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Padhuka Sahasram-317

From: Muralidhar Rangaswamy (
Date: Thu Dec 21 2000 - 13:41:41 PST


SrimatE Gopaladesika MahadesikAya Namaha,

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

317. thiThiraShtamI yadhavathAravaIBhavAth
     praThamA thiThisthrijagathAmajAyatha
     maNipAdhukE! thamupanIya vIThikAsu
     athiThIkarOShi thadhananyachakshuShAm

Oh Manipaaduka! Ashtami Tithi became most important Tithi for all 
worlds, once Lord Krishna took His birth in Ashtami. When He in 
Ranganatha form, proceeds through the streets, He becomes a welcome 
Atithi (guest), for the Paramaikantis who regard Him as all for them. 
You do this favour to the devotees. 

Namo Narayana,

SriMuralidhara Dasan

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

Oh PaadhukE ! KrishNA made the eighth day of KrishNa 
paksham of SimhA month as the most holy one. That thithi
is known as JanmAshtami to celebrate  His avathAram . 
It became hence the holiest thithi in all the three worlds .  
Oh Lord's PaadhukE ! You carry that supreme Lord 
around the by lanes and raaja veethis of Srirangam 
and become the athithi of His devotees. They will not look with 
admiration at anyone except Him . " Here ,
Swami Desikan uses the word "Thithi" and "athithi 
in a clear way. Athithi can mean either dateless or 
guest. He says here that the Lord's PaadhukAs 
become the welcome guest of His devotees through
the kaimkaryam to the Lord , who made ashtami 
thithi the first among the thithis because of its link to
His avathAram . The devotees honor the Paadhukais 
as athithi because of their kaimkaryam to the Lord
born on an  ashtami thithi. 

Srimath Andavan's anubhavam : PerumAL incarnated 
as KrishNA on an Ashtami thithi . Ashtami means eight 
and yet it became Prathamai ( first ) because of our Lord's
avathAram on an Ashtami thithi. Therefore PerumAL has
connections to both Prathamai and Ashtami. Oh PaadhukE !
You have also made Him athithi ( the One who has come to 
One place from another ) . As a result of His sanchAram 
with You , He has come from His AasthAnam to the streets
of Srirangam and has become an athithi. 

(3)This is a beautiful slOkam , where Swamy Desikan
pays tribute to the Vaibhavam of the sacred birth of the Lord 
on an Ashtami thithi : " Ashtami thithi: yadh avathAra    
vaibhavAth thrijagadhAm prathamA thithi: ajAyatha ".  
That Lord is brought onto the streets of Srirangam on
the back of Paadhukais and is made athithI ( the object of attention ) 
for ananya chakshu: ( for those , who do not see any one or anything 
other than the Lord) V.S

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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