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Padhuka Sahasram-342
Date: Tue Feb 13 2001 - 13:44:00 PST


SrimatE Gopaladesika MahadesikAya Namaha,

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

342. Ghatayasi paripUrNAn krishNamEGhaprachArE
     kruthaBhirupahruthaIsthvam kEthakIgarBhapathraI:
     varathanupariNAmAdhvAmatha: shyAmaLAnAm 
     praNathisamayalagnAn pAdhukE! moULichandhrAn

Oh Paaduka! The Lord was, in His movements on the earth, a real dark 
cloud. The eleven Rudras, the half-feminine devas bend their heads low 
before You. The digit-a thin streak of moon that appears near 
You-becomes full moon by reason of the ketaki leaves, so that we see 
eleven full moons by Your contact, the ketaki having been dedicated to 
You earlier by holy people.

Namo Narayana,

SriMuralidhara Dasan

Special Notes by V.SatakOpan (V.S): SlOkma 342
(1) Sri UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam: After referring to
the flowers of the aasramam trees, Swamy Desikan thinks of
the Kaithaki flowers (blossoms of Pandanus Odorartissimus tree)
resting on the Paadhukais. Kaithaki is the ThAzhai flower .
It has the property of looking like full Moon , when it is
seen in the company of cresenct Moon. Here , Swamy Desikan
imagines a scene , where the EkAdas RudrAs are prostrating
before Lord RanganAthA of bluish-black hue (of the rain-laden
cloud).The eleven RudrAs have crescent Moons on their heads .
They also have the dark-hued Parvathi (ShyAmaLA dEvi) on
their left sides.At the time of their prostrations before
the Paadhkais ,the crescent Moon on their heads joins with
the Kaithaki flower petals resting on the Paadhukais and
that union creates the appearance of the rising of the full Moon
symbolizing the banishment of spiritual darkness.

(2) The Neela-mEgha PerumAL is on SanchAram on the Raaja
Veethis of Srirangam (KrishNa mEgha PrachAram) adorning
His Paadhukai .The blessed ones (Krithibhi:/PuNyasAlis) bring
the inner white petals of Kaithaki flowers ( Kethaki garbha
pathrai:)and offer them reverentially to the Lord's Paadhukais.
The inner petals of ThAzhai flowers look like half-moon.
At that time, RudrAs (Vaamatha: ShyAmaLAnAm /ardha nArIsvara
moorthys with dark hued Paarvathi on the left soide of
their bodies)prostrate before the Paadhukais with
the alankAram of Kaithaki petals (ardha chandran );
the union of the ardha chandrans on the heads of the EkAdasa-
RudrAs with the half moons (ChandramouLis) resting on
the Paadhukais create the illusion of the full Moon rising
against the back drop of dark blue clouds.Swamy Desikan says
that the Paadhukais create this impression( PraNathisamaya
laghnAn MouLi ChandrAn ParipoorNAn gaDayasi)..(V.S)

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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