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Padhuka Sahasram-314

From: Muralidhar Rangaswamy (
Date: Tue Dec 19 2000 - 12:50:40 PST


SrimatE Gopaladesika MahadesikAya Namaha,

Translation by U.Ve. Dr. V.N. Vedanta Desikan Swamin:

314. poUrOdhanthAn parikalayithum pAdhukE! sanchariShNO:
     vyakthAvyakthA vashikavishiKhArvathanI rangaBharthu: 
     vElAthIthashruthiparimaLaIrvyakthimaBhyEthi kAlyE
     vinyAsaIsthE vibhuDhapariShanmoULivinyAsadhrushyaI:

Oh Paaduka! Lord Ranganatha has the habit of walking through the 
streets and lanes and by-lanes, by night, incognito, in order that He 
can directly see, and hear, people's activities. Early in the morning, 
one would smell Vedic fragrance in the lanes He had passed through. 
Also there would be imprints of the crowns of the Devas who bowed low 
and of the beautiful stamp left by Yourself-evidently in the 
Sankha-Chakra streaks, discernible to some but not to many in 
the dawn. One would trace the track that Ranganatha had followed. 

Namo Narayana,

SriMuralidhara Dasan


Special Notes by V.Sadagopan (V.S):

(1) Abhinava Desika UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam:
Oh PaadhukE ! Desirous of experiencing with His own
eyes and ears the various activities of the citizens of
Srirangam , Lord  RanganAthan travels on You through
the main streets and by-lanes of that city. Many are not
aware of His nightly travels for gaining first hand input
on the well being of His subjects. A select few come to
learn about it through the evidence left behind on 
the travelled streets  such as the fragrance of the VedAs , 
the marks made by the crowns of the prostrating dEvAs
and the marks of conch, flag and disc made by You 
during the Lord's nocturnal roamings. At dawn , 
the fortunate few interpret these signs as evidence 
of Your travels. 

(2)Srimath Andavan's anubhavam : It appears that Swamy Desikan might 
have composed this slOkam with the famous mattayadi uthsavam at 

(3) Sri RanganAthan is interested to know the details about the yoga 
KshEmams of the residents of Srirangam In His role as Ranga Raajan . 
This is similar to the role of kings going around incognito among the 
people (nagara sOdhanai) . This happens at the middle of the night . 
Not many are aware of the sanchAram of RanganAthan on these fact 
finding missions. Next morning, the town folk recognize form the signs 
left behind on their streets that the Lord has been travelling
the night before on their many streets on the back of His beloved 
Paadhukais. The signs that they recognize to make that conclusion are: 
the VishNu chinhams that the Paadhukai carries and the marks made by 
the crowns of DevAs prostrating before the Paadhukais…V.S  

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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