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From: V. Sadagopan (75041.3037_at_compuserve.com)
Date: Sat Aug 05 1995 - 18:45:47 PDT
I have some connection to thedescendants of the above two families at Kumbakonam. 1.My family was a tenant , when I attended high school at Kumbakonam in the House of Elayavalli Srinivasa Goplachar, the araadhakar at the Desikan Sannidhi at the Sarangapani(Araavamudhan) temple. The house is at 34, Karnakollai Agraharam at Kumbakonam. Elayavalli Swami married into the Tatachar family of Iyengar street . I think the Famous intrepreter of Vedas and the authority on the conductance of the Yagnas, Agnihotram Ramanuja Tatachar is the brother in law of Elayavalli Swami, our Landlord at that ime. The descendants of the Elayavalli swami still live there or can be traced. The name of the sons are Jagannathan and Uppili. 2.My next door Neighbor at my place of Birth(Oppiliappan Koil) was Vangipuram Navaneetham Krishnamachar Swami, a great Scholar and Acharya. His two sons were Vangipuram Navaneetham Sri Rama Desikacchar and Seshadriacchar. V.N Sri Rama desikaachar's scholarship on Swami Desikan's works is well known. His son is my classmate and he is now offering Thiruvai Mozhi Kainkaryam to Sri Oppiliappan after retiring as an officer of the Indian Railway service. His name is V.N. Gopala Desikan. 3. With our collective recollections, we can hopefiully trace back some of the Descendants of the 74 Simhasanathipatis , who are still In India and are continuing the traditions. Sadagopan P.S: Many of you in the West Coast might have known DR.Y.T and his wife Mathuri. YI worked at Stanford in the Material Scienc e Dept. He is a descendant of Yamunaacharya and his house in Srirangam is known as the Mudal(First) Thirumaalikai out of revenrence to that Family's illustrious contributions to Srivaishnavism. YT Passed away few years ago.