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Stotras of Vedanta Desika

by Sri D. Ramaswamy Ayyangar
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A. Desika Mangalam

[This is] a benediction and eulogium regarding Vedanta Desika, the author of the foregoing 28 stotras. The thirteen slokas ... are known as Vedanta Desika Mangalam (or Mangalaasaasanam), meaning wishes for a superior's welfare uttered by an inferior. Kumara Varadacharya, son and disciple of Desika, is the author of this Mangalam. This work shows to us not only the devotional fervour of the disciple towards the Acharya, but the contemporary recognition that the Acharya had earned in his lifetime, the titles conferred on him and the esteem in which he was held. Sloka 4 tells us how Desika was looked upon as a divine incarnation by his contemporaries.

[Following this are] six selected slokas from Saptati-Ratna-Maalika, a hymn in praise of Desika by a disciple's disciple, Prativadi Bhayankaram Annan by name.

Devanagari Text

B. Divya Desa Mangalasasanam

[The first] four slokas pray for the safety and well-being of the four important kshetras, Srirangam, Tiruvenkatam, Kanchipuram, and Tirunarayanapuram respectively, by the grace of the respective Deities presiding theirein. These are muktaka slokas (detached verses) sung by Vedanta Desika on different occasions and find a place in his minor rahasyas.

The fifth sloka voices a fervent prayer to his own God, Varada (Varadaraja of Kanchipuram) to preserve His puja at the various kshetras free from hostile impacts, and safe, sure and secure for all time.

Devanagari Text

vaktaa, Srotaa, vacana-viSaya:, prIyatAm venkateSa:

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