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Padhuka Sahasram-365
Date: Tue Apr 24 2001 - 11:21:06 PDT


SrimatE Gopaladesika MahadesikAya Namaha,

Translation by U.Ve. Dr. V.N. Vedanta Desikan Swamin:

365. raThyAvihArarajasA puriDhUsarAngIm
     rangEshvarasya laLithEShu mahOthsavEShu
     prasphOtayathyavanathO maNipAdhukE! thvAm
     goUrIpathi: svayamiBhAjinapallavEna

Oh Manipaaduka! In Lord Ranganatha's grand and beautiful festivals, 
the dust collected on You during the street-procession, is removed by 
Siva with the use of his elephant-skin. 

(Siva wears the elephant-skin as his garment. His worship of Paaduka 
is described here).

Namo Narayana,

SriMuralidhara Dasan

Special Notes by V.SatakOpan (V.S): SlOkam 365
(1)Oh MaNi PaadhukE! During the occasions of the big
festivals of Lord RanganAthA , He is carried around
the many streets of Srirangam by You. The dust arising
from such travels cover You and You get soiled.Paramasivan
bows before You during this time and uses the portion of
the tender elephant skin that He is wearing as a garment and
brushes away all the accumulated dust specks. He performs
kaimkaryams for You this way.

(2)Here Swamy Desikan describes the Kaimkaryam performed
by Gouripathi( the Lord of Paarvathi).The occasion is
the joyous uthsavams( laLithEshu mahOthsavEshu) at Srirangam .
During those times, the PaadhukAs carry the Lord over the Raaja
Veedhis (raTyA VihAram) of Srirangam and a lot of dust arise
and cover the Paadhukais , which get soiled ( vihAra rajasA
paridhUsarAngIm thvam).Lord of Parvathi was standing by
enjoying His lord's MahOthsavam .When He saw that the surface
of the gem-bedecked Paadhukais were soiled , He bent down
and used His upper garment of tender elephant skin and
wiped away all the accumulated dust particles that sullied
the bright gems adorning the Lord's Paadhukais( Gouripathi:
thvAm avanatha:sann svayam ibhAjina-pallavEna prasphOdayathi).
The choice word , "avaantha: sann" brings out the imagery
of the reverential way in which ParamEsvaran performs this
Kaimkaryam of wiping the dust on the surface of the Padhukais
and restoring their erstwhile lustre..(V.S)

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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