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From: Ramesh Sarangapani (sarangap_at_me.udel.edu)
Date: Thu Aug 13 1998 - 19:18:38 PDT
Dear Bhagavathas - These days i look forward to opening my email session and reading all these wonderful posts on "My favorite Divya Desam". I thank all the participants for sharing these wonderful insights on the various divya desams (all of which are our only true "kula dhanam"). However i done have a sense of disappointment that i would like to share :-) None of the posts so far have voted for Ahobilam as the most favoured DD. Isn't there a single bhagavatha who can sing the glory of my dear lord Sri Malolan? Isn't there one soul who feels that He should be given the status of "first among equals"?? Is my dear lord bereft of supporters?? adiyEn considers himself "akinshnaha" when it comes to speaking about the glory of Sri Lakshmi Narasimhan, but is unable to keep quite when every else seems to have madeup his/her mind (misguided, in my opininon) that someone else (other than the lord of Singavelkundram) is their isthadevatha. To all such folks i have one questions : Kaliyan while singing the glory of Azhagiya singar (at Tiruvalikani) narrates succintly the avathara rahasyam of Lakshmi Narasimhan and says "Angu Appoyude avan viya thondriya en singapiran perumai"...meaning "that day when his parama bhakta, Prahaladan, was in distress, our Lord came to his rescue in an instant". That same Lord, "Engu eppOyudum" (even now, to this day), wearing His padukas is going from village to village and rescuing countless devotees by having samashrayanam and bharanyasam performed on them under His lotus feet. Show me one other Lord who is doing this ? It is one thing to preach the charama slokam, but something all together different to execute it day-in-and-day-out (for all Tiru-alli-kAni vasis :-)) Of what use is the sweet smile on the tirumukam of tiruvenkatamudayan, if i can enjoy it for only a fraction of a second? (may be a minute...if i can spare 10 bucks :-)) Of what use is even our pEriya perumal, if he refuses to budge from his "bed"? Devadirajan, ofcourse, standing on Attigiri and holding his abhaya-hastam is showering His benign glance on all His devotees. But then it takes just one "dancer" (Arayar) to snatch away even his darling son (Udayavar). Prersonally, i would think twice before taking refuge under such a "vehuli" :-) So friends...maybe now you would like to change your mind (vote)...its never too late! Well, if you are still not convinced, just showup at the Longhill township community center in NJ on the 6th and 7th of September and we have assembled a galaxy of erudite scholars who will praise my dear lord, Sri Lakshmi Narasimhan of Ahobilam, much better than what i have done here. For more information on this function contact one of either adiyEn, Jagan, Dileepan, Rengarajan, Anbil Ramaswamy, or Murali Kadambi. adiyEn Azhayiyasinger dAsan Ramesh Saranagapani PS : This post is not meant to hurt any ones feeling. All the members who have posted on the various DD's are good friends of mine and i have great respect for them. Please consider adiyEn post as one that is posted in the spirit of friendship.