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Kurungudiyul - Thoopul Divya Desa Vaibhavam - (Mandapa Kaimkaryam)

From: Diwakar Kannan (diwakark_at_yahoo.com)
Date: Thu Aug 23 2001 - 11:39:11 PDT

Sriman Venkatanatharya: kavitharkika Kesari
Vedanthacharya varyome Sannidhatham Satahruti!

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Thoopul Divya Desa Vaibhavam - Part II
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Moolavar: DeepaPrakAsar, Vilakoli Perumal, Facing West
ThAyar:   Maragathavalli
Theertham: Saraswati Theertam
Vimanam:   Srikara Vimanam
Pratyaksham : Saraswati

This divya desam is called "Thiruthanka". "Thann" in tamizh means
"Cool" and "KA" means  "Garden". As Brahma conducted the yagam in this
Cool Garden, it is called Thiruthanka.

Saraswati followed the demon "MAyaNalan" who was about to disrupt the
yagam. Perumal  saved the yagam by holding the demon as "Deepam" and
gave darshan to Saraswati. After not  being able to disrupt the yagam,
Saraswati realizes her folly and joins with Brahma in  the yagam. In
order to cool down Perumal's hand (which had burnt his hand due to
Agni),  She resides here as "Saraswati Theertham".

More than that, Swami Desikan was born in thoopul. In Swami Desikan's 
Sannidhi's walls,  paintings depicting his history can be found. Swami 
Desikan can be seen with "Gnana  mudrai".  Swami Kumara Nainachariar
(son of Swami Desikan) installed the thirumeni of  Swami Desikan in
this temple. It has been said that idol of SriLakshmi Hayagreevar which
 was worshipped by Swami Desikan is in this temple. Swami Desikan
Sannidhi faces West.

Thirumangai Azhwar has sung 2 pasurams on this DivyaDesam.
Thirunedunthandakam 14 (2065) pasuram on this divya desam is as
follows:

Mulaikathirai Kurungudiyul Mugilai Moova
   Moovulagum Kadanthappaal Mudalaai Nindra
Alapariya Aaramudai Arangam Meya
   Andananai Andanartham Sindaiyaanai
Vilakoliyai Maragathathai Thiruthankaavil
   Veghavil Thirumaalai paada kettu
Valarthathanaal Payan PetrEn Varuga Endru
   Matakiliyai Kaikoopi VanginAlE.

In the above pasuram, Thirumangai Azhwar does mangalasasanam with the 
Moolavar's name,  Thayar's name and the DivyaDesam's name in one single
line 
(Vilakoliyai - line 5)

In another pasuram, Thirumangai Azhwar tells that he had seen 
Thiruvenkatathu emperuman  in this divyadesam.

Ponnai MAmaniyai Aniyaarntha thor
  Minnai, Venkatathu uchiyil kandu poi
Ennai Aaludai Isanai Embiran
  thannai, Yaam Sendru Kaandum Than Kaavile - 1849

Thirumangai Azhwar tells that he had seen a Jyothi on top of Venkatam.
I saw the same  Jyothi in "Thiruthanka".

Also, Thirumangai Azhwar equates this divyadesam to "Thirukurungudi, 
Aravamudan  (Kudanthai), SriRangam (Thiruvarangam), VeghaSethu
(ThiruVegha in Kanchi), and  Thiruvenkatam in the following pasuram:

Kurungudiyil NindrAnai, Moovulagirkum MudalAnavanai
  Alavida Iyala Aravamudanai, Arangathu Aravanaiyil
Palli Konda Aiyanai, VeghAvil Thuyil AmarnthAnai
   Venkatathu NindrAnai Inda ThiruthanKAvile Kanden

Pillai Perumal Ayyengar had done mangalasasanam to this perumal in his
Ashta Prabhandam.

Source: 108 Vainava DivyaDesa Sthala VaralAru - Sri. A. Ethirajan B.A.

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Please do visit http://www.geocities.com/lsriniva for more details on
this 
divya desam with pictures of Deepaprakasar. Please do also view the
http://www.geocities.com/lsriniva/thoopulappeal.html for more details
on
thoopul kaimkaryam and donate according to your shakti.

If you are in USA, you can send the money payable to

Lakshmi N. Srinivasa
3 Old Towne Road, #212
Ayer, MA-01432.

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Srimathe Lakshminrusimha divya pAduka sevika
srivan satakopa Sri Narayana Yathindra MahadesikAya Namaha
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