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Paduka Avataara Thirunaal at Srirangam - Some reflections

From: Balaji CG (
Date: Wed Dec 12 2001 - 22:47:08 PST

Swamy Deshikan Thiruvadigale Sharanam !!!

adiyEn was one of the blessed to be in Srirangam on the day of Paduka
Avataara Thirunaal, that was on the 9th of this month. An eye-witness
account of the same is given below.

Celebrations started on the 5th at the Deshikan sannidhi that is within the
precincts of Periya koil.
Swamy Deshikan (utsavar) was seated in a specially made mantapam placed in
front of the moolavar archai and was bedecked with jewels and adored with
special floral alankarams.

It is the morning of the 9th, the time is around 8 am. A huge bhagavatha
goshti around 300 is present inside Deshikan sannidhi. These bhagavathas had
been reciting Padukua Sahasram over a period of 5 days. The last paddhati
that is "Phala paddhati" was to be recited on the 9th before the periya
shaRRumuRai. After thiruvaradhanam at the sannidhis of Lakshmi Nrusimhan and
Lakshmi Hayagrivar and Swamy Deshikan, the goshti is all set to begin the
parayanam. The parayanam begins with great rhythm and melody. 

The goshti first started with the divya-desha panchakam (*) of Swamy
Deshikan and then continued with phala paddhati. The reverberations could be
heard every where in the misty morning air as Swamy Deshikan seated himself
majestically to listen to his Arangan being extolled. After the parayanam of
phala paddhati, shARRumuRai begins (a real long one). Some stotrams like
Abhiti stavam, Pillai Anthaadi, Thirunaal paattu etc were also sung.
Sambhavanai was offered for the entire lineage till Deshikan. The goshti
then dispersed with tirtha, shaThari and prasadam

In the evening a special Deshika Stotra pata parayanam was organised. The
huge bhagavatha goshti assembled again at 4pm and went round the Uttara
veedhi singing all Deshika stotrams. The goshti came back at around 5:30pm
and assembled in front of Thayar sannidhi. This was one of the most
thrilling moments when Sristuti was sung in great tempo. The goshti
assembled again at Deshikan sannidhi for the shaRRumuRai and tirtha goshti
and dispersed with the singing of Divya desha panchakam sung by Swamy

(*) - Note - Divya desha panchakam of Swamy Deshikan -
This is a collection of shlokams found in the esoteric (rahasya) works of
Swamy Deshikan. In these Swamy Deshikan has extolled the Perumals of
Srirangam, Thirumalai, Kanchipuram, Thirunarayanapuram and Srirangam ().

A thirunakshatram day like this is not celebrated for any other composition.
This truly speaks of the glory of Sri Ranganatha Paduka Sahasram of Swamy
Shall make available the photographs on one of our websites.

vAzhi vyAkhyAmuddirak kai !!!
vedAntasUri charaNau sharaNam prapadye !!!

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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