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Padhuka Sahasram-284

From: Muralidhar Rangaswamy (
Date: Fri Aug 25 2000 - 15:05:27 PDT


SrimatE Gopaladesika MahadesikAya Namaha,

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

284. vikramya BhUmimaKhilAm balinA pradiShtAm
     dhEvE padhAvani! dhivam parimAthukAmE
     AsIdhathO dhinakarasya karOpathApAth
     samrakshithum padhasarOjamuparyaBhUsthvam

Oh Paaduka! When the Lord scaled the Universe, at the instance of 
Mahabali offering to give what the Lord asked for, His lotus foot
went high up needed to be guarded from the nearby scorching sun. And 
You offered the screen, as it were. (It is not that You protect 
the foot on earth alone; You do it even when the foot is above).

Namo Narayana,

SriMuralidhara Dasan

Special Notes by V.Satakopan (V.S) :

(1) Sri Abhinava Desika UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam:
 Oh PaadhukE! The Lord Measured the entire Earth with 
One foot. He then wanted to measure the heavens given as
gift to Him. At that time , You united with the Lord's feet to 
protect it from the scorching rays of the Sun and thus served
Your Lord. 

Swamy Desikan gives here the reason for the Lord wearing 
The Paadhukais , when He measured   the heavens. As His 
foot grew in the upward direction , His other foot was planted
On Earth . His upward mobile left foot came closer and closer
To the Soorya mandalam. The Lotus foot of the Lord became the 
Object of concern for His Paadhukai . It worried about the lotus
(foot ) being out of the  water and the potential for that to dry up
from the scorching heat of the Sun's rays. Although the Lord is
Self-luminous  and gives the scorching power to the Sun, the poet's
Imagination propels him to suggest that the Paadhukai covered
the ascending foot of Thrivikramnan and protected it from 
the blistering rays of the Sun .

2) Srimath PeriyAndavan's anubhavam :

Oh PaadhukE ! During the ThrivikramAvathAram , You served as
The umbrella over the outstretched Thiruvadi of Your Lord , when
He measured the aakAsam .

3) First , the Lord as Thrivikraman measured the earth with one  foot 
.. Next, He began to measure the sky and beyond with the other foot 
(dhivam  parimAthukAmE) . As the Thiruvadi shot upward, it came close 
to the disc of Sun radiating immensely hot rays . Swami compares
rays to the hands of Dinakaran and the affliction caused by these 
super hot  rays as taapam ( Dinakarasya KarOpatApam ). The most 
merciful Padhukai came to the lord's rescue to protect the lotus soft 
feet (Padha SarOjam ) of  its  Lord . It stretched over the extended 
feet  for protection of that tender foot ( samrakshithum upari abhU:) 

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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