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Editor's Note - 96 (May 1, 2016)

An Overview Of Thooppul Pillai’s Tamil Prabandhams - 4

Dear Fellow-Bhagavathas,

A very unique Prabandham — is the subject matter of this Note.

6. Mey Viradha Maanmiyam

Swami Desika has dedicated six Prabandhams to Lord Varadaraja of ThirukKachchi. Mey Viradha Maanmiyam (also known as Aththigiri/Hasthigiri Maahaathmyam) comprises the most Paasurams (29) among them. The others are: Adaikkala-Paththu, Artha panchakam, Vaishnava Dinachari, Thiru-chinna Maalai and Panniru Naamam.

Our Acharya, originally, composed a historical treatise on Kanchi and the Avathara of the Lord therein under the title Sathya Vratha Maahaathmyam. The Paasurams that form part of that work in Mani Pravaalam (a combination of Sanskrit and Tamil) have been compiled to be known as Mey Viradha Maanmiyam.

Kancheepuram, as we know, is among the seven holy towns attributed to Moksham, the others being Ayodhya, Mathura, Maya (Haridwar), Kasi, Avanthika (Ujjain) and Dwaraka. Kanchi is called ‘Sathya Vratha Kshethram’ for the reason that all Punya Karmas like Yaaga, Yagna, etc. yield instant benediction. The sacred place is also referred to as Hasthigiri, Karigiri and Perumal Koyil, among others. The historical nature of this work tracing back the manifestation of the Lord lends uniqueness to the Prabandham.

The Lord Varadaraja temple is situated on a hillock which, according to the legend, was the altar on which Brahma performed Aswamedha Yaga (horse-sacrifice), desiring to have a direct vision of the Lord.

At the end of the ritual, there appeared a luminous gleam like a radiant Sun from the altar even as Lord Varadaraja presented Himself in all His splendour in a Punya Koti Vimanam which resembled a golden hillock. Thus Brahma got his wish fulfilled and the place came to be known as Sathya Vratha Kshethram. Ever since, Brahma himself is said to be performing the annual Uthsavam to the Lord during the Tamil month of Vaikasi and hence it is called Brahmothsavam. The whole episode has been documented ever so beautifully and vividly by our Acharya in ‘Mey Viradha Maahaathmyam'.

Sri Bhashyakara Millennium Year celebrations

As many would be aware, the 1000th year of the Avathara Day of Sri Ramanuja commences with this year’s Chiththirai-Thiruvaadhirai (May 10) and is being celebrated by Srivaishnavaites worldwide.

At SVDD, the milestone event is being celebrated in a grand manner with a 10-day Uthsavam with Vahana Purappadu in both sessions, apart from Thirumanjanam, Veda Parayanam and Sevakalam. The detailed programmes are available in the invitation here.

The intervening monthly Thiruvaadhirais leading up to the next year’s grand finale will be specially celebrated with Purappadu and Asthanam.

Please participate in large numbers and receive the blessings of Udaiyavar.

எங்கள் தூப்புல் பிள்ளை பாதம் என் சென்னியதே!

Natteri P. Srihari (a) Lakshmi Narasimhacharyar

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