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An Announcement + Dasavatara Sannidhi- A Divya Desam ?

Ramanbil_at_aol.com
Date: Fri Aug 14 1998 - 06:56:56 PDT

Dear Bhagavatas,

An Announcement

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Dasoham
Anbil Ramaswamy
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Now regarding- Dasavatara Sannidhi - A Divya Desam ?

Sri Jagan has voted for the Dasavatara Sannidhi as the most favorite Divya
Desam.

A Divya Desam is one sanctified by the mangalaasaasanam by one or more of the
12 Alwars. Thus, this Sannidhi does not qualify to be a Divya Desam.

It is not even an acknowledged "Abhimana Kshetram" like Namakkal,
Thanthonrimalai,Vaduvur, Sriperumpudur, Tirumazhisai, Singaperumal koil,
Madurantakam, Tirumandankudi or even Udipi or Guruvayoor.

Nor is it an acknowledged "Purana Sthalam" like Rajamannargudi, Tiru narayana
puram,Srimushnam, Srikoormam or even Nathdwara or Pandaripuram.

It is not even a temple like our upcoming Sri Ranganatha Temple at Pomona or
Venkateswara temple at Pittsburgh.

It is only a "Sannidhi" as the name shows; It can at best be an "Abhimana
Sannidhi" in the sense that by virtue of its being the headquarters of
Azhagiyasinghars, many Sishyas get their Samasrayanam and / or Bharanyasam
there. 

But then, this does not make it any special because Sishyas get them done at
the other Sannidhis also like Poundarikapuram Ashramam, Periyashramam,
Parakala Matam (which in fact, is a temple in its own right). and the Ashtanga
Yoga Vigyana Mandiram of Sri Rangapriya Yathi.

The only sense, if at all,  all Sannidhis in Srirangam can be considered
"Divya Desams" is because they are all within the precincts of and form part
of the  "Bhooloka Vaikuntam".

If this Sannidhi alone is to be deemed a " Divya Desam " based on the criteria
cited  in Jagan's post, anyone of the myriad Sannidhis dotting the entire
landscape of not only Bharata Varsha but also the entire oriental and
occidental Worlds (where ever newer Sannidhis are springing up, as a testimony
to the vibrant resurgence of Hinduism in general and Vaishnavam in particular
) deserve to be called "Divya Desam".

Dasoham
Anbil Ramaswamy