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isn't there one to vote for ahObilam?

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.