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asmadhAchArya paryanthAm vandhE GuruparamparAm- 10

From: Madhavakkannan V (
Date: Fri Feb 16 2001 - 04:39:04 PST

SrImathE Gopaladesika mahadesikaya namah:

Dearest Srivaishnavas,
Please accept adiyEn’s dhaNdavath praNAmams at your feet.

Last week, we were blessed to see the AchArya paramparai of Sri Ahobila Mutt 
and Sri Parakala mutt. Let us proceed further.

>From Swamy Desikan on Rahasyagrantha paramparai (which is also SamAsrayaNa 
paramparai) the tree upto Tirukkudanthai Desikan is as given below:

Sri Brahmathanthra swathanthrar
GatikAsatham ammAL
Vaathsya AhobilAchAryar
Vaathsya VaradAchAryar
Shashta parAnkusa SwAmy
Sri Panchamatha bhanchanam thAtha Desikan
Vaathsya AnathAchAryar
Sri Rangapathi Desikar
Ranganatha Swamy
Sri Saakshaath Swamy (reported to be an avtaar of Sri Ramanuja,- as Swamy 
Desikan had longed to have direct AchArya sambandham with Emperumaanaar Sri 
Ramanujacharya. (as Swamy Desikan lived from 1268 A.D to 1369 A.D, he 
naturally could not have the bhAgyam of enjoying the darshan of studying 
directly under Sri Ramanuja (1017 A.D to 1137 A.D)

TIRUKKUDANTHAI DESIKAN (1700 A.D to 1782 A.D) (an avtaar of Swamy Desikan, 
fulfilling his desire to study at the feet of Ramanujacharya)- Sri 
Munithraya sampradAya Pravartthakar.

This Swamy, who was also Sri Gopaalaarya Mahadesikan, completed the whoel 
course of his studies at the feet of Sri Saakshaath Swamy. Sri Saakshaath 
Swamy blessed the disciple to settle down at Kumbakonam (Tirukkudanthai) and 
spread the sampradayam. Sri Gopaladesika mahadesikan was in his 30 years of 
age when many disciples flocked to him. There were three sanyaasis (namely 
Sri Srinivasamuni, VazhutthUr Sri Vedantharamanujamuni and Sri Ranganatha 
muni, who were considered to be amsam – avtaar of Sri Yamunamuni- sri 
Alavandhar, Sri Ramanujamuni and Sri Nathamuni respectively..) in their 
saffron attire, were attending on Sri Tirukkudanthai Desikan (a gruhastha 
AchAryan). Thus, since there were three munis (sanyaasis) at the feet of Sri 
Tirukkudnathai desikan, He is called Munithraya sampradaya pravartthakar.

Vazhutthoor Sri Vedantha ramanuja muni had more followers than the other 
two. His propagation brought the Acharya vamsa vruksham to a very prominent 
status. One thing needs to be mentioned here. When this Swamy approached Sri 
Tirukkudanthai Desikan, he prostrated at his feet saying..”theera vinaigaL 
theera ennai Andaay! Thirukkudanthai ooraa! “ (from sri NammAzhwAr’s 
ThiruvAymozhi 5.8- Oh Resident of Tirukkudanthai! You have ruled me, 
dispelling all my karmic diseases”. Sri Tirukkudanthai desikan said to 
him..”Since you mentioned this line.. hereafter you will be the one who will 
rule and propagate – blessed the Acharyan. . (Andaan- and hence he was 
called as Andavan- THUS came Sri Andavan Ashramam)

Sri VazhutthUr Andavan- Sri Vedantha Ramanujamuni became the real 
torchbearer of Sri Tirukkudanthai Desikan- Sri Gopalarya Mahadesikan.

Sri Vedantha Ramanuja Mahadesikan (Sri VazhutthUr Andavan) had the following 
main disciples

1. Sri Annayarya Mahadesikan and thus came in Sri Valayapettai Swamy 
2. Sri Vedantha Ramanuja mahadesikan (Sri Andikkaadu Swamy- Sri Vangheepuram 
Swamy) – Sri Rangaramanuja mahadesikan- Sri Kedhaandipatti Swamy Paramparai 
(from which we were blessed with Sri KozhiyAlam Swamy- Sri Utthamoor Swamy 
paramparai; Sri Ramadesikacharyar; Sri Madhuranthakam Swamy et al)

Sri Srinivasa Mahadesikan- Sri Thirutthurai Poondi Andavan, had the disciple 
Sri Srinivasa Mahadesikan (PERIYANDAVAN) also called Sri Vatthal Swamy

Let us continue with the GREAT AchArya paramparai in the next post..

In the meanwhile, read and enjoy this article on Sri Tirukkudanthai Desikan

from The Hindu written by Sri U Ve Dr VN Vedantha Desikan, an ardent sishya 
of Srimad Poundarikapuram Andavan His Holiness Sri ParavakkOTtai Andavan Sri 
Gopaladesika Mahadesikan.

asmadhAchArya paryanthAm vandhE GuruparamparAm…

adiyEn humbly requests with folded hands to each Bhagawatha of this list, to 
contribute your mite for the 81st Jayanthi celebration. Please pay your 
obeisance by contributing your mite and donate generously to the cause of 
the 81st Tirunakshatram celebrations planned for March 24-31, 2001. 
Contributions from the USA are tax exempt. Please mail your checks to:

c/o Smt. Nagu Satyan,
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Please indicate on the memo of your check that your contribution
is for Srimad Poundarikapuram Ashramam.

For those in India, please send the cheque or drafts in favour of "S.P.A.V 
Truct, 81st Jayanthi a/c and send to Srikaryam, Srimad Poundarikapuram 
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PLEASE PLEDGE BEFORE this month end so that we can arrange to send by Mar 
3rd to organizers. Thank you

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