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MANAVAALA MAAMUNIGAL

From: V.Srimahavishnu (vsri_at_iitk.ac.in)
Date: Sun Apr 18 1999 - 02:22:34 PDT

         SrI ranganAtha charaNau SaraNam prapadyE.

        MaNavALa mAmunigaL TiruvadigaLE SaraNam.

On Wed, 14 Apr 1999 B.Narasimhan wrote:
> 
> Many celebrated Acharyas of the day, descendents of the original
> seventy four apostles appointed by Ramanuja for the propagation
> of Vaishnavism became disciples of VaraVaramuni. One of the
> earliest was Vaanamamalai Ramanuja Jeeyar. Amoung others mention
> should be made of Kanthadai Annan and his group - descendants of
> Dasarathi(Mudhaliandan - a nephew of Ramanujar), and Prathivathi
> Bhayankaram Anna, a scion of the Mudumbai family to which Sri
> Lokacharya himself belonged. Another important disciple was
> Erumbi Appa.
   Dear BhAgavatas,
         namO namah.
          Thanks to SrI Narasimhan  for his  series of excellent postings
on SrI MaNavALa MAmunigaL.
        SrI JIyar's eight principle disciples were known as "ashta
diggaja"s.

      vAnAdri yOgivara VEnkata yOgivarya
      SrI bhattanAtha muni vAdi bhayankarAryAh
      rAmAnujArya varadArya natArtihAri
      SrI dEvarAja guravOshtadiSAgajAstE
 THis SlOkam gives an account of the eight chief disciples of SrI
mahAmunigaL, punaravatArarUpI of BhagavadrAmAnujar.
They are : 1. vAnamAmalai jIyar 2.TiruvEngada rAmAnuja JIyar
          3.paravastu bhattar pirAn JIyar 4.P B aNNan
          5.appiLLai 6.kOil kandAdai aNNan 7.kidAmbi appuLLAn
          8.erumbiappA.

 SrI JIyar had served as JIyar of Tirupati mutt for quite some time and he
later entrusted this kainkaryam to "KELvi appan" TiruvEngada JIyar.
(From "Tirumalai ozhugu", translated into Telugu as "Tirumala
samayAchAramulu" by Sri N C V Narasimhacharyulu and Sri  T A
Krishnamacharyulu) 

SrI maNavALa mAmunigaL's SrI rAma mangaLASAsanam is a lovely stOtram on
our most loving Chakravarti SrI kumAran and is as beautiful and powerful
as  vAlmIki rAmAyaNam and his disciple SrI P B aNNan's mangaLASAsanam to
 Lord arangan standing majestically(in Tirumangaimannan's words as
translated by SrImAn Madhavakkannan!) on TiruvEnkatam.
 
SrI JIyar's lips were always seen chanting dvayam
restlessly(mantraratnAnusandhAna santata sphuritAdharam- erumbiappA's
"pUrva dinacharyA" of SrI MaNavALa mAmunigaL).
 
    SrI   AndAL ranganAyaI samEta   azhagiya maNavALan TiruvadigaLE SaraNam
                                 dAsan 
                             V.Srimahavishnu