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Sri RukmiNi KalyAnam article : Part I

From: Sadagopan (sgopan_at_computer.net)
Date: Sun Aug 20 2000 - 18:41:44 PDT

Sri RukmiNi SamEtha Sri KrishNAya nama:

Dear BhakthAs :

As this year's GokulAshtami approaches,
adiyEn will write a special article about
the most joyous episode of the VivAham of
RukmiNi PirAtti of Vidharbha Desam with 
Sri KrishNa Bhagavan of Dwarakai . AdiyEn
invites you all to join in this magnificient
and sacred celebration of this ThirukkalYANam 
by Swamy Desikan in his MahA Kaavyamm,
Sri YaadhavAbhudhaya and Sukha Brahmam's
Srimath Bhaagavatham . 

May the Dhivya Dampathis shower their blessings
on their bhakthAs all over the world !

Daasan, V.SatakOpan 

Sri RukmiNi KalyANam 
**********************

The great HarikathA Kaalkshepam experts of the past 
and present like Sri EmpAr VijayarAghavAcchAr,
Sri HarikEsanallUr Mutthiah BhAgavathar ,
ThanjAvUr KrishNa BhAgavathar, Sri AnantharAma 
BhAgavathar of Palghat , Kallidakkuriucchi
VedAntha Bhaagavathar , Sri T.S.Balakrishna Saasthrigal 
made Hari KathA KaalkshEpam as one of the most
effective way to grow the Bhakthi of pandithAs 
and PaamarAs.

Musical discourses on PurANic stories is 
the heart of Hari KathA KaalskshEpam .
Eminent musicians and Scholars like
EmpAr SrirangAcchAr Swamy and his brilliant
kumArar, EmpAr VijayarAghavAcchAr Swamy 
focused on HarikathAs from Srimath RaamAyaNam ,
BhAgavatham and Dhivya prabhandhams and with
their eminent powers of exposition held
the audience in their raptourous grip.
 
This art form came to Tamil Naadu during 
the time of the MaharAshtrA rulers of ThanjAvUr 
(post-Vijaya Nagaram period) and took root 
as HarikathA kaalkshEpams and BhAgavatha
MeLams (PrahlAdha Charithram ) .

One of the most prominent HarikathA KaalkshEpam
nirUpaNams (expositions ) has always been
" Sri RukmiNi KalyANam . When the BhAgavathar
entered singing the famous Srimath BhAgavatham
verse associated with Sri RukmiNi kalyANam ,
the BhakthA's joy reached new heights in
anticipation of the rich experience awaiting
them for the evening : 

" SruthvA GuNAn Bhuvana-Sundara sruNvathAm thE
  nirvisya karNavivarair harathOangathApam I
  Roopam dhrusAm dhrusimathAmakhilArtha laabham 
  thvyyachyuththAvisathi chitthapathrapam mE " II
  -- Srimath BhAgavatham : Canto X.52.37

This slOkam deals with the beginning portion
of the message brought by a trusted Brahmin 
selected by Sri RukmiNi PirAtti,who had incarnated 
as the beautiful daughter of King BhIshmakA of 
Vidharbha dEsam .She appeals to KrishNA here to
come to Her rescue in a time of impending crisis: 

(meaning of the above SlOkam ): " Hearing about 
Thy virtues  , which entering into the hearer's
heart through the ear , generates bliss in 
the person's whole being , and hearing also 
about the beauty of Thy form , which fulfills 
the highest expectations of one's sense of sight ,
My mind , Oh AchyuthA has entered into Thee ,
overcoming all feeling of bashfulness". 

Sri RukmiNi PirAtti goes on to make a direct 
appeal to KrishNa to come to Her rescue ,
choose Her as His bride , take Her away 
and save Her from the impending calamity of 
planned marriage to SisupAlan by Her brother,
Rukmi . This slOkam is as follows:

tanmE BhavAn khalu vrutha: pathiranga-
jAyAmAthmaArpithasccha bhavathoathra VibhO vidEhi I
maa veerabhAgamabhimarsathu chaithya aarAdh
gOmAyuvanmrughapatherbalimambhujAksha II

(meaning): " I (RukmiNi)have therefore chosen 
Thee (KrishNA) as My husband and have offered Myself 
to Thee , All-pervading One ! Design to accept Me
as as Thy wife. O Lotus-eyed One! Do not allow 
the King of Chedi to take Me away , who is a property
of Thine . It would otherwise be like a jackal
attempting to carry away the fare of the lion ". 

In the subsequent postings , we will cover 
the Message of RukmiNi , the response of the Lord 
as Her Rakshakan and Naayakan and their joyous
marriage at DwArakai. 

Srimath Azhagiya Singar ThiruvadigaLE Saranam ,
Daasan, Oppilappan Koil VaradAchAri SatakOpan






 
 





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