-samsthapanarthaya      sambhavami yuge yuge.

(In order to deliver the pious and to annihilate the miscreants, as well as to                       re establish the principles of religion, I advent Myself millennium after millennium.)

The Supreme Personality of Godhead  appeared  at various times to protect the good and  eradicate  the evil. Out of the prominent Dasa-avatarams,  Vamana avataram has a special significance .


Bhakta Prahalad’s grandson  Mahabali  Chakravarthy had conquered all the worlds including Deva lokam as a result of which the devas headed by Indra had to leave Devalokam and sought their mother, Aditi’s intervention. Kashyapa rishi and Aditi prayed to Lord SrimanNarayanan for protecting the devas.  The All compassionate  Lord appeared to them as their  own child   during the…

View original post 1,485 more words

Kaisika Ekadesi and the most advanced devotee Nampaaduvaan

The Uttana Ekadasi glorifies this divine pastime which happened few hundred years ago near a remote village Thirukurungudi which is briefed in the next few lines . Kaisika Ekadesi is a very important day for all Sri Vaishnavites . As per Elders ,even Vaikunta Ekadesi festival stands next to this glorious day . Kaisika Ekadesi is celebrated during the Tamil month of Karthigai ( December ) which precedes Vaikunta Ekadesi.

kazhiyur varadan's blog

 A  true seeker of LORD will  always respect the devotees of Lord .  He never distinguishes about their birth and caste in seeking their association  . A devotees glory  can be seen with  that deep  knowledge and  practices  which takes them nearer to LORD .   It will be a boon serving such advanced devotees .


The most advanced devotee Nampaaduvaan sang in praise of  Lord Thirukkurungudi Nambi   at Thirukkurungudi temple .  He submitted  the fruit of the punya earned by him  to a brahmin turned BrahmaRakshasa  SomaSharma and  thus converted him back into a Brahmin. 

   The  Uttana Ekadasi  glorifies this divine pastime which happened few hundred years ago near a remote village Thirukurungudi  which is briefed in the next few lines .


 Of the Ekadasi marking the annual calendar, the interval  between the Sayana and the utthana ekadasi  represents the span of yoga nidra (cosmic slumber) of Lord  Sriman Narayana  .



View original post 1,829 more words

Azhagiyasingar the “Acharyar” and Azhagiyasingar Lord LakshmiNrsimha deva

During a journey few hundred years ago , Lordships was traveling along with the His holiness Sri Sri Athipattu Azhagiya singar 34th jeeyar and disciples along with entire paraphernalia . A local affluent devotee approached his holiness and offered ingredients to prepare Ksheerannam as bhoga for the Lordships .

kazhiyur varadan's blog

Blissful are the experiences of our Poorvacharyas and Peetathipathis .The mystic experiences shared by the great souls instill confidence in a devotee in his spiritual advancements.


Appearing out of a pillar neither man nor an a animal and yet both man and lion HIS avatara bespeaks of LORD’s supremacy and transcendence . Lord appeared from this place because  the   devotee child prahalada wanted him to appear  ….


Thirumangai Azhwar visualised Lord Lakshmi Narasimhar in Ahobila Kshetra as the Lord who had thousand shoulders and sang several pasurams glorifying this holy place and the Lordships  .On his journey to Ahobilam he  sang few pasurams which  speaks about the tough conditions prevailing those days to seek Lords darshan  ….

Sri Jwala Narasimhar - Ahobilam

Senru kandarku Ariya koil

A temple where one cannot go with ease and offer worship to Lord

Deiva mallal sella vonna

Except for devas no one can attempt to seek darshan here


View original post 690 more words

… Lord of abundant grace.. KripasamudraPerumal…ThiruSiripuliyur….

This wonderful temple can be reached by travelling about 15 km from Mayiladuthurai towards Thiruvarur Route . From Kollumangudi, the temple is just 2 km. Sirupuliyur (Thiru sirupuliyur) which is one of the 108 divya desams in Tiruvarur district near to Mayavaram The Lord of this temple is Arulmaakadal, Sthala Sayana Perumal who gives darshan in bujanga sayanam posture facing south.

kazhiyur varadan's blog

 Gauthama Maharishi    was a great devotee of  ParamaSivan .  The Rishi  used to offer  fruits and fresh blossomed   flowers for worship daily . For the same , he had to climb trees with great difficulty to pluck the same .


 In order to continue his services with ease  he prayed Paramasivan  to grant him  sharp eyes  and  claws like a tiger  .Thus he got the name Vyangraapadha rishi.  Rishi Vyangraapadha undertook penance at Chidambaram invoking the blessings of Lord Nataraja for salvation   .


However , ParamaShivan instructed  Vyangrapadha rishi  ( Vyangra =Tiger ) ( Pada = feet)  to  proceed to Srirangam and worship Lord Ranganathar .   Owing to his poor eye sight, the rishi lost his way, went southward and reached Krupa Samudiram Perumal  near Mayavaram . Unable to walk any further, he sat in penance at Sirupuliyur.He did  penance at Sirupuliyur  for attaining Srivaikuntam by worshipping  Lord SrimanNarayana  .



View original post 259 more words

Though the whole world is against you ..We are always for you ……… Naattuku Pollan ……Namakku Nallavan …

Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita says , “ A Yogin is the one who, out of a sense of identity with others on account of the perception of the same Self in all, feels their joy and suffering as his own………………………

kazhiyur varadan's blog


Nallan was a disciple of Swamy Ramanuja .He was an ardent devotee of LORD VARADAR at Kancheepuram . Attending classes at Ashram of Swamy Ramanuja , his bhakthi towards Lord Varadar increased manifold . Any services for his Acharyar was cheerfully obeyed .


Once it so happened , Swamy Ramanuja had to leave Kancheepuram on an important  mission .  Nallan accompanied till the banks of the river vegavathi and seeked permission to return .


While returning on the banks of the river he found some object floating from a far distance .He moved near the banks and saw a  corpse floating . He looked closely and found the corpse bore vaishnava symbols of discuss and conch on its shoulders . Nallan immediately jumped into the river .He carefully brought the corpse to the shore .


With deep respects he carried out the funeral rites . The ceremony went on well…

View original post 804 more words

Chinni Krishna’s butter cup ( Dhonai leela ) at Vrindaavan

Several legends that are related to the Kadamba tree are famous to relish . Under the Kadamba tree, Lord Krishna used to swing from the branches and dance in festivity with all the gopikas of Vrindavana. Once while grazing the cows along with the gopas near GOVERDHAN near a village Sammai our little krishna saw a elder gopa distributing kheer ( payasam ) to bhagavathas . Our little krishna approached the elder gopa and asks Bhayya !! what about my share ??The elder gopa smilingly asks ( chinni krishna ) kanhaiyya to get a cup for collecting the Kheer not knowing what our chinni krishna can do …

kazhiyur varadan's blog

The association of Kadamba tree with Lord Krishna is  most memorable . The Kadamba tree is  consecrated by all the  the devotees of Lord Krishna and its flowers are used as offerings to LORD at various temples.


Several legends that are related to the Kadamba tree  are famous to relish . Under the Kadamba tree, Lord Krishna used to swing from the branches and dance in festivity with all the gopikas of Vrindavana. 

IMG_20150921_132704Once while grazing the cows along with the gopas near GOVERDHAN near a village Sammai our little krishna saw a elder gopa distributing kheer ( payasam ) to bhagavathas . Our little krishna approached  the elder  gopa and asks Bhayya !! what about my share ??


The elder gopa smilingly asks  ( chinni krishna ) kanhaiyya to get a cup for collecting the Kheer  not knowing what  our chinni krishna can do  …


 The butter thief…

View original post 346 more words

Malainadu Divyadesam.. (at Kerala) “Thirumoozhikalam”.Sri Lakshmana Perumal temple …..

This divya desam is located about 12 kms from Aluvai/Alwaye near Ernakulam(40 kms) and can be reached either by bus or by car. This place can also be accessed from Karikutti railway station which is about 5 kms and also from Angamaali. We visited this temple on 15th December morning after having darshan at Thirukaatkarai. (It may take about 4-5 days to cover Kerala divya desams if travelling by public mode of transport and about 2 days by car. )

kazhiyur varadan's blog


Out Of the 108 Divya desams, 13 divya desams are categorised as Malai Naatu divyadesams. (Kerala Divya desams), even though 2 of those 13 divyadesams are in Tamil Nadu today.

Malai nadu divya desams are  classified due to its location   mostly located in Kerala that  are scattered from North to South Kerala.

Introduction to the Kerala Divya desams are appended in the below post 


A brief note about the nearest town /city from where these  holy temples can be accessed is given below


North Kerala: Thiruvithuvakodu near  Pattambi  and Thirunaavai   near Kuttipuram can be accessed along with Guruvayur. 

1) Thiruvithuvacode:– popularly known as “Anjhu murthy kovil” on Shoranur-Kallikatai rail route. Bus from Pattambi to Kootupatha ( app one hour bus drive) and from there to take an auto to go to temple.

2) Thirunaavai :– Shoranur -Kuttipuram bus route.  Bus from Guruvayoor to Kuttipuram…

View original post 1,645 more words

The oldest of the Vaishnavaite temples in South ( Older than Srirangam , the place where the famous verse ……Om Apavitrah Pavitro Vaa Sarva-Avasthaam Gato-Aa pi Vaa | Yah Smaret-Punddareekaakssham Sa Baahya-Abhyantarah Shucih” had its origin…. and the darshan of SUPREME LORD that qualifies one to get Moksham….

At this temple ,to seek the LORDS darshan a devotee recollects at entrance of this temple 18 steps reminding us of the 18 chapters of Srimad Bhagvat Gita given to us by LORD Pundareekakshan. Proceeding further we come across 4 steps that are 4 Vedas and later one reaches the Bali Peetam. It is believed that one’s wishes submitted to the Perumal at the Balipeetam with the turmeric kappu are automatically taken care by Him. Abhishekam is done to the Bali Peetam only . From here, we enter the Perumal sannidhi by ascending 5 steps further representing the PanchaBhoothams (Fire, Water, Space, Air and Earth) and slowly crossing the Naazhi Kettaan Vasal. Now we see 2 entrances Dakshinaayana Gate and Utharaayana Gate which are alternately opened for devotees during the Dakshinayana/ Utharayana six month periods. to climb 18 Steps at the entrance . As One climbs further 8 steps we are reminded of Ashtaakshara mantra and further we move ahead another 24 steps reminding us of Gayathri Mantram to arrive at the sanctum sanctorum,where we have divya darishnam of our LORD Senthaamarai Kannan (Pundareekaakshan) along with His consort Pankajacchelvi Naacchiyaar.

kazhiyur varadan's blog



This Divyadesam is located at about 20 km north of Trichirappalli, enroute to Thuraiyur  and situated in a  14 acre  site and resembles like an Old fort with strong compound walls  The temple  is older than Srirangam  and  built   ahead of LORD  Rama’s  avataram . Hence the name Aadhi Vellarai.   Tiruvellarai  in tamil means white rock and this  grand temple is situated on a white granite hill which is almost 90 to  100 feet high .

Lord   Pundareekaksha Perumal. ( LORD with Lotus Shaped eyes) graces the devotees with abundant mercy .   This temple is surrounded by a 36 feet high wall and resembles almost like a  fort . The second tower entrance  leads us inside the temple  which has  huge sculptures on the wall  painted . The Bali peetam here is a huge one  which has special significance . The third tower leads us into the inner sanctum  of the temple.

View original post 1,360 more words

..Aandaal… the goddess who rules the Lord …. ThiruAadi Pooram festival ( July 26, 2017 Wednesday)

The procession reached the Srirangam temple entrance .

Godha got down and paced towards the sanctum quickly as if she was so familiar . She walked straight into the sanctum sanctorium after crossing Garuda mantapam… She came near the main temple … And …kept walking briskly with her anklets jingling in the background .. The temple sanctum sanctorium where only the priest enters arrived ..

LORD who was also eager to meet Godha had a bewitching smile ………………She stepped in ..and reached seshapanpu ( fourteen folds of Adhishesha ) walked over the folds of Adhishesha and reached the lotus feet twain of Lord and sat at HIS lotus feet .She touched those wonderful sacred feet with her tiny beautiful tender hands and dissolved in HIM once for all ….

Periaazhwar was watching .He was speechless . Standing motionless with tears and grief he went near the sanctum and with a quivering body and lips shivering , expressed in broken words ..Lord !! Where is my child Godha ? Oh Ranga !! My child Godha … a small girl who was everything to me ….. and just stood like a pillow gazing at LORD …

A pin drop silence for few minutes prevailed ……………………….

kazhiyur varadan's blog



Srivilliputtur  beautiful village turned ” town” houses two famous  temples- Lord Vatapatrasayee kovil     ( sri vaishnava divyadesa kovil) and  Andal kovil(Godadevi’s residence). 

Featured Image -- 22982

  Located in Virudhunagar District about 75 kms away from Madurai from north and about 70kms away from Tirunelveli from south ,this temple is famous   for Andals appearance and presently the Rajagopuram of the temple  which has  eleven tiers and  192″ height being  one among the tallest towers of temples in  the state is Tamilnadu Government’s official symbol .


This place is  worshipped  as Varaha kshetram.  Bhrigu and Markandeya maharishis  were performing penance at this holy place .The  demon Kalanemi was troubling them causing hindrances  . Lord killed Kalanemi using Sudarshana Chakram. The sudarshana chakra  cleansed its blood stains by taking a dip  in this  tank located inside the temple  in which the rivers  Ganga , Yamuna and Saraswathi  reside . Hence, this  temple…

View original post 2,255 more words

As Lord Narayana came here as ‘Mannan’ to wed Mahalakshmi and asked Swamy Nathamuni to share the Divya Prabandham and the Vaishnava Sampradayam to the world at large, he is glorified as ‘ Kattum’ ‘Mannan- Aanaar …which in course of time, Kattum Mannan-Aanaar became Kattu Mannar.



srIshailEsha dayApAtram dhIbhaktyAdi guNArNavam |
yatIndra pravaNam vandE ramya jAmAtaram munim ||

lakshmI nAtha samArambhAm nAthayAmuna madhyamAm |
asmadAchArya paryantAm vandE guru paramparAm ||

The above sloka …. reverberates in all srivaishnava temples and homes glorifying the rich sampradaya we have inherited from our poorvacharyas ….aa45 aa56 Swamy  Nathamunigal and Swamy  Alavandar, the two great acharyas  have been pillars to Srivaishnava sampradayam, took their avatara at  the holy place Kattumannar koil, which is 25 kms from Chidambaram in Cuddalore district of Tamil nadu, South India.


Kattumannarkoil (situated on the banks of the vast Veeranam Lake) hallowed by the birth of these Acharyas is the only place with magnificent temples dedicated to Swamy Nathamunigal and Swamy  Alavandar.

Swamy Nathamunigal  was the  foremost Acharya  of Srivaishnava sampradaya .

aaaaaa Nathamuni mastered himself in Vedas at a  very young age.

He was devoted to Lord  Veera Narayana Perumal and spent most of his time performing daily                 ( aaradhanai) poojas for the Lord here.


One day, during his pilgrimage to Thirukudanthai ( present day Kumbakonam ) Temple  he was attracted to the Archakas chanting the divine nectarine verse …. Aaravamuthey song….


The  devotees ended  the song with the words… “ these 10 out of the 1000” verses .

Aaraavamudhe Adiyen Udalam,

Ninbaal Anbaaye

Neeraal Alainthu Karaiya Urukinra Nedumaale

Seeraar Sennel Cauvery Veesum,

SezhuNeerth ThiruKudanthai

EraarKolam Thigazhak Kidanthaai, Kanden Emmaane”

Swami Nathamuni was drawn to these songs and  pleaded them to sing the rest of the 990 verses.

However, they expressed ignorance and said they  knew only these 10 songs which they were reciting daily following their ancestors  .

Seeking to find  the remaining  of these  divine songs,  Swamy Nathamuni proceeded  from Kattu Mannar Koil and went to Kumbakonam, where Lord Aaravamudhan appeared before him and asked him to go to Thirukolur for  knowing more ..


Swamy proceeded to Thiru Kolur, where he got initiated with the great Acharyar  Madhura Kavi Azhvaar’s  holy verses of Kannin Siruthambinaal.

Madhurakavi Azhwar was a direct disciple of Swamy Nammazhwar .The divine pastime of Azhwar can be read in the below  appended post



He came back to Thiru Kurugur and meditating  under the Tamarind tree,  recited these  divine verses 12000 times.  

On completion of which the all compassionate NammAzhvaar is said to have appeared before him and shared the entire 4000 songs the  “Divyaprabhandam” —Naalaayira Divya Prabandham which we are able to relish glorifying the LORDSHIPS .


namm azhwar

aa2 Lord Veera Narayana Perumal is then said to have called Swami Nathamuni back to Kattu Mannar Koil where the Vaishnavite Saint  chanted and shared the “Naalayira Divya Prabandham”.


Thus, Nathamuni of Kattu Mannar Koil, was instrumental in bringing back to the world the 4000 verses of the Azhvaars.

He also initiated the Sri Vaishnava Sampradayam from here.


As Lord Narayana came here as ‘Mannan’ to wed  Mahalakshmi and  asked Nathamuni to share the Divya Prabandham and the Vaishnava Sampradayam to the world at large, he was referred to as ‘ Kattum’ ‘Mannan- Aanaar’ (the Lord who came aa kings and later presented the entire prabandham through Nathamuni).

In course of time, Kattum Mannan-Aanaar became Kattu Mannar.


Nathamuni’s grandson was named as ‘Yamunai Thuraivan’(Alavandar) .

Born in Kattu Mannar Koil, Aalavanthar would travel to Srirangam and spread the message of SriVaishnavism. Swamy Ramanuja was nominated by him  as the ’to be’  next Acharyar of the great sampradhayam  after his disappearance .

Alavandar’s  disciples include Periya Nambi, ThiruKoshtiyur Nambi, Thiru Kachi Nambi and Srirangam Araiyar.


A clip was taken during our in which Bhattar elaborately explains in tamil about the glorious Srivaishnava Sampradayam.


Swamy  Nathamuni set the 4000  Divya prabhandam to tune and music and taught to his dear disciples  Melai agatthazhwAn and Keezhai agatthazhwAn (his nephews) and propagated the divine nectar  in various divya desams.


Nathamuni re arranged 4000  nectarine verses equivalent to Vedas  into four parts and introduced the same as part of recitation in Divya Desams, as part of worship in all temples

hare krishna

During the period ,once , the  Chozha  King  got down  along with his wives to  have darshan of Lord at Viranarayanapuram temple at Kattumannar  .

Looking at the Royal couple  in such great ornaments, crown, and silk cloth,  Nathamuni who was a transcendental devotee , for a moment lost himself and thought  Lord Krishna with His devis would  have come from Dwarakai.


He fell at the feet of the king seeing him as  Lord Krishna .

The king was shocked and immediately sprung to lift  Nathamuni and  realized the deep devotion  the Sage  had .He immediately  submitted himself for his offense .


During  another occasion, the king had  just completed discussing with the Sage about Lordships  divine pastimes. He took Acharya’s permission to leave.


He started walking towards the chariot. When he was about to board, (as usual, the king used to call the chariot driver on whose shoulder he  used to set  his foot to jump into the chariot), the driver was there for the king to jump in.

After he jumped in, he saw below and it was  Nathamuni’s shoulder.

The king was shocked . He got down to apologize  for his grave offense .

He felt ashamed and said ! Swamin ….  “What have I done! Stepped on your shoulders! that too my Acharyar !!! 

I have committed  a great apacharam!”


Nathamuni thought it  was Lord  Rama who had come by the chariot along with Sumanthrar. 

Hence, he offered his shoulders for Lord  to step into the chariot. That was  Nathamuni’s unalloyed devotion who was always in transcendental bliss always seeing LORDSHIPS everywhere .


One day   Swamy Nathamuni was in  deep meditation .

The  Chozha  king  passed near Veeranarayanpura with his soldiers   after a hunting exercise.  


The sage,  interrupted in his meditations by the attendant bustle, opened his eyes and, construing the party to be the divine Lord  Rama and his brother in the streets ,( on whom  his thoughts were wholly bent in meditation )  followed the track of the party and walked with weary steps till the very gates of the Chozha capital Gangaikondapuram  from Kattumannar Koil  and went searching ..



Nathamuni  already in that bliss  imagined ” Lord Rama with his brother Lakshmana and  Mother  Sita  have come to  grace him .


He  fainted  at a place in a divine bliss  and  reached Lord’s abode  on an Ekadasi day.


All glories to Swamy Nathamunigal

Swamy Natha Munigals appearance day is  being celebrated  on  25-06-2018                  ( Aaani Anusham ) in all Srivaishnava temples .

All glories to the devotees participating in all the temples 

Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

Pics credits : Google images

The Highest transcendental truth… “Just become an instrument…… “nimitta mattram bhava savyassaachin mayaivaite nihataah poorvameva…..

Oh ! Lord adorning the mighty Sudarshana chakram , Tell me…………
Do you need the divine chakra ?
..In this entire creation there is NO ONE who can oppose your supremacy and cause difficulties
Having the chakra is to protect people like me ..
All your weapons are for protecting your children……………………

kazhiyur varadan's blog

This whole world is moving according to the plan of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. There is a specific plan being carried out in this material world. What is this plan? The cosmic manifestation is a chance for the elevated souls to go back to Godhead. .

As they overcome the material nature, they slowly get conditioned. One who can understand the plan of the Supreme Lord and cultivate Krsna consciousness gradually becomes intelligent. He slowly realises the creation and destruction of the cosmic manifestation are under the superior guidance of Lord . The Battle of Kuruksetra was fought according to the plan of LORD . Arjuna was refusing to fight, but he was told that he should fight and at the same time desire the Supreme Lord

Lord Sri Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita, the Song Celestial, tells his dearest friend and disciple, Arjuna, “Nimitta matram Bhava Savyasachi”. You…

View original post 2,331 more words

…. ( Bhaagavatha Apachaara) …. Azhwan submitted , with tears . Will.. Lord ever forgive us for this great transgression for which he was a mute spectator………..

Once the revered Acharyar Nadathoor Azhwan was on the way to  a nearby temple . He met a learned srivaishnava friend who had  come to  accompany Azhwan upto the  temple . En route they were discussing  the  divine experiences of Azhwars and Poorvacharyas .


Suddenly they  came across  another srivaishnava with Tilak but was belonging to a lower caste . As was the custom those days on seeing the two revered Acharyas he moved to  another side of the road and waited obediently for them to leave .


The learned vaishnava friend  who was accompanying Azhwan  looked at the passerby and started shouting at him for trespassing …….. and  was too harsh on him …..

thirukovaloor (1)

Nadadoor Azhwan who heard his  shouts , fell down in a swoon . He was brought back to consciousness  . The learned Vaishnava asked Azhwan………………. If his health was fine and why did he swoon ?

Azhwan who was already in a deep shock explained ..


My dear scholar .. ………………..

Do you know , who  was that  srivaishnava  whom you misbehaved with ?  ……………….

——The learned vaishnava put a blank face .

Azhwan continued…. 

That great soul belonged to the family of Thiruppan Azhwar who with his just 10 verses of  Nectarine Amalanadhipiran pasurams   merged  in  Lord’s lotus feet and got liberated .


 My dear Swamin !!

It has been repeatedly said and  proved  that If one indulges in a transgression involving a devotee ( Bhagavatha Apachara ) even the brahmavidya will be rendered ineffective in combating the effects of the karma.


Among   the different  types of transgressions for a devotee  the first arise out of disrespectful reference to another’s birth .       It is a severe offense to brand a person for his low caste  as all are vaishnavas , without reference to caste are worthy of worship .


This vaishnava is also a great devotee who has qualities of abundant mercy and compassion  and that was the reason  he respected you and  just moved away .

Do you know ,

He can recite all the 4000 Divya Prabhandams pasurams .


He is so fortunate to be born between the two cauveries .

You have misbehaved with a great soul just because of his appearance and caste …..


Am I not a low caste person when I claim I am Independent dear scholar .. .. 


Azhwan listed out several pastimes from  ( Revered saints ) Poorvacharya’s works to drive his point  and   takes a verse from anthimOpAya nishtai………..


madh bhaktham svapachamvApi nindhAm kurvanthi yE narA: 

padhmakOti sathEnApi na kshamAmi kathAchana

Those men who insult  my devotees, even a chandala , are never  excused  by me even after the passage of  millions of years.



yA prIthirmayi samvruththA madhbhakthEshu sadhAsthu thE ……….                                   avamAnakriyA thEshAm samharathi akilam jagath


My love for My devotees is ever increasing, so much so that it would go to the
            extent of destroying the whole world if they are disrespected…..
 Azhwan   submitted ,  with tears ………………..
Will Lord ever forgive us  for this great transgression for which he was a mute spectator………………

Adiyen Ramanuja dasan …


Pics credits : Google images

Video credits  : Sri Kuldeep pai

( Excellent recitation of Sri Annamaya kirtana by lovable kids )

“Swamy Prativadi Bhayankaram Annan” Lord Venkateshwara’s Suprabhatham glories…

 Swamy  Mudumbai Nambee Ananthacharya  was one amongst the 74 Simhadipathees  nominated by Jagathacharyar  Swamy Ramanuja .


Swamy Ananthacharyar  belonged to the illustrious family    of  the great srivaishnava stalwarts  Swamy Pillai Lokacharyar and Vadakku Thiruvidhi pillai . .


   During 1360 , Swamy Ananthacharyar was blessed with a son who was named as Hasthagiri Ananthar Anna being ardent devotees of Lord Varadaraja . ( Lord Varadaraja has been giving darshan to the devotees at this holy place called “Hasthi giri”.  ‘Hasthi’ means elephant and “giri “ means hill) .    


    The young  boy  was very attractive  and  devotional right from his childhood  .The boy was admitted in to the school of  Swamy Nayana varadacharyar  ,  the direct descendent of Swamy  Vedanta Desikar . He received the Vedic inputs from his Acharya and progressed in leaps and bounds by his sheer devotion .


During this  period  , a staunch Advaitin Narasimha Mishra had come to Kancheepuram .  He decided to  debate with the learned scholars in that area in proving the supremacy of Advaitam and thus  convert the opponent and his  followers into his fold .

 As  his mission was incomplete , he invited  Swamy Nayana varadacharyar for a debate as was done during those days .The bet was announced that  the one who looses will follow others  faith along with his followers .  Swamy Nayana varadacharyar was not keen to interact with  the  scholar and  not able to decide how to ignore  his  request too . It was the last day .The young boy could see his Acharyar’s concern .



He wanted to somehow make his Acharyar happy . He understood  from his senior disciples what made his Acharyar sad . He never wanted the rich heritage of Vishishtadwaitam being taken for a ride by  the  vedantin .It was a high time to make the world believe the glorious sampradaya  Jagathacharyar Swamy Ramanuja had given us . The young boy approached his Acharya and pleaded him to be allowed to take upon the vedantin .  Swamy  Nayanavaradacharyar was glad that the young boy was also thinking in the same lines .Confident of his victory , he blessed the child with Sri Hayagreeva Upadesa mantra and wished him the best .


The young lad  Hasthagiri Anna  with the blessings of his Acharyar  walked into the debate hall   which had  revered scholars from different places   . The locals also assembled  to watch the Vedantins arguments. He looked at the learned scholars and the great  vedantin Narasimha Mehta .  He was amused with his looks and the arrogance in his speech . The vedantin chuckled at the boys entry  for his  age and size . He said this boy is of no match to me .Anyway as his guru has sent him on his behalf , let me bundle him up with simple questions  !! he thought .


 Hasthagiri Anna looked at the vedantin and said .. Hey Vedantin .. Are you going to wage a war against me ? Why does size or stature matter to you .For a person like you  I am the best match .Let me not disturb my Gurudeva ..The debate is to convince you and all these so called scholars the illustrious sampradaya of Jagath Acharyar Swamy Ramanuja is supreme .If you have any doubts , questions ask me else accept the  sampradaya which will give you moksha .


The Vedantin was surprised with the boys daring words . He decided to quiz him in shastras and then take him  on about the sampradaya . The outpouring of Vedic knowledge , apt recitation with intricate  meanings made vedantin shocked . The debate was almost looking like   a repeat of Swamy Yamunacharya debate with the Vedantin few hundred years ago and Swamy Yamunacharya was glorified as Alavandar  the King…


 Few onlookers rushed to their Acharyar to inform him about Hasthagiri Annas  mastery in handling the vedantin with esoteric  truths  .The Old Acharyar walked along with his disciples to see the brave boy’s confidence  . Hasthagiri Anna presented many verses in the Vedic texts  to demonstrate the supreme position of  Swamy Ramanuja’s  Vishishitadwaitam . The debate ended with the vedantin accepting the supremacy of the sampradaya . All the scholars  unitedly agreed  with jubilations about the young boy defeating the arrogant vedantin in his own den.


 Overjoyed the  Acharyar hugged Hasthagiri Anna and said henceforth you will be called as Prathivadi bhayanakaram Anna . Meanwhile the Vedantin  along with his followers rushed to Anna  accepting defeat and pleaded to be taken in their fold . The Acharyar blessed both of the disciples and handed over the reins of the school for him to take over due to his old age .



Swamy Annan was carrying out the Theertha kainkaryam at Kancheepuram as done by our  Jagath Acharyar Swamy Ramanuja . One day he took permission from Lord Vardaraja for having darshanam of Lord Sreenivasa at Tirumala after getting immersed in the Nammazhwar’s description of Tirumala and Lord Srinivasa  in Thiruvamozhi .


Anna became associated with  Swami Ananthanpillai descendants and  was engaged in serving Lord Srinivasa by collecting and preparing the water required for His worship every day. 


One day, while  returning from Akasha Ganga  after having  gathered  the holy water to be taken to the Lord, a devotee from Srirangam came across his path.  As divine will would have it, they entered into a conversation.  The devotee from Srirangam narrated the  glories of the  revered saint Svami Mamunigal  and his extraordinary service in Srirangam.  Anna was deeply moved on hearing  about Swamy’s devotion to Lordships and the zeal to carry out the mantle of Jagathacharyar Swamy Ramanuja’s philosophy  all over . In the process of hearing the satsangath , he completely forgot about the  holy water he was supposed to deliver to the Lord.


Having exhausted  with their patience, the priests from the temple  came out in search of Anna and hurriedly collected  the pots of holy water from him and rushed back to the temple to complete the worship according to established protocol . Anna was confused and hence  rushed to the temple to inform the priests that he had not yet prepared the water by mixing in it fragrant substances, as  was the norms .  But as  it was too late  the worship had already begun and nearing  completion . Anna was cursing himself for overlooking the protocol that was followed . He was dejected for not compiling with the procedures thus committing an offence . Standing all alone inside the temple Anna was seeking forgivance  .


  Lord Srinivasa  , all compassionate Lord , broke his  silence  .There was a divine voice coming  from the deity form,  addressing   him , “Oh My dear  Anna!  The  holy water you delivered today  had the best fragrance and quality.  I am pleased with your service!”   Don’t be dejected !!!


This was a shock to Anna, who had not added any fragrance at all  that day.  On pondering  , Anna realized that the water must have got  fragnant by the mere mention of the account of Swami Manavala Mamunigal vaibhavam  .  Realizing the glory of the saint, Anna took permission from Lord Sreenivasa and  left  Tirumala  heading towards  south to srirangam to have Swami manavala maamuni’s darshanam .


On reaching Srirangam , Anna has darshan of the Lordships and  goes straight to attend  the discourse of Swamy Manavala mamuni  which impresses him  very much . He waits  patiently for having  Acharyar’s darshanam . Amongst all the disciples , Swamy Manavala Mamuni calls him and asks  Oh! You are that srivaishnava called as Prathivadi Bhayankaran in a lighter vein .

Anna humbly offers obesiances and replies  Swamy ,  that he is Prathivadi Bhayankaran to his opponents  and a servant of servants to srivaishnavas .  Swamy is pleased with his commitment in protecting our rich sampradaya  and honours him with  another title “SrIvaishnava dAsan”.


Later ,  Anna moves to Tirumala for   serving Lord Srinivasa . Swamy Manavalamamuni joins him at Tirumala  and  taken  by the glory of Lord Srinivasa,  he ordains his disciple Prathivadi Bhayankaram Anna to compose hymns on  Lord Srinivasa through which Lord’s  glory is well understood and enjoyed by all walks of people.  Anna taking his Acharyar’s command  composes  hymns on LORD   that shed light on the greatness of the Lord of the Seven Hills.


Annan,  pens the   morning song suprabhatham  slokas comprising of             (29 verses , stotram  11 verses ,  prapatti  16 verses  and mangalam  14 verses)  The holy verses has four  aspects Suprabhatam, which is the actual awaking of  Lordships Sree and Vishnu,  Stotram, which is essentially a  glorifications and the last  Prapatti through Sree and the beautiful  Mangalam to Lordships  which serves as a conclusion.


These  four hymnal renditions of Anna are the hallmark of worship that are  conducted  in Srivaishnava parlance.  The Vaishnava Agamas require the Lord to be worshipped and honoured at least as much as a king is.  The Suprabhatam or wishing of  an auspicious dawn is not only analogous to the service offered normally to the royalty but also an expression of Mangalasasanam. Mangalasasanam is the highest virtue recognized in Srivaishnavism. 

Featured Image -- 22029


It is It is the exalted state of devotion where the devotee is not worried about his own welfare or the welfare of others, but only about the welfare of the Lord (which automatically ensures the well being of everyone and everything else).  He serves the Lord, sings His benediction and longs for His auspiciousness always   and the Prapatti is another core concept of Srivaishnavism that teaches the complete resignation to the saving grace of the Lord. The final goal of a Srivaishnava is to please the Lord with one’s services.  One of the most important forms of service is the service of singing the Lord’s praise.  He is sthavapriya: or one who is pleased with stotrams.  The Venkatesa Stotram serves this purpose. Through the four works, Anna captures the entire essence of Srivaishnavism as he sings the glory of Lord Venkatesa.  The pleased Lord listens to these hymns several times every day during the course of His worship in several temples…


 Swamy Manavala  Mamuni then ordered his disciples  , that every day except in the month  of Margazhi, these four stotras must  be recited at the time  of opening of the temple sanctorum  in the morning which is being religiously followed till date .

Thus we have an advanced  Acharyar  Swamy Prativadi Bhayankaram Annan of Tirupati Suprabhatam fame  who was a disciple of both  Swamy Vedantha Desika’s son and Swamy Manavaala Maamunigal, indicating that there was no remarkable differences in following  between the  two sects . His treatises establishing the unifying nature of all of our acharyas are a treasure for several generations .


A detailed description of THIRUMANJANA SEVA at Tirumala is appended in the below linked post



Swamy Prativadi Bhayankaram Annan  Thiruadigale sharanam

Check few more divine incidents  about Lord Venkateshwara in the below appended posts .








Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

Picture credits : Google images/antaryami.org

Video credits   : Thallapaka Annamacharyulu garu /  Keerthi / Baba and other devotees


…….The Unconditional surrender …..

Swamy  Parasara Bhattar, the famous acharya   in Srivaishnavam  Sampradaya was the eldest son of Swami  Koorathazhvan. .   Bhattar  was  the chief priest  at Srirangam temple and  appeared  out of the grace of the Lord of Srirangam. 


 Swami parASara bhaTTar  appeared  in this world through the divine aravanai prasadam (the prasadam that is offered to the Lord just before the nightly closing of the temple) of Namperumal, which was offered to Andal, the wife of swami Kurathazhvan.

Not only by birth did swami bhattar, as he is addressed by all, show his greatness, but also by his  sharp intelligence, kind actions and  inspiring  spiritual  practices throughout his life.

Parasara Bhattar

 A toughest  enemy would also  adore Bhattar on listening to him.  Bhattar’s  skill in answering a person’s question even before the questioner has finished asking the question was  marvelous, and offers food for our thoughts  , thus pondering the filthy mind which  always rests in the ocean of egoistic approach .


Two divine pastimes mentioned below awakens one to work on our approach and seek Lord’s lotus feet unconditionally .


Once Bhattar went to a  temple with his disciples to worship his beloved Lord Ranganatha . Unfortunately, the shrine was closed to the general public. In those times, the closing of the shrine to the public was usually expressed through a divine servant shouting out the words “netrapaani, netrapaani”.


While this was happening, swami Bhattar was inside the enclosure created by the screen that separates namperumAL’s shrine and the outside.


One of the close servants  in the temple , without knowing the divine closeness of Bhattar with  Lord Namperumal, shouted at Bhattar and uttered inappropriate words  much to the surprise of the crowd ,

Bhattar simply smiled at him.  but , the  disciples of Bhattar  couldnt accept and hence started to shout back at  the person .


 Bhattar   looked at  his disciples and  politely asked them “Why are you taking revenge at me?”


The disciples were  shocked and  taken aback,. They were confused on hearing these  unusual words from  their guru Bhattar. One of the disciples, with a bit of courage, asked Bhattar “Swami, we are not taking revenge at you, but only at the person who inappropriately,  misbehaved  at you”.


 Bhattar explained to them “The person at whom you are shouting has done a great favour to me . And by shouting at him, you are showing ungratefulness and are becoming a nuisance to him by shouting at him”.


All the disciples were stunned; Bhattar simply continued – “It is the duty of every Sri Vaishnava, while worshipping the Lord, to  speak out his own bad qualities  and the Lord’s kalyana guNas.


Our Namperumal is very busy with so many utsavams and does not find enough time to listen to my  bad qualities  which are innumerable to be told completely.


Given that this is the case, this swami  serving the LORD has indirectly  helped me and has taken up my task in his shoulder and put forth  the bad qualities   of me before the Lord and the Lord is also very pleased to hear.

Why are you disturbing him from doing a favor to me?”


  Swami Parasara bhattar,  simply smiled at that  person who committed the slip , took one valuable necklaces from his neck, and offered it to that swami and told him “Swami –


Even though this will not equal the favor done by you for me, it is my humble offering to you”.Please keep it with you …


 Once Swamy was proceeding to attend a festival in nearby temple away from Srirangam . He had to walk into deep bushes .   En route   he met a hunter.  The hunter was spellbound looking at Bhattars composure and tejas . He immediately offered obesiances  to Swamys lotus feet  and offered  a seat to Swamin . Srivaishnava acharyas had  the unique trait of looking at everyone with  respect and hence Bhattar also made him sit along with him . 


A srivaishnava is  a person who  never cast anyone as low or high by how he looks or where he lives.


The instinctive prejudice that has diseased the society was never in their midst and hence the respect and love from the common folk was visible .


 Having taken his seat, Swamy, with his usual inquisitiveness, asked  the hunter of the daily routine in and  around the forest. The hunter  was excited to have the audience of  the distinguished seer and sharing dais with his holiness .

He mentally rehearsed what  he can  reveal and decided to tell a strange  incident that he came across . 


He  humbly  said  ..

“Swamy, a few days back, I did not get food throughout the day.  Due to pangs of hunger ,  

I decided to find food at any cost and headed towards a rabbit habitat.  I  was overjoyed when I found a little baby rabbit . 


Holding it by the ears, I  started walking home. Having walked a few steps, I sensed something nibbling at my feet. To my surprise, I found the mother of this rabbit  was at my feet. Its behavior was very strange.


It kept nibbling at my toes and quickly ran around my feet and came back to the toes. This kept  on happening for some time and I couldn’t put a foot forward. 


A strange feeling  entered  in my heart.  Feeling pity  at the behavior of the Mother rabbit 

I suppose , my heart felt for the little one and her mother……


  My mind stubbornly directed me to make my supper with the rabbit  BUT  my heart  overruled  the mind and demanded the release of the little rabbit.


I was  overcome with compassion and remorse that I put down the child rabbit. Both the rabbits went around me a couple of times and  merrily jumped may be  blessing me  for letting them go safely .

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

And to my surprise, this feeling overpowered my hunger and I was feeling my stomach seemed full.

RabbitQ1MBJMThe Acharya listened to the entire narration with eyes wide open and exclaimed

Oh  Lord Ranga!  My Swamin ….


How can we narrow down the concept of Surrender  to a certain set of rules?

  This small incident  where  a  man devoid of any shastric learning melts down to the surrender of a rabbit and forgoes his hunger.


A rabbit, absolutely devoid of any sort of tatva gnyanam instinctively surrenders at the feet of the hunter and seeks the release of its child!

How can  unconditional surrender have stringent rules?


It is a simple yet highly effective concept for  the mankind to  learn   from the rabbit to surrender  seeking Lords Lotus Feet  unconditionally .


 Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

Pics credits : Google images uploaded by several advanced devotees



Lord glorified as Kallar –piran/Chora-nathar (head of thieves)


Near Tirunelveli -Thiruchendur route at the northern banks of the holy river  Tambaraparani river , there is a glorious temple of  Lord Vaikuntanathar .


Lord rests on Aadhishesha facing the east holding a wonderful mace in his divine lotus hand .



In this small village few hundred years ago there was a thief ,kaladhooshakan .

He was a nice devotee of the Lord .

He used to visit the temple in the day and  pray Lord for a good booty in the night .


It was a one to one conversation. He made it a practice to offer fifty percent of  his loot for some service to the Lord. Though it was always petty thefts , he wished he somehow looted the royal chambers .

He ardently prayed LORD for his mission to be accomplished .He meanwhile worked with a plan to navigate the royal chambers for the d-day in his looting expedition. 

Days were passing and his prayers became more frequent.


It  was Karthika Pournami day .

He went to temple and offered his obeisances to the great Lord.

He said , Lord ! Today I will be entering the royal chambers and with this loot , I would offer you a majestic diamond studded crown .Please be with me ..

You have always been with me all my life …

Very energetic and enthusiastic , he moved out of the temple .

He called his friends and said .

Friends …Today is very special day for us …With this  royal loot we would be forever happy .

I want all of you to coordinate as per our plan and make this loot memorable and bounty full .

I am sure we will be successful as Lord has assured all the support as he is doing already . Lets all assemble before the temple tonight before we leave to the royal palace .


 It was midnight . 

The moon was glowing in full radiance . Kaaladhooshakan arrived  in disguise .

He was at the temple doors .Ardently praying , he looked at the temple top and with reverence bowed down seeking Lord’s permission to proceed .

His friends quickly joined him with all the tools needed for the challenging task.

Together they crawled in the dark night in different routes  to reach the destined place as per their plan .


The royal palace was huge  and the compound walls were  strong .

Kaaladhooshakan  was waiting for this day .It was an Olympics moment .

He  waited for his friends to arrive meanwhile working out his mind how best can his mission can be accomplished .

As his friends approached , he said .. My dear friends !! This is a wonderful opportunity .

Just be with me I will make your lives happy forever without any one to do petty works . Just signal me If the guards are approaching me .

Each one of you will transmit some cheeky noise for me to be alert . I shall go there inside those royal chambers and all of you have to just keep a vigil no one comes while I am on my job.   

All of them  agreed to follow the plan meticulously .


Kaaladhooshakan  managed to climb  the compound wall with a strong rope . He looked around to see If their were any guards watching him .

Thus, managed to quickly reach the royal chambers .

Not having much problem with the darkness as the moon was always following him giving sufficient light to trace his  jewellery destination he  crawled  into the dark night  . 

The huge balcony was unguarded . He managed to make  his way into the room .

The room was full of ivory cupboards and had royal touch . Kaaladhooshakan  was stunned to see the opulence .

He quickly looked into  the ivory cupboards that had precious  jewellery. 

Every jewellery he picked , his mind raced to  adorn the Lord with them  .

All the time he imagined each  jewellery would have been more attractive had it been with our Lord  . He started quickly  pushing all those jewellery  into his gunny bag .

The bag was full with the precious jewellery .His mission was accomplished .

Thanking LORD for his support , he quickly marched towards the compound walls for making his way back home.


  The dogs looking at his friends who were waiting near the compound wall , started barking .

The guards immediately pounced on them and questioned .

Looking at their speech and body language the guards arrested them for further questioning .

At the royal chambers , the  theft was noticed the next day .

The guards paraded Kaaladhooshakan friends before the King .


 At the village , Kaaladhooshakan got nervous .

As the sun rose , He quickly  rushed  towards the temple and pleaded LORD to save him . 

All compassionate Lord appeared before him as a  Priest and assured him everything will be for his own good .

Kaaladhooshakan promptly left the temple with an assurance from Lord . 


Meanwhile as per the directions of  the friends who were already caught , the guards reached the temple to find about the whereabouts of Kaaladhooshakan . 

Lord  now appeared before the guards as Kaaladhooshakan and submitted before the King in all opulence .



The King was stunned to see Kaaladhooshakan  . 

The bewitching smile and the magnetic aura he carried made the entire court spellbound  .The eyes carried a special  effect. 

The King was just watching his glowing face .Meanwhile ,  the minister  questioned  him for  the reason his stealing .

  The thief ( LORD ) said I have stole that part of the wealth  which is as per dharma. Your majesty has not protected the dharma as a King and hence we had to interfere .

The King was shocked to hear Kaaladhooshakan quoting vedic scriptures and thus proving his innocence .

The spark in the eyes of Kaaladhooshakan made the King keep looking at him without any whisper .He realized  he was not an ordinary thief but LORD himself  who had come to enlighten him .

He immediately ordered his minister to renovate the temple and  release Kaaladhooshan and his friends and  ensure  they had  a decent living .

For the divine leela enacted ,Lord  is glorified as Kallar –piran/Chora-nathar(head of thieves) A rare incident happens during the 6th day of Chithirai month .

Sun rays falls directly on the  lotus feet of Lord Vaikuntanathar .

Lord is also glorified as Paal pandiyan as a  token of acceptance from the  pandyan  king who had  constructed this  temple  and arranged for daily milk  abhishekam  to the Lordships.


This temple  Lordships is glorified by our Nammazhwar .The temple is one of the 108  srivaishnava divya desams .

The temple is also classified as a  Navatirupathy , the nine temples revered by Nammazhwar located in the banks of  Tambaraparani  river.

There are as such Eight Divyadesam but nine temples called as  Navathirupathi which are situated at north bank of tambarabarani river and last three divyadesams are situated at south bank

1. Srivaikuntam
2. Varagunamangai
4.Tholaivillimangalam(Irattai thirupathi,two temple)

Nava Garuda sevai post appended below describing the grand event


jai jai

The glory of Thirukkolur appended in the below post


Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

Pics : Courtesy google images


The soul is for the sake of the Lord ….

Swamy Nampillai submitted him, Acharya ! Tell us something which I should ever remember as the sole refuge”. NanJeeyar replied …..

Do not think that the Lord is for the sake of the soul but think that the soul is for the sake of the Lord…..

kazhiyur varadan's blog

 During the last days  of his illustrious sainthood ,  Nanjeeyar   was  bedridden. One new  disciple  came to him and pleaded Acharyar “May I now request you Swamin,  to chant the  “Dwaya Mantra”?


Nanjeeyar looked at him and said  Child ! “Why do you recommend the chanting to me? Do you not want it?” Is the holy mantra  be chanted only by a bedridden man and not by a wandering soul?” The disciple on hearing this became dumb founded and felt ashamed of himself. Nanjeeyar continued



“Dwayam Mantra”  must  be chanted by all times irrespective of  any condition of the body . As  body  needs oxygen to survive , soul needs Dwayam to progress ..


Another disciple of  Nanjeeyar  was  hearing the conversation .He thought that there was some  unfulfilled  wish  of  Acharyar .   He humbly  approached his Acharyar   and asked respectfully Swamin ! Kindly give us the opportunity to fulfill …

View original post 655 more words

..  The divine incident when Lord accepts the Shankhu and Chakra from his dear devotee Swamy Ramanuja ………… Thirumalai-Appanukku Sanku-Aazhi alhiththa Acharya-perumaan Emberumaanaar Jaya Vijayee bhava.”



“Srivaikunta Virakthaaya Swami Pushkarini Thatey

Ramaya Rama maanaya Venkatesaya mangalam”


The above famous Mangala sloka  recited in every  temple and household glorifies the Lord of Seven Hills (Tirumala)  Lord Venkateshwara  as “ the  Lord   who out of deep love for his devotees vacated  Sri Vaikuntam along with Goddess  and  choose to  reside on the banks of Swami Pushkarini  in Tirumala ” the sacred hills which is also glorified  as Adivaraha kshetram.. (cluster of seven Hills )


Various puranas describe  about the appearance of the Lord in the Seven Hills. Adiseshan with seven hoods is believed to have assumed the form of the Nallamalai hills for Lord’s ascent .


Tirumala is considered to be the head of Adhisesha while Ahobilam is considered as the middle part and Srisailam as the tail of the adiseshan. An aerial view of the hills authenticate the shape of the hills in the form of a  divine snake.


Those were the days when the famous king Thondaman Chakravarthy was ruling the  southern Kingdom  .  

The King a great devotee of the LORD VENKATESHWARA  ,he used to worship the LORD by reaching the Hills and engage himself in deep meditation at the inner sanctum of Tirumala temple .

Most of the time he used to engage  himself in hearing about Lord’s divine  pastimes  from his advisors.

It is believed that there was a secret tunnel for the King to reach the holy abode during some emergencies for seeking solace .


It was the  auspicious month of Purattasi .The King decided to spend the entire month at Tirumala conducting the Brahmotsavam festival   for the Lord as per Agamas with personnel supervision and  directions .

The atmosphere was filled with devotional aura  with the King himself  supervising the grand festival  .

The King used to enter the temple inner sanctum and engage in  deep meditation with the Lordships after the days festival  .

He used to speak to the Lord for his guidance in conducting the festival in a grander manner .


Hearing about the King’s  absence, the neighboring state kings decided to invade the Kingdom with the support of a mighty asura  simhanada .

As the King was far away from the capital , they decided it was the right time to plunder the kingdom . In the absence of the King , the  armies fought a pitched battle but could not vanquish the enemies .  

Meanwhile an army general rushed to Tirumala to inform the King about the devastation .

On knowing about the actual scenario and the efforts taken by the army , the King Thondaman Chakravarthy ran up to the temple inner sanctum and  surrendered to Lord for his intervention .

Firmly holding Lord’s lotus feet he cried for his help as the enemies who besieged the kingdom seemed mightier than his own  army .


Lord  pleased with his devotion and unconditional  surrender  replied to his earnest prayer ..

My child …  Thondaman !

Dont panic .. …….. ……………….

.he ordered the divine weapons Shankhu and Chakra to take control of the situation .  Always ready to obey Lord’s command ,  the divine weapons rushed to the  battle spot and finished the task of eliminating the dreaded asuras and the enemies in fraction of few  seconds . This happened even before the Army generals  reached the battle field . 


Once task  was accomplished the   weapons  once again returned back to the Lord  with utmost submission .

Now the Kingdom remained with no enemies .

Thondaiman Chakaravarthy amazed with the  ( divine weapons ) lightening happenings bowed down  and looking at Lord submitted ..

Oh Lord of Lords ! Am blessed to be graced by you with so much mercy on me .

Lord …I have a small prayer  to be  fulfilled.


I beg your Highness not to show those divine weapons in your hand to the people of this world.

I wish  that the coming generations  in this kaliyuga   know that your highness  had sent them to protect me and my kingdom.

This  episode will inspire several devotees to surrender to your lotus feet  in the coming years thus making the world know how fortunate I was with your constant friendship.

The Lord smiled and said . ……

If that was your wish ……..Let that be so …..

and continued …


My child !! In this Kali age ..the  devotees  would  offer a shrine and other paraphernalia  soon … and for your sake   I would definitely accept the Shanku and Chakra  them thus fulfilling your desire too .

Thus the famous emperor Thondaman whose birth had been prophesied in the Puranas  lived in the beginning  of Tirumala history . after the great King Vikramaditya I .

Thus to make the people  in the world know this divine incident and make people in this world know he was ready to help his devotees ,Lord graced all of the devotees  by giving darshan without his divine weapons  ( Not able to see the weapons with the  mortal eyes )


According to Brahmanda Purana the Lord’s appearance was known to the humans somewhere during the First Century. It was  SriRanganatha Yadavaraya after facing the troublesome period of Malik Kafur and Tuglaq invasion restored this grand  holy place .


Those were the   troubled  times . The cruel Kali age held sway and thus people became indifferent to the duties  cast on them befitting their dharma and sadly the Kings too were prone to sinful acts .People became  hostile towards the sacred teachings of vedas .

Few were aghast with true knowledge and with poor understanding started destroying temples targeting HARI  .   Modern  self proclaimed religions with self glorification of individuals  flourished which led to degeneration.


Lord HARI out of abundant compassion to his children   called his most confidential Assistant who served LORD as a seat  a  bed..


Lord spoke ……..

My dear Anantha

We are concerned for the happenings there in the other world

Azhwars have appeared and attempted to establish vedic dharma among st them but what I see is slow degeneration in the human kind…

I wish  you take this opportunity  to appear amongst them and establish vedic dharma so that my children realize their purpose of life .


 Anantha ….. Please go and protect the dharma , vanquish those who are hostile to the vedas and the ones who misinterpret them . Go  !!  protect the dharma and restore the agamic methods of worship as of yore in our temples and establish the kingdom and the command of  us  for the benefit of man kind …


And as per LORD’s command 4118 years from the advent of Kaliyuga Adishesha appeared at Sriperambadhoor  as Ramanuja .  He grew up into a great devotee of LORD and mastered Sanskrit and Tamil vedas . By the mercy of LORD he vanquished all the opposition and restored purity in the worship by traveling all over and preaching the essence of Vedic dharma .


Those days  Tirumala was being ruled  by a  Yadava king . The vaikhanasa priests serving the Lord were very few . Due to unforeseen conditions  , they left Tirumala . The temple worship was now left to the available  priests  living around  Tirumala .

During the same  period the great Saiva saints Thirugyana sambandhar , Appar and Sundarar  had  glorified Paramasivan in their sweet compositions  at Thirupparankunram, Thiruvanmiyur , Kalahasthi and other nearby holy places around  Chitoor  but   omitted the reference to Tirumala…..( thus emphasising  Tirumala was a SriVaishnava shrine) .


The  Saiva  Priests were asked to take over the  worshiping the Lord. The King knowing about the sudden disappearance of the Vaikhanasa priests appointed  the new priests to officiate the worship uninterruptedly .

sunrise at badhri

Slowly over a period of time the saivites impressed the King about the sacred Hills and  claimed that the Lord worshipped is Skanda  .They further emphasized that even the Pushkarini ( temple tank )  also carries the name Swamy Pushkarini .

To make their stance clear ,  they provided the Vamana Purana quotes  . The King was  requested to permit them to carry out the temple  worship as per Saiva Agamas instead of Vaikanasa Agamas  .


The King  was confused . As he had seen all his  predecesor kings  had continuously worshipped Tirumala Lordships  as per vaikanasa agamas , it was news for him to hear  about a different worship.  He called for a discussion amongst the elite scholars..


Thirumalai nambi  the grandson of Yamunacharyar and the maternal uncle and preceptor of Swamy Ramanujar and Anantazhwan-the famous disciple of Swamy Ramanujar who were highly knowledgeable  could have refuted but realizing that Lord Srinivasar had a divine plan waited for   Swamy Ramanujar’s arrival. Lord Srinivasar too  wanted to have Ramanuja sambhandham and thus created this situation!!!!


The elite scholars were also  very confused .Not being very competent to to establish their case in the royal court , the news was conveyed to Jagath Acharyar Swamy Ramanujar   who  was on a sojourn towards Northern  India for bringing the Bodhayana Vritti .

En route he took the road towards Varanaasi , Purushottama Kshetra , Srikurmam and reached Tirumala after coming to know about the worshipping practices .  Moreover, on the authority of the previous worship and practices the King was influenced to mark the place as a Saiva shrine .


Swamy Ramanujar immediately took leave and reached Tirupathy. He met the Yadava King and blessed him . The King was wonder stuck with the emitting radiance from Swamy Ramanuja  .


Swamy Ramanuja spoke ..My dear King !! I have come from Srirangam to remove the doubts and ignorance about the great great LORD here in Tirumala

Let all those men who created confusion  assemble here in your presence . We shall establish the divine truth and remove all the doubts  creeping them.


The King was enlightened .He was thankful  to Acharyar for his kind words and intervention. The King announced about the Acharyars arrival and asked all the priests to assemble for detailed discussions .

The Priests came in huge numbers . Swamy Ramanujar along with few of his disciples were seated besides the King’s  throne .

The Priests were wonder stuck seeing Swamy Ramanuja’s radiance and the benevolent smile .  Swamy Ramanujar looked at the King and said . My dear King  ! Let the  doubts expressed by these men be put forth .

The King continued ,  My dear Priests ! We have among us most revered Acharyar who has specially arrived to clear the doubts and establish vedic dharma in our temple .Please submit your points for broader views about worshipping the LORD as per saiva Agamas instead of the existing Vaikanasa agamas.   

The royal court was packed with elite scholars and priests .


One Priest arose and humbly submitted .

Oh ! King !! We  have authentic proofs  that Tirumala is a Saiva Kshetram and the Lord here is “Kumara swamy” . The Vamana Purana quotes that It was as per Paramasivan’s command Subramanya swamy meditated at the banks of Pushkarini on the highest truth . He was engaged in deep penance standing and appeared with a matted hair without wearing his weapons and hence we strongly admit the Lord here is Subramanya swamy himself  and as the deity is  without shankhu and Chakra he cannot be Mahavishnu .

 Also , the Lord wears a serpent band and worshiped with bilva leaves .Everything here proves this place to be a Saiva sthalam.


Another Priest got up and said , Oh King !  Also .. In the  4000 divya prabhandam   Pey Azhwar glorifies Lord here as below…..

oN mazhuvum  ….. chakkaramum  …..

sUzh aravum  …..  pon nANum…… 

thOndRum  mAL……………………………………..

   Azhwar  means  LORD is  having  a jadai ( matted lock of hairs )  associated with Paramasivan ,  and the mazhu ( a weapon  Paramasivan carries )  the ornaments Nagabharanam and then the golden waist thread . Thus this description addresses Lord in  the  form  of  Paramasivan   .



All of us in one voice proclaim this is a saiva kshetra ..Please allow us to worship the Lord as per Saiva agamas .

Swamy Ramanuja smiled at his speech and patiently listened to  all of them  speak in full.  The King was patiently  was awaiting for Swamy Ramanuja to reply .

After all of them raised several doubts and claimed their stance…..

Swamy Ramanuja replied … My dear children  !   We shall take the same  Vamana Purana,   for reference ….  In 2nd chapter , Skanda asks Paramasivan ,  Father !! which is holiest place where the sacred waters flow that  would  wash away the brahmahatti dosha gained   by me due to killing of Tarakasura.


Also  in the  same  chapter,  Paramasivan  replies to Skanda that  the holiest place on earth is Thiruvenkatam ( Tirumala)  as Siddhars and Rishis constantly do penance and this the Holiest place where Lord Narayana resides as Adhivaraha.   My son ! Lord reveals himself along with Goddess Mahalakshmi in this holy abode . And thus this place is glorifies as Varaha Kshetra . And my son ,  the holiest mantra is  Sri Vishnu Rama taraka mantra .



Swamy Ramanuja continued …

Swamy Pushkarini means the holy tank which is Lord of all the tanks indicating its superiority . Skanda performed penance near this holy tank 

Kon is       LORD and        eri is   tank

In Varaha Purana Lord Varaha states Bhumadevi that Swami Pushkarini is the chief among all the theerthas .


(  it  is said that Saraswati devi the chief of all the holy rivers  once requested Lord that all the  three and half crores of holy waters  pray her for their purification to get rid of the acquired sins caused due to the people taking a bath   . Lord advised her that let all the waters come here to Adhi Varaha Kshetra  for their purification …


She continued ..Oh Lord !   In that case ….Please permit  me to advise them to do the same at the holy waters in Tirumala to cleanse themselves and those waters which approach you at dawn on Shukla Paksha dwadasi during the month of Margazhee ( Dec – Jan ) may  become yours   always  . They will anoint and crown you as their chief


My children ……This tank had appeared from Sri Vaikuntam . There are so many holy streams  Kapila , Jabali , Kumara  and many more  around the sacred hills .

The  Azhwar’s divine  verse emphasizes something very transcendental

Azhwar describes LORD having  a jadai ( matted lock of hairs ) usually associated with Paramasivan , and says Neela mudi ( associated to Lord Sri Hari )  and the long crown a clear indication of Lord Hari  and then the mazhu ( a weapon  Paramasivan carries ) and then Chakaram the discuss and the ornaments Nagabharanam and then the golden waist thread .


jai jai

Thus this description addresses Lord in both the forms of Sankara  and Sriman Narayana  . Elders perspective on this poetic verse is   Azhwar’s a special art in combining that which is different and cannot be joined .The opposites are made to look as one .. ….

 Dear King …!!!  In the Supreme LORD’s body , a place is assigned to Paramasivan in the same manner as his naval is assigned to Chaturmukha Brahma and the bosom is assigned to Goddess Maha lakshmee.


Dear King !!! the Lord here glows with chaturbhuja and there are  several  Lord Vishnu Temples where the  the deity  Lord Vishnu  does not exhibit  Sanku and Chakra…(Udupi, Poori, Dwaraka etc) and hence he is not skanda as  the same Vamana Purana cities mentions that Skanda as per Paramasivas instructions left to Tirumala carrying his weapons for  meditation . 

My dear King !! Before the Lord  of Lord’s arrived here,  this great Varaha Kshetra was most opted by all devas who did severe penance to realise LORD as  initially Brahma Siva Indira Vayu . Rishis  Gandharvas Yakshas did severe penance to the LORD . Vamana Purana clearly states the appearance of Lord Varaha .

Swamy Ramanujar continued ..

My dear King !! the ultimate authority is vedas  which is eternal / faultless not authored by any person and not subjected to the limitations of the author , declare that this VENKATACHALA is the abode of Mahavishnu alone ..


Swamy Ramanuja continued   . Varaha Purana  chapter 15  part 1  states Brahma  feasted his eyes with Lord Sreenivasar’s darshan with chaturbhuja.

 Chapter 10 of Padma Purana mentions ” Lord arrived with chaturbhujaas  two holding the divine discus and the conch , with varada hastha another pointing to his  lotus feet ready to grant boons . It  is also mentioned about the srivatsa mark on  Lord’s  chest , kausthuba , vanamala and Vyjayanthee

Chapter 63 of Garuda Purana states that the most fortunate Arundhathee worshipped LORD herein this sacred hills

In the Brahmanada purana chapter 9 , the chozha King Chakravarthy describes LORD  as dark cloud and  has a nestling place for Sri with the mole Srivatsa shining like a jewel on HIS chest holding  two hands aloft carrying the divine weapons .

And as for Skanda the great devotee of LORD , he is ever resident in the region of the kumara dhara in this sacred hills and  he visits the banks frequently and worships the LORD……

And dear King                 

  the Bilva leaves are dear to Lakshmee .. the sloka

adityavarney tapasotijato vanaspatistava vrikshota bilvaha ..


Oh Sree with a crimson brilliance like the sun by your wish the bilva tree great among trees became very auspicious . For this reason one of the 108 names of Mahalakshmi is Bilvanilaya and it is stated the Archana with bilva nd tulasi leaves is done during Margaseersha month in the early hours  .


Swamy Ramanujar elucidated his stance further  by quoting various pasurams from Naalayira divyaprabhandham glorified by Azhwars who appeared during 2 nd century to 6 th century who visualized the Lord as Vishnu holding Sankhu and Chakram.

Among 12 azhwars, 10 azhwars have glorified this Lord in 202 pasurams.

He referred to Kulasekara Azhwar ‘s pasuram in Peria Thirumozhi where Azhwar dedicated 10 pasurams to Lord Thiruvengadamudaiyan. In the fourth set of ten pasurams (pasuram 677) , he refers to the Lord as the one who is holding Sankhu in HIS left hand “kooneru sangam idathaan….”

Andal refers to the Lord of Tirumala as the one holding Sankhu in HIS left hand in the very first pasuram of Naachiyar Thirumozhi

“Thaiyoru thingkaLum tharai viLakkith *

thaN maNdalamittu mAsi munnAL *

aiya nuNmaNaR koNdu theruvaNindhu *

azhaginukku alangkariththu anangka dhEvA!

** uyyavumAngkolO enRu solli *

unnaiyum umbiyaiyum thozhudhEn *

veyyadhOr thazhal umizh chakkarak kai * vEngkadavaRku

ennai vidhikkiRRiyE “

She has dedicated the first pasuram to the Lord of Thiruvengadam(vengadavarku ennai….) as the

Lord who is holding Sankhu and Chakram . Nammazhwar has referred to this Lord in all his prabhandams. In Thiruvaimozhi, third decad (3-2)

starting with

“Ozhivil kaalam ellam….”,

In “Kundram Endhi kulir mazhi kaathavan… pasuram”,

Azhwar refers to the incident where the Lord who uplifted the goverdhana mountain to protect the folks from torrential rains,the one who measured the whole world with HIS steps , has now come to Thiruvengadam 

In pasuram 3326 , Nammazhwar in sixth decad of Thiruvaimozhi addresses the Lord as the one who has Sridevi on His chest who is inseparable from HIM”Agalagilene Iraiyum Endru….” clearly emphasizing that it is Lord Vishnu who gives darshan in Thiruvengadam and who is the sole refuge for us to get liberation. In these set of 10 pasurams, Azhwar surrenders to the lotus feet of the Lord to attain salvation.

Pey Azhwar visualized the Lord as siva- Vishnu swaroopam in Moondram Thiruvandhaadhi

“Thaazh  sadaiyum, pOn mavuzhum…..”

as ParamaShivan is also part of Vishwaroopam .

Thirumazhisai Azhwar has clearly mentioned in one verse 

Naangam Thiruvandhaadhi” Narayanan  Naanmuganai padaithaan……

He says that Lord Narayanan created the four faced Brahma who in turn created Siva, Indra and other demigods…

So, this clearly proves that Lord  Maha Vishnu is the Lord of the Universe.

The Lord is known as “Eswaran” in a broader sense as the Lord of the Universe and does not mean Siva here . As HE wipes out all the accumulated sins(Vem), HE is addressed as Venkateswaran. The Viswaroopam of the Lord shown to Arjuna during Mahabharatam was also taken as a reference wherein the Lord proved that Shiva and other demigods were part of HIM.

Thus by quoting various references from Brahmanda puranam, Paadma puranam and azhwars pasurams, Swamy Ramanujar clearly established the fact that this Lord is Vishnu swaroopam. The king was convinced and submitted himself to Swamy Ramanujar.

However, the ignorant  priests   expressed Swamy Ramanujar has thrown a spell on them and  thus they could not debate with him.

 Swamy Ramanuja  concluded the debate  with this sloka 

Araayee kaaney Vikatery girim  gachha sadanvey

Sirim  bitasya satvabhi thebhishtwa chaathayaamasee

This is a Rig Veda mantra .. which says this is a vedic mountain

A jeevatma desirous of various fruits like dharma , artha kama  and moksha is taught of the means to attain the desired fruit ..

Oh Jeeva ..twayee aaraaye sati ..

If you are devoid of wealth of this or other worlds

twayi kaane ..sati..

If you are devoid of insight or physical sight ,

 twayi sadanve sati ...

If you are prevented  by obstacles  hindering your realisations Srimibitasya gireem gacha  reach the holy mountains of  Lord Venkatesa and in order to be freed from the above mentioned ills 

twa tebhih sirimbitam chatayamasi ..

meaning amongst the devotees worship the divine LORD

The purport …

When you suffer from the difficulties outlines , seek the company of Lord’s devotees reach the Hills and then pray for deliverance as per veda  Since the vedic formula explicitly asks people to go to the sacred hills of Lord Sreenivasa and approach Lord and in his company of devotees .


Thus the darkness was dispelled by the aura of swamy Ramanuja ..

Oh King !! These criteria irrefutably establishes that  Lord of Lords ..Sriman Narayana is showering his grace at this place 

The King was wonder stuck  at the cogent arguments presented by Swamy Ramanuja which the learned pundits could not digest . However  much more had to happen as per the divine plan .

The King profusely submitted……

Oh Respected sage .. You have refuted the  opponents and established your views with vedic proofs soundly . The devil of doubts accumulated due to these pundits made me confused .

I am fully convinced .However  I  beg to pray your holiness if you could kindly agree to prove by some means to the satisfaction of the common man as well as the several generations hereafter Lord here is  Venkateshwara himself..

Please accept my request to refute the statements of all these learned men ..


Hearing the King’s plea .. Swamy Ramanuja smiled and said this was Lords  divine plan may be…………

as stated  in the Brahmanda Purana Chapter 11 ,  Lord  who had vowed to accept his weapons designed on earth  was keen to fulfill the wish of his devotee  and there would be no reason for Lord to deny  now ..

Lord is fond of his devotees and he would definitely concede our request always

Swamy Ramanuja said ……Oh King !! Please listen ..As per your desire ….

Let us place the unique weapons of Lord the divine discus  and the conch .

Let  the pundits  place the unique weapons pasam and ankusam and allow

LORD himself to decide .

The King was extremely happy and agreed immediately to the  Acharyar’s  plan.

 Amongst the august audience

 Acharyar Ramanuja submitted to the Glorious Lord …….

…”Hail  Lord Venkatakrishna,  We understand very well that you are the Krishna here… even though not exhibiting your Divya-Ayudhas Sanku and Chakra.



Contrarily   Oh Lord !  here  at Tirumala  you have to grace us with your  darshan

…we want to recite prayers as well as worship accordingly, with your guidance .

So …Oh Lord !!!!   please let us know… whether you want us to pray as Sankara-Narayarana or Viswaroopa-Krishna as you showed yourselves to Arjuna as the Unified form of all Vedic Gods within one Vishnu the Supreme Lord….

 Lord !!!!

If You are Sankara Narayana…  please adore the  Trishula and damaruka  .By this we will hand over this temple to Saivites…and …similar to all the other Sankara-Narayana temples in the Saivites domain, the worship shall be followed

And Lord !!!!

 if you grace us  in the Viswaroopa Krishna  darshan … then please accept the Sanku and Chakra…

…and show to your devotees as the constant and eternal proof of authenticity… giving the least room for even a trace of doubt nor complication ever in future.


So we all your devotees of both the sects as Saivites and Vaishnavites are placing before you… both these pairs of options… leaving to your discretion.

Please shower your mercy by showing openly to all the devotees… not only the present… but also the posterity….


Thus JagathAcharyar Swamy  Ramanuja  impartially spoke out… in the presence of the Saivites as well as the Thondai-mandala Raja,  the King …and left out the Sannidhi.

The divine weapons were placed in the sanctum and locked  .

The next day , all the devotees assembled . While the Sannidhi door was opened in  the presence of the King  and the Pontiffs  and both the Saivites and Vaishnavites…


All of them sang ..

How wonderful !!     How  wonderful !!     How majestic …


 Our Lord who is on the sacred Hills which is bathed by the great mountain streams surrounding the holy place on all sides shower his graceful looks along with the divine abharanams shankhu .chakraa …


..they all were convinced that it is Lord Venkata-Krishna… since he had chosen to adore  Shanka and Chakra…

Swamy  Ramanuja’s joy knew no bounds .His eyes streaming with tears of delight at the miraculous event  thanking Lord for his mercy  fell flat like an uprooted tree …


Swamy Ramanujacharya  submitted to   Lord Venkateswara to  clarify openly to all… as to what does it indicate.

Then by Asareeri voice…  Lord Venkateswara declared openly

“Oh ……Ramanuja, my Acharya I am your Student  now …


You are my  Acharya because you have taught and enlightened me as to what is the best form undisputable exposition during Kaliyuga…

Besides, for one more reason too, I honour you as my Acharyar .

.. You are my Acharya because you have performed Samashrayanam to me by giving me Shanka and Chakra…



The King was overjoyed .He rushed towards  Swamy Ramanuja and obediently bowed his head and pleaded the Acharyar to take over the temple administration . Swamy Ramanuja remained in Tirumala and supervised the Mahasamprokshanam ceremonies as per Sri Vaikhanasa agamas and arranged uninteruptted daily worship to the Lord .




Swamy Ramanujar was thus  instrumental in offering Sankhu and Chakram to the Lord. To avoid such incidents in future, Swamy Ramanujar instructed  his dearest disciple Swamy Ananathazhwan to make a kavacham for the sankhu and chakram submitted  by Ramanujar.

The original sankhu chakram  offered  by Swamy Ramanujar  was later on covered by  another kavacham by  Swamy Anantazhwan form an integral part of the Lordships and are never removed.

Swamy Ramanujar reinstated the various practices as per Vaiganasa Agamam and all rituals  is performed as per Vaikhanasa agama. He was instrumental in renovating the temple.

It is stated in Varaha Puranam 7 th canto, that Vyuha lakshmi- Mahalakshmi seated on lotus in Padmasanam with two hands on Perumal’s chest is very dear to the Lord.

So, Swamy Ramanujar arranged for a Lakshmi haaram and adorned the same to Perumal on Shukla Paksha Dwadasi on a Friday in the month of Panguni when it coincided with Thayar’s thirunakshatiram-Uttaram.

During  Abhishekam   to Lordships on Fridays, when the Lakshmi haaram had to be removed for giving separate  Abhishekam  to  Goddess (Thayar) , he ordered  recitation of Naachiyar Thirumozhi which emphasizes Thayar’s craving for reunion with the Lord to be recited .

Namperumal, Varadarajar, Srinivasar, Thirukurungudi Nambi , Andal have all expressed their association with Swamy Ramanujar.

Namperumal made Swamy Ramanujar as the incharge of ubhaya vibhuthis- nitya vibhuti(Vaikuntam) and Leela vibhuti(material world) and conferred the right to grant moksham  to mortal beings .

Lord Varadarajar declared to Thirukachi nambigal that all those who had Ramanuja sambhandam would be granted moksha

Andal came out of the moolasthanam  at  her srivalliputhoor and greeted Ramanujar as “Anna”.


Saraswati-the goddess of learning  pleased with the commentary given by Ramanujar inSribhasyam for Brahmasutras addressed him as “Bhashyakaarar”.

Swamy Ramanujar is glorified  by this name in  Tirumala ( Thiruvengadam).

Lord Thirukurungudi nambi chose to be Swamy Ramanujar’s disciple by getting mantropadesam and Urdhva pundra dhaaranam by Swamy Ramanujar (the two samskarams which are done during samasrayanam)

Lord Srinivasar chose to get sankhu and chakram from Swamy Ramanujar and thus enacted this beautiful leela.


Lord Venkatesa adorned the sankhu and chakram by Swamy Ramanujar and thus established Ramanuja sambhandham. Lord Srinivasa also bestowed the special privilege of having sannidhi for his acharyar, Ramanujar in the temple precincts.

It may be observed that there is no Azhwar or Acharyar sannidhi within Tirumala temple except Swamy Ramanujar. Also, it may be noted that Ramanujar sannidhi is in an elevated position as he is the acharyar for our Gitacharyar “Lord Srinivasar”.


The  practice of worship LORD at Tirumala starts at Swamy Ramanujar’s sannidhee.


The Guruparampara account reveals that the shrine  for Swamy Ramanuja  at Tirumala opposite to the present Hundi  was constructed by Pillai Thirumala Nambi worshipped as  Bhashyakarar Sanithee.


It is believed the worship of the great Lord  is done with the guidance of Swamy Ramanuja even today . This can be observed during Saatrumarai seva.

Also, Lord conceded Anantazhwan’s request to give special status to glorification of Swamy Ramanuja in the pasurams ” Ramanuja Nootrandhadhi-” the  wonderful composition comprising of 108 pasurams on  Jagath Acharyar Swamy Ramanujar composed by Thiruvarangathu Amudanar .


During adhyayana utsavam performed during Maargazhi month(Dec-Jan), the Lord listens exclusively to Ramanuja Nootrandhadhi on the last day.

Hail to Swamy Ramanujar !!

This incident is reflected in Ramanuja Gattiyam which is usually recited during Thirumanjanam for  our dear Jagadacharyar


The great saint poet Annamaya  of Tirumala in one of his sweet  composition sings about the  glory of  LORD  VENKATESHWARA which is truly divine …..

Oh Lord! Your devotees visualize You in many ways.

They want to see You in different forms and ways. However, the deeper one’s heart envisions You, the more shallower is Your grace felt!


Vaishnavites assume and believe You profoundly to be Lord Vishnu;
Vedantis envisage You as the ‘Supreme Lord’ or ‘Parambrahma’;
ShAivites and some others deem You as Lord Shiva;
Kaumalikas pray and revere You as Adi Bhairava;
Shaaktheyas presume You to be the incarnation of Shakthi;
You bless all of them in the form they desire You to be in !!



 In this way, Your devotees revere and prostrate before You, giving you the form and shape they wish to see You in.

 To those devotees who see You in the tiniest form, You are the tiniest to them;
Likewise, those who revere you with high esteem, You are the greatest and all-in-all for them.

There is no dearth of anything in this world if only YOU  are beside me!

 Just as a lotus plant creeps all over the span of water (in a pond/lake/river or wherever it is) leaving no space for anything else,

Just as the wells around the great Bhagirathi river never dry up (because the wells are always fed with water from this river beside)


(    I pray to You,     Oh Lord!        Please be beside me!     )
If YOU are the Lord incarnated on the Venkatadri mount, YOU are bound to be by my side!
It is You, Oh Lord, who have made me to become Your devotee;
It is You, Oh Lord, who have knocked my doors ~ only to grant me the Protective asylum under Your Lotus Feet;
You are the ONE who enlightened me;
This is the eternal bliss for me!
This is the Para-Tattvam for me!
This is my moksha-marga (and salvation)!


 Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

Pics credits : Google images

The experts taken from Sri Venketeshwara Ithihasa mala by Swamy Anantharaya.


” Thirukkolur Pen Pillai Rahasyam”…. …..insights for a aspiring devotee to spiritually progress in this material world.


Once , Swamy Ramanuja proceeds  along with his disciples to Azhwar Tirunagari near Thirunelvelli ,   the appearance place of Swamy Nammazhwar and  offers  his obeisances to Lord Aadi deva perumal .  


Further he proceeds  towards  Thirukkolur with the object of having darshan of Lord Vaithamanidhi Perumal . Divyakavi Pillai Iyengar in 108 Tirupati Andhadhi  reveals  that it is of no use enjoying luxurious life and eating good food if the tongue does not utter the word “Thirukurugoor” atleast once in a lifetime.  Blessed are those who utter this  sacred word  Thirukurugoor and attain “moksha”


Being the appearance place of Madhurakavi Azhwar it had special significance  and  is believed that one who reaches this place and has  darshan  of the Lord here seldom wishes  to leave the place  due to the incomparable divine beauty of the  LORD at this place .


This is the place where Nammazhwar imagined himself as a beautiful maiden and sings the wonderful pasuram ..

Unnum sorum..  pasuram ……..


Recollecting the  below sweet verses Swamy Ramanuja  walking along  with his disciples  to have Lord’s darshan .  En route , all people from the  nearby  villages  had arrived to seek  Jagathacharyar blessings  .


Among them a  lady humbly   prostrated and offered obeisances .  Swamy Ramanuja  pleased with her devotion asked her as to where was she coming from.


The lady  replied that  she was leaving  Thirukkolur once for all .  Swamy Ramanuja smiled and quoted a line from Nammazhwar’s paasuram


and said  my child !!

how is  that when all women are waiting  here to go to Thirukkolur whereas  you have  decided to leave the  divine  place…



My child !!  You know ….Thirukkolur is a holy place and most sought by the devotees who rush to be among the wonderful people there worshiping the Lordships .


The lady who was glowing with effulgence  replied eloquently in a free flowing and unimpeded manner   a set of eighty rhetorical questions, which referred to various  divine incidents in the lives of sages, saints and the Lordships  on her eligibility to stay at Thirukolur  .


In each of the questions  she compares the depth of devotion displayed by the  immortal characters  and thus   submits  her ineligibility  to  worship the Lordships  and had no right to expect that Lord  would treat her in a special way.

This  great  work is called ” Thirukkolur Pen Pillai Rahasyam”  written by  the great Acharyar Swamy Thiruvaimozhi Pillai  provides deep insights for a aspiring devotee to spiritually progress in a material world.


The 81 questions referred have been briefly reflected  below along with english translations .


( The inner meanings  and reflections shared by advance devotees in their discourses shall be shared separately in the coming posts )


The Thirukkolur Pen Pillai Ammals questions …….

Holy sire !!!

What is my eligibility in staying at this holy place …??

Did  I go on a holy mission like  the great devotee Akrura ?

Azhaiththu varugiren endreno akroorarai pOle…

Did I entertain Vidhura in my home ?

Agamozhiththu vitteno vithurarai pole…

Did I cast off my body like the Rishi’s wife ?


Dhegaththai vitteno rishi paththiniyai pole…

Did I cause a  demon Ravana to be killed like Sita

Dhasamuganai setrenO piraattiyai pOle…

Did I raise like the dead like Tondaman Chakravarthy

PiNam ezhuppi vittenO thoNdaimaanai pOle…

Did I offer a corpse like Ghantakarana


PiNavirundhittenO gantaakarNanai pOle…

Did I adorn   Goddess Sita like Anusuya

ThaaikkOlam seydhenO anasooyaiyai pOle…

Did I seek a father like Dhruva

Thandhai engE endREnO Dhruvanai pOle…

Did I repeat the 3 lettered  name like Kshatrabandhu

Moondrezhuththu sonneno kshathra bandhuvai pOle…

Did I get trodden like Ahalya


Mudhaladiyai petREnO agaligaiyai pOle…

Did I ripen while yet raw like Andal

Pinjaai pazhuththEnO aaNdaaLai pOle…

Did I  glorify Lord Narayana like Peria Azhwar

Did I ransack religions like Thirumisai Azhwar ?

Aaraaindhu vittEnO thirumazhisaiyaar pOle

Did I realise  LORDSHIPS  as the subtlest like Nammazhwar

Avan (Naan) siriyan endREnO aazhwaarai pOle


Did I say anything like Kulasekhara Azhwar

Edhenum endreno kulasekararai pOle…

Did I say  !  I pledge my word like little krishna

Yaan saththiyam endreno krishnanai pOle…

Did I give clues to  Lord Rama like Kabandha

Adaiyaalam sonneno kabandhanai pOle…

Did I reveal secrets like Trijatha

Andharangam sonnenO thirijadaiyai pOle…

Did I recognize LORD like Mandodari


Avan dheivam endREnO mandodhariyai pOle…

Did I say   know thee like sage Vishwamitra

Aham vEdhmi endREnO vishwaamiththirarai pOle…

Did I say I know “No god”  like Madhurakavi Azhwar

ThEvu matRaRiyEnO madhurakaviyaarai pOle…

Did I give birth like Devaki

Dheivaththai petREnO dhEvakiyai pOle…

Did i say conceal thy discuss like vasudeva

Aazhi marai endREnO vasudhevarai pOle…

Did I bring up the cowherd like Yasoda

Aayanaai (Aayanai) valarthEno yasodhayai pOle…

Did I do a mite of service like the squirrels..


Anuyaathirai seydheno anilangalai pOle…

Did I take beaten  rice like Kuchela

Aval poriyai eendhEnO kuchelarai pOle…

Did I bestow weapons like Agastaya

Aayudhangal eendheno agasthiyarai pOle…

Could I enter the  war mentally  like sanjaya

Andharangam pukkeno sanjayanai pOle…

Could I by works obtain bliss like Janaka

Karmaththaal petREnO janakarai pOle…

Did I bite the toe and see HIM like Kaliyan ( Thirumangai Azhwar )

Kadiththu avanai kandeno thirumangaiyaarai pOle

Did I become an Umbrella like Adhisheshan


Kudai mudhalaanadhu aaneeno ananthaazhwaanai pOle…

Did I carry HIM like Garuda

Kondu thirindhEno thiruvadiyai pOle…

Did I keep up the promise like Nampaduvan

Ilaippu vidaai theertheno nampaaduvaanai pOle…

Did I behold HIM in a nook like the foremost Azhwars

Idai kazhiyil kandEnO mudhalaazhwaargalai pOle…

Did I guard the two princess like sage valmiki

Iru mannarai petREnO vaalmeekarai pOle…


Did I offer the two garlands like Tondaradipodi Azhwar

Iru maalai eendhEno thondaradipodi Aazhwaar pOle…

Did I obtain truths like Thirukachi Nambee

Avan uraikka petREnO thirukkachchiyaarai pOle…

Was I absorbed into God like Tiruppan Azhwar

Avan mEni aanEno thiruppaanarai pOle…

Did I say send them  like vashista

Anuppi vaiyum endREnO vasishtarai pOle……….


Did I worship sandals like Kongil Piratee

Adi vaanginEno kongil piraattiyai pOle…

Did I offer clay flowers like Kuruva Nambi

Mann poovai ittEno kurava nambiyai pOle…

Did I exclaim Oh ! The originator like Gajendra


Moolam endru azhaithEno gajaraajanai pOle

Poosa koduthEno kooniyai pOle…

Did I offer wreaths like Malakara

Did I keep my assigned place like Bharata….


Vaiththa idaththu irundhEno bharathanai pOle…

Did I serve on the way like lakshmana

Vazhiyadimai seydhEno lakshmananai pOle…

Did I land on the other shore like Guha..


Akkaraikke vittEno guhaperumaaLai pOle…

Did I fight with the demon Jatayu ?

Arakkanudan porudhEno periyavudaiyaarai pOle…

Did I land on this shore like Vibhishina

Ikkaraikke sendrEno vibheeshananai pOle…


Did I offer sweet fruits like Sabari

Iniyadhendru vaiththEno sabariyai pOle

Did I say Here he is like Prahalada


Ingum undu endrEno prahlaadhanai pOle…

Did I hide Little Krishna like  Dhadhibandha the cowherd

Ingillai endrEno Dhadhipaandanai pOle…

Did I go to the forest like Lord Rama’s followers

Kaattukku pOnEno perumaalai pOle…….


Did I proclaim discovery of Mother Sita like Hanumanjee

Kandu vandhEn endrEno thiruvadiyai pOle…

Did I relinquish both hands like Draupadi

Iru kaiyyum vittEnO Dhraupadhiyai pOle…


Did I say the excuse Milk boils over like Vaduga nambee

Ingu paal pongum endrEno vaduga nambiyai pOle…

Did I hold my throat like Selva pilai

Iru midaru pidiththEno Selva pillaiyai pOle…

Did I deserve the command STOP HERE as Idaiyaitrukkudi nambi..


Nillena petrEno idaiyaatroor nambiyai pOle…

Did I carry the message He is dead like Marutiyandan

Avan pOnAn endrEnO maaruthi AndAnai pOle…

Did I go in pursuit like Nathamiunigal

Nedundhooram pOnEno naatha munigalai pOle…

Did I say I want HIM not like kuresa

Anukoolam sonnEno maalyavaanai pOle………


Did I refute Advaita like swamy Ramanuja

adadhwaitham vendrEnO emperumAnArai pOle…

Ananthapuram pukkEno aaLavandhaarai pOle…

Did I go to Anantapuram like Alavandar…


Did I feel separation like Teyvavariyanden

Aariyanai  pirindhEno dheivaari aandaanai pOle…

Did  I compose Andhadee like Malyavan

Andhaadhi sonnEno amudhanaarai pOle…

jai jai

Did I opine mere ocean roar like Mahapurna

SooLuravu kondEno thirukkottiyooraarai pOle…

Did I exact promise like Goshtipurna….


yaan siriyan endrEnO Thirumalai nambiyai pOle…

Did I obtain mercy like a dumb person

Uyiraaya petrEno Oomaiayai pOle…

Did I give up my body like Tirunariyurariyar


Udambai veruththEno thirunaraiyooraararai pOle…

Did I profuse insignificantly like srisailapurna

Sutri kidandhEno thirumaalaiyaandaanai pOle…

Did I  force my finger into snakes mouth like Embar

Vaayil kaiyittEno embaarai pOle…


Did I vanquish a pundit by showing marks on arm like Bhattaraya

ThoL kaatti vandhEno battarai pOle

Did I seek secluded spot like Villiputhur bhagavathar

Turai veru seydhEno bagavarai pOle…

Did I jump into water like kannapurattammal

On hearing these questions and her deep understanding  , Swamy Ramanuja was thunderstruck. Swamy Ramanuja  delivered a sweet discourse that made her reconsider her hasty decision in leaving the holy place .


The lady very respectfully offered obeisance’s to Swamy Ramanuja and requested Swamy to initiate a system to be adopted at the temple where the Lord is  offered traditional poojas daily ,  fortnightly ,monthly and annual festivals with pomp and show . This would increase the glory of the holy place and force the people to stay there forever .


Swamy Ramanuja ,Ammai along with the disciples entered the holy place  Thirukolur The pious  lady invited Swamy Ramanuja to her house and offered prasada to be honoured by Jagathacharya  . Swamy gladly accepted the same .  Later all of them went to the  temple at Thirukoloor and offered prayers to the Lordships.


Thus the glory of Thirukolur spread and the great spiritual treasure……

Thirukolur Penpillai rahasyam (Thirukkolur Ammal Varththaigal ) became a legendary guideline  for ardent devotees   seeking Lords lotus feet .

He blessed her and saw to  that the due performance of all festivals connected with LORDSHIPS and Madhurakavi Azhwar are celebrated grandly as emphasised by shastras .

( The inner meanings  and reflections shared by advance devotees in their discourses shall be shared separately in the coming posts in detail very soon by Acharyar’ s abundant mercy )


Adiyen Ramanuja dasan


Photos credits :   Google images


Video credits :   Thanks to  “Sharp videos” / Thirukoshtiyar Vembu/                                     4000 divyaprabhandam/ Sriman Udaykiran for telugu Swami Ramanuja’s song



The glory of Thirukkolur…

THIRUKOLUR” signifies in tamil ( THIRU + KOLUR ) which means this is a treasure house of wealth. Few hundred years ago , Swamy Ramanujar during his travel to this divine place , saw a lady leaving the village with all her belongings near the boundary of the Thirukolur village . Swamy was surprised and hence asked her why she was leaving such a holy place when many come from far distances to render service the the Lord here worshiped by the great Nammazhwar ?

kazhiyur varadan's blog

Swamy Ramanuja along with his disciples proceeded on a pilgrimage to divyadesams glorified by Azhwars . He reached Thirunagari the holy place where Swamy Nammazhwar appeared .He prostrated the Lordships  at Sri Aadhinathar swamin.


Later proceeded towards Thirukolur with the thirst to serve the Lordships who were glorified by Swamy Nammazhwar as ” Sri Aravindalochana and Sri Vaithamaanidhee perumals.


It is said that one who has darshan of this holy dhaam  and Perumal here will  not wish to leave the place .


 Swamy Ramanujar  proceeded  further to the holy spot with entourage .He was overjoyed to  reach the  divine place where  Sri Madhurakavi azhwar   appeared . He recollected Swamy Nammazhwar pasurams  in the sixth  sataka of Thiruvaimozhi –..”Unnum soru parugu neere  pasuram ..

Nammazhwar knew none other than  Lord Krishna  true to his divine pasuram

 uNNum sORu paruhu neer thinnum VeRRilaiyumellAm
KANNAN , yemperumAnenruenrE kaNkaL neer malhi
maNNInuL Avan seer vaLam…

View original post 764 more words


One is reminded with the divine incident when Sage Valmiki requests Narada to name a person who is known for having all the sixteen opulent qualities. Narada unhesitatingly replies that Lord Sri Rama, the Emperor of Ayodhya is the embodiment of all the sixteen qualities. Among the sixteen great qualities Goodness Honesty Sweetness Simplicity
Compassion , Strength , Humility , Bravery , Valour, Talent , Prowess, Success , Memory , Trustworthiness , Heroism, Genuinity we humans get attracted to the quality of Daya(compassion) as it is only due to Lords mercy , our pile of sins are forgiven and thus redeemed from the cycle of birth and death.

kazhiyur varadan's blog


Lord Sriman Narayana  incarnated as Lord  SRI RAMAR to personally demonstrate  the world the teachings of Vedas  and adhere to the path of DHARMA in all circumstances.    Azhwars, acharyars, and innumerable saints and advanced  devotees like Tyagarajar, Bhakta Ramadas,  Kabirdas,  Tulsidas, Kambar  and countless  worshipped Lord Rama who personally blessed them  all. Our elders suggest us to read Srimad Ramayanam, especially the first sargam in Sundara kaandam  for  self realisation .

pattabhishekam Nammazhwar in  his emotional out pourings “Thiruvaimozhi 7-5  reveals  “kaRpaar Ramapiraanai allaal maRRum kaRparO?…”


Sri Rama ruled the  entire world from Ayodhya for 11,000 years and when he was reminded by Brahma through Dharmaraja to return to Sri Vaikuntam, Lord Rama shed all the royal robes and walking barefoot from the royal palace, clad in  pure white holding dharbha reached the banks of Sarayu  to ascend to Sri Vaikuntam.

The Lord  took everything (the Grass, the creeping…

View original post 952 more words

………The Lord of Thirumeyyam……… ( Aadhi Rangan) ….. “Lord as the personification of truth”,

 This  Vaishnava Divya desam temple is believed to have been built during the 7th century by the Pandyas . A granite wall surrounds the temple, enclosing all its shrines. The temple has a five-tiered  gopuram and  the gateway tower is  located behind a fort .


Thirumeyyam is one of the eighteen Pandya nadu divya desams located near Tiruchirapally . It is about  13 miles from Pudukkottai on Pudukkottai-Karaikudi route and takes about  two  hours car drive from srirangam to reach this place.  


As the temple opens late around 7.30- 8.00 a.m., one can plan to have Viswaroopa darshan in Srirangam in the early hours and reach this place. The temple is administered by Pudukottai Endowment Department whereas the fort is under the control of Archeological Department.


This cave temple  is slightly older and dated to closing decades of seventh century. The temple has a main gateway on the east in the lowermost wall with shrines for guardian deities like Ganesa, Hanuman and Bhairava.


There is a moat around the lower wall. On the top of the rock is bastion with cannon of british origin.


The other side of the  Fort has three rock-cut temples, two of them dedicated to ParamaSivan and the third to  Sri Maha Vishnu


 Lord ( Perumal)  in this big temple is glorified as Meiyappar/Sathyamurthy  and Goddess   ( Thayar) as  Ujjevana Thayar


Lord MahaVishnu who protected Satya devathai from asuras’ atrocities- the Lord  who answered Adiseshan’s prayers in removing his tamasic qualities- the Lord who blessed Chandran and consented to prevail over Chandra mandalam,- the Lord of Lords who granted Garudan’s wish to remain as the divine vehicle for the Lord, the Lord with whose cool benevolent grace Dakshagan was redeemed from curse,  the Lord who bestowed moksha to Satyavratha rishi and King Pururuvas- the Lord who appeared to King Indradyumna ordering him to construct a temple for HIM resides at this holy place 

Divya desam Perumal gives darshan in two forms  as Meiyappar also known as Adi Ranganathar in Sayana Thirukolam (sleeping posture) and as Satyamurthy in Nindra thirukolam(standing posture) under Satyagiri vimanam on the banks of Satya theertham /Kadamba pushkarini) a satyavanam (venu vanam).

images (2)

As the Lord is the personification of truth, HE is  glorified as Meiyappar/SAtyamurthy and the place came to be known as Thirumeyyam.


 The temple consists of an ardha-mandapa in front of  the rectangular sanctum Along with the LORD  , other deities like Garuda, Chitragupta, Markandeya, Brahma, the Devas, the Vasus, and the Kinnaras give darshan . There are two demons near the  lotus feet of the Lord .


Legend reveal that Lord Ksheerabhidhinathar in  sayana thirukolam ( sleeping posture )  at this temple.   Thirumeyyam is considered to be the largest and older than Sri Ranganathar at Srirangam.  Hence the Lord is also known as Adi Rangan.

jai jai

While Lord was in Yoga Nidarai(yogic sleep), two demons  named Madhu, Kaitapa were creating trouble .Goddess Sridevi took asylum in Perumal’s chest while Bhudevi resorted to Perumal’s thiruvadi ( lotus feet ) .

 Adiseshan who did not want Perumal’s slumber to be disturbed, chased away the rakshasas by emitting   poisonous fumes  which is beautifully depicted on the wall behind the deity   .


The      ( demons )  rakshasas are seen fleeing away near Perumal’s feet.  


Adiseshan apologized to Lord ( Perumal)  as  he felt guilty for having done this act without Lord’s  permission.  The compassionate Lord  placed HIS right hand on Adiseshan as a mark of gesture and love   . 


A lotus stalk emerging from the navel of Perumal and on the lotus ,chatur mukha Brahma seated on along with  33 crore devatas worshiping the Lord is beautifully